VULS garners more than $1million in grants to support academic programs

Vanderbilt Law School has received more than $1 million in grants to fund a variety of initiatives during fall 2006, including a two-year study of the international role of American corporations, a study of habeas corpus procedures, a conference addressing dispute resolution among groups scheduled in April 2007, and financial support to enable Vanderbilt law students to participate in international externships at the International Criminal Courts in the Hague and in other externship programs.

"The projects supported by the generous grants we've received this fall promise not only to yield some very useful results, but will also afford opportunities for Vanderbilt law students to be involved in substantive research," said Dean Edward L. Rubin. "I want to commend Margaret Blair, Nancy King, Mike Newton, Roger Connor and other members of the faculty who invested the time and effort to locate and apply for these grants."

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From the Dean's Desk

Dean Edward Rubin

The year and a half since I joined Vanderbilt Law School as dean has been incredibly productive and rewarding. We welcomed an impressive Class of 2009 this fall, established the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program, are building on the strengths of our faculty to develop programs in constitutional and regulatory law to add to our strong international and business law programs, and recruited five new faculty members. Next fall, we will welcome the first Ph.D. students into our new Law and Economics program. I can truthfully say Vanderbilt is one of the most exciting and innovative law schools in the country.

None of this would have happened without your tremendous support and ongoing involvement. As a first-time dean, I have been humbled by the strength of your dedication to Vanderbilt Law School and by your willingness to support our school financially, as employers of our graduates, as valued members of our adjunct faculty, as members of our alumni and national councils, as mentors, as visiting lecturers, and as a sounding board as we explore ways to prepare future graduates to practice law in an increasingly complex, global environment.