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Chris Guthrie to chair search committee for the next dean of Owen Graduate School of Management

Nov. 2, 2022—The committee includes two members of the law faculty: Yesha Yadav, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law and Professor of Management, and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Tracey George (ex-officio), who is the Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Professor of Law and Liberty. The committee, which also includes Owen alumni and Vanderbilt faculty from multiple disciplines, will conduct a national search to replace M. Eric Johnson, who will step down as Owen’s dean on June 30, 2023.

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Jeffrey Schoenblum delivers keynote address at ACTEC symposium on “Conflict of Laws in Trusts and Estates”

Oct. 31, 2022—Schoenblum's talk, titled "Directed Trusts, the Conflict of Laws and the Challenge to the Norms of Trust Law," was the keynote address at the ninth academic symposium supported by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation, held at Tulane University School of Law. He is a renowned expert in multistate and multinational estate planning and comparative wealth transfer laws.

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Yesha Yadav discusses treasury market turmoil and offers reform solutions on David Beckworth’s Macro Musings podcast

Oct. 31, 2022—Yadav's research focuses on banking and financial regulation, securities regulation, the law of money and payment systems. She and podcast host Beckworth also discuss the future of central bank digital currency in the U.S., the recent economic crisis in the U.K., and more.

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Rebecca Allensworth quoted in The Post Internazionale on how lobbying undermines proposals for stricter antitrust rules for U.S. Big Tech companies

Sep. 12, 2022—Allensworth says Big Tech companies invest "a lot of money" in lobbying efforts that "push Republicans and Democrats alike to say that too aggressive antitrust law can be bad for consumers." She is a David Daniels Allen Professor of Law in Vanderbilt's Law and Business Program.

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Yesha Yadav receives Vanderbilt’s Chancellor’s Award for Research

Sep. 2, 2022—The award recognizes Yadav’s article, “The Failed Regulation of U.S. Treasury Markets,” published in the Columbia Law Review in 2021. The article was recognized as one of the top 10 articles addressing corporate and securities law published in 2021 by the Corporate Practice Commentator.

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Monique Winkler, Class of 1996, named regional director of SEC’s San Francisco office

Aug. 16, 2022—Winkler had served as the office's acting director since March and as its associate regional director for enforcement since 2019.

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Antitrust expert Rebecca Allensworth quoted in NYTimes coverage of FTC antitrust suit against Meta

Jul. 29, 2022—Allensworth says the FTC's arguments will face tough scrutiny and may create a precedent that would make it harder to pursue future competition cases: “This is a precedential system which goes both ways—if you win or lose—and sends a signal to the market."

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Law and Business Program launches fellowship program for entry-level business law scholars

Jul. 25, 2022—The Law and Business Fellow will be in residence at VLS for four semesters under the mentorship of VLS corporate law faculty.

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Morgan Ricks discusses strength of Twitter complaint against Elon Musk

Jul. 13, 2022—Ricks joined 'TechCheck' to discuss whether there are any holes in the Twitter complaint filing against Musk and more. Ricks is an expert in financial regulation.

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Morgan Ricks quoted in New York Times reporting on the likely court battle between Elon Musk and Twitter

Jul. 11, 2022—“The worst-case scenario for the court is that it makes an order and that he doesn’t comply, and they have to figure out what to do about it,” Ricks said.

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Yesha Yadav quoted in Financial Times analysis of proposed treasury market reforms

Jun. 30, 2022—The proposed rules would require firms other than mutual funds that trade more than $25B a month in Treasury bills to register with the SEC as dealers. Yadav said reporting requirements included in the proposal would allow for more transparency in an often opaque market and offer insights into flash crashes or market manipulation.

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Tax expert Beverly Moran sees little upside to proposed federal gas tax holiday

Jun. 27, 2022—Moran says suspending the federal gas tax for three months would mean "very little money" for individuals, while companies could opt to keep the price to consumers the same and pocket the tax themselves.

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Morgan Ricks quoted in Guardian coverage of Elon Musk’s efforts to walk away from Twitter deal

May. 19, 2022—Ricks says that Musk’s comments about fake accounts on Twitter are "an irrelevant sideshow" in Musk's efforts to walk away from his Twitter takeover deal. "Nothing that has happened so far comes anywhere close to a material adverse effect," Ricks told The Guardian.

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Chris Giancarlo ’84 named Chevalier in the National Order of Merit by French government

May. 19, 2022—J. Christopher Giancarlo, Class of 1984, former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has been awarded the rank of Chevalier in the French National Order of Merit by President Emmanuel Macron. Giancarlo is a Wall Street lawyer and business figure renowned in the financial world for his expertise in cryptocurrency. The award will be presented to him...

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Luke Kessel, JD/MSF Class of 2022

May. 4, 2022—Incoming Associate, K&L Gates, Charlotte

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Profile: Chase Pritchett, Class of 2022

Apr. 27, 2022—Pritchett will join the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General's Honors Program.

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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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Yesha Yadav quoted in report about crytocurrency traders’ response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Mar. 8, 2022—Yadav told CBS MoneyWatch that "it's unlikely Russia can use crypto to evade sanctions" because the blockchain cannot convert cryptocurrency into rubles fast enough to prop up an economy the size of Russia's. Yadav is an expert in international financial regulation.

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Khalil Bryant, Class of 2022, named Distinguished Law Student for the Sixth Circuit by American College of Bankruptcy

Mar. 4, 2022—To qualify for this prestigious award, students must be nominated by a College member or a professor or dean of their law school. Nominees undergo a rigorous evaluation process that includes interviews, submission of written materials and a review of the candidate’s academic standing by members of the ACB council.

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Paul Edelman retires from Vanderbilt faculty, takes emeritus status

Feb. 17, 2022—Edelman was a professor of mathematics and a professor of law. His legal scholarship focused on law and public choice, addressing systems for shareholder voting, apportionment of Congressional seats, judicial decision-making, and distributing attorneys’ fees in complex litigation.

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Rebecca Haw discusses the FTC’s antitrust lawsuit against Facebook on NPR’s The Takeaway

Jan. 20, 2022—Facebook has been fighting the claim that they are a monopolized business that abuses their power over their competition for years. Antitrust scholar Rebecca Allensworth discusses the Facebook/Meta antitrust lawsuit on WNYC's radio program The Takeaway.

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Tax expert Beverly Moran testified at Dec. 8 House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing on “The Pandora Papers and Hidden Wealth”

Dec. 7, 2021—Moran is a professor emerita whose work focuses on federal income taxation, including individuals, partnerships, tax-exempt organizations and corporate. The Dec. 8 hearing can be viewed via webcast accessible at the Ways and Means Committee's webiste

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“Crypotodad: The Fight for the Future of Money,” new book by Chris Giancarlo ’84, offers eyewitness account of the rise of Bitcoin

Sep. 8, 2021—Giancarlo's book, published by John Wiley & Sons, offers his eyewitness account of the rise of Bitcoin, crypto and central bank digital currency and discusses his efforts as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to modernize oversight of U.S. financial markets. Giancarlo is now chairman emeritus of the CFTC.

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