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Current sexual harassment penalties are too low: Study

Mar. 14, 2019—The existing federal cap on monetary damages for workplace sexual harassment is far too low to incentivize firms to take stronger measures to prevent the behavior, finds Vanderbilt economist and law professor Joni Hersch.

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Endowed chair holder celebration honors eight faculty members

Feb. 28, 2019—Vanderbilt’s newest endowed chair holders were celebrated for their path-breaking scholarship and research by family members, donors, colleagues and friends during a Feb. 25 ceremony.

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Prejudice against darker skin continues to depress wages for legal immigrants: Study

Feb. 13, 2019—Legal immigrants with darker skin are paid up to 25 percent less than those with lighter skin, a wage penalty that widened significantly several years after receiving permanent legal status.

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Creating space within law for nonbinary genders

Jan. 29, 2019—Vanderbilt law professor Jessica Clarke has developed a legal toolkit for making policies and regulations more inclusive of nonbinary gender identities.

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Dalton family commits $12.75 million to support Law and Business Program at Vanderbilt Law School

Jan. 23, 2019—A new $12.75 million gift to Vanderbilt Law School from alumnus and former Vanderbilt Board of Trust chairman Mark Dalton and his family will provide support for the law school's Law and Business Program, which prepares students to enter legal practice with a solid understanding of business law, corporate management, accounting and finance.

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Courts must not ignore explicit bias in discrimination claims, says Vanderbilt law professor

Jan. 17, 2019—Too often, courts will exclude or minimize evidence of explicit bias when considering discrimination claims out of an overabundance of caution, but that approach only further entrenches the inequality that gave rise to the claim in the first place, finds law professor Jessica Clarke.

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Carbon labeling can reduce greenhouse gases even if it doesn’t change consumer behavior

Dec. 19, 2018—Carbon labeling may be an effective way to not only help consumers to choose foods with smaller carbon footprints, but also incentivize companies to make environmentally positive changes to their supply chains.

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Ensuring trade agreements don’t undermine environmental protections

Dec. 7, 2018—Research by Tim Meyer suggests that selective enforcement of trade rules in unexpected ways has penalized renewable industries while propping up those that rely on exhaustible natural resources.

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Michael Vandenbergh elected fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law and director of the Climate Change Research Network at Vanderbilt, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a professional association of lawyers and scholars who practice and study environmental law.

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New faculty: Gautam Hans

Nov. 7, 2018—Gautam Hans is assistant clinical professor of law.

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David Williams stepping down as vice chancellor, athletics director

Sep. 11, 2018—Williams will return to teaching after a distinguished 27-year career in higher education administration and will establish a new Sports, Law & Society Program at Vanderbilt Law School.

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Committee report on University Press recommends bold changes for future direction

Aug. 31, 2018—A new committee report recommends improvements to the University Press to better engage faculty and the Vanderbilt community and build on regional strengths, positioning the press for success.

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