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Prepare to Practice

Prepare to Practice, an annual lecture and workshop series sponsored by the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library at Vanderbilt Law School, prepares students for the professional challenges of legal practice by highlighting and discussing the latest trends and hot topics in legal practice.

2016 Prepare to Practice Schedule The 2016 program has been announced:

  • Monday, March 21: Professor J.B. Ruhl, Program on Law and Innovation, 12:10 p.m., Bartholomew room
  • Thursday, March 24: Lexis Nexis with Bianca White, 12:10 p.m., Hyatt room
  • Monday, March 28: Bloomberg Law with Dana Schuessler, 12:10 p.m., Bartholomew room
  • Tuesday, April 5: Westlaw with Lori Chester, 12:10 p.m., Covington room
  • Wednesday, April 13: Professor Carolyn Hamilton, law library, 12:10 p.m., Bartholomew room
  • Monday, April 18: Casetext with Pablo Arredondo, 12:10 p.m., Covington room

Speaker bios:

J. B. Ruhl is an expert in environmental, natural resources and property law, and also studies the legal industry and legal technology. He was named director of Vanderbilt's Program on Law and Innovation in 2014 and serves as the co-director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program.  Before he joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty as the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law in 2011, he was the Matthews & Hawkins Professor of Property at the Florida State University College of Law, where he had taught since 1999. His influential scholarly articles relating to climate change, the Endangered Species Act, ecosystems, governance, and other environmental and natural resources law issues have appeared in the California, Duke, Georgetown, Stanford and Vanderbilt law reviews, the environmental law journals at several top law schools and peer-reviewed scientific journals. His works have been selected by peers as among the best law review articles in the field of environmental law nine times from 1989 to 2014. Before entering the academy, he was a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in Austin, Texas, where he also taught on the adjunct faculty of the University of Texas School of Law.

Bianca White earned her B.A. in History from Freed-Hardeman University in 2006, her J.D. from the University of Memphis in 2009 and her M.B.A. from Bryan College in 2015. While in law school Bianca volunteered with the Memphis Area Legal Services and clerked for one year doing criminal defense work. Bianca practiced primarily labor and employment defense work at a Knoxville firm until she joined Lexis in 2011. Bianca is the Lexis rep at University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Dana Schuessler is a regional manager for Bloomberg Law. Prior to working for Bloomberg Law, Dana practiced intellectual property law in New York City. She graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a member of the Cardozo Law Review. Dana earned a B.S. from the University of Florida, magna cum laude. She currently lives in New York City.

Carolyn Hamilton manages law library access services, which encompasses document delivery, interlibrary loan, circulation, and collection maintenance. She also provides research and reference services for students, faculty, and other members of the Vanderbilt community. In addition, Professor Hamilton teaches legal research skills in the first-year Legal Research and Writing program and has been a visiting instructor of Advanced Legal Research. Before joining the Law Library, Professor Hamilton held the registrar position at Vanderbilt Law School; served as a reference desk assistant in the University of Missouri Law Library, assisting with first year Legal Research instruction; and practiced law in the areas of Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Mental Health Competency. She is a member of the Missouri (inactive) and Tennessee Bars.

Pablo Arredondo graduated from Stanford Law School. After litigating patents at large New York and California law firms, Pablo co-founded Occam, a VC-backed startup centered on his innovations in legal research technology. Pablo is currently a fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics where his work focuses on identifying and leveraging patterns in common law opinions.


 

The inaugural series, held in March 2014, focused on Professionalism, Ethics and Practical Legal Research Skills. The 2015 program, held in April 2015, focused on Mentoring and Collaboration in Legal Practice. Prepare to Practice is developed and sponsored by the Vanderbilt Alyne Queener Massey Law Library.


Questions?  Contact: Carolyn Floyd