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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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Ganesh Sitaraman and Daniel Epps offer a simple plan for saving the Supreme Court

Sep. 6, 2018—Ganesh Sitaraman and co-author Daniel Epps suggest better solutions than court-packing in a Sept. 6 column published online by Vox .

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Judge Howard Morrison of the International Criminal Court delivers the 2018 Jonathan I. Charney Lecture

Aug. 28, 2018—Morrison’s term as the United Kingdom judge to the ICC began upon his election by the Assembly of States Parties in December 2011. His talk addressed the purposes of international criminal law and the relationship between international criminal cases and national jurisdictions.

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Cara Suvall joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty as an assistant clinical professor of law

Aug. 16, 2018—Suvall will teach the new Youth Opportunity Clinic, which will support to youth who are at risk for criminal legal involvement.

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G.S. Hans joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty as an assistant clinical professor of law

Aug. 15, 2018—Hans will direct the new First Amendment Clinic, which is funded by a grant from the Stanton Foundation.

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Constitutional law scholar Jessica Clarke joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty

Aug. 15, 2018—Clarke studies American equality law, focusing on constitutional and statutory guarantees of nondiscrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and disability.

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Regina S. Edwards ’91 appointed magistrate judge for the Western District of Kentucky

Aug. 3, 2018—Edwards had previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for Kentucky's Western District. She replaces Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin, who has retired.

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48 VLS grads and students will serve in 51 clerkships in 2018-19 or future terms

Aug. 2, 2018—VLS graduates will serve as legal clerks in the U.S. Supreme Court, eight federal appellate circuits, and federal district courts in 12 states.

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Tracey George appointed interim vice provost for faculty affairs

Jul. 27, 2018—George, who holds the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, previously served as Vanderbilt’s associate provost for faculty affairs.

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Paul Ney ’84 (MBA’84) confirmed as general counsel of U.S. Department of Defense

Jul. 12, 2018—Ney has previously served as acting general counsel of the U.S. Navy and as a deputy general counsel for the Department of Defense.

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105 VLS students receive 2018 summer stipends to support pro bono legal work

Jul. 9, 2018—VLS students are working in 18 states, D.C. and the Netherlands for federal and state courts, government legal departments and nonprofits.

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45 VLS students receive course credit to support pro bono legal work in summer 2019

Jul. 9, 2018—Students secured externships with federal and state courses, government agencies and legal nonprofits and in corporate legal offices.

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Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic project provides seniors with legal, medical documents

Jun. 28, 2018—VLS students work with Vanderbilt School of Nursing students to counsel patients about advanced care directives and develop the supporting legal documents.

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W. Kip Viscusi discusses his new book, Pricing Lives: Guideposts for a Safer Society

Jun. 25, 2018—Putting a price tag on a person's life could make America safer and fairer, according to acclaimed economist Viscusi, who defines the "value of statistical life" as the dollar amount people are willing to pay to avoid an expected death.

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Morgan Ricks and co-authors propose “FedAccounts,” a public option for bank accounts

Jun. 21, 2018—Ricks and co-authors John Crawford and Lev Manand argue for offering accounts with the Federal Reserve, which come with privileges such as higher interest rates, instant clearing and added security, to everyone.

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Listen to three VLS students discuss immigration law in “Life of the Law” podcast

Jun. 8, 2018—Clinical Professor of Law Karla McKanders asked students in her Refugee Law and Policy class to produce their final reports as audio stories. Listen to Episode 136 of The Life of the Law’s New Voices series, which features stories on topics in refugee law by VLS students Joshua Minchin ’20, Simona Grecu ’19 and Rachael...

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To Clerk or Not to Clerk: Read VLS Career Services Director Nick Alexiou’s column in Above the Law

Jun. 8, 2018—Alexiou is director of LL.M. and alumni advising and associate director of Career Services at Vanderbilt Law School.

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Kevin Coker and Sean Dowling named 2018 Gideon’s Promise Fellows

May. 17, 2018—Coker will work at the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office and Dowling for the Shelby County Defenders.

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Alana Seixas and Lynn Stopher named 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Fellows

May. 17, 2018—Stopher will work at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago; Seixas will work at the Children’s Law Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Ingrid Wuerth, Suzanna Sherry, Tracey George and Edward Cheng honored with 2018 Hall-Hartman Awards

May. 16, 2018—Wuerth, Sherry and George were honored for first-year teaching, and Wuerth and Edward Cheng for upper-level courses.

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Twenty 2018 graduates honored with awards at Commencement

May. 14, 2018—Richard Turner Henderson received the Founder's Medal for First Honors.

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