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Chris Giancarlo ’84, chairman of U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to deliver Sims Lecture April 13

Mar. 15, 2018—Giancarlo's talk will address ongoing efforts to reform over-the-counter derivatives marks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Environmental symposium March 12 addresses environmental regulations

Mar. 9, 2018—The noon panel discussion features Blake Hudson of Houston Law, Michael Butler of the Tennessee Wildlife Foundation, Bob Martineau of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Greer Tidwell od Bridgestone Americas.

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Laura Dolbow ’17 wins 2018 Law360 Distinguished Writing Award through Burton Awards Program

Mar. 9, 2018—Dolbow was honored for her Note, “A Distinction without a Difference: Convergence in Claims Construction Standards,” published in the 2017 Vanderbilt Law Review.

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Read Salt Lake Tribune profile of Assistant U.S. Attorney Stewart Walz ’76

Mar. 8, 2018—Walz, who retired at the end of February, spent 42 years in government service, and had served as his office's senior litigation counsel since 1999.

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Legal First Responders panel highlights ways to use legal skills in crisis situations

Mar. 7, 2018—Thomas Castelli of the ACLU of Tennessee, immigration lawyer Andrew Free ’09 and election law expert Junaid Odubeko ’04 discuss how lawyers can respond to legal emergencies.

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Economist Joni Hersch finds that costs of sexual harassment are too low to incentivize firms to eliminate it

Mar. 1, 2018—Hersch's examination of sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC indicated that "costs to firms’ bottom lines are evidently insufficient to incentivize firms to eliminate sexual harassment.”

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Read Above the Law column highlighting VLS’s Program on Law and Innovation

Feb. 28, 2018—Columnist Kelly Twigger also interviews Professor Larry Bridgesmith about the Summit on Law and Innovation scheduled at VLS April 30.

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Emily Grand ’19 and Claudia Stantzyk-Guzek ’19 win 2018 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition.

Feb. 14, 2018—Finalists were Josh Landis ’19, who was named Best Oralist, and Claire Fox ’19. Lauren Stern ’19 and Sarah Grimsdale ’19 honored for Best Brief.

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Nat Robinson ’18 (MBA’07) leads Vanderbilt team to South by Southwest business pitch competition

Jan. 25, 2018—The team’s start-up, Leaf Global Fintech, was selected as a finalist in the Payment and FinTech category of the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, at which teams compete for funding.

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Eli Richardson ’92 nominated to seat on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Jan. 24, 2018—Richardson is a partner at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, where he focuses on government investigations involving allged white-collar crime or criminal civil violations.

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Jeremy D. Kernodle ’01 nominated to seat on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Jan. 24, 2018—Kernodle is a partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, where he founded and chairs the firm's False Claims Act practice group.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named to 2018 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Jan. 23, 2018—Sitaraman joins 17 colleagues from across Vanderbilt in two-year program for highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty members.

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James R. McHenry III, JD/MA ’03, appointed director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review

Jan. 12, 2018—McHenry's appointment was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He has served as acting director of the office since May 30.

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Paul Ney, JD/MBA ’84, nominated as counsel to U.S. Department of Defense

Jan. 11, 2018—Ney currently serves as chief deputy attorney general in the Tennessee Attorney General's Office.

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Thomas Parker ’89 confirmed to seat on the Western District of Tennessee

Jan. 10, 2018—Judge Parker was confirmed by a unanimous Senate vote. He has a reputation "as one of Memphis' finest attorneys," said Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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Study by Rebecca Allensworth focuses on role of occupational licensing boards in regulating consumer services

Jan. 10, 2018—Most members of state licensing boards are also professionals regulated by the boards, raising consumer concerns.

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Vice Chancellor David Williams named 2017 Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Tribune

Jan. 4, 2018—Williams, who is a professor of law and Vanderbilt's athletics director, was honored by Nashville's African American newspaper for making "Vanderbilt athethletics a national model."

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J.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience student Chris Sundby receives National Institute of Justice Fellowship

Dec. 6, 2017—Sundby's $50,000 NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will support his research project, "The Neuroscience of Evidentiary Rules: The Case of the Present Sense Impression."

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New book by Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan urges private industry to step up on climate change

Dec. 5, 2017—In Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change, the authors make the case for how the private sector can play an important role in reducing carbon emissions.

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Kevin M. Stack appointed to the Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Chair in Law

Nov. 29, 2017—Stack is an expert in administrative law and separation of powers whose scholarship focuses on what the rule of law requires for administrative government.

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Daniel Gervais appointed to Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law

Nov. 29, 2017—Gervais recently began a two-year term as president of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property.

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Nat Robinson ’18 (MBA’07) to compete for 2018 Hult Prize

Nov. 28, 2017—Robinson is a member of a team that also includes Kayla Armgardt MBA'18, Tori Samples MBA'18 and Adam Cohen (MS, mechanical engineering). Twelve teams entered the VU competition.

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Joni Hersch appointed to Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair

Nov. 27, 2017—Hersch is a labor economist whose research has focused on why women in the same jobs are paid less than men.

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Samiyyah Ali ’16 will clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2018

Nov. 17, 2017—Ali is currently serving as a law clerk for Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after clerking for Judge Amul Thapar on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 2016-17.

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