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Alana Seixas ’18 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Apr. 7, 2016—Seixas will receive scholarship and stipend support during her second and third years of law school to support her preparation for a career in social justice advocacy.

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Ingrid Wuerth named to the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law

Apr. 1, 2016—Wuerth is the inaugural holder of the Curry Chair, which was endowed in 2015 by an estate gift from pioneering Georgia lawyer Jean Curry Allen.

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Adjunct Professor Larry Bridgesmith discusses impact of artificial intelligence on legal profession

Mar. 30, 2016—Major conference at Vanderbilt Law School April 14-15 will address how artificial intelligence may change the delivery of legal services.

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Article co-authored by J.B. Ruhl wins Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award

Mar. 28, 2016—The article, published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, has been honored for its “contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability.”

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Terry Maroney to join 2016-17 class of fellows at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Mar. 23, 2016—Maroney will spend an academic year in residence with 37 other fellows representing a broad range of disciplines.

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Adjunct Professor Michele Johnson one of three Vanderbilt professors nominated for Nashville’s Athena Award

Mar. 17, 2016—Johnson co-teaches Poverty Law at VLS. The annual award recognizes women from Middle Tennessee who exemplify leadership, superior performance, commitment to community and unselfish assistance to women and women’s issues.

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Chris Slobogin receives two Distinguished Contribution Awards in Forensic Psychology

Mar. 15, 2016—The American Psychology-Law Society and the American Board of Forensic Psychology recognize Slobogin’s career contributions to forensic psychology in 2016

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Read cultural anthropologist Stephanie Maher’s review of Robert Barsky’s book, Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law

Mar. 9, 2016—Barsky's book has been shortlisted for the Socio-Legal Studies Association’s 2016 Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize.

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VLS hosts conference focusing on legal technology and artificial intelligence

Mar. 7, 2016—Richard Susskind, author of "Tomorrow's Lawyers," is keynote speaker of two-day conference titled "Watson, Esq.: Will Your Next Lawyer Be a Machine?"

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Brian Fitzpatrick on Justice Antonin Scalia’s impact on the U.S. Supreme Court

Feb. 25, 2016—Fitzpatrick's column, in which he remembers his former boss and the lessons he taught, appears in U.S. News & World Report.

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Guantanamo Bay closure plan discussed in forum moderated by Michael Newton

Feb. 25, 2016—Two retired military officers will address President Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and the ethics of torture.

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Bianca DiBella ’17 and Katherine Martin ’17 win 2015-16 Moot Court Competition

Feb. 24, 2016—Kyle Lyons-Burke ’17 and Andrew Marino ’17 are finalists; 68 teams entered the competition.

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Samar Ali ’06 (BA’03) begins 2016 Truman National Security Fellowship

Feb. 19, 2016—Ali, an associate with Bone McAllester Norton, will spend a year receiving leadership training and working at the Truman National Security Project's offices in Washington, D.C.

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Andrew Herzog JD’16 takes the ice with VU’s club hockey team

Feb. 9, 2016—Herzog, who managed the Air Force Academy hockey team during undergraduate, participated in the 2016 NHL All-Star Skill Competition with VU's club hockey team.

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J.D./Master’s in Finance Program allows law students to gain expertise in finance

Jan. 29, 2016—Aimed at students interested in corporate transactional practice, Vanderbilt’s three academic year J.D./M.S.F. program is offered by VLS in conjunction with the Owen Graduate School of Management.

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John Jay Hooker ’57 dies at age 85

Jan. 27, 2016—After being diagnosed with stage four metastatic myeloma in January 2015, Hooker campaigned for “death with dignity” law in Tennessee.

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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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