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New social justice scholarship endowed by Amy and Frank Garrison available to first-year law students

Jan. 29, 2015—Garrison Social Justice Scholars will receive supplemental scholarships and summer stipends to support preparation for careers in social justice and public interest law.

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Vanderbilt launches new Program on Law and Innovation

Jan. 28, 2015—Law and Innovation program will offer classes, internships, fellowships and other experiential learning opportunities focused on changes in modern legal practice.

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California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu discusses the work of judges

Jan. 27, 2015—Justice Liu delivered an informal talk moderated by Professor Ganesh Sitaraman on January 22.

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Carlton Tarkington ’63 (BA’59) dies at 78

Jan. 21, 2015—Tarkington endowed the Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence and the law school's Tarkington Suite and was honored as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus.

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Energy regulation expert Jim Rossi comments on Supreme Court case addressing Natural Gas Act

Jan. 20, 2015—Rossi's SCOTUSblog post addresses ONEOK Inc. v. Learjet Inc., which deals with the scope of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement authority and whether state regulation of energy firms presents a conflict with federal law.

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Branstetter Judicial Speaker Series welcomes three prominent judges in winter 2015

Dec. 30, 2014—California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, Chief Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Judge Andre Davis of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will deliver talks and visit VLS classes.

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Vidhi Sanghavi ’15 awarded Skadden Fellowship

Dec. 17, 2014—Sanghavi will work at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee to develop a legal advocacy program to help people with criminal convictions reenter their communities.

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Travis Randall McDonough ‘97 nominated to seat on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Dec. 5, 2014—A former partner with Miller & Martin, McDonough currently serves as chief of staff for Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke

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Daniel Gervais to serve as associate reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Law Copyright

Dec. 4, 2014—An expert in copyright law, Gervais directs the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program.

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Tamara Ashford ’94 confirmed to seat on U.S. Tax Court

Nov. 21, 2014—Ashford currently serves as acting assistant attorney general and as deputy assistant attorney general for appellate and review in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice.

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Research by economist Joni Hersch shows prestige of undergraduate school affects earnings even among those with elite graduate degrees

Nov. 13, 2014—Prestige of undergraduate university affects earnings even when graduates of less elite undergraduate institutions attend prestigious graduate schools.

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Leonard Lance ’77 and Luke Messer ’94 re-elected to Congress

Nov. 5, 2014—Lance represents New Jersey’s 7th District and Messer Indiana’s 6th District.

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Greg Abbott ’84 elected governor of Texas

Nov. 5, 2014—Abbott will be sworn in as Texas’ 48th governor in January.

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Andree Blumstein ’81 appointed Tennessee solicitor general

Oct. 24, 2014—Blumstein will oversee appellate litigation in state and federal courts and advise Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

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Daniel Gervais speaks at International Council of Creators of Music meeting

Oct. 22, 2014—Gervais, director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, gave a keynote speech, "U.S. Copyright in International Context," at international forum.

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Study by Randall Thomas and two colleagues indicates top plaintiffs’ firms achieve greater success

Oct. 16, 2014—Study conducted by Thomas with C.N.V. Krishnan and Steven D. Solomon examines outcomes of 1,739 class action lawsuits challenging the fairness of M&A transactions between 2003 and 2012.

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Jennifer Shinall explores link between weight and workplace discrimination

Oct. 10, 2014—Shinall asks if weight should become the sixth protection under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Matthew Downer ‘14 wins 2014 Gellhorn-Sargentich writing competition sponsored by ABA

Oct. 10, 2014—Downer is the second Vanderbilt Law graduate in the past two years to win the prestigious award

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Definitive law and neuroscience reference book co-authored by Owen Jones released

Sep. 9, 2014—Interdisciplinary guide’s co-authors include neuroscientist Jeffrey Schall and law professor Francis Shen of the University of Minnesota.

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New J.D./M.S.F. joint-degree program offered by VLS and Owen Graduate School of Management

Jul. 11, 2014—Students earn both degrees without increasing the time in school through program offered jointly by Vanderbilt Law School and Owen Graduate School of Management.

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Touted benefits of new EPA emissions limits may be misleading, according to paper co-authored by economist W. Kip Viscusi

Jul. 10, 2014—Paper co-authored by Viscusi and Ted Gayer of the Brookings Institution focuses on benefits that would accrue just in the U.S.

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Should the government be legally liable for failing to act?

Jun. 23, 2014—Christopher Serkin examines the government's duty to protect private property with the proper laws and regulations.

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James Balser ’16 receives Helton Fellowship from American Society of International Law

Jun. 18, 2014—Balser will work with the No Peace Without Justice International Criminal Justice Program's Syrian Accountability Project in Gaziantep, Turkey.

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Staci Michelle Yandle ’87 confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Jun. 17, 2014—Yandle is currently a solo practitioner who focuses on civil litigation in federal and state court.

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70 Vanderbilt Law students receive 2014 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jun. 16, 2014—Seventy Vanderbilt Law students received summer stipends to support their volunteer work in positions with government agencies; the chambers of federal and local judges; federal and state district attorneys and public defenders’ offices; and public interest and advocacy organizations. Students receiving Vanderbilt law stipends are working pro bono during summer 2014 for legal offices and...

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