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Norman Irl Cooley passed away in the evening on November 20, at the age of 81. He had enjoyed learning about Native American History and their art. Norman studied Civil War battles and walked the battle sites like a chess player. Norman had a shortwave radio receiving broadcast from around the planet. Alongside the radio he had a world map filled with stick pins of the various listening destinations. Read his full obituary herePosted 12.12.21

Richard Wynn Foster, 78, passed away November 8th in Fayetteville, GA ending his struggle with Parkinson’s. Before falling ill, Dick swam, trekked, and pursued a hobby of restoring historical buildings in Memphis, TN. Dick practiced law in Memphis and also in Denver, CO, focusing toward the end of his active law career on representing abused and neglected minor children. Posted 11.16.21

Hal Hardin was named Best of the Bar Lifetime Achievement for 2020 by the Nashville Business Journal. Read More Here. Posted 10.8.20

Peggy A. Jones died November 6, after a lengthy illness.  She practiced law for 37 years before her retirement in 2005, having been licensed in Mississippi and Tennessee.  She founded a law firm, Jones & Schneller, PLLC, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where she pursued private practice of law.  Peggy was attorney for the Board of Supervisors of Marshall County, Mississippi, for many years and was a founding member of the William C. Keady American Inn of Court.  She provided considerable legal guidance to her brothers who conducted a family business, Grady W. Jones Co. of Memphis and Little Rock.  She was an active and skilled equestrienne, an avocation she pursued throughout her life and continued during her retirement. Posted 11.11.19

Will Martin will retire from his position as in-house general counsel for FirstBank and its parent holding company, FB Financial Corp., on Jan. 15. Read more:  Posted 1.9.19

Hal Hardin has been named President Elect of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys, NAFUSA. He will be sworn in as president at the October NAFUSA conference in Washington DC. Posted 8.1.17

Martha Craig Daughtrey (BA’64) is mentioned in depth in the book Love Wins-The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. The book, written by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell, was released June 14, 2016. Posted 7.25.16

William H. Hopkins died May 14, 2016 in Pullman, WA. Bill graduated from Yale University before earning his J.D. from Vanderbilt in 1968. Bill settled in Plymouth, NH for his professional career where he practiced law and raised his children. He is survived by his former wife, Sister Brendan Dymphna, former wife, Rachel Pomeroy Feher, five children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Posted 5.18.16

Martha Craig Daughtrey (BA'64) offered advice for Nashville mayor Megan Barry in a Tennessean article that included perspectives on leadership from various women leaders. Cissy is a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and is the first woman to serve as assistant U.S. attorney in the Middle District of Tennessee in 1968. Posted 9.28.15

Floyd Joseph Zinn of Seattle, Washington, died May 24 of liver cancer. He was 72. Joe graduated from Spring Hill College before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt and attended the University of Texas MBA program. After a short time in legal practice, Joe embarked on a long career in investment banking and commercial real estate. He was a long-time supporter of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is survived by his wife of almost 36 years, Janet Zinn. Posted 6.22.15

The Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey (BA'64) has been featured in a recent Tennesean article for her accomplishments over the course of her legal career. See the article herePosted 4.26.15

William S. Jeremiah II died July 17 following complications from frontotemporal degeneration. Bill moved to Westfield, New Jersey, after graduating from Lafayette College and Vanderbilt Law School and entered private practice, eventually becoming a named partner in 1977 at Buttermore Mullen Jeremiah and Phillips in Westfield. Bill focused his practice on education law, representing many Boards of Education, as well as other areas of civil law. Bill achieved his ultimate career goal in January 2002, becoming an Administrative Law Judge but, unfortunately, fell ill a year later and retired. Bill was extremely active in the Westfield community, serving as President of the YMCA of Westfield, President of the Westfield Rotary Club and on various other boards and executive committees, including those of the Westfield High School Boosters Club, the Westfield United Way, the Dr. Matin Luther King, Jr. Association, the Westfield Foundation and the Education Fund of Westfield, Inc., of which he was a co-founder. Additionally, Bill was an Elder at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, and four children. Posted 8.12.2014

Aaron Wyckoff (BA'65) died December 24. Aaron practiced law in Nashville until his retirement in 2010. He was an Assistant District Attorney, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and spent many years in private practice. Aaron served on the board of directors of the Green Hills YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Nashville, and the Nashville Bar Association.He enjoyed coaching his sons and other children in soccer and baseball for many years, and he was an avid Vanderbilt Baseball fan. Aaron is survived by his wife, Diane F. Wyckoff (BA'68); two sons; and two grandchildren. Posted 1.14.13

John G. Corlew received the Mississippi Bar Foundation's 2013 Professionalism Award at the foundation's annual meeting this past April. John served on the Mississippi Senate (1973-80), as chairman of the State Board of Public Welfare (1980-84), and as member of the Governor's Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee since 2004. He served on the Lawyers Advisory Committee, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2001-04), is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Bar Foundation, Mississippi Bar Foundation, and a member of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a past president of the Jackson County Bar and the Mississippi Chapters of the Federal Bar and American Board of Trial Advocates. He is also a member of the Americans Inns of Court. In 2007, he was recognized by the Hinds County Bar Association as the recipient of the association's Professionalism Award. John currently practices with Corlew Munford & Smith in the areas of litigation, administrative practice and appellate practice. Posted 11.14.13

Roger Richman died October 9 of complications from pneumonia. He was 69. He had a lengthy and successful career defending the legacies of famous actors, scientists and others, as outlined in a New York Times story. Roger is survived by his wife, Diane Shulman; a son; and two grandchildren. Posted 10.21.13

Hal Hardin, former U.S. attorney general, is mentioned in an article featuring former Tennessean reporter Keel Hunt's new book, Coup: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal (Vanderbilt University Press). Hardin is described as not only a key player in the 1979 coup but the "hero" of the story. Posted 8.22.13

HamCookeA. Hamilton Cooke, Florida Legal Services president and Jacksonville attorney, will serve as a designated director on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization that provides leadership and funding for justice in Florida. Hamilton, a shareholder with Fisher Tousey Leas & Ball, practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and real estate matters. He served as president of The Florida Bar Foundation from 2000-01 and received the Foundation's Medal of Honor Award in 2007 for his many contributions to providing access to justice for those living in poverty throughout Florida, including his extensive pro bono work on behalf of HabiJax and through Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. Posted 7.15.13 

Wayne Hyatt (BA'65), a founding partner of the Atlanta firm of Hyatt & Stubblefield, has been awarded the American College of Real Estate Lawyers' Frederick S. Lane Award. Wayne is the eighth recipient of the prestigious award in the ACREL's 35-year history. To read more about Wayne's award, please click here. Posted 5.21.13

Alan F. KleinAlan F. Klein still practices full time as a partner at Duane Morris in Philadelphia. Alan has had a wonderful career with four great Philadelphia-based firms, and has had a busy practice, now focused on his representation of generic drug companies and the defense of pharmaceutical products liability cases. He enjoys traveling, and recently returned from Peru and Easter Island. He has four adult children and three grandchildren, who keep him young. Alan remembers with fondness his terrific years at Vandy Law, his classmates and professors, especially the late Dean of the Law School, John Wade, who taught him everything one needed to know about torts. Posted 11.19.12 


Leland M. McNabb (BA'65) was recently profiled in the Memphis Daily News. The article, McNabb Turns Past of Adjectives to Legal World of Nouns, Verbs , discusses Monte's love of English and writing from his days as an undergraduate English major at Vanderbilt and his strong legal career which shows no signs of slowing down, because as Monte explains, he isn't done having fun. Posted 11.7.12

Robert Steven Mirin of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, died February 9 at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg surrounded by family and friends. He graduated from the University of Maryland before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He later earned an LL.M. from George Washington University. He spent his career in private practice. Robert is survived by his wife, Joanna, and two sons. Posted 4.30.12

Bob WalkerBob Walker was appointed by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority to its board of commissioners. to its board of commissioners. Walker serves as one of the board's pilot representatives. He was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean (JD '81), and confirmed on by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County. Walker's term expires January 2012. Walker has been practicing trial law since 1968, and is a partner in Walker Tipps & Malone.


Laird Rupp Daubenspeck
, born October 8, 1943 in Pittsburg, PA, the son of Gloria Daubenspeck Bell and Laird Rupp Daubenspeck, passed away on December 14, 2007. Laird graduated from Brecksville High School in 1961, Lehigh University in 1965, and Vanderbilt University Law School in 1968. He was a ember attorney in Columbus, OH. Mr. Daubenspeck retired to Bradenton, FL. after practicing law. Mr Daubenspeck was 64 years old at the time of death. He is survived by his mother, Gloria D. Bell of Bradenton, FL; his brother James Daubenspeck of Boston, MA; and former wife Mary Miller of Bexley, OH. Surviving children are Laird Daubenspeck, Jr. of Cleveland, OH; and Lynn Daubenspeck Casto of Charlotte, NC. Surviving grandchildren are Caleb and Ian Casto.

A. Hamilton CookeA. Hamilton Cooke received The Florida Bar Foundation's Medal of Honor Award in June, 2007. The Florida Bar Foundation Medal of Honor is the highest award that can be bestowed upon an individual by Florida's legal profession. Mr. Cooke will receive the award for his many contributions to providing access to justice for those living in poverty, and for his tireless service to HabiJax, the Jacksonville affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.


Robert Tierney

 Robert B. Tierney was featured in a January 26, 2007 article in the New York Times regarding his work as the chairman of The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.




Robert DunnRobert H. Dunn became President & CEO of the Synergos Institute in November 2005. He was previously Chairman and President and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).