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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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Chris Slobogin to serve as associate reporter on new American Law Institute project on police investigations

Feb. 20, 2015—Slobogin joins team of six crimiminal law scholars to address such issues as eyewitness identification, forensic evidence gathering, preservation of exsculpatory material, search and seizure, and remedies and accountability.

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Larry Crane-Moscowitz and Alex Vey win 2015 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Feb. 19, 2015—Travis Gray ’16 and Andrew Struckmeyer ’16 are 2015 finalists.

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Stephen Sanders ’78: 2014-15 Social Justice Fellow

Feb. 17, 2015—Advocating for justice for both miners and mountains.

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2015 National Moot Court Competition at Vanderbilt cancelled due to weather conditions

Feb. 17, 2015—Flight delays and hazardous driving conditions due to ice storm force cancellation of 2015 competition.

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James Blumstein op/ed focuses on Insure Tennessee Medicaid expansion plan

Feb. 16, 2015—Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam now has an opportunity to move from a framework agreement to a final contract.

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Sean Seymore and Daniel Sharfstein are named Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Feb. 12, 2015—Seymore and Sharfstein are part of inaugural class of 15 fellows in new VU program that celebrates trans-institutional scholarship.

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Daniel Gervais is the Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property at National University of Singapore

Feb. 6, 2015—Gervais will also deliver a distinguished lecture on copyright reform at the Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore.

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Waverly Crenshaw ’81 (BA’78) nominated to seat on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Feb. 5, 2015—If confirmed, Crenshaw will fill the seat vacated by Judge William J. Haynes Jr. ’73.

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New social justice scholarship endowed by Amy and Frank Garrison available to first-year law students

Jan. 29, 2015—Garrison Social Justice Scholars will receive supplemental scholarships and summer stipends to support preparation for careers in social justice and public interest law.

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Vanderbilt launches new Program on Law and Innovation

Jan. 28, 2015—Law and Innovation program will offer classes, internships, fellowships and other experiential learning opportunities focused on changes in modern legal practice.

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California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu discusses the work of judges

Jan. 27, 2015—Justice Liu delivered an informal talk moderated by Professor Ganesh Sitaraman on January 22.

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