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MacArthur Research Network Director Owen Jones receives VU’s Wyatt Award

Apr. 7, 2014—The Wyatt Award recognizes accomplishments that bridge multiple academic disciplines and honors development of significant new knowledge from research or exemplary innovations in teaching.

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Two articles by Daniel Gervais selected as best intellectual property articles published in 2013

Mar. 20, 2014—Gervais honored for article on copyright law published in Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and for a co-authored article addressing online use of brand names.

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James Blumstein on Halbig v. Sebellius

Mar. 20, 2014—Washington Post/Volokh Conspiracy blog commentary on a case challenging the legality of an IRS rule intended to authorize tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies in federal exchanges.

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“States of Union,” book by Professor Mark Brandon, is finalist for 2014 Silver Gavel Award

Mar. 18, 2014—Prestigious ABA award recognizes outstanding works that foster the American public's understanding of the law.

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New federal judicial training program to debut at Vanderbilt Law School

Mar. 14, 2014—Training program for mid-career federal judges developed through new partnership with the Federal Judicial Center to be offered at VLS in fall 2014.

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“Justice at Risk” conference will examine the role of money in judicial elections

Mar. 5, 2014—Conference focuses on the results of an independent study exploring the effects of campaign contributions on judicial behavior.

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Law professor Daniel Sharfstein named Robert Penn Warren Faculty Fellow for 2014-15

Jan. 20, 2014—Sharfstein will be one of 10 faculty fellows focusing on public scholarship in the humanities.

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Chris Guthrie appointed to second term as dean of Vanderbilt Law School

Jan. 20, 2014—Guthrie's second five-year term as dean will start July 1, 2014.

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Mike Newton helps develop blueprint for future Syrian tribunal

Dec. 13, 2013—International Practice Lab students worked on draft statue and provided analyses to help Syrian opposition officials prepare to restore the rule of law.

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Vanderbilt Law School announces new endowed faculty research fund

Nov. 24, 2013—Robert S. Reder ’78, retired partner of Milbank Tweed and current professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt, endows Enterprise Faculty Fund to promote faculty development.

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Sean Seymore advocates dropping patent requirement that inventions be “useful”

Nov. 19, 2013—Patent expert Seymore argues that "useful disclosure" is a better criteria in forthcoming law review article.

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Study by Tracey George and Albert Yoon shows faculty hiring process makes law schools less adaptable

Nov. 12, 2013—George and Yoon found that the biggest factor after faculty candidates pass initial screening was the law school they attended.

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Law Library Director Larry Reeves named Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow

Nov. 11, 2013—Reeves is one of 26 fellows selected for an 18-month program designed to foster leadership skills.

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Associate Dean Kevin Stack honored with 2013 ABA Administrative Law Award

Nov. 8, 2013—Stack and Jerry L. Mashaw of Yale were both recognized with the ABA's 2013 Annual Scholarship Award for best published work in administrative law.

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Legal historian Mark Brandon’s new book addresses changing concepts of family

Nov. 6, 2013—Mark Brandon's book, States of Union: Family and Change in the American Constitutional Order, was released in September 2013 by the University Press of Kansas.

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Alistair Newbern featured panelist in “Partnering for an Equitable and Inclusive Nashville”

Nov. 5, 2013—Newbern, an assistant clinical professor of law, chairs the steering committee for Nashville for All of Us, a group founded as part of a successful citywide campaign opposing a proposed English-only ordinance.

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The Gettysburg Address: A 150-Year Retrospective – Panel Discussion

Nov. 4, 2013—Legal historian Dan Sharfstein among panelists who will discuss Lincoln's famous speech, which framed the Civil War as a struggle for the principle of human equality.

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Kip Viscusi discusses methods of estimating the “value of a statistical life” in the October 2013 Monthly Labor Review

Nov. 1, 2013—Viscusi's featured article explains how the availability of more accurate fatality rate estimates has enabled researchers to generate more accurate estimates of the “value of a statistical life.”

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Ganesh Sitaraman awarded 2013 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

Oct. 10, 2013—Professor Sitaraman honored for his book, The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars.

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Professor Mike Newton helping organize Syrian war crimes court

Oct. 8, 2013—Professor Newton is among the international war crime experts working to create a war crimes court to deal with atrocities committed during Syria’s civil war.

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Professor Joni Hersch’s research covered by The Wall Street Journal, NBCNews.com, Cosmopolitan, and others

Sep. 30, 2013—Professor Joni Hersch’s paper “Opting Out among Women with Elite Education” is garnering substantial media attention, most recently in The Atlantic. [Read at NBCNews.com] [Read at WSJ.com] [Read at ScienceDaily.com] [Read at BusinessNewsDaily.com] [Read in Cosmopolitan] [Read at Vanderbilt.edu]

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Daniel Gervais elected to the Academy of Europe

Sep. 29, 2013—Gervais is the first professor at a U.S. law school invited to join the Academy of Europe.

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Robert Mikos comments on new DOJ guidelines regarding enforcement of federal marijuana ban

Aug. 29, 2013—In a “major policy shift," marijuana regulation may replace marijuana prohibition under new federal guidelines.

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