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Ingrid Wuerth named to the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law

Apr. 1, 2016—Wuerth is the inaugural holder of the Curry Chair, which was endowed in 2015 by an estate gift from pioneering Georgia lawyer Jean Curry Allen.

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Article co-authored by J.B. Ruhl wins Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award

Mar. 28, 2016—The article, published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, has been honored for its “contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability.”

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Terry Maroney to join 2016-17 class of fellows at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Mar. 23, 2016—Maroney will spend an academic year in residence with 37 other fellows representing a broad range of disciplines.

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Jason Sowards is president-elect of Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Libraries

Mar. 21, 2016—Sowards will serve as SEAALL's vice president during 2016-17 and as president during 2017-18.

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Adjunct Professor Michele Johnson one of three Vanderbilt professors nominated for Nashville’s Athena Award

Mar. 17, 2016—Johnson co-teaches Poverty Law at VLS. The annual award recognizes women from Middle Tennessee who exemplify leadership, superior performance, commitment to community and unselfish assistance to women and women’s issues.

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Chris Slobogin receives two Distinguished Contribution Awards in Forensic Psychology

Mar. 15, 2016—The American Psychology-Law Society and the American Board of Forensic Psychology recognize Slobogin’s career contributions to forensic psychology in 2016

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Read cultural anthropologist Stephanie Maher’s review of Robert Barsky’s book, Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law

Mar. 9, 2016—Barsky's book has been shortlisted for the Socio-Legal Studies Association’s 2016 Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize.

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Brian Fitzpatrick on Justice Antonin Scalia’s impact on the U.S. Supreme Court

Feb. 25, 2016—Fitzpatrick's column, in which he remembers his former boss and the lessons he taught, appears in U.S. News & World Report.

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Michael Newton comments on the East-West Center’s analysis of the Cambodia Tribunal

Feb. 18, 2016—Newton's critical analysis of the East-West Center's "Critical Analysis of the First Case Against the Alleged Senior Leaders of the Khmer Rouge" is posted on the Cambodia Tribunal Monitor website.

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Jeffrey Schoenblum elected to Estate Planning Hall of Fame

Jan. 26, 2016—The recognition is the highest honor bestowed on estate planning professionals by the multidisciplinary National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.

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Owen Jones elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dec. 10, 2015—Owen D. Jones, Vanderbilt’s New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jones was selected a AAAS Fellow for his “behavioral, evolutionary, and neuroscience research in law” and for “leadership of nationwide networks of legal scholars, judges, and scientists.” The AAAS is...

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Ed Rubin on Why Obama’s Rejection of the Keystone Pipeline Was Important

Nov. 10, 2015—In Salon.com op/ed, Rubin states, "We simply must stop increasing fossil fuel consumption and start decreasing it."

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Brian Fitzpatrick elected to the American Law Institute

Oct. 22, 2015—Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, has been elected a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Fitzpatrick’s election was announced by ALI in October 2015. He is one of 73 new members, who include judges, lawyers and law professors from 22 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries, elected this year. His research...

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Joe Fishman works at the intersection of copyright law and creativity

Oct. 22, 2015—Fishman joined Vanderbilt's law faculty as an assistant professor in summer 2015.

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Jim Rossi and team of energy law scholars address scope of Federal Power Act in amicus brief

Oct. 13, 2015—Amicus brief filed by 26 "Interested Energy Scholars" argues on behalf of the plaintiffs in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association.

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Jeffrey Schoenblum delivers 2015 Tamisea Distinguished Lecture at Iowa Law

Oct. 12, 2015—Schoenblum addressed the emergence of a “New Trust” concept in his lecture, “What Is a Trust?”

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Vanderbilt Law hosts second annual Mid-Career Seminar for U.S. District Judges

Oct. 8, 2015—The seminar is now offered annually through a partnership between the Federal Judicial Center and Vanderbilt Law School.

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James Blumstein: Could Iraq continue its nculear program in Syria?

Oct. 5, 2015—Blumstein compares the Iran nuclear agreement to the Maginot Line in a post on "The Conversation."

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Suzanna Sherry: Tennessee’s proposed “Marriage Defense Act” mirrors 1956 Southern Manifesto

Oct. 5, 2015—An opinion piece by Suzanna Sherry, Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law.

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Daniel Gervais is president-elect of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property

Oct. 2, 2015—Gervais will serve a two-year term as president of the international association of intellectual property law scholars starting in 2017.

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New study on how brain decides guilt and punishment published in the journal Neuron

Sep. 17, 2015—Study co-authored by MacArthur Research Network Director Owen Jones with VU researchers Rene Marois, David Zald and Katherine Jan; Harvard researchers Joshua Buchholtz (Ph.D.'12) and Justin Martin (BA'10); and Emory researcher Michael Treadway.

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MacArthur Research Network for Law and Neuroscience receives additional $1.4 million of grant funding

Sep. 14, 2015—Headquartered at Vanderbilt and directed by New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law Owen Jones, the MacArthur Research Network focuses on the use of neuroscientific evidence in criminal law and of neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

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Kevin Stack receives 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Research

Aug. 28, 2015—Stack was recognized by Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for his influential 2012 Michigan Law Review article, “Interpreting Regulations.”

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Prosecuting Maritime Piracy, co-edited by Michael Newton, addresses problems inherent in prosecuting transnational crimes in local courts

Aug. 25, 2015—Newton’s essay, “Piracy and the Problem of Command Responsibility,” recommends holding leaders of pirate gangs responsible for crimes committed by gang members.

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International economic law scholar Timothy Meyer joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty

Aug. 14, 2015—Meyer’s current scholarship addresses international economic and environmental regulation.

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