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Darby Dickerson ’88 is president of the Association of American Law Schools

Jan. 13, 2020—Dickerson is the dean of UIC John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She was inducted into her one-year term as AALS president during the association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in January.

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Research by W. Kip Viscusi finds post-9/11 wars may have resulted in twice as many deaths at home as in battle

Jan. 10, 2020—Viscusi, an economist whose research focuses on fatality risks, found that post-9/11 wars resulted in indirect deaths in the U.S. due to the diversion of war costs from the U.S. economy and the subsequent impact on consumers who had less money to spend on better nutrition, health care, safe housing and safe products. His article, "The Mortality Cost Metric for the Cost of War," appears in the journal Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy.

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Legal historian Sara Mayeux among 13 rising Vanderbilt scholars to receive Provost Research Studios for 2019-20

Jan. 8, 2020—Provost Research Studios provide up to $4,000 to support the professional development of full-time faculty early in their academic careers.

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Fred Graham ’59, legal affairs reporter and Court TV anchor, dies at 88

Dec. 31, 2019—Fred Graham pioneered coverage of Supreme Court rulings as the law correspondent for CBS News, was a substitute anchor for "Face the Nation," the "CBS Morning News," and "Nightwatch," and one of the first anchors of Court TV, where he covered the O.J. Simpson trial.

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Paige Skiba and Caroline Malone, JD/PhD’22 on how payday lenders use installment loans to evade regulation

Dec. 9, 2019—In a Dec. 9 article published by The Conversation, Skiba and Malone explain why payday lenders have embraced installment loans, based on their recent study that explored the effect that the larger installment loans have on borrowers. Their results suggest that installment loans may create additional financial strain for consumers rather than benefiting them.

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Books by W. Kip Viscusi and Michael Vandenbergh among best environmental writing in past 50 years.

Dec. 3, 2019—Viscusi’s book Pricing Lives and Vandenbergh’s book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change, co-authored with VU professor Jonathan Gilligan, were included in “Reading the Environment: 1969-2019,” an Environmental Forum overview of influential environmental writing by Oliver Houck and G. Tracy Mehan II.

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“A Counterintuitive and Compelling Case for Class-Action Lawsuits”: Read Judge Kenneth Lee’s review of Brian Fitzpatrick’s new book

Dec. 2, 2019—In a book review published in the National Review, Judge Kenneth K. Lee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals touts Fitzpatrick's book, "The Conservative Case for Class Action Lawsuits," as "a clever, contrarian, and counterintuitive take on class actions that should open the eyes of both conservatives and liberals."

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Ganesh Sitaraman on “How to Rein In an All-Too-Powerful Supreme Court”

Nov. 19, 2019—Professor Sitaraman proposes that Congress pass a Congressional Review Act that would enable it to overturn SCOTUS decisions on legislative matters with greater speed and ease in a Nov. 16 essay published in The Atlantic.

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Susan Kay ’79 honored with “Lifetime Achievement Award” by ACLU of Tennessee

Nov. 14, 2019—Kay, who is associate dean for experiential education, has taught at VLS since 1980 and established the law school's first clinic. The award recognizes her lifetime dedication to criminal justice reform and legal advocacy, which includng successfully challenging Nashville's jail conditions. She was honored on Nov. 14.

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Alex Gardner ’19 wins Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award writing competition

Nov. 14, 2019—The annual competition sponsored by the International Association of Gaming Advisors recognizes the best scholarly research paper in gaming law written by law students as part of their coursework. Gardner’s article addressed the history of parimutuel wagering.

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Read Brian Fitzpatrick’s National Review opinion piece, “The Conservative Case for Class Actions?”

Nov. 14, 2019—In his new book, released this fall by Chicago University Press, Fitzpatrick makes "The Conservative Case for Class Actions," asserting that "They're better than the alternative: regulation by bureaucrats."

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GlobalVU, co-led by Ingrid Wuerth, establishes Global Fellows Program

Nov. 11, 2019—Wuerth, Helen Strong Curry Professor of International Law, and Ted Fischer, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology, lead the GlobalVU intiative, which is funded by the Provost and Vanderbilt's Transinstitutional Programs (TIPS) program. The Global Fellows Program will bring international scholars, authors, artists, politicians and other thought leaders to Vanderbilt.

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Chancellor Emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos appointed University Distinguished Professor and Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Law

Nov. 11, 2019—Vanderbilt has also announced that one of its newest residential colleges will be named in Zeppos' honor. He will began teaching in fall 2020, after a yearlong sabbatical.

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Brian Fitzpatrick argues class actions are a potent and necessary legal enforcement mechanism in new book

Nov. 1, 2019—In "The Conservative Case for Class Actions," Fitzpatrick debunks arguments that class action lawsuits are frivolous, primarily aimed at making money for lawyers rather than representing plaintiffs, and fail to prevent wrongdoing. Fitzpatrick asserts class actions "are a powerful component of the justice system," and proposes reforms designed to make them "acceptable to everyone."

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Chris Serkin named to the Elisabeth H. and Granville S. Ridley Jr. Chair in Law

Oct. 25, 2019—Serkin is associate dean for academic affairs. His scholarship address property theory, local governments, the Taking Clause, land use regulation and eminent domain.

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First Amendment Clinic files amicus brief in Georgia v. Public Resource addressing public access to state law

Oct. 17, 2019—Supreme Court case addresses the right of citizens to freely access official statutory codes as a means of ensuring effective participation in democratic self-government.

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Amicus brief co-authored by Jessica Clarke asserts that Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and transgender identity

Oct. 4, 2019—Clarke and her co-authors argue that the Title VII prohibition on discrimination based on sex also means employers cannot discriminate against employees based on sexual orientation or transgender identity.

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James Blumstein addresses voting rights in testimony before Senate subcommittee Sept. 5

Oct. 4, 2019—Blumstein discussed the implications of his 1971 Supreme Court victory in Dunn v. Blumstein, which struck down a residency requirement imposed by the State of Tennessee, in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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Matthew LaRue ’20 wins 2019 ABA Water Resources Student Writing Competition

Oct. 4, 2019— LaRue’s article, “The Stream of Commerce,” analyzes the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and suggests that a new interpretation of navigable waters, one that would include all commercial waters, could bring a much-needed change to the existing legal framework.

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Constitutional law experts Suzanna Sherry and Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt and Mark Tushnet of Harvard discuss Supreme Court reforms

Sep. 27, 2019—Three prominent constitutional lawyers will address ways to reduce the politicization of the Supreme Court in a panel discussion Oct. 1.

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Owen Jones named to the Glenn M. Weaver, M.D. and Mary Ellen Weaver Chair in Law, Brain, and Behavior

Sep. 25, 2019—Jones is a pioneering scholar in the field of law and neuroscience, a co-author of the first textbook in the field, and director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network for Law and Neuroscience.

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Michelle Pettit ’01 nominated to seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Sep. 25, 2019—Pettit currently works in the National Security and Cybercrimes Seciton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of California. She has served as a judge in the U.S. Navy Reserves since 2015.

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Sean Seymore appointed to the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law

Sep. 23, 2019—Seymore’s research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry

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Panelists Danny Glover, David Cole and Bruce Raynor to discuss political activism and advocacy at VLS Oct. 10

Sep. 19, 2019—The 2019 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture, “Political Activism, Legal Advocacy and Labor Organizing: A Conversation on Creating Change,” is a panel discussion featuring actor/activist Danny Glover, ACLU Legal Director David Cole and labor leader Bruce Raynor.

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John Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, visits VLS Sept. 10

Sep. 13, 2019—Chief Justice Roberts fielded questions from Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit addressing his work at the Supreme Court and his legal career prior to becoming a judge.

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