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Volume 74, Number 5 Category

The People’s Ledger: How to Democratize Money and Finance the Economy

Oct. 19, 2021—Saule T. Omarova | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1301 (2021) | The COVID-19 crisis underscored the urgency of digitizing sovereign money and ensuring universal access to banking services. It pushed two related ideas—the issuance of central bank digital currency and the provision of retail deposit accounts by central banks—to the forefront of the public policy debate....

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Central Banks and Climate Change

Oct. 19, 2021—Christina Parajon Skinner | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1301 (2021) | Central banks are increasingly called upon to address climate change. Proposals for central bank action on climate change range from programs of “green” quantitative easing to increases in risk-based capital requirements meant to deter banks from lending to climate-unfriendly business. Politicians and academics alike have...

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Praxis and Paradox: Inside the Black Box of Eviction Court

Oct. 19, 2021—Lauren Sudeall & Daniel Pasciuti | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1365 (2021) | In the American legal system, we typically conceive of legal disputes as governed by specific rules and procedures, resolved in a formalized court setting, with lawyers shepherding both parties through an adversarial process involving the introduction of evidence and burdens of proof. The...

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Brown, Massive Resistance, and the Lawyer’s View: A Nashville Story

Oct. 19, 2021—Daniel J. Sharfstein | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1435 (2021) | For nearly 75 years, the Vanderbilt Law Review has sought to publish rigorous, intellectually honest scholarship. In publishing the following Essay, we seek to provide an equally unflinching look at one way in which Vanderbilt Law School and its graduates have participated in the creation...

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Underwater Mortgages for Underwater Homes: The Elimination of Signals in the Coastal Lending Market

Oct. 19, 2021—Peyton J. Klein | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1467 (2021) | Climate change and sea level rise threaten to increase the default risk of mortgages on homes in coastal areas. Faced with this reality, small coastal lenders have begun selling more climate-sensitive mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, thereby transferring the risk of climate-induced...

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Let’s Talk About Gender: Nonbinary Title VII Plaintiffs Post-Bostock

Oct. 19, 2021—Meredith Rolfs Severtson | 74 Vand. L. Rev. 1507 (2021) | In Bostock v. Clayton County, the Supreme Court held that Title VII’s sex-discrimination prohibition applies to discrimination against gay and transgender employees. This decision, surprising from a conservative Court, has engendered a huge amount of commentary on both its substantive holding and its interpretive...

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