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Amicus brief organized by Tracey George cited in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar

May. 6, 2015—Brief cited studies showing that money spent on judicial elections “can affect judicial decision-making across a broad range of cases.”

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Energy expert Jim Rossi comments on SCOTUS ruling in ONEOK v. Learjet

Apr. 22, 2015—Although the opinion was not unanimous, Rossi believes "the case signals a willingness by most of the Justices to tolerate some degree of concurrent federal/state jurisdiction under federal statutes concerning the regulation of energy markets."

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Article by Yesha Yadav cited in unanimous SCOTUS opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

Apr. 21, 2015—“The Problematic Case of Clearinghouses in Complex Markets,” (101 Georgetown Law Journal 387, 2013), cited in Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp v. CLS Bank International.

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Five Vanderbilt Law professors honored with Hall-Hartman Awards for outstanding teaching

Apr. 13, 2015—Rebecca Allensworth, Tracey George and Ingrid Wuerth honored by first-year students; Edward Cheng and Yesha Yadav honored for upper-level courses.

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Tax expert Beverly Moran suggests four ways to improve the U.S. tax system

Mar. 30, 2015—Moran advocates taking the U.S. tax system back to its constitutional roots.

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Article co-authored by Lisa Bressman cited in SCOTUS case dissent in Yates v. U.S.

Mar. 25, 2015—“Statutory Interpretation from the Inside,” co-authored by Lisa Bressman with Abbe Gluck and published in the Stanford Law Review, cited in dissent by Justice Elena Kagan.

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Soul, Self and Society, new book by Edward Rubin, addresses emergence of “new morality of self-fulfillment”

Mar. 19, 2015—Rubin’s latest book describes the “moral transformation” he believes is underway and explains its connection to changes in government.

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James Blumstein comments on SCOTUS Affordable Care Act case in Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog

Feb. 27, 2015—King v. Burwell addresses the validity of an IRS regulation that provides for subsidies for the purchase of medical insurance on federally-run exchanges.

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Chris Slobogin to serve as associate reporter on new American Law Institute project on police investigations

Feb. 20, 2015—Slobogin joins team of six crimiminal law scholars to address such issues as eyewitness identification, forensic evidence gathering, preservation of exsculpatory material, search and seizure, and remedies and accountability.

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James Blumstein op/ed focuses on Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan

Feb. 16, 2015—Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam now has an opportunity to move from a framework agreement to a final contract.

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Sean Seymore and Daniel Sharfstein are named Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Feb. 12, 2015—Seymore and Sharfstein are part of inaugural class of 15 fellows in new VU program that celebrates trans-institutional scholarship.

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Daniel Gervais is the Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property at National University of Singapore

Feb. 6, 2015—Gervais will also deliver a distinguished lecture on copyright reform at the Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore.

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Vanderbilt launches new Program on Law and Innovation

Jan. 28, 2015—Law and Innovation program will offer classes, internships, fellowships and other experiential learning opportunities focused on changes in modern legal practice.

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Energy regulation expert Jim Rossi comments on Supreme Court case addressing Natural Gas Act

Jan. 20, 2015—Rossi's SCOTUSblog post addresses ONEOK Inc. v. Learjet Inc., which deals with the scope of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement authority and whether state regulation of energy firms presents a conflict with federal law.

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Daniel Gervais elected to American Law Institute

Jan. 20, 2015—an expert on the TRIPS Agreement, Gervais directs the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program.

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Daniel Gervais to serve as associate reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Law Copyright

Dec. 4, 2014—An expert in copyright law, Gervais directs the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program.

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Research by economist Joni Hersch shows prestige of undergraduate school affects earnings even among those with elite graduate degrees

Nov. 13, 2014—Prestige of undergraduate university affects earnings even when graduates of less elite undergraduate institutions attend prestigious graduate schools.

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Professor Jennifer Shinall’s research covered by NBCNews.com, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and others

Oct. 23, 2014—A new study, authored by Jennifer Shinall, assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, reports that overweight and obese women are more likely to work in the most labor intensive, lowest paying jobs. Professor Shinall’s research has been covered by NBCNews.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Guardian,...

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Daniel Gervais speaks at International Council of Creators of Music meeting

Oct. 22, 2014—Gervais, director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, gave a keynote speech, "U.S. Copyright in International Context," at international forum.

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Global panel to discuss copyright law at Vanderbilt

Oct. 21, 2014—Five international experts will discuss the current state of copyright law in an Oct. 24 forum moderated by Daniel Gervais.

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Study by Randall Thomas and two colleagues indicates top plaintiffs’ firms achieve greater success

Oct. 16, 2014—Study conducted by Thomas with C.N.V. Krishnan and Steven D. Solomon examines outcomes of 1,739 class action lawsuits challenging the fairness of M&A transactions between 2003 and 2012.

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Jennifer Shinall explores link between weight and workplace discrimination

Oct. 10, 2014—Shinall asks if weight should become the sixth protection under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Are college football coaches overpaid?

Sep. 15, 2014—New research by Professor Randall Thomas and Lawrence Van Horn compares college coaches to CEOs.

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Definitive law and neuroscience reference book co-authored by Owen Jones released

Sep. 9, 2014—Interdisciplinary guide’s co-authors include neuroscientist Jeffrey Schall and law professor Francis Shen of the University of Minnesota.

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