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Kevin Coker and Sean Dowling named 2018 Gideon’s Promise Fellows

May. 17, 2018—Coker will work at the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office and Dowling for the Shelby County Defenders.

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Alana Seixas and Lynn Stopher named 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Fellows

May. 17, 2018—Stopher will work at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago; Seixas will work at the Children’s Law Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Ingrid Wuerth, Suzanna Sherry, Tracey George and Edward Cheng honored with 2018 Hall-Hartman Awards

May. 16, 2018—Wuerth, Sherry and George were honored for first-year teaching, and Wuerth and Edward Cheng for upper-level courses.

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Twenty 2018 graduates honored with awards at Commencement

May. 14, 2018—Richard Turner Henderson received the Founder's Medal for First Honors.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named Carnegie Fellow to support research in democracy

Apr. 25, 2018—Sitaraman will receive $200,000 from the Carnegie Foundation of New York to support his research on how public services such as schools and libraries can advance public policy goals.

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Nell Henson ’18 wins the 2018 Nagareda Prize for article on expert witnesses in medical malpractice trials

Apr. 23, 2018—Henson’s Note, published in the 2018 Vanderbilt Law Review, explores courts’ disagreement over admissibility of evidence of prior malpractice by medical expert witnesses.

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Claria Horn Boom ’94 confirmed to shared seat on federal districts courts for Eastern and Western Kentucky

Apr. 10, 2018—Horn Boom has previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. She was a partner at Frost Brown Todd in Lexington before her confirmation to the federal bench.

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Kristen Clarke of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law delivers 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture

Apr. 10, 2018—Clarke’s lecture, “Democracy under Attack: Race, Rights and Resistance,” addresses the role of lawyers in responding to racial injustice, voter suppression and other civil rights issues.

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Candid conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor inspires students

Apr. 4, 2018—Justice Sotomayor answered students' questions in her 2018 Cecil Sims Lecture in Flynn Auditorium April 3.

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Dora Duru ’20 receives Helen Strong Curry International Legal Scholarship

Mar. 28, 2018—Duru will participate in the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics Program and intern at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy during summer 2018.

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Amber Banks ’20 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Mar. 27, 2018—Banks will spend summer 2018 working at the Texas Civil Rights Project.

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Julie Rooney ’18 wins Scribes Law-Review Award for VLR Note addressing privacy law

Mar. 21, 2018—Julie Rooney ’18 has won the 2018 Scribes Law-Review Award. Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers, has presented the annual award for the best student writing in a law review or journal since 1987. Rooney’s Note, “Going Postal: Analyzing the Abuse of Mail Covers Under the Fourth Amendment,” was published in the Vanderbilt Law...

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Chris Giancarlo ’84, chairman of U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to deliver Sims Lecture April 13

Mar. 15, 2018—Giancarlo's talk will address ongoing efforts to reform over-the-counter derivatives marks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Laura Dolbow ’17 wins 2018 Law360 Distinguished Writing Award through Burton Awards Program

Mar. 9, 2018—Dolbow was honored for her Note, “A Distinction without a Difference: Convergence in Claims Construction Standards,” published in the 2017 Vanderbilt Law Review.

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Economist Joni Hersch finds that costs of sexual harassment are too low to incentivize firms to eliminate it

Mar. 1, 2018—Hersch's examination of sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC indicated that "costs to firms’ bottom lines are evidently insufficient to incentivize firms to eliminate sexual harassment.”

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Emily Grand ’19 and Claudia Stantzyk-Guzek ’19 win 2018 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition.

Feb. 14, 2018—Finalists were Josh Landis ’19, who was named Best Oralist, and Claire Fox ’19. Lauren Stern ’19 and Sarah Grimsdale ’19 honored for Best Brief.

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Nat Robinson ’18 (MBA’07) leads Vanderbilt team to South by Southwest business pitch competition

Jan. 25, 2018—The team’s start-up, Leaf Global Fintech, was selected as a finalist in the Payment and FinTech category of the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, at which teams compete for funding.

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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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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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Law and Economics graduate Benjamin J. McMichael (JD/PhD’15) to join law faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law

Dec. 11, 2017—Benjamin McMichael will join the law faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law as an assistant professor of law beginning fall 2018. His research focuses on the ways in which legal regimes influence the provision of health care in the United States. He has also examined the roles of state and federal reforms...

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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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