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Chancellor Zeppos hosts discussion of controversy over Supreme Court nominee

May. 5, 2016—“Battle Supreme: Politics, the Law and an Open Seat on the Nation’s Highest Court," the final event of the 2016 Chancellor's Lecture Series, featured Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano; CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin; Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Audrey Anderson, who formerly served as deputy general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security; and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian.

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Article co-authored by Randall Thomas and Paul Edelman among “Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2015”

May. 3, 2016—“Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism,” a California Law Review article co-authored by Edelman and Thomas with Robert B. Thompson, was one of 12 articles selected in annual poll.

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Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos looks back on 8 years at Vanderbilt’s chancellor

May. 2, 2016—Zeppos took the reins of Vanderbilt University in 2008, in the midst of the global financial crisis.

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Megan McLean ’16 wins Environmental Law Institute writing competition

Apr. 29, 2016—McLean's winning paper, "Throwing Shade: The Case against Judicial Interference with Solar Net Metering Policies," will be published in the Environmental Law Reporter.

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Cheng, George, Ruhl, Vandenbergh and Wuerth honored with Hall-Hartman Awards

Apr. 26, 2016—Professors Tracey George, Michael Vandenbergh and Ingrid Wuerth were honored for their first-year Contracts, Property and Civil Procedure classes, respectively. Professor Ed Cheng was recognized for his upper-level Evidence class and Professor J.B. Ruhl for his Food System Seminar.

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Daniel Gervais among new faculty heads joining The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons

Apr. 13, 2016—"“We chose faculty heads who excel at meeting students where they are, intellectually and interpersonally,” said Ingram Commons Dean Vanessa Beasley.

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Former VU general counsel Jeff Carr ’66 dead at 75

Apr. 13, 2016—Carr retired from a 34-year career as a senior leader at Vanderbilt in 2000.

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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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