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First Amendment Clinic files amicus brief in Georgia v. Public Resource addressing public access to state law

Oct. 17, 2019—Supreme Court case addresses the right of citizens to freely access official statutory codes as a means of ensuring effective participation in democratic self-government.

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Amicus brief co-authored by Jessica Clarke asserts that Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender identity

Oct. 4, 2019—Clarke and her co-authors argue that the Title VII prohibition on discrimination based on sex also means employers cannot discriminate against employees based on sexual orientation or transgender identity.

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James Blumstein addresses voting rights in testimony before Senate subcommittee Sept. 5

Oct. 4, 2019—Blumstein discussed the implications of his 1971 Supreme Court victory in Dunn v. Blumstein, which struck down a residency requirement imposed by the State of Tennessee, in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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Matthew LaRue ’20 wins 2019 ABA Water Resources Student Writing Competition

Oct. 4, 2019— LaRue’s article, “The Stream of Commerce,” analyzes the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and suggests that a new interpretation of navigable waters, one that would include all commercial waters, could bring a much-needed change to the existing legal framework.

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Constitutional law experts Suzanna Sherry and Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt and Mark Tushnet of Harvard discuss Supreme Court reforms

Sep. 27, 2019—Three prominent constitutional lawyers will address ways to reduce the politicization of the Supreme Court in a panel discussion Oct. 1.

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Owen Jones named to the Glenn M. Weaver, M.D. and Mary Ellen Weaver Chair in Law, Brain, and Behavior

Sep. 25, 2019—Jones is a pioneering scholar in the field of law and neuroscience, a co-author of the first textbook in the field, and director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network for Law and Neuroscience.

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Michelle Pettit ’01 nominated to seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Sep. 25, 2019—Pettit currently works in the National Security and Cybercrimes Seciton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of California. She has served as a judge in the U.S. Navy Reserves since 2015.

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Sean Seymore appointed to the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law

Sep. 23, 2019—Seymore’s research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry

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Panelists Danny Glover, David Cole and Bruce Raynor to discuss political activism and advocacy at VLS Oct. 10

Sep. 19, 2019—The 2019 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture, “Political Activism, Legal Advocacy and Labor Organizing: A Conversation on Creating Change,” is a panel discussion featuring actor/activist Danny Glover, ACLU Legal Director David Cole and labor leader Bruce Raynor.

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John Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, visits VLS Sept. 10

Sep. 13, 2019—Chief Justice Roberts fielded questions from Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit addressing his work at the Supreme Court and his legal career prior to becoming a judge.

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Twenty-one members of the Class of 2019 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 13, 2019—Members of the Order of the Coif are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s co-authored book touts public options that strengthen society

Sep. 4, 2019—"The Public Option," a book Sitaraman wrote with Anne Alstott of Yale Law School, proposes that robust public options for banking, retirement, child care and other services would position more Americans to participate equally in society.

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Two military veterans join the VLS Class of 2022 as Bass Military Scholars

Aug. 28, 2019—Former U.S. Army field artillery office Devin T. Adams and former U.S. Navy special operations naval aviator Alyssa Hartley are among the first cohort of Bass Military Scholars. The scholarship program supports military veterans seeking professional degrees in Vanderbilt's law, medical, nursing, education and business schools.

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W. Kip Viscusi honored with the Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research

Aug. 27, 2019—The Sutherland Prize is Vanderbilt University’s most prestigious faculty honor for accomplishments in research and scholarship. Viscusi is the University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management and co-directs the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics.

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96 Vanderbilt Law students received 2019 summer stipends to support pro bono legal work

Aug. 2, 2019—Students are working in the legal departments of federal and state agencies, and in judicial chambers, prosecutors' and public defenders offices, for legal nonprofit organizations and in corporate legal departments.

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32 Vanderbilt Law students serve summer internships for course credit

Aug. 2, 2019—Students received course credit for their work in the legal departments of federal agencies and judicial chambers, with U.S. Attorney’s and states’ attorneys general offices, for legal nonprofit organizations and in corporate legal departments

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More than 60 Vanderbilt Law grads to serve clerkships in 2019-20 or future terms

Aug. 1, 2019—As of July 31, 2019, 2019 graduates have secured 28 clerkships, including 22 in federal courts and 6 in state courts, while members of the Class of 2020 have secured 29 clerkships. Recent VLS graduates secured 7 clerkships during the 2018-19 academic year.

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Joseph Fishman co-authors amicus brief addressing Stairway to Heaven copyright infringement case

Jul. 31, 2019—Fishman, Chris Buccafusco of Cardozo Law and Mark Lemley of Stanford Law authored the brief, signed by 16 additional intellectual property scholars, urging the Ninth Circuit to clarify the proof needed to show copyright infringement.

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There Should Be a Public Option for Everything: Read New York Times op/ed by Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne Alstott

Jul. 11, 2019—Sitaraman and Alstott are the authors of "The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity and Promote Equality," just released by Harvard University Press. They contend that, despite the recent trend toward privatization, public options have been popular throughout American history.

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A Public Option for Retirement Savings: Read Atlantic column by Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne Astott

Jul. 11, 2019—Sitaraman and Alstott are the authors of "The Public Option: How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity and Promote Equality, just released by Harvard University Press. They propose a new, supplemental pension savings program that is simple and safe to join.

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Rebecca Haw Allensworth named Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence

Jul. 5, 2019—The three-year chair recognizes faculty for their contributions in the classroom. Allensworth, who teaches Contracts and Antitrust Law, is a four-time winner of the student-selected Hall-Hartman Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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Tracey George named vice provost for faculty affairs for Vanderbilt University

Jun. 11, 2019—George, who holds the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Chair in Law and Liberty, had served as the interim vice provost for faculty affairs since July 2018. Her appointment was announced by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.

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Yesha Yadav explores how rapidly evolving trading technology leaves the market more vulnerable to shocks

Jun. 7, 2019—Yadav's paper, "The Myth of Risk-Free Markets," explores how the structure of the treasury market affects the stabilty of treasury bonds.

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VLS establishes internship program with international human rights adviser Global Rights Compliance

Jun. 5, 2019—The affilation allows VLS students to work as legal interns for GRC’s trial and consultancy teams, and―through Vanderbilt’s International Law Practice Lab―on other GRC projects.

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Holly Thompson and Vanessa Zapata named George Barrett Social Justice Fellows for 2019

May. 21, 2019—Thompson will focus on labor trafficking at Legal Aid of North Carolina; Zapata will advocate for medical care and support for adults with disabilities at the Tennessee Justice Center.

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