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Jennifer Bennett Shinall presents at the Association of American Law Schools Meeting

Jan. 3, 2017—Professor Jennifer Shinall presented “Empirical Methods for Lawyers,” at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, in San Francisco.

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Jennifer Bennett Shinall presents at Georgetown University Law School

Dec. 2, 2016—Professor Jennifer Shinall presented “Opting Out and Division of Marital Assets,” at the Georgetown University Law and Economics Workshop, in Washington, DC.

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Jean Xiao to present at the SEA Annual Meetings

Nov. 11, 2016—Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics, Jean Xiao, was selected to present her paper “The Effect of Consumer Litigation Funding on Medical Malpractice Litigation” at the Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings as part of the Graduate Students Award Sessions. The 2016 SEA Annual Meetings will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 19-21.  

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Law and Economics student Danielle Drago Drory to present at the SEA Annual Meetings

Oct. 7, 2016—Law and Economics student, Danielle Drago Drory, was selected to present her paper “Court of Appeals Disposition of Immigration Cases: An Analysis of Disparities in Adjudication” at the Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings. The 2016 SEA Annual Meetings will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 19-21.

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Jean Xiao to present at APPAM and CELS

Sep. 13, 2016—Law and Economics student and J.D./Ph.D. candidate, Jean Xiao, was selected to present her paper “The Effect of Consumer Litigation Funding on Medical Malpractice Litigation” at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Fall Research Conference and at the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies. The APPAM Fall Research Conference will be held in Washington,...

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Joni Hersch presents at Vanderbilt University

Sep. 6, 2016—Professor Joni Hersch presented “Profiling Immigrants: Skin Color and Safety Discrimination in the Workplace,” at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN.

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Law and Economics graduate Benjamin McMichael is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Vanderbilt

Aug. 15, 2016—Law and Economics graduate, Benjamin McMichael, is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. McMichael graduated with his J.D. and Ph.D. in law and economics from Vanderbilt University in 2015. During 2015-2016, he served a judicial clerkship with Judge Carolyn Dineen King in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth...

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Law and Economics graduate Caroline Cecot to join law faculty at George Mason

Apr. 1, 2016—Law and Economics graduate, Caroline Cecot (JD/PhD’14), has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School starting in 2017-2018. Cecot is currently the 2016-2017 Legal Fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law and Affiliated Faculty at George Mason University Antonin...

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Law and Economics student Jean Y. Xiao has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.

Apr. 1, 2016—Law & Economics student, Jean Y. Xiao, has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. Her dissertation is titled, “An Empirical Examination of Consumer Litigation Funding.” Ms. Xiao’s committee chair is Professor Paige Marta Skiba. Professors Andrew Daughety, Rosa Ferrer, Brian Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Reinganum comprise the rest of Xiao’s dissertation committee. Summary of the...

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Elissa Philip Gentry successfully defends her dissertation

Mar. 30, 2016—J.D./Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics, Elissa Philip Gentry, successfully defended her dissertation, “Safety and Effectiveness: The FDA’s Approach to Risk in Prescription Medication.” After six years of study, Gentry will graduate with both her J.D. and her Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May. Gentry’s advisor is University Distinguished Professor W. Kip...

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Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics Henri Rautonen successfully defends his dissertation

Mar. 23, 2016—J.D./Ph.D. candidate in Law and Economics, Henri Rautonen, successfully defended his dissertation, “Mandatory Labeling: Changes in Consumer and Producer Behavior.” After six years of study, Rautonen will graduate with both his J.D. and his Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Commencement in May. Rautonen’s advisor is Professor of Law Paige Marta Skiba. Professors Kelly Haws,...

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Paige Marta Skiba serves as discussant for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

Mar. 4, 2016—Professor Paige Marta Skiba served as a discussant at the Law and Economics Program Meeting for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc., in Cambridge, MA.

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Law and Economics student Elissa Philip Gentry published in JRU and JHE

Feb. 25, 2016—Law and Economics student, Elissa Philip Gentry, recently published two articles on the value of statistical life. “The Value of a Statistical Life for Transportation Regulations: A Test of the Benefits Transfer Methodology” was published in the August 2015 issue of the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. Her March 2016 article, “The Fatality and Morbidity...

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Law and Economics student Hannah J. Frank will be Senior En Banc Editor for Vanderbilt Law Review

Feb. 11, 2016—Law and Economics student, Hannah J. Frank, will be Senior En Banc Editor for Vanderbilt Law Review in 2016-2017. Frank earned her B.A. in economics with a minor in mathematics from Lewis and Clark College in 2013. She earned Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Awards for Legal Writing II and Actual Innocence and won a Lightfoot, Franklin, &...

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Law and Economics student Clayton J. Masterman will be articles editor for Vanderbilt Law Review

Feb. 11, 2016—Law and Economics student, Clayton J. Masterman, will be articles editor for Vanderbilt Law Review in 2016-2017. Masterman earned his B.A. in economics and mathematics from Vassar College in 2013. He earned Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Awards for Administrative Law and International Trade Law. Masterman is currently serving as a staff member for the Vanderbilt Law Review...

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Law and Economics student Elissa Philip Gentry to present at the SEA Annual Meetings

Sep. 11, 2015—The 2015 SEA Annual Meetings will be held in New Orleans, LA on November 21-23.

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Joni Hersch named editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Economics

Sep. 9, 2015—Hersch is one of two editors of the peer-reviewed journal. She was named an IZA Research Fellow in April 2015.

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Law and Economics student Jean Y. Xiao accepts judicial clerkship

Aug. 25, 2015—Xiao will clerk for Judge Carolyn Dineen King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, beginning fall 2017.

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Law and Economics student Clayton J. Masterman has been named a Steiger Fellow

May. 18, 2015—Law and Economics student, Clayton J. Masterman, has been named a Janet D. Steiger Fellow for Summer 2015. For his fellowship, Masterman will work for eight weeks in the Consumer Advocate and Protection Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. The Steiger Fellowships were initiated in 2004 by the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust...

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Four 2015 VLS graduates earn Ph.D. in Law and Economics

May. 14, 2015—Ph.D. in Law and Economics graduates’ dissertations addressed endangered species regulation, enforcement of non-discrimination laws, the effect of litigation on medical practitioners, and contractual dispute resolution.

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Law and Economics graduate Benjamin McMichael’s paper accepted for inclusion at ALEA annual meeting

May. 12, 2015—Law and Economics graduate Benjamin McMichael’s paper, “Beyond Physicians: The Effect of Licensing and Liability Laws on Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants,” has been accepted for inclusion at the 2015 American Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting. The conference will be held at Columbia University on May 15-16.

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Professor Joni Hersch is a Research Fellow with IZA

May. 7, 2015—Professor Joni Hersch was recently invited to become a Research Fellow with IZA – Institute for the Study of Labor. View her IZA profile here. IZA is a private independent economic research institute focused on the analysis of global labor markets. It operates an international network of about 1,300 economists and researchers spanning across more than 45...

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Law and Economics student Elissa Philip Gentry has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D.

May. 4, 2015—Law & Economics student, Elissa Philip Gentry, has been admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. Her dissertation is titled “Safety and Effectiveness: The FDA’s Approach to Risk in Prescription Medication.” Ms. Philip Gentry’s committee chair is Professor W. Kip Viscusi. Professors James Blumstein, Daniel Gervais, and Dr. Melinda Buntin comprise the rest of Ms. Philip...

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