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Jeffrey Schoenblum elected to Estate Planning Hall of Fame

Jan. 26, 2016—The recognition is the highest honor bestowed on estate planning professionals by the multidisciplinary National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.

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John Jay Hooker ’57 named “Tennessean of the Year”

Jan. 7, 2016—Hooker honored by Nashville newspaper for his high-profile career and accomplishments.

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Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson to speak at VU Jan. 15

Dec. 17, 2015—Stevenson will discuss his memoir, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, as part of the Vanderbilt Chancellor Lecture Series.

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Owen Jones elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dec. 10, 2015—Owen D. Jones, Vanderbilt’s New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jones was selected a AAAS Fellow for his “behavioral, evolutionary, and neuroscience research in law” and for “leadership of nationwide networks of legal scholars, judges, and scientists.” The AAAS is...

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Travis McDonough ’97 confirmed to seat on the Eastern District of Tennessee

Dec. 8, 2015—The Senate voted 89-0 in favor of McDonough, whose nomination was endorsed by Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander.

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Samar Ali ’06 (BS’03) discusses her role as a third-party mediator in Syria

Nov. 30, 2015—Listen to Ali's interview with WPLN Radio's Emily Siner about diplomacy related to the conflict in Syria.

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Ed Rubin on Why Obama’s Rejection of the Keystone Pipeline Was Important

Nov. 10, 2015—In Salon.com op/ed, Rubin states, "We simply must stop increasing fossil fuel consumption and start decreasing it."

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Sen. Fred Thompson ’67, Aug. 19, 1942 – Nov. 1, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015—Thompson had successful careers as a U.S. senator, an attorney and an actor.

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Brian Fitzpatrick elected to the American Law Institute

Oct. 22, 2015—Brian Fitzpatrick, professor of law, has been elected a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Fitzpatrick’s election was announced by ALI in October 2015. He is one of 73 new members, who include judges, lawyers and law professors from 22 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries, elected this year. His research...

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Joe Fishman works at the intersection of copyright law and creativity

Oct. 22, 2015—Fishman joined Vanderbilt's law faculty as an assistant professor in summer 2015.

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Eric Holder, 82nd attorney general of the United States, to speak at Vanderbilt Nov. 6

Oct. 22, 2015—Holder's talk, “Principled Leadership: The Courage to Face Challenge,” is part of Vanderbilt's 2015-16 Chancellor's Lecture Series.

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POSTPONED: John Jay Hooker ’57 speaks at Vanderbilt Law School Oct. 27

Oct. 22, 2015—The event, sponsored by the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program and the Social Justice Program at Vanderbilt, is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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Jim Rossi and team of energy law scholars address scope of Federal Power Act in amicus brief

Oct. 13, 2015—Amicus brief filed by 26 "Interested Energy Scholars" argues on behalf of the plaintiffs in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association.

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Jeffrey Schoenblum delivers 2015 Tamisea Distinguished Lecture at Iowa Law

Oct. 12, 2015—Schoenblum addressed the emergence of a “New Trust” concept in his lecture, “What Is a Trust?”

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Vanderbilt Law hosts second annual Mid-Career Seminar for U.S. District Judges

Oct. 8, 2015—The seminar is now offered annually through a partnership between the Federal Judicial Center and Vanderbilt Law School.

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Daniel Gervais is president-elect of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property

Oct. 2, 2015—Gervais will serve a two-year term as president of the international association of intellectual property law scholars starting in 2017.

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New study on how brain decides guilt and punishment published in the journal Neuron

Sep. 17, 2015—Study co-authored by MacArthur Research Network Director Owen Jones with VU researchers Rene Marois, David Zald and Katherine Jan; Harvard researchers Joshua Buchholtz (Ph.D.'12) and Justin Martin (BA'10); and Emory researcher Michael Treadway.

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19 members of the Class of 2015 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 16, 2015—Members of this prestigious organization are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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MacArthur Research Network for Law and Neuroscience receives additional $1.4 million of grant funding

Sep. 14, 2015—Headquartered at Vanderbilt and directed by New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law Owen Jones, the MacArthur Research Network focuses on the use of neuroscientific evidence in criminal law and of neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

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Joni Hersch named editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Economics

Sep. 9, 2015—Hersch is one of two editors of the peer-reviewed journal. She was named an IZA Research Fellow in April 2015.

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Kevin Stack receives 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Research

Aug. 28, 2015—Stack was recognized by Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos for his influential 2012 Michigan Law Review article, “Interpreting Regulations.”

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Social Justice Program to be named for renowned civil rights attorney George Barrett ’57

Aug. 26, 2015—Darren Robbins '93 made a gift to endow the Social Justice Program in Barrett’s name.

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Prosecuting Maritime Piracy, co-edited by Michael Newton, addresses problems inherent in prosecuting transnational crimes in local courts

Aug. 25, 2015—Newton’s essay, “Piracy and the Problem of Command Responsibility,” recommends holding leaders of pirate gangs responsible for crimes committed by gang members.

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International economic law scholar Timothy Meyer joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty

Aug. 14, 2015—Meyer’s current scholarship addresses international economic and environmental regulation.

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