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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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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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“Our Constitution Wasn’t Built for This,” Ganesh Sitaraman’s NYTimes Opinion column

Sep. 18, 2017—Professor Sitaraman's column focuses on the theme of his new book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic.” It appeared in the Sept. 16 Sunday Review section of the New York Times.

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18 members of the Class of 2017 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 15, 2017—Amanda Rose, professor of law, who is president of the Vanderbilt Law School Chapter of Order of the Coif, has announced that 18 graduates of the Class of 2017 have been selected for membership in the Order of the Coif. Members of this prestigious organization are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10...

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$2 million investment establishes Turner Family Community Enterprise Clinic at VLS

Aug. 22, 2017—The clinic will offer students hands-on opportunities to assist individuals who would otherwise not be able to afford legal assistance with matters such as applying for tax-exempt status and drafting lease agreements.

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Tim Meyer discusses constitutional obstacles to withdrawing from NAFTA

Aug. 16, 2017—"Even if the United States leaves NAFTA, the president will still be bound to implement the agreement's rules on the terms dictated by Congress until Congress says otherwise," Meyer notes in a post on The Conversation.

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Three VLS alumni are 2017-18 presidents of the Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee Bar Associations

Aug. 16, 2017—Augusta Dowd ’82, Brian D. (Buck) Rogers ’94 and Lucian Pera ‘85 are serving one-year terms as presidents of the Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee state bar associations, and Joycelyn Stevenson ‘01 was named executive director of the TBA.

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Holly Thompson ’19 selected for inaugural class of Douglass Fellows by Human Trafficking Institute

Aug. 7, 2017—Thompson will work throughout the academic year to support HTI’s justice and advocacy efforts.

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49 VLS graduates will serve 52 clerkships in 2017-18 or future terms

Jul. 28, 2017—VLS students and graduates will serve federal clerkships with a Supreme Court justice; appellate judges on the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Eleventh, D.C. and Federal Circuits; a special master of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and district courts in 17 states and D.C.; and two state supreme courts.

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Rob Mikos’ casebook, Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority, released by Wolters Kluwer

Jul. 6, 2017—Professor Mikos' casebook is the first to focus on law, policy and authority issues related to marijuana users, their suppliers and third parties who interact with them.

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Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan propose private-sector actions to address climate change

Jul. 5, 2017—Vandenbergh and Gilligan emphasize that government action isn't enough to address climate change, and offer steps corporations, religious and civic organizations, investors, households, and colleges and universities can take to narrow the Paris Agreement gap in a blog post in The Conversation republished in Salon.

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94 VLS students receive 2017 summer stipends to support pro bono legal work

Jun. 15, 2017—VLS students are working in judicial chambers, with government agencies and attorneys’ offices, and with nonprofit organizations in 20 states, Puerto Rico, D.C., and Brussels.

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47 VLS students pursue externships for course credit during summer 2017

Jun. 15, 2017—Students are working in unpaid legal positions in 13 states, Puerto Rico, D.C. and China.

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Austin Holland ’17 selected for HUD Legal Honors Program

Jun. 12, 2017—Holland plans to join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a litigator in the Legal Honors Program.

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Joycelyn Stevenson ’01 named executive director of the Tennessee Bar Association

Jun. 9, 2017—Stevenson is a shareholder with Littler Mendelson in Nashville.

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Ben Raker ’17 Wins Two Writing Competitions, the Environmental Law Institute’s Henry Diamond Award and the Tennessee Bar Association’s Jon E. Hasting Memorial Award

Jun. 7, 2017—Raker’s articles address two environmental law issues: how courts should handle conflicts between federal and state renewable power regulations and Tennessee’s approach to stormwater regulations.

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