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Activities

The LDR Program regularly brings to Vanderbilt judges, distinguished scholars and leading practitioners to expose students to contemporary discourse on issues in litigation and dispute resolution to provide opportunities to explore a wide range of legal career options.


Upcoming and Recent Events

 

Ford vs. Montana Eighth Judicial Court, U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments

From 1990 until 2010, the Supreme Court decided no cases about personal jurisdiction, the legal doctrine controlling when a defendant can be made to litigate within a state. The latest case, Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District (consolidated with Ford Motor Co. v. Bandemer, https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files...), considers whether state courts in Montana and Minnesota have personal jurisdiction over two lawsuits against Ford, which sells cars in both states but manufactured and sold the specific cars at issue out-of-state. The Court rescheduled this case from last term and held telephonic arguments on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020.

Because many students were in class at that time, the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program invited students to join Professor Suzanna Sherry and Associate Dean for Research Ingrid Wuerth to listen to a recording of the arguments, discuss and answer student questions.

 

Judge Oldham poster image"Habeas Corpus and Criminal Justice," a Conversation between Judge Andrew Oldham, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and Professor Nancy King
February 11, 2020
12:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Association

A Conversation with Magistrate Judge Alistair Newbern, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
*Rescheduled* New date coming soon!
12:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium



poster image for Judge Scudder event “Justice Kennedy’s Contributions to the Law of Free Speech,” a conversation with Judge Michael Scudder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, moderated by Professor Sara Mayeux
September 12, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Law Review

 

 

poster image for  Judge Chhabria event “From the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office to the Federal Bench,” a conversation with Judge Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, moderated by Professor Ingrid Wuerth
October 22, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Renaissance room
Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society

 

Laboratories of Jurisprudence Event Poster image“Laboratories of Jurisprudence?: The Role of State Supreme Courts in a Federal System,” a conversation with Associate Justice Jonathan Papik, Nebraska Supreme Court
November 4, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Bar Association

 

The Fight for Marriage book cover"The Fight for Marriage: Church Conflicts and Courtroom Contests," a Conversation with authors and Nashville attorneys Phil Cramer '00 and Bill Harbison
August 28, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Public Interest Office

 

 

 

Judge Tymkovich event poster"The Roberts Court, Election Law, and the Idea of Progress," a conversation between Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and Professor James Blumstein
October 4, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Federalist Society

 

Judge Meyer event poster "The Fourth Amendment and Electronic Privacy: Is Your iPhone Spying on You?" a talk by Judge Jeffrey Meyer, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
October 11, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society

 

Judge Gribbon Motz posterIs the Judging Business Calling Balls and Strikes? A Conversation with Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
November 13, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Law Review

 

 

Wilkins Book Cover and headshotLong Hard Road to Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a conversation with Judge Robert L. Wilkins, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
January 25, 2019
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the law school dean's office

event poster Perspectives on Judging: A Conversation between Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw '81 (BA'78), U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, and Professor Brian Fitzpatrick
January 29, 2019
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association

 

 

Moot Court Judges Panel
February 1, 2019
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Moot Court Board

"Does Felony Disenfranchisement Undermine Democracy?" Judge Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
February 19, 2019
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Women Law Students' Association

Judge Morris poster image"Native American Issues in Federal Court, a conversation with Judge Brian Morris, U.S. District Court for the District of Montana"
March 13, 2019
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium