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The Program in Law and Government focuses on the structure and allocation of powers among governmental institutions, as well as limitations on those powers that are designed to protect individual rights. Disputes in these areas touch on fundamental values of the legal system and speak to some of the most vexing and interesting issues of our time.

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PROGRAM IN LAW AND GOVERNMENT Vanderbilt Law School | 131 21st Avenue South Nashville Tennessee 37203 (615) 322-6452 | (615) 322-1531 fax law.vanderbilt.edu

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A Robust Curriculum Vanderbilt Law students are introduced to a range of Law and Government topics through the required Regulatory State class during their 1L year. A full range of upper-level classes are taught by renowned public law faculty, including experts in administrative law, federalism, civil liberties, land use, local government, and many substantive areas of regulation, such as health and safety regulation. Speakers and Conferences Each year, the program sponsors lectures by leading scholars, officials and lawyers who not only study but shape public law as well as short courses such as The Democratic Constitution, taught in fall 2015 by constitutional law expert Neal Devins, Class of 1982. Scholarships and Summer Stipends The law school offers scholarships that reward excellence in the study of public law as well as summer stipends that encourage students and graduates to explore careers in the field. An Interdisciplinary Program The Program in Law and Government draws on a wide range of scholarly perspectives—legal, political, historical, philosophical and economic—that bear on the study and practice of public law in the United States and abroad. Students also benefit from university initiatives.

The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, a program of the Freedom Forum, offers an authoritative source of news, information and commentary on First Amendment issues and co-sponsors an annual national First Amendment Moot Court Competition with the law school.

Laura Deck ’12 joined the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser in July 2015, having served as an intern there during the fall semester of 2011. She joined the State Department’s legal staff with two years of experience at Proskauer Rose in Boston. Vanderbilt students are encouraged to intern in judicial chambers and in the offices of federal and state attorneys and agencies and to seek judicial clerkships.

At the annual Supreme Court Review sponsored by the Law and Government Program each fall, faculty experts discuss important cases to be argued before the Supreme Court during the upcoming term. The fall 2014 panel included (left to right) Professors Ganesh Sitaraman, James Blumstein, Robert Mikos and Suzanna Sherry.


The Program in Law and Government focuses on the structure and allocation of powers among governmental institutions, as well as limitations on those powers that are designed to protect individual rights. Disputes in these areas touch on fundamental values of the legal system and speak to some of the most vexing and interesting issues of our time.

FAST FACTS

PROGRAM IN LAW AND GOVERNMENT Vanderbilt Law School | 131 21st Avenue South Nashville Tennessee 37203 (615) 322-6452 | (615) 322-1531 fax law.vanderbilt.edu

© 2015 Vanderbilt University Law School

A Robust Curriculum Vanderbilt Law students are introduced to a range of Law and Government topics through the required Regulatory State class during their 1L year. A full range of upper-level classes are taught by renowned public law faculty, including experts in administrative law, federalism, civil liberties, land use, local government, and many substantive areas of regulation, such as health and safety regulation. Speakers and Conferences Each year, the program sponsors lectures by leading scholars, officials and lawyers who not only study but shape public law as well as short courses such as The Democratic Constitution, taught in fall 2015 by constitutional law expert Neal Devins, Class of 1982. Scholarships and Summer Stipends The law school offers scholarships that reward excellence in the study of public law as well as summer stipends that encourage students and graduates to explore careers in the field. An Interdisciplinary Program The Program in Law and Government draws on a wide range of scholarly perspectives—legal, political, historical, philosophical and economic—that bear on the study and practice of public law in the United States and abroad. Students also benefit from university initiatives.

The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, a program of the Freedom Forum, offers an authoritative source of news, information and commentary on First Amendment issues and co-sponsors an annual national First Amendment Moot Court Competition with the law school.

Laura Deck ’12 joined the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser in July 2015, having served as an intern there during the fall semester of 2011. She joined the State Department’s legal staff with two years of experience at Proskauer Rose in Boston. Vanderbilt students are encouraged to intern in judicial chambers and in the offices of federal and state attorneys and agencies and to seek judicial clerkships.

At the annual Supreme Court Review sponsored by the Law and Government Program each fall, faculty experts discuss important cases to be argued before the Supreme Court during the upcoming term. The fall 2014 panel included (left to right) Professors Ganesh Sitaraman, James Blumstein, Robert Mikos and Suzanna Sherry.


A Large and Diverse Faculty The Program in Law and Government is one of the law school’s largest and most intellectually diverse units. The 20 faculty members affiliated with the program are nationally recognized scholars in a variety of areas as well as challenging, engaging teachers: Rebecca Allensworth, Professor of Law, who studies antitrust law and self-regulation

James Blumstein, University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy, a renowned scholar of health law and policy and constitutional law Lisa Bressman, David Daniels

Allen Distinguished Chair of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, a respected scholar of administrative law, constitutional theory and statutory interpretation

Nancy King, Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Professor of Law, whose work encompasses habeas corpus, trials, sentencing, appeals and plea bargaining

Daniel Sharfstein, Professor of Law, whose work focuses on American legal history, race and the law, and property law

Timothy Meyer, Professor of Law,

Loewenstein Professor of Law, a noted scholar and teacher of constitutional history and theory and federal courts

whose work addresses international lawmaking and compliance, focusing on international economic and environmental law

Robert Mikos, Professor of Law,

whose work addresses federalism, constitutional law, federal criminal law, and drug law and policy

Suzanna Sherry, Herman O.

Ganesh Sitaraman, Assistant

Professor of Law, who writes about public law and policy, ranging from presidential power, foreign relations law and international law to domestic regulation and institutional design

Brian Fitzpatrick, Professor of Law, whose work focuses on complex litigation, judicial selection and federal courts

Alistair Newbern, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, who teaches the Appellate Litigation Clinic and focuses on underrepresented litigants

Chris Guthrie, Dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law, whose work addresses behavioral law and economics, judicial decision making, negotiation and dispute resolution

Michael Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law, who teaches international humanitarian law and criminal law and is an expert in special tribunals, counterterrorism and national security law

Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, who works in the areas of environmental law and policy and private governance

Alex Hurder, Clinical Professor of Law, an expert in disability law who teaches the Civil Practice Clinic

Edward Rubin, University

Ingrid Wuerth, Professor of Law,

Susan Kay, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, an expert in criminal procedure and evidence who teaches the Criminal Practice Clinic

Professor of Law and Political Science, an authoritative scholar of administrative law, constitutional law and legal theory

Christopher Serkin, Associate Dean for Research, whose scholarship addresses local governments, property theory, the Takings Clause, land use regulations and eminent domain

Cameron Norris ’14, who is clerking for Judge William H. Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015–16 after clerking for Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2014–15, won second place in the Food and Drug Law Institute’s 2014 Austern Writing Competition for his short article analyzing the impact of two watershed Supreme Court decisions, which was published in the Food and Drug Law Journal.

Kevin Stack, Professor of Law,

whose work addresses administrative law, regulation, presidential power and statutory interpretation

whose work addresses public international law, foreign relations law and the German Constitution

Professor Ed Rubin’s 2015 book, Soul, Self and Society: The New Morality and the Modern State (Oxford University Press), links changing morality to the rise of the administrative state.

Nine members of the Law and Government faculty, including leading foreign affairs and international law scholar Ingrid Wuerth (shown here), have been honored with student-selected Hall-Hartman Awards for Outstanding Teaching. Other honorees include antitrust scholar Rebecca Allensworth, noted constitutional law scholar James Blumstein, administrative law expert Lisa Bressman, complex litigation scholar Brian Fitzpatrick, land use expert Christopher Serkin, legal historian Daniel Sharfstein, renowned federal courts scholar Suzanna Sherry and environmental law scholar Michael Vandenbergh.


The Program in Law and Government focuses on the structure and allocation of powers among governmental institutions, as well as limitations on those powers that are designed to protect individual rights. Disputes in these areas touch on fundamental values of the legal system and speak to some of the most vexing and interesting issues of our time.

FAST FACTS

PROGRAM IN LAW AND GOVERNMENT Vanderbilt Law School | 131 21st Avenue South Nashville Tennessee 37203 (615) 322-6452 | (615) 322-1531 fax law.vanderbilt.edu

© 2015 Vanderbilt University Law School

A Robust Curriculum Vanderbilt Law students are introduced to a range of Law and Government topics through the required Regulatory State class during their 1L year. A full range of upper-level classes are taught by renowned public law faculty, including experts in administrative law, federalism, civil liberties, land use, local government, and many substantive areas of regulation, such as health and safety regulation. Speakers and Conferences Each year, the program sponsors lectures by leading scholars, officials and lawyers who not only study but shape public law as well as short courses such as The Democratic Constitution, taught in fall 2015 by constitutional law expert Neal Devins, Class of 1982. Scholarships and Summer Stipends The law school offers scholarships that reward excellence in the study of public law as well as summer stipends that encourage students and graduates to explore careers in the field. An Interdisciplinary Program The Program in Law and Government draws on a wide range of scholarly perspectives—legal, political, historical, philosophical and economic—that bear on the study and practice of public law in the United States and abroad. Students also benefit from university initiatives.

The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, a program of the Freedom Forum, offers an authoritative source of news, information and commentary on First Amendment issues and co-sponsors an annual national First Amendment Moot Court Competition with the law school.

Laura Deck ’12 joined the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser in July 2015, having served as an intern there during the fall semester of 2011. She joined the State Department’s legal staff with two years of experience at Proskauer Rose in Boston. Vanderbilt students are encouraged to intern in judicial chambers and in the offices of federal and state attorneys and agencies and to seek judicial clerkships.

At the annual Supreme Court Review sponsored by the Law and Government Program each fall, faculty experts discuss important cases to be argued before the Supreme Court during the upcoming term. The fall 2014 panel included (left to right) Professors Ganesh Sitaraman, James Blumstein, Robert Mikos and Suzanna Sherry.

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