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Professor Vars Explores the “Slayer Rule” in Forthcoming Duke Law Journal Article

January 4, 2023

Fred Vars, The University of Alabama School of Law

Professor Fredrick Vars’s article Murder and Money: The Dark Side of Taylor Swift has been accepted for publication in the Duke Law Journal online. The piece examines some of the complex questions connected to the seemingly straightforward “Slayer Rule” (murderers cannot inherit from their victims) through the lens of music written by Taylor Swift. Read the forthcoming piece on SSRN.

Professor Vars also recently published an opinion piece in the New York Daily News titled Social platforms can do more to prevent suicide. The article was drafted in response to an article titled Elon Musk denies Twitter removed suicide prevention and safety measures.


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