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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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Kevin Stack and Michael Vandenbergh receive Levin Center’s 2021 Excellence in Oversight Research Award for their paper, “Oversight Riders”

Jan. 7, 2022—The paper, published in the Notre Dame Law Review, proposes a strategy designed to improve congressional oversight by creating new incentives for compliance with congressional subpoenas.

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Ingrid Wuerth elected co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law

Nov. 17, 2021—The AJIL, which is published by the American Society of International Law, is the world’s preeminent peer-reviewed international law journal. Wuerth will share the appointment with co-editor-in-chief Monica Hakimi of Michigan Law.

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🇺🇸 Honoring Our Veterans 🇺🇸

Nov. 11, 2021—As much as they come to gain a legal education at VLS, our community is fortunate to gain so richly from our veterans' perspectives, experiences, ideas and character.

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Newly endowed program fund provides crucial support for the Energy, Environment & Land Use Program

Nov. 10, 2021—The Sally Shallenberger Brown EELU Program Fund, established by Martin S. Brown Jr.’92, expands the resources available through the program to support courses, clinics, student summer stipends, post-doctoral fellowships, research initiatives and lectures.

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Celebrating Our First-Generation Students – Past and Present

Nov. 8, 2021—Today marks National First-Generation Celebration Day. It provides us with an occasion in the calendar to observe the significance of what it means to be a first-generation graduate – as many within the VLS community know first-hand. Most visibly, it represents promise and achievement for those who have taken a step that was not available...

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VLS announces $10M gift from private-equity entrepreneur Justin Ishbia ’04

Oct. 6, 2021—Justin Ishbia ’04 has donated $10 million to Vanderbilt Law School to support its key strategic priorities and strengthen its position as one of the nation’s premier institutions for legal scholarship. Ishbia is founder and managing partner of Shore Capital Partners, a private equity firm with offices in Chicago and Nashville. He is a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and the law school's Board of Advisors and endowed the law school's Justin R. Ishbia Scholarship in 2015.

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Justice Cornelia Clark ’79 (BA’71) dead at 71

Sep. 24, 2021—Justice Clark became the second woman in the state’s history to serve as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2010. She spent much of her legal career in public service, including 11 years as a circuit court judge and 16 years on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Dean Chris Guthrie joins with deans of more than 40 U.S. law schools in support of AG Garland’s call to the legal community

Sep. 1, 2021—Law deans express a commitment to ensuring that families and individuals facing eviction have access to legal representation, counseling and assistance.

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Securities law expert James H. Cheek III ’67, retired partner of Bass Berry & Sims, dead at 78

Aug. 30, 2021—Cheek was a nationally renowned expert in securities law and corporate governance who taught at Vanderbilt Law throughout his legal career and a dedicated public servant.

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Chris Slobogin’s new book suggests using algorithms may reduce prison sentences and increase use of evidence-based rehabilitative programs

Jul. 28, 2021—In "Just Algorithms: Using Science to Reduce Incarceration and Inform a Jurisprudence of Risk," released by Cambridge University Press, Slobogin supports his thesis that using risk-prediction algorithms to make sentencing decisions could help reduce unnecessary pre-trial detention, mitigate excessively punitive bail and prison sentences, and divert more eligible candidates to appropriate rehabilitative programs.

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