Faculty Notes

Clayton tapped for IOM committee on sex trafficking

Ellen Wright Clayton

Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, professor of law and director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University, has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.

The committee is charged with examining the scope and severity of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who are under age 18. The committee will also explore the causes and consequences of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children, including the role of child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Members will study efforts by human services, health care and law enforcement agencies to prevent sex trafficking of minors and intervene with victims and offenders, and assess the adequacy of current laws addressing commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children.

Clayton was asked to serve on the committee by IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. The committee will deliver a report to the Institute of Medicine in August 2013.


Seymore named MIT's 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Associate Professor

Sean Seymore

Sean Seymore has been appointed to the Program in Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Associate Professor in spring 2012. MIT established the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor program in 1995 to recognize the contributions of outstanding scholars, allow visiting professors to enhance their scholarship through intellectual interactions with MIT peers, and enrich the intellectual life of MIT with their participation in research and academic programs.

Seymore's research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances and how the intersection of law and science should influence the formulation of public policy. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame as well as a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame with an Allen Endowment Fellowship. He is an active member of the American Chemical Society, where he currently serves on the executive committee for the Division of Chemistry and the Law. At Vanderbilt, Seymore is affiliated with the Intellectual Property Program and teaches Torts and Patent Law.


Sharfstein receives Fletcher Fellowship

Daniel Sharfstein

Daniel Sharfstein, associate professor of law, has been awarded an Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship by the Fletcher Foundation. Professor Sharfstein's recent book, The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White, examines the history of race in the United States through three families who crossed the color line and assimilated into white communities. He will use the Fletcher Fellowship, which provides awards of $50,000 to fund research and support literary and artistic works that contribute to improving race relations and further the broad social goals of the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education, to chronicle a group of Southern lawyers who argued against integration in courts during the decade following Brown.

The fellowship was created in 2004 by Wall Street financier and philanthropist Alphonse Fletcher Jr. to mark the 50th anniversary of Brown, in which the Court ruled that separate public schools for blacks and whites were unconstitutional. Professor Sharfstein is one of five recipients chosen to receive the fellowship for 2011-12 from more than 70 applicants.

"This is a tremendous honor and opportunity," Professor Sharfstein said. "The segregationist lawyers I am writing about are largely forgotten in the legal history of civil rights, but they developed a series of arguments that moderated the rhetoric of 'massive resistance,' abstracting and transforming it into seemingly neutral rights claims that have rooted themselves in post-Brown jurisprudence. I hope to add a new dimension to our understanding of Brown and the dynamics of litigating for social change."


Wuerth appointed to State Department Advisory Committee on International Law

Ingrid Brunk Wuerth

Ingrid Brunk Wuerth, professor of law and director of the International Legal Studies Program, has been named to the State Department Advisory Committee on International Law. The committee brings together professors, practitioners and policymakers who are experts in international law to advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Legal Advisor, Harold Koh. "I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve the Secretary and the Legal Advisor as they make decisions about international law," said Wuerth.

Wuerth has written broadly on international law in domestic courts and U.S. foreign relations law. She has held leadership positions with the American Society of International Law and spent most of 2011 as a visitor at the Humboldt University Law School in Berlin with the support of the German Academic Exchange Commission. Wuerth joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007 and teaches International Law, Foreign Relations Law, Civil Procedure and Comparative Constitutional Law.


Reeves appointed Associate Dean and Director of Massey Law Library

Larry Reeves

Larry R. Reeves has been named associate dean and director of the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library and associate professor of law. He will also serve as associate dean of the Vanderbilt University Libraries. His appointment was announced by Dean Chris Guthrie and Vanderbilt University Dean of Libraries Connie Vinita Dowell. He will join Vanderbilt in January 2012.

"Larry Reeves brings an impressive amount of administrative and teaching experience to Vanderbilt," said Guthrie. "I look forward to the contributions he will make to Vanderbilt's Massey Law Library and to our J.D. and LL.M. programs."

Reeves was previously associate director of the George Mason University Law Library in Arlington, Virginia. He has also served on the library staffs at Fordham Law School, Brooklyn Law School and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. at Temple University Beasley School of Law and holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in New York. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Oklahoma. He has served on the Bylaws Committee of the American Association of Law Libraries and chaired the organization's Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section in 2009 and 2010. He is a member of the Law Librarians Society.

"Larry brings an impressive and varied set of experiences at many institutions and an exceptional portfolio of accomplishments to our libraries. We are fortunate to have someone of his energy and vision to help guide our library system," said Dowell.

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