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Class action expert Brian Fitzpatrick on the pros and cons joining an Equifax lawsuit

Sep. 22, 2017—Fitzpatrick recommends that people "stay in class actions. It is very hard to sue on your own."

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Jim Blumstein on “How to End Obamacare” in Wall Street Journal commentary

Sep. 19, 2017—Blumstein proposes that Republicans "pass a two-page bill clarifying that Congress did not intend to use its taxing power to enforce the individual mandate."

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Don Cochran ’92 (BA’80) confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee

Sep. 18, 2017—Cochran currently serves on the law faculty at Belmont University.

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“Our Constitution Wasn’t Built for This,” Ganesh Sitaraman’s NYTimes Opinion column

Sep. 18, 2017—Professor Sitaraman's column focuses on the theme of his new book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic.” It appeared in the Sept. 16 Sunday Review section of the New York Times.

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18 members of the Class of 2017 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 15, 2017—Amanda Rose, professor of law, who is president of the Vanderbilt Law School Chapter of Order of the Coif, has announced that 18 graduates of the Class of 2017 have been selected for membership in the Order of the Coif. Members of this prestigious organization are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10...

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Matt Leggett ’07 named chief counsel of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Sep. 13, 2017—Leggett had previously served as policy counsel for the Senate Republican Policy Committee since 2012.

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Read legal historian Zephyr Teachout’s review of Ganesh Sitaraman’s book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution”

Aug. 28, 2017—Teachout's review, published in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect, says that Sitaraman brings a "fresh eye and impressive range of historical thinking to an ageless question: What are the conditions for freedom?"

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Bob Reder ’78 among first to respond to Chancellor’s Chair Challenge

Aug. 25, 2017—Reder and his wife, Theresa, have established the Enterprise Chair at VLS through a significant gift. Retired from a 33-year legal career with Milbank Tweed in New York, Reder is now a professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt.

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Joycelyn Stevenson ’01 featured as “Attorney of the Month” in Attorney at Law Magazine

Aug. 24, 2017—Stevenson was recently named executive director of the Tennessee Bar Association.

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Nat Robinson ’18 (MBA’07) and team of MBA students seek to provide secure mobile banking for refugees

Aug. 23, 2017—Robinson's team of Turner Family Center for Social Ventures summer fellows won $15,000 at the 36/86 Student Edition Pitch Competition with their idea for a mobile banking service and researched countries where they will launch the new service. Their work will continue during this academic year.

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$2 million investment establishes Turner Family Community Enterprise Clinic at VLS

Aug. 22, 2017—The clinic will offer students hands-on opportunities to assist individuals who would otherwise not be able to afford legal assistance with matters such as applying for tax-exempt status and drafting lease agreements.

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Entering Students Learn about Professional Obligation to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services

Aug. 21, 2017—New orientation program introduces students to pro bono service opportunities in a diverse array of practice areas.

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Tim Meyer discusses constitutional obstacles to withdrawing from NAFTA

Aug. 16, 2017—"Even if the United States leaves NAFTA, the president will still be bound to implement the agreement's rules on the terms dictated by Congress until Congress says otherwise," Meyer notes in a post on The Conversation.

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Three VLS alumni are 2017-18 presidents of the Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee Bar Associations

Aug. 16, 2017—Augusta Dowd ’82, Brian D. (Buck) Rogers ’94 and Lucian Pera ‘85 are serving one-year terms as presidents of the Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee state bar associations, and Joycelyn Stevenson ‘01 was named executive director of the TBA.

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Robert Mikos urges congress to “repeal and replace” federal ban on marijuana

Aug. 7, 2017—In a commentary published in Fortune, Mikos discusses the Marijuana Justice Act proposed by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

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Holly Thompson ’19 selected for inaugural class of Douglass Fellows by Human Trafficking Institute

Aug. 7, 2017—Thompson will work throughout the academic year to support HTI’s justice and advocacy efforts.

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Brian Fitzpatrick supports downsizing 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Law360 editorial

Aug. 1, 2017—"There is a nonpartisan, good government reason for" splitting the 9th Circuit, Fitzpatrick writes: "Smaller circuits minimize outlier decisions in both directions."

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49 VLS graduates will serve 52 clerkships in 2017-18 or future terms

Jul. 28, 2017—VLS students and graduates will serve federal clerkships with a Supreme Court justice; appellate judges on the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Eleventh, D.C. and Federal Circuits; a special master of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and district courts in 17 states and D.C.; and two state supreme courts.

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Augusta Dowd ’82 sworn in as president of Alabama State Bar

Jul. 21, 2017—Dowd is a shareholder in White Arnold & Dowd in Birmingham, where she practices civil and complex litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

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Yoli Redero retires from VLS clinical legal faculty

Jul. 21, 2017—Redero created and directed Vanderbilt’s Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic

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James Cheek ’67 retires from VLS faculty

Jul. 17, 2017—Cheek, who has taught both full- and part-time at VLS throughout his career, will continue his law practice at Bass Berry & Sims.

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Randall Thomas discusses results of study examining appraisal action petitions

Jul. 13, 2017—Thomas and a team of three other researchers discovered that the number of appraisal action petitions, used by stockholders seeking relief when they believe the price offered in a merger where they are forced to sell their shares is too low, have risen dramatically over the past two decades.

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Rob Mikos’ casebook, Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority, released by Wolters Kluwer

Jul. 6, 2017—Professor Mikos' casebook is the first to focus on law, policy and authority issues related to marijuana users, their suppliers and third parties who interact with them.

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Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan propose private-sector actions to address climate change

Jul. 5, 2017—Vandenbergh and Gilligan emphasize that government action isn't enough to address climate change, and offer steps corporations, religious and civic organizations, investors, households, and colleges and universities can take to narrow the Paris Agreement gap in a blog post in The Conversation republished in Salon.

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Larry Bridgesmith receives Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award

Jun. 22, 2017—Professor Bridgesmith, who coordinates Vanderbilt's Program on Law & Innovation, honored for his work on TBA’s Special Committee on the Evolving Legal Market.

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