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Vanderbilt Lawyer (Volume 37, Number 1)

"Magic" in the Mayor's Office

Mayor Karl Dean

Karl Dean, '81, was a virtual unknown outside of legal circles when he announced his candidacy for mayor of Metropolitan Nashville on December 19, 2006. Within Metro government, Dean was the well-known and respected director of Metro's legal department, a position he had been tapped for eight years before by fellow Vanderbilt Law alum, then-Mayor Bill Purcell, '79, and before joining Purcell's staff, Dean had been elected Nashville's public defender three times during the 1990s.

The Campaign To End American Idle

Professor Mike Vandenbergh

If Vanderbilt law professor Mike Vandenbergh could reach every American with a simple message he could be certain they would act upon, it would be this: Stop idling your car. Professor Vandenbergh left Latham & Watkins, where he was a partner in their D.C.-based environmental law practice, to teach law in part because of his desire to study the impact of personal behavior on the environment and the ways in which law can foster environmentally responsible behavior by individuals. In his legal practice...