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

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





Tanner C. Gibson has joined Morgan & Morgan law firm in Nashville, TN. Tanner Gibson is a plaintiff's attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. He joined the firm in 2020 after working as an Assistant Public Defender in Nashville for five years. Tanner previously taught social studies in Metro Nashville and Rutherford County Public Schools. Posted 6.9.21

Arrin Richards is an Associate at Mitchell Sandler LLC. Arrin is a Washington, DC area native, having returned to the area after beginning his legal practice in Nashville, TN. Prior to joining the firm, Arrin was an Associate at Neal & Harwell, PLC in Nashville, where he advised clients on corporate formation and governance, commercial transactions, M&A and civil litigation. Arrin’s prior firm experience includes drafting corporate governance documents, drafting and negotiating multi-year commercial services, technology vendor and M&A agreements, and representing businesses in state and federal civil litigation and AAA commercial arbitration. Posted 6.9.21

Ariel Kelly has joined Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, as an associate in the firm’s Nashville office. Posted 9.23.20

Kyle A. Ewing (MSF '15) has joined Greenberg Traurig as an associate. Posted 4.1.20

Michelle (Zavislan) Moreland joins Southwest Motors as general counsel. Read more herePosted 1.30.20

Clayton Ankney has been promoted to assistant unit supervisor in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, where he has worked as an assistant attorney general since 2015.  Posted 4.30.19

Patricia Vargas Vegas has joined Southeastern Ohio Legal Services as pro bono coordinator. She previously practiced with Petroff Law Offices.  Posted 4.30.19

Jonathan JasinskiJonathan Jasinski has joined the law firm of Harter Secrest & Emery in the Buffalo office as an associate in the Private Equity and Venture Capital practice. He represents clients in a range of corporate matters, including transactions involving private equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, corporate formations and dissolutions and other general corporate matters.  


Ricky Hutchens Jr

Ricky Hutchens has joined Glankler Brown as an Associate. He concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and litigation.  Posted 3.25.19




Michael T. Cox

Marshall T. Cox, McGlinchey Stafford Associate, New Orleans, named to Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” in the area of Personal Injury - Products: Defense  Posted 1.10.19




Alison J. Zucker  has joined Blanchard, Krasner & French at their Reno office.  Posted 9.26.18

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 Kovacicis 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