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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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Justin Driver, Robert R. Slaughter Professor at Yale Law, delivers the Victor S. Johnson Lecture Oct. 26

Oct. 26, 2022—Professor Driver teaches and writes in the area of constitutional law. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind, which was selected as a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year and an Editors’ Choice of The New York Times Book Review.

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Technology and the Future of War: Niloofar Razi Howe in conversation with Ganesh Sitaraman Nov. 7

Oct. 25, 2022—Howe is an expert on cybersecurity and other tools of modern warfare. Her conversation with Ganesh Sitaraman will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Moore Room.

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Rob Mikos discusses policy implications of President Biden’s marijuana possession pardons in Reuter’s “Fast Take”

Oct. 7, 2022—Mikos holds the LaRoche Family Chair in Law. He and scholar Douglas Berman of Ohio State assess the impact after Biden pardoned thousands of people convicted on federal charges of pot possession.

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Former EPA administrator Carol Browner discusses environmental policy and the work of the Environmental Protection Agency

Sep. 20, 2022—Browner drew on her nearly four decades of experience advising on environmental and energy policies affecting global energy, the environment and public health to discuss with Vandenbergh current action on climate change, including the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act. Vandenbergh worked for Browner as the EPA's chief of staff early in his career.

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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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Jennifer Shinall receives Vanderbilt’s Chancellor’s Award for Research on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Sep. 2, 2022—The award recognizes Shinall’s paper, “Protecting Pregnancy,” published in the Cornell Law Review, which offers a sophisticated analysis of how laws designed to assist pregnant women in the workplace actually work.

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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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Former EPA Administrator Carol Browner to deliver inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Climate Change Governance Sept. 19

Sep. 1, 2022—Browner’s lecture is made possible by the Sally Shallenberger Brown EELU Program Fund and sponsored by the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. Browner became the longest serving EPA administrator in history under President Bill Clinton and was director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama administration. She now practices as a senior counsel with Covington & Burling.

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Sabrina NeKay Lewellen ’02 named 2022 staff vice chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures

Aug. 31, 2022—Lewellen will serve as NCSL's chair in 2023-24. She is deputy director and assistant secretary of the Arkansas Senate.

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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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Erin Merrick ’14 (MA’11) appointed Tennessee’s Chief Legal Counsel by Gov. Bill Lee

Aug. 16, 2022—Merrick had previously served as Gov. Lee's deputy legal counsel since 2019. She was an assistant attorney general in the Tennessee Office of the Attorney General before joining Lee's legal staff.

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Francesca L. Procaccini joins VLS faculty as assistant professor

Aug. 2, 2022—Procaccini was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law and taught at Yale Law. Her scholarship focuses on constitutional law, First Amendment law, federal courts and civil procedure.

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Why designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism is a bad idea: Washington Post Opinion by Ingrid Wuerth

Aug. 1, 2022—Wuerth is a foreign policy expert and holds the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law. "The state sponsor of terrorism designation is not a symbolic act to chastise states that behave badly," she writes. "It is a legal trigger embedded in an extremely complex statutory and regulatory framework. The effects of pulling that...trigger are not easy to identify and untangle."

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Adele El-Khouri ’13 joins Office of the White House Counsel

Aug. 1, 2022—El-Khouri has joined the White House Counsel's Office as an associate counsel. She previously served as counsel to the assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice.

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Russia should not be designated a state sponsor of terrorism: Opinion by Ingrid Wuerth

Jul. 20, 2022—Wuerth's column, published in Just Security and in the Transnational Litigation blog, suggests the designation would be largely symbolic and could ultimately harm the interests of the Ukrainian government and the people of Ukraine.

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Suzanna Sherry on why term limits for Supreme Court justices are a bad idea

Jul. 8, 2022—Sherry says term limits "won’t solve any problems, but they will make some existing problems worse and cause new ones" in a July 6 USNews opinion piece. Sherry is an expert on federal courts and a professor emerita at VLS.

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J.B. Ruhl discusses implications of West Virginia v. EPA in ClimateWire coverage of the decision’s impact on regulation

Jul. 8, 2022—Ruhl likened the EPA's situation to a Goldilocks scenario, in which the agency must strive to achieve a balance between the Court's finding in 2007 that the EPA wasn’t doing enough to regulate greenhouse gases and its decision in West Virginia v. EPA that it was trying to do too much. “You can’t do nothing just because it’s a big problem, but you can’t do too much because it’s a big problem. So what’s just right?” Ruhl said.

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Suzanna Sherry quoted in Fortune article about impact of Supreme Court decision in Dobbs

Jun. 27, 2022—"Women will die," Sherry said. "Some women will die in childbirth. Some women will die trying to get illegal abortions. They will take medicines that are not safe. They will try to abort themselves. Some women will die at the hands of domestic partners when partners find out they're pregnant. That's the real consequence of their decision."

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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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“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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James Blumstein featured in “Tennessee Voices” podcast on the 50th anniversary of landmark voting case Dunn v. Blumstein

May. 17, 2022—Blumstein, who argued the case before the Supreme Court, was the initial plaintiff in the landmark voting rights case, which overturned an unconstitutional residency requirement in the state of Tennessee.

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Climate Change Research Network scholars Michael Vandenbergh and Jennifer Cole featured on Free Range podcast

May. 4, 2022—Listen to Mike Livermore's interview with Climate Change Research Network director Michael Vandenbergh and social psychologist Jennifer Cole, a post-doctoral fellow of the CCRN, who discuss political polarization and its impact on climate change policy on the Free Range podcast.

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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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