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Rachel Dolezal’s ‘Passing’ Isn’t So Unusual: New York Times Magazine Commentary by Daniel Sharfstein

Jun. 16, 2015—Legal historian Daniel Sharfstein asks why we care so much about Rachel Dolezal, who apparently misrepresented herself as African American.

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48 Vanderbilt Law students and recent graduates secure 51 clerkships

Jun. 15, 2015—Vanderbilt Law graduates will serve in 50 federal appellate and district and state clerkships during 2015-16 or in future terms.

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Cameron Norris ’14 honored by Food and Drug Law Institute’s 2014 Austern Memorial Competition

Jun. 12, 2015—Norris’ article, “Drugs, Devices & Discovery: Using Fee-Shifting to Resolve the Twombly/Iqbal Problem for Parallel Claims Under the FDCA,” won second place in the FDLI competition’s “Short Papers” category and placed third in the ABA's 2014 Tort Trial & Insurance writing competition.

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39 Vanderbilt Law students serve externships for course credit during summer 2015

Jun. 10, 2015—VLS students are working in federal and state judicial chambers, in the offices of U.S. Attorneys and state attorneys general, and with corporations and advocacy organizations.

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72 Vanderbilt Law students receive 2015 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jun. 10, 2015—Students receiving Vanderbilt Law stipends are working pro bono during summer 2015 for 76 legal offices and organizations in 20 states, the District of Columbia and one foreign nation.

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Recommendations from MacArthur Research Network on Law and Neuroscience cited in President’s Bioethics Commission Report

May. 28, 2015—Research Network Director Owen Jones and team submit “consensus recommendations” addressing the use of neuroscientific evidence in criminal proceedings and ways to apply neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of criminal justice.

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“Cartels by Another Name,” co-authored by Rebecca Haw Allensworth, receives 2015 Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award

May. 28, 2015—Allensworth and co-author Aaron Edlin honored with American Antitrust Institute award that recognizes “the best antitrust writing during the prior year."

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‘Legal residency’ program launched for selected Vanderbilt Law graduates

May. 28, 2015—Vanderbilt's Program on Law & Innovation launches a "legal residency" program with UnitedLex, a global consulting and legal services firm.

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Experts to discuss EPA’s Clean Power Plan May 18-19 at Vanderbilt

May. 17, 2015—Two-day conference explores EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

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Four 2015 VLS graduates earn Ph.D. in Law and Economics

May. 14, 2015—Ph.D. in Law and Economics graduates’ dissertations addressed endangered species regulation, enforcement of non-discrimination laws, the effect of litigation on medical practitioners, and contractual dispute resolution.

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Kyle Robisch ’14 wins 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

May. 12, 2015—Robisch received the prestigious award for his Vanderbilt Law Review Note, “Getting to the (Non)Point: Private Governance as a Solution to Nonpoint Source Pollution.

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23 graduates honored with academic and citizenship awards at Commencement

May. 11, 2015—Robin Frazer of Lexington, Kentucky, is the 2015 VLS Founders Medalist.

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Amicus brief organized by Tracey George cited in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar

May. 6, 2015—Brief cited studies showing that money spent on judicial elections “can affect judicial decision-making across a broad range of cases.”

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Monique Hannam ’15 wins Nagareda Prize for best scholarly paper focusing on litigation and dispute resolution

Apr. 27, 2015—Hannam’s paper addresses the court battle over the routing of I-40 through North Nashville.

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Gif Thornton ’90 (BS’84) named managing partner of Adams and Reese

Apr. 23, 2015—A well-known government relations attorney, Thornton has previously served as chair of the 300-member firm’s executive committee and held numerous management roles.

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Energy expert Jim Rossi comments on SCOTUS ruling in ONEOK v. Learjet

Apr. 22, 2015—Although the opinion was not unanimous, Rossi believes "the case signals a willingness by most of the Justices to tolerate some degree of concurrent federal/state jurisdiction under federal statutes concerning the regulation of energy markets."

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Article by Yesha Yadav cited in unanimous SCOTUS opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

Apr. 21, 2015—“The Problematic Case of Clearinghouses in Complex Markets,” (101 Georgetown Law Journal 387, 2013), cited in Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp v. CLS Bank International.

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1L Hailey Verano member of winning team in TechVenture Challenge

Apr. 20, 2015—Led by biomaterial science Ph.D. student Kelsey Beavers, the interdisciplinary team included molecular physiology student Elizabeth Conrad, structural biology postdoctoral fellow Michael Feldkamp, biomedical engineering graduate student Samantha Sarett and Verano. The team developed a strategy for commercializing a new test for colon cancer.

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Henry A. Callaway III ’83 appointed to 14-year term on U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Apr. 13, 2015—Callaway will serve on the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile.

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Five Vanderbilt Law professors honored with Hall-Hartman Awards for outstanding teaching

Apr. 13, 2015—Rebecca Allensworth, Tracey George and Ingrid Wuerth honored by first-year students; Edward Cheng and Yesha Yadav honored for upper-level courses.

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Edward Rubin’s new book addresses transformation in American morality

Apr. 6, 2015—In Soul, Self and Society: The New Morality and the Western State, Rubin describes “moral transformation” linked to the rise of the administrative state.

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Tax expert Beverly Moran suggests four ways to improve the U.S. tax system

Mar. 30, 2015—Moran advocates taking the U.S. tax system back to its constitutional roots.

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Abby Moskowitz is Vanderbilt’s first Garrison Social Justice Scholar

Mar. 30, 2015—New scholarship provides tuition and summer stipend support to students preparing for social justice careers.

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Article co-authored by Lisa Bressman cited in SCOTUS case dissent in Yates v. U.S.

Mar. 25, 2015—“Statutory Interpretation from the Inside,” co-authored by Lisa Bressman with Abbe Gluck and published in the Stanford Law Review, cited in dissent by Justice Elena Kagan.

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SEC Commissioner to speak at Law and Business conference March 27

Mar. 11, 2015—Daniel Gallagher, a commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, will deliver the keynote speech during law and business conference.

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