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Kevin Stack appointed public member of the Administrative Council of the United States

Dec. 11, 2018—Professor Stack has been appointed to a two-year term on the ACUS, an independent federal agency that advices the government on how to improve the administrative process.

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Article by Tim Meyer selected as one of the top five environmental articles for 2018 academic year

Dec. 3, 2018—Meyer’s Columbia Law Review article, “Free Trade, Fair Trade and Selective Enforcement,” will be reprinted in the twelfth edition of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. Jim Rossi’s Minnesota Law Review article, “Carbon Taxation by Regulation,” received honorable mention.

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Allen Gates ’72 installed as president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Gates, who is a partner at Mitchell Williams in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of four attorneys in Arkansas admitted to membership in thenational environmental law organization. He will serve a one-year term.

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Michael Vandenbergh elected fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Vandenbergh directs Vanderbilt University’s interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Network and co-directs the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program at VLS.

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VLS launches Law and Innovation immersion-based courses for practicing attorneys and legal professionals

Nov. 29, 2018—Practical courses for legal professionals developed through Vanderbilt's Program on Law and Innovation will be offered at the Wond'ry on the Vanderbilt campus. The first course, Legal Project Management 2.0 Immersion, is slated for Feb. 2-3, 2019.

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VLS ranked among top 10 U.S. law schools by Princeton Review in three categories

Nov. 27, 2018—VLS ranked second for Best Quality of Life, ninth for Best Professors, and eighth for Greatest Resources for Women in Princeton Review’s 2019 rankings, which list the top 10 law schools in 12 categories relevant to prospective students.

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W. Kip Viscusi is president-elect of the Southern Economic Association

Nov. 19, 2018—Viscusi will serve as president-elect starting in November 2018 and then as SEA’s president in 2019.

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George Barrett Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Jameel Jaffer addresses the impact of social media companies on free speech

Nov. 12, 2018—Jaffer directs the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. He previously oversaw the ACLU’s work in the areas of free speech, privacy, technology, national security and international human rights.

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Michael Newton nominated by the United States to serve on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Nov. 8, 2018—If confirmed, Newton would join a roster of judges established by the U.N. Security Council to complete the functions of the International Criminal Tribunals for both the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

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Gautam Hans launches First Amendment Clinic at VLS

Nov. 7, 2018—Funded through a grant from The Stanton Foundation, the clinic will give students opportunities to development and use legal strategies while working on cases addressing First Amendment rights.

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Public Interest Law conference addresses reform prosecutors, bail reform, access to justice and economic justice

Nov. 6, 2018—Conference hosted by the George Barrett Social Justice Program features 20 leading advocates and scholars in the areas of immigration law, criminal procedure and economic justice.

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Suzanna Sherry discusses birthright citizenship in the Bloomberg Law podcast

Nov. 1, 2018—Professor Sherry discusses the purpose and history of the 14th Amendment and President Trump's assertion that he can end birthright citizenship in American with an executive order in an interview with Bloomberg's June Grasso.

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Samar Ali ’06 (BS’03) receives 2018 White House Fellows Impact Award

Oct. 29, 2018—Ali, who practices as international counsel at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, was a 2010-11 White House Fellow, during which she worked on bilateral negotiations with Europe and the Middle East, served on the White House American-Arab "Kitchen Cabinet," and advised on the U.S. response to the Arab Spring in 2011.

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Vanderbilt Law School launches the V-Legal online legal education program for business professionals

Oct. 26, 2018—Taught by 3 top legal academics, V-Legal helps business executives and managers become fluent in the legal principles and processes business leaders need to understand.

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VLS ranks 10th among U.S. law faculties for scholarly impact

Oct. 26, 2018—Updated ranking of top 50 law schools by team headed by Gregory Sisk of University of St. Thomas Law assesses scholarly impact based on citations of faculty publications.

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Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, delivers Vanderbilt’s 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture

Oct. 15, 2018—Gelernt discussed his work as lead attorney in the Ms. L litigation, a case challenging the federal government’s practice of forcibly separating parents and children at the U.S. border.

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Jeremy D. Kernodle ’01 confirmed to seat on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Oct. 12, 2018—Kernodle was previously a partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, where he founded and chaired the firm's False Claims Act practice group.

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Eli Richardson ’92 confirmed to seat on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Oct. 12, 2018—Richardson is a partner at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, where he focuses on government investigations involving allged white-collar crime or criminal civil violations.

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Article co-authored by J.B. Ruhl and Kyle Robisch ’14 selected for Land Use & Environmental Law Review

Oct. 3, 2018—The Land Use & Environment Law Review is a peer-reviewed compendium of the best law review articles published in the previous academic year in the categories of environmental and land use law. The article by Ruhl and Robisch, “Agencies Running from Agency Discretion,” published in 2016, will appear in Volume 49 of LUELR, published annually by Thomsen Reuters.

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Edward K. Cheng appointed to the Hess Chair in Law

Sep. 25, 2018—A leading scholar of evidence, Cheng’s work addresses expert testimony and scientific proof. He is the founder and host of Excited Utterance, a podcast he produces to promote recent scholarship in evidence and proof.

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18 members of the Class of 2018 selected to join the Order of the Coif

Sep. 19, 2018—Members of the Order of the Coif are selected by the faculty and represent the top 10 percent of their class.

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Research by Practice Lab students supports ICC case against Sudanese President Al Bashir

Sep. 17, 2018—Working over several semesters, students in Vanderbilt’s International Law Practice Lab have provided the baseline data for the mappingbashir.org website, which chronicles the travels of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir.

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Research by Jenny Diamond Cheng addresses how disparities between Republicans and Democrats may lead to voter discrimination

Sep. 14, 2018—Cheng's research addresses the impact of the "unprecedented" age, race and gender gap that divides Democrats and Republicans. Young women now form the core of the Democratic Party's support, while older men are the core of the Republican Party's support. Cheng is an expert on the 26th Amendment.

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Vanderbilt University’s new Bass Military Scholars Program to provide law scholarships

Sep. 13, 2018—A $25 million gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation will provide scholarships for military veterans at five Vanderbilt schools, including VLS, the Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

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VLS hosts MLK symposium, “From Martin Luther King Jr. to Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of Struggle,” on Sept. 20

Sep. 13, 2018—The MLK symposium in Flynn Auditorium will feature panel discussions sponsored by Vanderbilt's law, divinity and graduate schools and Peabody College and keynote addresses by Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors and Virginia Tech vice president Menah Pratt-Clarke '93 (PhD'97).

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