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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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Stephanie Parker ’84 elected to Council of the American Law Institute

May. 26, 2017—Parker, a partner of Jones Day based in Atlanta, will serve a five-year term on the Council, which determines projects and activities undertaken by ALI.

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Darrius Woods ’17 named Equal Justice Works Fellow for Atlanta Legal Aid Society

May. 23, 2017—Darrius Woods has been named an Equal Justice Works Fellow by Equal Justice Works. His two-year fellowship, which will pay his salary and benefits to work full-time at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, is funded by Home Depot and the international law firm Eversheds Sutherland. Woods plans to develop a program aimed at helping people...

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Marian Mikhail and Carly Myers named Class of 2017 George Barrett Social Justice Fellows

May. 17, 2017—Mikhail will start a new program at The Bronx Defenders. Myers will advocate for low-income people with disabilities at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund in Berkeley, California.

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Twenty-two 2017 graduates honored with awards at Commencement

May. 12, 2017—Laura Dolbow wins Founder’s Medal, signifying First Honors.

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Chris Slobogin study addresses privacy rights for data stored in “the cloud”

May. 11, 2017—Slobogin recommends clearer rules that specify when data stored in the cloud can be obtained and used by law enforcement.

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Daniel J. Sharfstein’s new book explores intertwined history of race relations and property rights

May. 4, 2017—In "Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War," Sharfstein examines Reconstruction through the relationship between a Nez Perce leader and a Union Army general.

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VLS ABA Moot Court teams celebrate successes in National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Apr. 28, 2017—3Ls Neil Greenwell, Andrew Marino and Katherine Martin were quarterfinalists; Claire Armstrong, C.J. Donald and Sarah Rosales were octofinalists.

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Allensworth, Cheng, George and Wuerth honored with Hall-Hartman Awards

Apr. 26, 2017—Four Vanderbilt Law professors– Rebecca Allensworth, Edward Cheng, Tracey George and Ingrid Wuerth–received 2017 Hall-Hartman Awards for Outstanding Teaching at an awards presentation April 21.

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Daniel Gervais’s new book rethinks international copyright system

Apr. 20, 2017—Gervais suggests replacing the current copyright system with a simpler set of international rules in (Re)Structuring Copyright: A Comprehensive Path to International Copyright Reform, released in April 2017 by Elgar Publishing.

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