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Julian L. Bibb III has been appointed chairman of the Franklin Transit Authority. Read more here. Posted 9.25.20

W. Patrick Mulloy II (BA'74) is now serving as a Member of the Board of Directors at UofL Health as of March 2020. Posted 9.23.20

Richard Dinkins will be honored with the Nelson C. Andrews Distinguished Service Award at the Nashville Public Education Foundation (NPEF)’s 15th annual Public Schools Hall of Fame event. Richard is being honored in recognition of his dedication and service to the Nashville community, and his fierce advocacy for civil rights in public education. Read more: Posted 7.26.19

Thomas C. Csatari has been elected to the board of directors for Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. Tom returns to the board after serving from 2005-2016. He is director at Downs Rachlin Martin in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Posted 6.28.18

Wade R. Baggette Sr. of Monroe, Louisiana, died Feb. 22. He was 82. Wade earned two B.S. degrees in civil engineering and business, and worked for several years as a designer of municipal utilities, such as water and sanitation plants, before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He joined the law firm of Dimos Brown Erskine Burkett and Smith in Monroe in 1977 and practiced there until his retirement in 2009, including pro bono work for the American Legion. In his later years, he hosted a long-running Friday night poker game. Wade is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy Wiggers Baggette, and their son, Wade, Jr. Monroe, LA. Posted 3.1.18

Susan D. Doughton has been recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of four Band 1 Healthcare lawyers in the state of Alabama. Susan is a shareholder at Dominick Feld Hyde in Birmingham. Posted 3.1.18

Julian Bibb earned the 2017 Elizabeth Collins Award for Distinguished Service by the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program, and the 2017 Civic Leadership Award from the Education Foundation for Williamson County at its first annual "Be the Catalyst" award luncheon. In addition, Julian honored with the 2017 Best of the Bar award in the category of Banking & Finance by the Nashville Business Journal. Julian is a member of Stites & Harbison in Franklin, Tennessee. Updated 8.1.17

Herman Morris Jr. was recently listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of 2016’s B.E. Registry of Black S&P 500 Company Corporate Directors. He was also named Savoy magazine’s 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. Herman, who has practiced law for nearly 40 years, has served on the board of Perrigo Co. since 1999. He is a former city attorney for Memphis and former president and CEO of Memphis Light, Gas and Water. Posted 9.22.16

Walter S. Weems (BA ’74) , attorney at Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes, has been named chairman of the board of trustees for the Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Posted 9.15.16

J. Scott Glascock of New York, New York died August 27. He was 64. Scott earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1974 before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt. He practiced law at Olwine Connelly Chase O’Donnell & Weyher (1977-1981), Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (1981-1984) and Milbank Tweed Hadley &McCloy (1984). He then was a financial consultant at Shearson Lehman Brothers (1984-1993) and a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch (1993-2002). In addition, Scott was a professional actor and voiceover artist. Posted 9.15.16

Steven Machat, an entertainment lawyer, record producer, author of four books and Florida resident, has registered for the U.S. Senate Campaign. In order to secure a win in November, Machat must receive more votes than Republican incumbent Marco Rubio, Democrats Patrick Murphy, Alan Grayson, and Pam Keith, as well as five other independent candidates. Posted 7.27.16

Barry R. Vickrey (BA’71) was honored for his service as dean at University of South Dakota School of Law (USD) from 1993 to 2011. He was previously was on the faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Law for 11 years. At USD, he teaches the required first-year course on property law and the required upper-level course on the legal profession, as well as upper-level elective courses on mediation and legislation. Posted 4.5.16

Julian Bibb

Julian L. Bibb was elected to the board of directors for the United Way of Williamson County. Julian is a member with Stites & Harbison in the firm's Nashville office where his practice centers largely on banking and includes various credit facilities. Posted 12.17.15




Samuel H. Turner Sr. is the new associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. Previously, Sam was president and CEO for the Shawnee Mission Medical Center and has more than 25 years of experience as a senior-level executive in large organizations. Posted 9.17.15

Julian Bibb was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Julian is a member with Stites & Harbison in the firm's Nashville, Tennessee office where his practice centers largely on banking and includes various credit facilities. Posted 5.15.15

Barbara J. Moss (BA'72) was included on the 2015 “Best of the Bar” awards list by the Nashville Business Journal. Barbara founded her own law firm in Nashville, Tennessee, Elder Law, where she practices elder law, Medicaid (“TennCare”) planning and crisis management, asset protection, conservatorship, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and veterans benefits. Posted 5.15.15

David C. Horn , executive vice president, chief legal and administrative officer, and secretary has elected to retire from AK Steel, headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, effective May 31, 2015. Prior to joining AK Steel in 2000, David had practiced as a partner with Frost Brown Todd.  Posted 4.26.15

Julian Bibb Julian L. Bibb III, a partner with Stites & Harbison, has been elected to a second term as president of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. Julian has also been honored as one of the winners of the Nashville Business Journal's 2015 Williamson County Impact Partners, making it his third time being honored with this award. Additionally, Julian received the 2014 community supporter annual award from the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County. Finally, Julian was elected chair of the board of directors of the Williamson County Education Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit corporation organized to assist in the development of public-private initiatives to enhance school programs within both the Franklin Special School District and Williamson County Schools. Posted 2.19.14

Tom Lindley leads Portland, Oregon based Perkins Coie’s national environmental law practice. The firm was recognized in November by U.S. News-Best Lawyers in November as 2014-15 “Law Firm of the Year.” Also, Tom worked in Beijing with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in a pro bono effort to assist in addressing China's environmental issues. He also co-authored "The National Marine Sanctuary System: The Once and Future Promise of Comprehensive Ocean Governance," published in the November 2014 Environmental Law Reporter. Tom has also chaired or co-chaired two November conferences, a Seattle conference on Climate and Water in Seattle and a Washington, D.C., course on the Clean Water Act. Posted 5.17.15

 David C. Horn has been promoted to executive vice president, chief legal and administrative officer, and secretary at AK Steel. David previously was the company's executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Posted 7.16.14

John E. Stevens has become acting chief counsel for the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center. The Center was established in Washington, D.C., by the Attorney General's Organized Crime Council to combat international criminal organizations. John has been a federal prosecutor for almost 30 years, serving in three U.S. Attorney's offices and in the Criminal Division at Main Justice. Posted 6.12.14

Ralph Z. Levy Jr. has been named president of The Temple - Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Belle Meade. Founded in 1851, The Temple is Nashville's oldest and largest Jewish congregation. Levy is an attorney of counsel in the Nashville office of Dickinson Wright, where he focuses his practice on corporate, healthcare enterprises, and estate planning law. As The Temple's 58th president, Levy will lead its 750-family member congregation for the next two years, continuing his extensive service in The Temple's leadership. He previously served The Temple as president of its brotherhood from 1982-83, and as a member of its Board of Trustees from 1982-87 and 2002-08. Posted 5-27-14


Barbara MossBarbara J. Moss (BA'72) has formed her own firm, Elder Law of Nashville. The firm aims to help seniors and their families plan for disability and death by executing legal documents to ensure that their wishes about health care, end of life care, and the disposition of their assets are honored. She will also help seniors qualify for public benefits. Barbara has been named multiple times by her peers as one of the best lawyers in the Nashville Business Journal's 'Best of the Bar' contest, and is designated a 'Mid-South Super Lawyer' by Law & Politics magazine. Posted 3.25.14

John Dewar Gleissner's
article, "How to Create American Manufacturing Jobs," was published in the fall 2013 edition of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy (Volume 9, Issue 2). John is an attorney with the Travelers Indemnity Company in Birmingham, Alabama. Posted 1.29.14

Bradley J. Taylor died January 4. Brad worked as a real estate lawyer for most of his career. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Taylor; and their two children. Posted 1.13.14

W. Perry Brandt (BA'74), a partner in the Kansas City, Missouri, office of Bryan Cave, has been named president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Most recently, Perry earned the KCMBA President's Award. He has served on the KCMBA board of the directors since 2006 as well as the group's strategic vision committee, and is former chair of the securities law committee. Posted 12.16.13

Francis Lacey, who taught International and Contract Law at Vanderbilt from 1975-78, passed away on December 8. In 1978, Frank took a position with Phillips Petroleum as an international and domestic contracts attorney where he worked until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and their four children. Posted 12.16.13

Tom LindleyTom E. Lindley, chair of Perkins Coie's environment, energy & resources practice group,is teaching environmental trading and markets at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. The seminar focuses on the theory, practice, and ethics of environmental trading and banking under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, CERCLA, and similar federal and state laws. Tom was also recently named the Best Lawyers' Portland "Environmental Lawyer of the Year" for 2014.

Earlier this year, Tom joined Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and a small group of business leaders on a business and trade mission to The Netherlands and Germany. While in Europe, Tom and others met with Dutch businesses about sustainability and green design and with Germany's Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for the Environment to discuss natural gas, fracking, and renewable energy issues. This trip was sandwiched between two other events where Tom spoke: one at Yale Law School's and Yale School of Forestry's 2013 conference on New Directions in Environmental Law (where he addressed environmental planning) and the other at the National Black Law Students Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta (where he spoke on careers in environmental and energy law). Posted 11.14.13

W. Perry Brandt (BA'74), partner at Bryan Cave, has been announced the winner of this year's Lexology Client Choice Awards USA & Canada, litigation category for Missouri. Brandt's practice includes all aspects of business and commercial litigation, including securities, derivative, antitrust, class action and employment litigation, as well as regulatory enforcement and white collar defense and corporate investigations. Posted 3.1.13

William R. O'Bryan, Nashville-based attorney, has been named the financial services litigation subgroup leader at Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada. Bill is a member of the firm's commercial litigation and banking, real estate and financial services groups. He focuses his practice on general litigation, banking law, business reorganization and creditors' rights, professional liability defense, financial services and securities litigation. Posted 2.13.13

Bradley Hume has been elected president of the Louisville Bar Association for 2013. Brad is currently of counsel for the Louisville firm Thompson Miller & Simpson. Previously in his career, he served as president of the Kentucky Defense Counsel. Posted 2.5.13

Mary Martin Schaffner died December 5, 2012, in Nashville at age 73, of complications from cancer. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1961 before receiving her law degree from Vanderbilt in 1977. Mary spent her entire legal career at the Nashville firm of Howell and Fisher and earned a reputation as a tenacious litigator. Her legal work was brilliant and her grammar was flawless. Away from the office, she was a deeply loving mother who cooked from scratch, smocked clothes for her children, and instilled in them a love of knowledge that has stood them in good stead. A lifelong learner who excelled in all her endeavors, Mary was passionate about gender and racial equality, native plants, Democratic politics, gardening, her beloved antebellum home, taking the perfect wildflower photograph, and the pleasure of reading. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy in her later years. She is survived by two children; two grandchildren; a niece; and a grandnephew. Posted 1.4.13

W. Perry Brandt (BA'74) has been named to a three-year term on the Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board. The board's mission is to engage alumni in the life of Vanderbilt University, its schools and its students, and encourage lifelong connections among alumni and support of the university's goals. Posted 8.6.12

W. Patrick Mulloy II (BA'74), chairman and CEO of Elmcroft Senior Living, a Louisville-based provider of senior housing services, has been elected to the board of directors of Republic Bank. Pat has also been named a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform, charged with offering suggestions for tax reforms to Kentucky Governor Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly. Posted 4.17.12

Csatari WEBThomas Csatari was elected chair of the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees. He joined the board in 2005 and succeeds Anne Winton Black, who stepped down from the board in May. Posted 11.9.11




Jane Schukoske
recently accepted a position at S.M. Sehgal Foundation located in Gurgaon, Haryana, India as CEO. Prior to her new position, Jane was the Director of the LL.M. program in the Law of the U.S. at the University of Baltimore School of Law. The S.M. Sehgal Foundation operates the Institute of Rural research and Development (IRRAD). Posted 7.20.11

Julian BibbJulian Bibb, has been awarded the Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award from the Civil War Trustfor exceptional merit in Civil War battlefield preservation. Julian is an attorney at Stites & Harbison, where for the past seven years, he has led a team of attorneys and staff to acquire and preserve battlefield acreage in Franklin and Middle Tennessee. During that time, the firm has donated more than $1 million in pro bono services. Posted 7.15.11