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Chris Slobogin’s new book suggests using algorithms may reduce prison sentences and increase use of evidence-based rehabilitative programs

Jul. 28, 2021—In "Just Algorithms: Using Science to Reduce Incarceration and Inform a Jurisprudence of Risk," released by Cambridge University Press, Slobogin supports his thesis that using risk-prediction algorithms to make sentencing decisions could help reduce unnecessary pre-trial detention, mitigate excessively punitive bail and prison sentences, and divert more eligible candidates to appropriate rehabilitative programs.

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Kate Uyeda ’22 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Jul. 22, 2021—Uyeda is working this summer at the Fair Elections Center, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., with support from the scholarship, which provides summer stipends to help Garrison Social Justice Scholars launch their careers by engaging in summer pro bono legal work.

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Tasia Harris ’23 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Jul. 16, 2021—Harris is working this summer as a consumer law intern for the Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia supporting low-income clients whose income was negatively affect by the pandemic. Garrison Scholars receive supplemental scholarships and summer stipends to help them launch public interest law careers.

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Research by Erin Meyers JD/PhD’21 shows arrests have high economic costs even when no conviction results

Jul. 12, 2021—Meyers found that more than half of Black men had been arrested by the time they were young adults but that Black men were much less likely to be convicted than White men. Her dissertation, The Criminal Justice System and Social Mobility in the United States, documents the negative impacts of over-arrest on the employment and educational opportunities of Black men.

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Kyle Brinker ’22 wins Tennessee Bar Association Administrative Law writing competition

Jul. 12, 2021—In his paper, “A Gundy Revival in the Age of Public Health Crises,” Brinker argues for a more lenient interpretation of the nondelegation doctrine during public health emergencies such as the global pandemic.

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Robert Mikos appointed to the LaRoche Family Chair in Law

Jul. 7, 2021—Mikos is a leading expert on federalism and drug law. His work analyzes the struggle among federal, state and local governments for control of marijuana law and policy.

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Terry Maroney named to the Robert S. and Theresa L. Reder Chair in Law

Jul. 7, 2021—Maroney investigates the intersection of law and emotion and is a scholar of criminal law. Her research has focused on the role of emotion in judicial behavior and decision-making.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named to the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law

Jul. 7, 2021—Sitaraman teaches and writes about constitutional law, the regulatory state, economic policy, democracy and foreign affairs. He directs the Law School's Program in Law and Government.

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Research librarian Clanitra Nejdl honored by American Association of Law Libraries

Jul. 1, 2021—Nejdl is head of professional development and research services at the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library. She received the two 2021 awards from the AALL: the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes professional contributions and leadership potential, and the Spectrum Article of the Year Award, which honors outstanding writing focused on law librarianship and scholarly legal research.

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Lisa Schultz Bressman named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Jun. 30, 2021—Bressman holds a David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law. A renowned scholar of administrative law and statutory interpretation, she previously served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2010 to 2016.

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W. Kip Viscusi featured on “The Economists” podcast from Australian Broadcasting Corp addressing “Lockdowns and the Path Forward”

Jun. 25, 2021—Viscusi is the University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management and co-director of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics. He discusses how to measure the costs and benefits of lockdowns and how the statistical value of a human life underpins government decision-making in a podcast hosted by Peter Martin and Gigi Foster. Viscusi's segment starts at 20:10.

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“Sorting Guilty Minds,” article co-authored by Owen Jones, cited in SCOTUS dissent

Jun. 19, 2021—The article, published in the NYU Law Review, was cited in a dissenting opinion written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Borden v. United States, which addressed the question of whether a criminal offense with a mens rea of recklessness qualifies as a "violent felony" under the Armed Career Criminal Act.

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Celebrating Juneteenth, a message from Diversity, Equity and Community Dean Yesha Yadav

Jun. 18, 2021—As we gather to celebrate Juneteenth with our friends and families, we are humbled by the sacredness of this day and its profound significance for the history of our country. With the despicable inhumanity and evil of slavery ending, Black Americans began the slow and painful journey towards the fullest and most equal attainment of...

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Sara Mayeux wins 2020 David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Legal History for her book, Free Justice

Jun. 17, 2021—The prize is awarded annually to “the best book in American legal history that is accessible to the educated general public” by the Langum Foundation. Mayeux’s book chronicles the history of public defenders in 20th century America.

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97 VLS students to work pro bono for judges, government agencies and law offices, and nonprofits in summer 2021

Jun. 16, 2021—Students will be working for course credit or stipend support in state and federal courts and government, nonprofit and corporate law offices in 20 states, Puerto Rico,, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

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LAVA president Jay Larry ’17 (BA’14) aims to strengthen ties among Vanderbilt’s LGBTQIA+ alumni

Jun. 14, 2021—“I would not be the person I am today without Vanderbilt,” he adds. “Many formative experiences happened there that made me a better team player, better global citizen and more thoughtful about others and how I navigate the world.”

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New initiative on Climate Risk and Resilience Law calls for strengthened climate protections for U.S. financial system

Jun. 14, 2021—The ICRRL is a joint initiative of Vanderbilt Law School, Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Institute of Policy Integrity at NYU Law. Energy law expert Jim Rossi is one of five policy experts on the panel who have jointly called upon the SEC to strengthen protections from the dangers of climate change to the U.S. financial system.

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Research by economist Joni Hersch finds that Supreme Court ban on race-conscious college admissions would restrict pipeline of future leaders

Jun. 10, 2021—Hersch is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Economics and co-director of the Law and Economics Program. She analyzed data on almost 500,000 college graduates to show a close connection between attending an elite undergradaute institution and the likelihood of earning a graduate or professional degree. Her research will soon be published in the Tulane Law Review.

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Allen King named 2021 George Barrett Social Justice Fellow

Jun. 3, 2021—King will develop an online intake system to help attorneys at Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, a nonprofit immigration law office, serve more clients.

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Vel Lewis named 2021 George Barrett Social Justice Fellow

Jun. 3, 2021—Lewis will work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C., where she will serve in the U.S. Protection and Solutions Unit.

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Justin Ishbia ’04 elected to Vanderbilt University Board of Trust

May. 24, 2021—Kathleen Justice-Moore and Adolpho Birch III, both Class of 1991, elected to second terms on the Board of Trust, and Birch was elected to a second three-year term as the board's secretary.

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A Sense of Belonging at Vanderbilt

May. 19, 2021—The endowment of a permanent director of the Diversity, Equity and Community Office in honor of the late Professor Robert Belton enables VLS to build on its long-term commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial justice.

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Thomas Scott Davidson receives Class of 2021 Founder’s Medal for First Honors

May. 15, 2021—Davidson was a Chancellor’s Law Scholar and received the Dean’s Leadership Award. He was 2020-21 managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received the Law and Business certificate and plans to join Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville after graduation.

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23 members of the Class of 2021 recognized with academic and citizenship awards

May. 12, 2021—Thomas Scott Davidson, who received the Founder's Medal for First Honors; Ramon Ryan, who received the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Award; and Alton Spencer Davies, who received the Weldon B. White Prize, are recognized at the Commencement ceremony.

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Clayton Wiggins ’16 represents the United States in criminal appeals as a Judge Advocate at the Department of the Navy’s Appellate Government Division

May. 12, 2021—Wiggins, a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps, earned his law degree at Vanderbilt through the Funded Legal Education Program and was a military prosecutor stationed in Okinawa, Japan, before moving to his current position.

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