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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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72 Vanderbilt Law students serving externships for course credit in 2014

Jun. 16, 2014—Vanderbilt Law students are receiving course credit for externships in federal and state judicial chambers, the offices of federal and state prosecutors, public defenders and attorneys, corporations, and advocacy organizations in 26 states.

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Chris Giancarlo ’84 appointed to Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Jun. 4, 2014—Giancarlo's appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate June 3. He was previously executive vice president with trading technologies company GFI Group.

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Two 2014 Vanderbilt Law graduates appointed as Gideon’s Promise fellows

May. 19, 2014—Leo Costales and Will Howell will receive one-year post-graduate fellowships to work in public defender's offices in Louisiana and Tennessee.

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Kyle Robisch ’14 wins American Bar Association and California Bar Association student writing competitions

May. 15, 2014—Papers by Robisch win first prize in ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and in the CBA’s Criminal Law writing competitions.

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21 Vanderbilt Law graduates honored with academic and citizenship awards at Commencement

May. 9, 2014—Will Marks of Charlotte, North Carolina, is 2014 VLS Founder's Medalist.

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Tracey George appointed to newly endowed Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty

Apr. 30, 2014—The Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty was endowed with a $1.5 million gift by Charles B. (Charlie) Cox III ’75 and his wife, Lucy.

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Edward K. Cheng appointed to Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence

Apr. 30, 2014—Cheng’s teaching has been recognized with three Hall-Hartman Awards since he joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2010.

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