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Lauren Sudeall to join Vanderbilt Law faculty in summer 2023

Nov. 28, 2022—Sudeall’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law, criminal procedure and access to justice. She is currently a professor at the Georgia State University College of Law, where she is the founding faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice.

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Chris Guthrie to chair search committee for the next dean of Owen Graduate School of Management

Nov. 2, 2022—The committee includes two members of the law faculty: Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law and Professor of Management, and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Tracey George (ex-officio), who is the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Professor of Law and Liberty. The committee, which also includes Owen alumni and Vanderbilt faculty from multiple disciplines, will conduct a national search to replace M. Eric Johnson, who will step down as Owen’s dean on June 30, 2023.

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Yesha Yadav discusses treasury market turmoil and offers reform solutions on David Beckworth’s Macro Musings podcast

Oct. 31, 2022—Yadav's research focuses on banking and financial regulation, securities regulation, the law of money and payment systems. She and podcast host Beckworth also discuss the future of central bank digital currency in the U.S., the recent economic crisis in the U.K., and more.

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Former EPA administrator Carol Browner discusses environmental policy and the work of the Environmental Protection Agency

Sep. 20, 2022—Browner drew on her nearly four decades of experience advising on environmental and energy policies affecting global energy, the environment and public health to discuss with Vandenbergh current action on climate change, including the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act. Vandenbergh worked for Browner as the EPA's chief of staff early in his career.

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Jennifer Shinall receives Vanderbilt’s Chancellor’s Award for Research on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Sep. 2, 2022—The award recognizes Shinall’s paper, “Protecting Pregnancy,” published in the Cornell Law Review, which offers a sophisticated analysis of how laws designed to assist pregnant women in the workplace actually work.

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Yesha Yadav receives Vanderbilt’s Chancellor’s Award for Research

Sep. 2, 2022—The award recognizes Yadav’s article, “The Failed Regulation of U.S. Treasury Markets,” published in the Columbia Law Review in 2021. The article was recognized as one of the top 10 articles addressing corporate and securities law published in 2021 by the Corporate Practice Commentator.

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Former EPA Administrator Carol Browner to deliver inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Climate Change Governance Sept. 19

Sep. 1, 2022—Browner’s lecture is made possible by the Sally Shallenberger Brown EELU Program Fund and sponsored by the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. Browner became the longest serving EPA administrator in history under President Bill Clinton and was director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama administration. She now practices as a senior counsel with Covington & Burling.

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Francesca L. Procaccini joins VLS faculty as assistant professor

Aug. 2, 2022—Procaccini was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law and taught at Yale Law. Her scholarship focuses on constitutional law, First Amendment law, federal courts and civil procedure.

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Why designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism is a bad idea: Washington Post Opinion by Ingrid Wuerth

Aug. 1, 2022—Wuerth is a foreign policy expert and holds the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law. "The state sponsor of terrorism designation is not a symbolic act to chastise states that behave badly," she writes. "It is a legal trigger embedded in an extremely complex statutory and regulatory framework. The effects of pulling that...trigger are not easy to identify and untangle."

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Sean Seymore joins Vanderbilt Law faculty as Centennial Professor of Law

Jul. 22, 2022—Seymore is a patent law expert who holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. He is also a professor of chemistry. He previously served on the VLS faculty from 2010 to 2021.

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“Is the Establishment Clause Dead? A Message From SCOTUS” – Bloomberg Law opinion piece by Matthew Shaw

Jun. 24, 2022—Shaw argues that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that Maine cannot exclude faith-based schools from a state program that pays for private school tuition in areas of the state that lack public schools could erode the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

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Social Justice Reporter, new scholarly journal, to launch at Vanderbilt in 2022-23

Jun. 7, 2022—The Social Justice Reporter will publish cutting-edge intersectional scholarship and expert perspectives on social justice, civil rights and public-interest lawyering after it launches next year. Its name acknowledges the legacy of the historic Race Relations Reporter, which was published at VLS from 1956 to 1972.

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$17.5M bequest from W. Weldon Wilson ’86 will extend scholarship program

May. 11, 2022—Wilson and his wife Elaine have documented a $17.5 million bequest to support their existing Weldon Wilson Scholarship at VLS. The scholarship was established in 2011 in honor of Weldon’s 25th reunion. Weldon Wilson is vice chair of Resolution Life Group Holdings, a global life insurance group focusing on the acquisition and management of portfolios of life insurance policies.

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Michael Vandenbergh named 2022 Carnegie Fellow to tackle polarization and climate change

Apr. 27, 2022—Vandenbergh's award of $200,000 will support his research into overcoming political polarization to address the causes of climate change and the issues it is creating. He is one of 28 Andrew Carnegie Fellows selected for the 2022 cohort.

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Yesha Yadav’s article, “The Failed Regulation of U.S. Treasury Markets,” selected as one of the Best Corporate and Securities Articles of 2021

Apr. 26, 2022—Yadav’s article was published in the Columbia Law Review. Eleven articles were recognized by the Corporate Practice Commentator from among more than 400 articles for recognition as the best articles published in legal journals addressing topics in corporate and securities law.

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Laura Dolbow ’17 (BA’12) named Sharswood Fellow by University of Pennsylvania Law School

Apr. 6, 2022—Dolbow graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2017. After law school, she was a law clerk for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and then for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. After clerking, she joined Covington & Burling as an associate in Washington, D.C.

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Jim Blumstein reflects on the enduring significance of his Supreme Court voting rights victory 50 years later

Mar. 21, 2022—Blumstein, a New York native, challenged a residency requirement imposed by the state of Tennessee after moving to Nashville to join Vanderbilt's law faculty in 1970. When his challenge prevailed, Tennessee appealed the ruling. Blumstein argued the case, Dunn v. Blumstein, before the Supreme Court. On March 21, 1972, the high court issued a 6–1 decision in Blumstein’s favor, with Justice Thurgood Marshall writing the majority opinion.

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Ed Cheng’s proposed new approach to scientific evidence is the focus of Villanova Law symposium March 18

Mar. 17, 2022—Cheng’s 2022 Vanderbilt Law Review article, “The Consensus Rule: A New Approach to Scientific Evidence,” will be the focus of a day-long symposium March 18 at Villanova Law School, where Cheng’s proposal that the legal system should defer to expert communities rather than reach independent decisions will be critically evaluated by scholars in the field.

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Mike Newton argues that Russia should be investigated for war crimes in CNN email interview

Mar. 15, 2022—Congress is considering a resolution to investigate the Russian invaders of Ukraine for possible war crimes. In an email interview with CNN Opinion, conduct of hostilities expert Mike Newton argues that such an investigation is justified due to Russia's attacks on civilians.

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Ingrid Wuerth discusses “International Law and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine” in Lawfare

Feb. 25, 2022—Wuerth is a leading scholar of foreign affairs and serves on the State Department's Advisory Committee on the American Law Institute's Restatement (Fourth) on U.S. Foreign Relations Law. In this Lawfare post, she states: "Russia's invasion of Ukraine violates Article 2(4) of the U.N. Charter, which prohibits the use of force against the territorial integrity of another state."

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Mike Vandenbergh, research team explore how carbon labels can aid in the fight against climate change

Jan. 27, 2022—"Revisiting the Promise of Carbon Labelling," published in the journal Nature Climate Change, reveals that one benefit of carbon labeling is that businesses that produced labels for their products often reduced their own carbon footprints.

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Lonnie T. Brown ’89 named dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law

Jan. 19, 2022—Brown currently serves as the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and holds the A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair in Legal Ethics and Professionalism at the University of Geogia School of Law. He will join the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as dean on July 1.

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Terry Maroney named to 2022 cohort of Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholars

Jan. 18, 2022—Maroney will work in residence at the RSF in New York City during the 2022-23 academic year. Visiting scholars pursue research and writing projects in the social, economic and behavioral sciences.

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Matthew Shaw joins VLS faculty as assistant professor

Jan. 13, 2022—Shaw joined the law faculty from the faculty of Vanderbilt Peabody College. His research focuses on the intersection between federal law and education policy.

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