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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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Tracey George named associate provost for faculty affairs for Vanderbilt University

Nov. 6, 2017—George, who holds the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty, will continue to teach and conduct research during the three-year, part-time appointment.

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Sara Mayeux wins 2017 Cromwell Article Prize for best legal history article

Oct. 31, 2017—Professor Mayeux’s article, “What Gideon Did,” shows that Gideon v. Wainwright shifted indigent defense policy from a charity model toward a public model.

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Darby Dickerson ’88 wins 2018 AALS section award for lifetime contributions to legal research writing

Oct. 30, 2017—Dickerson is Dean of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She will receive the award Jan. 4 at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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Daniel Gervais inducted as president of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property

Oct. 27, 2017—Professor Gervais will serve a two-year term as president of ATRIP and preside over its 2018 and 2019 world congresses in Helsinki, Finland, and Nashville.

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Laura Dolbow ’17 wins ABA Section of Administrative Law’s Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition

Oct. 18, 2017—Dolbow’s paper addresses the Senate Appropriations Committee’s oversight over guidance documents.

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Ganesh Sitaraman Looks at What Two Recent Books Can Teach Us about Defending Democracy

Oct. 16, 2017—Read "How the Oligarchy Wins: Lessons from Ancient Greece," Sitaraman's Oct. 15 column in The Guardian.

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Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative, discusses Kurdish independence referendum

Sep. 28, 2017—93 percent of Iraqi Kurds voted in favor of establishing an independent Kurdistan.

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Climate Change Research Network blog post addresses private-sector response to climate change

Sep. 26, 2017—The TIPS-funded research team of Alexander Maki, Michael Vandenbergh, Jonathan Gilligan and Mark Cohen is exploring private-sector programs offering "employee energy benefits."

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Class action expert Brian Fitzpatrick on the pros and cons joining an Equifax lawsuit

Sep. 22, 2017—Fitzpatrick recommends that people "stay in class actions. It is very hard to sue on your own."

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Jim Blumstein on “How to End Obamacare” in Wall Street Journal commentary

Sep. 19, 2017—Blumstein proposes that Republicans "pass a two-page bill clarifying that Congress did not intend to use its taxing power to enforce the individual mandate."

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Don Cochran ’92 (BA’80) confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee

Sep. 18, 2017—Cochran currently serves on the law faculty at Belmont University.

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