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Acclaimed novelist Dinaw Mengestu to speak at Vanderbilt’s 2021 MLK Day commemorative event

Jan. 12, 2021—The virtual event, "At Home in the World: Place, Identity and the American Dream," will be hosted by Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and moderated by Clinical Professor of Law Karla McKanders.

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Samiyyah Ali ’16 joins Biden White House team as deputy associate counsel

Jan. 11, 2021—Ali will serve in the Office of the White House Counsel. She most recently served as a trial litigator at Wilkinson Stekloff in Washington. Before entering private practice, she was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, for Judge Sri Srinivasan of the D.C. Court of Appeals and for Judge Amul Thapar on the Eastern District of Kentucky.

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Samar Ali, JD’06, BS’03, to join Vanderbilt faculty as research professor in political science and law

Jan. 11, 2021—Ali’s research, writing and speaking will focus on topics in international law, conflict resolution

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U.S. tech infrastructure vulnerable to attack: op/ed by Ramon Ryan ’21

Jan. 4, 2021—Ryan is editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology. His Jan. 4 opinion piece in The Tennessean addresses the need to prepare for and take action to prevent attacks on the physical infrastructure supporting our telecommuncations systems.

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George H. Cate Jr. ’51 (BA’49), Nashville’s first vice mayor, dead at 92

Dec. 22, 2020—After winning the Founder's Medal, Cate practiced law for more than 60 years and served as the city's first vice mayor under Mayor Beverly Briley. He retired in 2014. In 1984, he received the John C. Tune Public Service Award, an honor given to the Nashville Bar Association member who has shown the highest degree of dedication to the betterment of the community.

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Christopher Slobogin honored with Vanderbilt University’s 2020 Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award

Dec. 21, 2020—The award recognizes creative research and teaching. Slobogin is an expert in criminal procedure who has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters. He directs the Criminal Justice Program.

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Michael Vandenbergh, Jonathan Gilligan and Lou Leonard discuss how the U.S. can rejoin the Paris climate agreement

Dec. 21, 2020—In a co-authored opinion piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the authors discuss the need for a national climate change strategy based on the same sort of public-private collaboration that led to the rapid production of COVID-19 vaccines.

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Daniel J. Sharfstein appointed to the Dick and Martha Lansden Chair in Law

Dec. 18, 2020—Sharfstein is a legal historian whose work addresses race and citizenship in the United States. He is the author of two award-winning books, “The Invisible Line” and “Thunder in the Mountains,” and received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Brian Fitzpatrick appointed to the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise

Dec. 18, 2020—An expert in complex litigation, Fitzpatrick is most recently the author of The Conservative Case of Class Actions, a 2019 book published by University of Chicago Press.

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Bob Covington ’61, who taught at VLS for 46 years, dead at 84

Dec. 3, 2020—Covington was an expert in labor law who also published books and articles on evidence, insurance, legal method and legal education.

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Ashlee McFarlane ’09 profiled by Bloomberg Law

Nov. 16, 2020—McFarlane is now a partner at Gerger Khalil Hennessy & McFarlane in Houston. She represented Maurice Hall, a passenger in the car when George Floyd was stopped by police in Minneapolis who was himself arrested in Houston days after Floyd's death. McFarlane was a trial attorney with the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice before she entered private practice in 2018. She focuses on defending clients in federal procedings.

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Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch discusses his work and judicial philosophy in a conversation with former clerk Tim Meyer

Nov. 13, 2020—Professor Meyer’s conversation with Justice Gorsuch was sponsored by the Cecil Sims Lecture Series. Meyer clerked for Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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James Danly ’13 elevated to chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Nov. 12, 2020—James P. Danly ’13 has been named chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Danly has served as one of five FERC commissioners, who are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, since March 2020. Before being appointed to the FERC commission, Danly had served since 2017 as general counsel for FERC, where...

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Bill Hagerty ’84 (BA’81) wins Tennessee Senate seat

Nov. 5, 2020—Hagerty previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan. He won the Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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Ganesh Sitaraman discusses Supreme Court reform on The Ezra Klein Show

Oct. 21, 2020—Ezra Klein and Ganesh Sitaraman discuss proposals for Supreme Court reform, including Sitaraman's own proposal, in a conversation that covers such options as court-packing and term limits and more obscure proposals like the 5-5-5 balanced bench and a judicial lottery system.

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18 members of the Class of 2020 selected for Order of the Coif

Oct. 17, 2020—Members of the Order of the Coif are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

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Brian Broughman studies impact of financing arrangements on startups

Oct. 15, 2020—Broughman’s work at the intersection of law and economics explores how lawyers adapt traditional financing contracts to meet the needs of high-value startup companies and how financing influences startups’ futures.

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Worker Advocacy Practicum addresses “access to justice crisis” affecting low-wage workers

Oct. 15, 2020—Assistant Dean for Public Interest Spring Miller launches a new practicum through which students advocate for the employment rights of low-wage workers.

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Rebecca Allenworth’s work on medical licensing boards featured in WBEZ-Chicago’s This American Life

Oct. 6, 2020—When a doctor breaks the law, who decides whether he can keep his medical license? Rebecca Allensworth's work on how medical licensing boards decide whether to revoke a doctor's license to practice medicine is featured in Act One of the This American Life podcast in a segment titled "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor."

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Terry Maroney and other VU faculty navigate new teaching landscape

Sep. 25, 2020—Maroney and her Actual Innocence class are featured in a VU News Service article about the university's successful transition to socially distanced in-person classes and online learning.

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Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Susan Kay ’79 elected to ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar

Sep. 21, 2020—The ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar is recognized at the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the J.D. Kay has previously served on the Standards Review Committee and Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

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Spring Miller receives 2020 B. Riney Green Access to Justice Award from Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

Sep. 18, 2020—The award recognizes Tennessee advocates who promote state-wide collaboration that supports projects that strengthen access to justice across the state.

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Vanderbilt Law Review members make collective gift to support minority students with ABA diversity scholarship

Sep. 17, 2020—All members of the VLR staff donated the fees they would customarily use to pay for meeting space and supplies to the ABA's Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which provides $15,000 scholarships to up to 20 diverse law students each year.

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Michael Vandenbergh discusses how the business sector is making climate progress where government is failing

Sep. 4, 2020—Vandenbergh's Sept. 4 interview with Kristoffer Tique appears in Inside Climate News.

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VLS Steering Committee on Racial Inequities and Injustices issues report

Sep. 4, 2020—The report reflects the results of a community-wide survey and input from three anti-racism task forces representing VLS students, faculty and staff. It recommends short- and long-term actions designed to address racial inequities and injustices in the VLS community and beyond.

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