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Law school community mourns the loss of Beth Chitwood, Class of 2018

Aug. 29, 2016—Students, faculty and staff are invited to gather 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in Blackacre for a candlelight vigil.

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Alistair Newbern and Jeffery Frensley ’95 join Middle District of Tennessee as magistrate judges

Aug. 23, 2016—Newbern taught Vanderbilt’s Appellate Litigation Clinic; Frensley is a trial lawyer who served on the federal Criminal Justice Act panel of attorneys.

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VLS Appellate Clinic students secure “big victory for privacy rights”

Aug. 19, 2016—2016 graduates Calvin Cohen, Larry Crane-Moscowitz, Alex Vey and Clayton Wiggins win Luis v. Awareness Technologies in decision handed down by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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45 VLS graduates will serve clerkships in 2016-17 or future terms

Jul. 28, 2016—Vanderbilt Law graduates will clerk for judges in federal and state courts in 17 states.

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Civil rights leader and former Oklahoma State Senator E. Melvin Porter ’59 dead at 86

Jul. 27, 2016—Porter and classmate Fred Work became Vanderbilt’s first two African American graduates in 1959.

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Article by Emily Taylor ’16 on “Waters of the United States” to Be Published in Environmental Law Reporter

Jul. 15, 2016—Article Taylor completed as a semester-long research project supervised by Clean Water Act expert J.B. Ruhl to be published in the peer-reviewed journal of the Environmental Law Institute.

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Research coauthored by Tracey George reveals lack of diversity in state court judges

Jun. 27, 2016—"The Gavel Gap," co-authored by Tracey George with Albert Yoon, shows that more than half of state trial and appellate judges are white men, fewer than a third of judges are women, and fewer than two in 10 judges are a racial or ethnic minority.

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Legal historian Sara Mayeux joins Vanderbilt’s law faculty in fall 2016

Jun. 24, 2016—Mayeux writes about American criminal law from both a historical and present-day perspective.

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Erin O’Hara O’Connor named dean of Florida State University College of Law

Jun. 1, 2016—O’Connor has served on Vanderbilt’s law faculty since 2001, including as associate dean for academic affairs.

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Research by Randall Thomas and 3 colleagues featured in NYT’s Dealbook

May. 25, 2016—Steven Davidoff Solomon's column about shareholder appraisal rights discusses a just-released study, "Reforming the Delaware Appraisal Statute to Address Appraisal Arbitrage: Will It Be Successful?", by Vanderbilt's Randall Thomas with Wei Jiang and Danging Mei of Columbia University and Tao Li of the University of Warwick.

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4 VLS faculty on NIH-funded team studying “genetic privacy”

May. 18, 2016—Ellen Wright Clayton will co-direct research team that also includes Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law Chris Slobogin, associate professor Sarah Igo and adjunct law professor Lydia Jones.

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Nathan Walsh ’16 named Vanderbilt Law’s first George Barrett Fellow

May. 17, 2016—Walsh will advocate for homeless students with disabilities as a fellow with Disability Rights Tennessee.

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23 graduates honored with academic and citizenship awards at Commencement

May. 13, 2016—Lauren Messonnier Meyers received the 2016 Founders Medal for First Honors.

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Morgan Rick’s new book, “The Money Problem,” addresses U.S. financial policy

May. 10, 2016—Ricks contends that panic-proofing should be the major focus of U.S. financial policy and regulation.

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ICC indispensable to a Syria solution, argues op/ed co-authored by Michael Newton

May. 5, 2016—Members of the ABA's ICC Project Board of Advisors, including Newton, assert that the ICC should be part of any effort to combat impunity in Syria in a signed opinion piece in International Criminal Justice Today.

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Chancellor Zeppos hosts discussion of controversy over Supreme Court nominee

May. 5, 2016—“Battle Supreme: Politics, the Law and an Open Seat on the Nation’s Highest Court," the final event of the 2016 Chancellor's Lecture Series, featured Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano; CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin; Vanderbilt University Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Audrey Anderson, who formerly served as deputy general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security; and Vanderbilt Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian.

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Article co-authored by Randall Thomas and Paul Edelman among “Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2015”

May. 3, 2016—“Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism,” a California Law Review article co-authored by Edelman and Thomas with Robert B. Thompson, was one of 12 articles selected in annual poll.

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Megan McLean ’16 wins Environmental Law Institute writing competition

Apr. 29, 2016—McLean's winning paper, "Throwing Shade: The Case against Judicial Interference with Solar Net Metering Policies," will be published in the Environmental Law Reporter.

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Cheng, George, Ruhl, Vandenbergh and Wuerth honored with Hall-Hartman Awards

Apr. 26, 2016—Professors Tracey George, Michael Vandenbergh and Ingrid Wuerth were honored for their first-year Contracts, Property and Civil Procedure classes, respectively. Professor Ed Cheng was recognized for his upper-level Evidence class and Professor J.B. Ruhl for his Food System Seminar.

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Alana Seixas ’18 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Apr. 7, 2016—Seixas will receive scholarship and stipend support during her second and third years of law school to support her preparation for a career in social justice advocacy.

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Ingrid Wuerth named to the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law

Apr. 1, 2016—Wuerth is the inaugural holder of the Curry Chair, which was endowed in 2015 by an estate gift from pioneering Georgia lawyer Jean Curry Allen.

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Adjunct Professor Larry Bridgesmith discusses impact of artificial intelligence on legal profession

Mar. 30, 2016—Major conference at Vanderbilt Law School April 14-15 will address how artificial intelligence may change the delivery of legal services.

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Article co-authored by J.B. Ruhl wins Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award

Mar. 28, 2016—The article, published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, has been honored for its “contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability.”

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