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Class Notes are posted in the order they were received, with the newest posts at the top of the page.


 

Ganesh Sitaraman delivers the 2015 Commencement address: "You Should Love What You Do. But What if You Don’t?" - May 8, 2015 (transcript)

 

 

 

 

Commencement photos
Law and Business reception photos
LL.M. graduation party photos


Heidi Wolfgruber and Tyler Pate announced their engagement.Heidi is a Colorado State Public Defender residing in Pueblo, Colorado. Tyler is an associate at Mayer Brown in Chicago. The couple will wed in Nashville in May and reside in Atlanta. Posted 3.27.18

Arrin Richards has joined Neal & Harwell as an associate. For the past two years, Arrin has worked in the Office of the General Counsel at Vanderbilt, most recently as Assistant General Counsel. Arrin serves as the Membership Committee Chair in the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association and is a member of the Napier-Looby Bar Association and serves as its secretary. In addition, he is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Posted 1.29.18

Heidi Wolfgruber won the Lowrey Kelley Memorial Boot Camp Award for her performance in a weeklong trial simulation she completed in 2016. She was judged against all first-year attorneys who, at the end of their first year, must complete the simulation as part of the Colorado Public Defender’s training. This is Colorado’s highest honor for a first-year deputy public defender. Posted 10.18.17

Dean Rascoe S. Dean has joined Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison as an associate in the litigation practice group. Rascoe was previously a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Nashville. Posted 10.18.17

 

 

 

David A. Smith has joined Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers as an associate in Atlanta, Georgia. He will practice in the firm’s litigation practice group. Posted 8.1.17

Christine M. Carletta joined Whiteman Osterman & Hanna as an associate following a clerkship with the Honorable James C. Mahan of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Posted 1.19.17

Blair Druhan Bullock (PHD ’15) has joined Bradley’s litigation team as an associate in their Birmingham office. Previously, Blair clerked for Judge Stephen A. Higginson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Posted 1.19.17

Jonathan Ronald Jasinski (MBA’15)  is an associate with Hodgson Russ in New York, where he is a member of the corporate & business practice. Posted 1.27.16

Zachary A Hebert is an associate with Hodgson Russ in New York, where he focuses on labor and employment issues. Posted 1.27.16

Mary Julia Bressman Hannon is an associate with the Nashville office of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. She assists healthcare providers, private equity investors and other clients in corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations and joint ventures involving hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and laser vision correction facilities. Posted 12.17.15

Kurt Lasater Vincent is an associate with the Nashville office of Bass Berry Sims. He represents clients regarding corporate and securities issues. Posted 12.17.15

David William Roberts is an associate with the Nashville office of Bass Berry Sims. He counsels clients on corporate and securities issues. Posted 12.17.15

Seth A. Hansard is an associate Murphy & Garner in Bremen, Georgia. He practices in the firm’s worker’s compensation, social security disability and estate planning groups. Posted 12.4.15

Clayton J. Ankney is an assistant attorney general at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General in Springfield, Illinois. Previously, Clayton was a legal intern with the office of the federal public defender for the Middle District of Tennessee and then a legal fellow in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Posted 12.4.15

Ariel Clorice Mason (BA’12) is an associate in the Nashville office of Dickinson Wright in the firm’s downtown location. Ariel Mason previously worked for Dickinson Wright as a summer associate in the Nashville office, where she composed arguments for inclusion in trial briefs and motion memoranda. She also conducted extensive research on general litigation issues, including business disputes, employment law, and bankruptcy law. Mason was also a summer associate with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell in Memphis, Tennessee and a legal intern with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and Autozone, Inc. Posted 12.4.15

Dustin Sherman Kovacic is an associate in the Nashville office of Dickinson Wright in the firm’s music row location. Previously, Dustin worked as an intern for Nashville entertainment law firm Shackelford, Zumwalt & Hayes and was a law clerk at the Crownover Firm, led by Dickinson Wright’s current entertainment law practice head Derek Crownover. Posted 12.4.15

Katherine Edwards West is an associate in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Burr & Forman. She practices in the general commercial litigation group. Posted 12.4.15

James Jackson Hill, IV is an associate in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. Jackson is a litigator with the firm’s financial services litigation and compliance team. His practice focuses on representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in civil litigation matters. Posted 12.4.15

Vidhi Ashok Sanghavi was added as the leader of a new two-year project focusing on re-entry issues in Middle Tennessee & the Cumberland Plateau by the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. A Skadden Fellow, Vidhi will start a program to help individuals with criminal records combat legal barriers upon re-entering the community from jail or prison. Posted 12.4.15

David C Crenshaw  is an associate with Nashville, Tennessee based firm Sherrard & Roe. A CPA, David will focus on corporate, real estate, and commercial lending. While at Vanderbilt Law, David was a Dean’s Scholar and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Posted 11.3.15

Alandis Kyle Brassel has joined U.S. Representative Jim Cooper’s office as counsel. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, he will advise on policy issues, handle complex casework and represent Cooper in the community. Posted 5.15.15

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