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Should the government be legally liable for failing to act?

Jun. 23, 2014—Christopher Serkin examines the government's duty to protect private property with the proper laws and regulations.

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Tracey George appointed to newly endowed Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty

Apr. 30, 2014—The Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty was endowed with a $1.5 million gift by Charles B. (Charlie) Cox III ’75 and his wife, Lucy.

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Edward K. Cheng appointed to Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence

Apr. 30, 2014—Cheng’s teaching has been recognized with three Hall-Hartman Awards since he joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2010.

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Michael Vandenbergh appointed to the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law

Apr. 30, 2014—Vandenbergh’s environmental scholarship focuses on the impact of individual behavior and private governance.

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Yesha Yadav discusses implications of algorithmic stock trading

Apr. 30, 2014—Yadav says that securities regulation has not kept pace with the profound transformation of public markets.

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Susan Wente named Vanderbilt provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs

Apr. 28, 2014—Wente served as associate vice chancellor for research at Vanderbilt for the past five years and currently leads the university's academic strategic planning process.

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Daniel Sharfstein named Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer

Apr. 25, 2014—Sharfstein will deliver three lectures over the next three years through the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Series

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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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