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Listen to three VLS students discuss immigration law in “Life of the Law” podcast

Jun. 8, 2018—Clinical Professor of Law Karla McKanders asked students in her Immigration Law class to produce their final reports as audio stories. Listen to Episode 136 of The Life of the Law’s New Voices series, which features stories on topics in immigration law by VLS students Joshua Minchin ’20, Simona Grecu ’19 and Rachael Pikulski ’19....

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To Clerk or Not to Clerk: Read VLS Career Services Director Nick Alexiou’s column in Above the Law

Jun. 8, 2018—Alexiou is director of LL.M. and alumni advising and associate director of Career Services at Vanderbilt Law School.

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Kevin Coker and Sean Dowling named 2018 Gideon’s Promise Fellows

May. 17, 2018—Coker will work at the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office and Dowling for the Shelby County Defenders.

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Alana Seixas and Lynn Stopher named 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Fellows

May. 17, 2018—Stopher will work at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago; Seixas will work at the Children’s Law Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Ingrid Wuerth, Suzanna Sherry, Tracey George and Edward Cheng honored with 2018 Hall-Hartman Awards

May. 16, 2018—Wuerth, Sherry and George were honored for first-year teaching, and Wuerth and Edward Cheng for upper-level courses.

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Twenty 2018 graduates honored with awards at Commencement

May. 14, 2018—Richard Turner Henderson received the Founder's Medal for First Honors.

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Vanderbilt Law graduates earn Ph.D. in Law and Economics

May. 14, 2018—Scott DeAngelis and Danielle Drago Drory were awarded both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt Law School’s commencement May 11.   Scott DeAngelis’ dissertation seeks to shed further light on the issue of concussions in athletics, examining youth sports concussion laws, risk and compensation schemes related to concussions, and risk-management...

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Sarah Igo’s new book places today’s privacy concerns in historical context

Apr. 30, 2018—Igo's book is The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. She is an associate professor of history, political science and law.

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Family of Rick Ferrini ’11 establishes scholarships in his honor at VLS and the School of Medicine

Apr. 30, 2018—The Rick V. N. Ferrini Law Scholarship and the Rick V. N. Ferrini Medical Scholarship honor an accomplished attorney who died March 10, 2017. “We wanted to do something in memory of Rick that would honor him and make him proud,” said Vino Ferrini, president of the Texas-based leather footwear company Ferrini USA. “His time at Vanderbilt was very special to him, and these scholarships will give that same opportunity and experience to others. We also want to support research on depression, which so many struggle with, as did our son. It is a disease like any other, and we want to see the stigma removed for those who suffer with it and their families.” A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Rick Ferrini began his legal career in Washington, D.C., after earning his law degree from Vanderbilt in 2011. For the next five years he served as an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where he defended D.C. government agencies and individual employees at all levels of government in a variety of civil lawsuits. In 2016, he returned to his hometown of Dallas to serve as counsel to his family’s company, Ferrini USA.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named Carnegie Fellow to support research in democracy

Apr. 25, 2018—Sitaraman will receive $200,000 from the Carnegie Foundation of New York to support his research on how public services such as schools and libraries can advance public policy goals.

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Nell Henson ’18 wins the 2018 Nagareda Prize for article on expert witnesses in medical malpractice trials

Apr. 23, 2018—Henson’s Note, published in the 2018 Vanderbilt Law Review, explores courts’ disagreement over admissibility of evidence of prior malpractice by medical expert witnesses.

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Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Frank F. Drowota III ’65 (BA’60) dead at 79

Apr. 17, 2018—Justice Drowota served on the Tennessee Supreme Court for 25 years and as a judge in Tennessee courts for 35 years.

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Claria Horn Boom ’94 confirmed to shared seat on federal districts courts for Eastern and Western Kentucky

Apr. 10, 2018—Horn Boom has previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. She was a partner at Frost Brown Todd in Lexington before her confirmation to the federal bench.

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Kristen Clarke of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law delivers 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture

Apr. 10, 2018—Clarke’s lecture, “Democracy under Attack: Race, Rights and Resistance,” addresses the role of lawyers in responding to racial injustice, voter suppression and other civil rights issues.

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Dean Chris Guthrie and Associate Dean Chris Serkin will serve on graduate and professional student village committees

Apr. 5, 2018—Guthrie will serve on the executive committee and Serkin on the advisory committee tasked with working closely with Brailsford & Dunlavy, the development advisory firm on the project.

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Candid conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor inspires students

Apr. 4, 2018—Justice Sotomayor answered students' questions in her 2018 Cecil Sims Lecture in Flynn Auditorium April 3.

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Katie Sochacki ’18 and Dora Duru ’20 selected for 2018 law class of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

Mar. 30, 2018—Sochacki and Duru will travel to Germany and Poland this summer through the prestigious FASPE program, which uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi-occupied Europe to examine ethics in the legal profession today.

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Dora Duru ’20 receives Helen Strong Curry International Legal Scholarship

Mar. 28, 2018—Duru will participate in the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics Program and intern at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy during summer 2018.

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Amber Banks ’20 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Mar. 27, 2018—Banks will spend summer 2018 working at the Texas Civil Rights Project.

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VLS students help create a new nonprofit through Vanderbilt’s Transactional Pro Bono Spring Break

Mar. 27, 2018—A six-student team helped the Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union create a new nonprofit.

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Jill Heaviside ’18 named Reproductive Justice Fellow by If/When/How

Mar. 23, 2018—Heaviside will focus on reproductive justice policy and advocacy at SisterLove, an Atlanta-based HIV and reproductive justice nonprofit as the organization’s RJ-HIV Fellow.

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VLS Pro Bono Spring Break students successfully argue bond motions for immigrant detainees

Mar. 21, 2018—Seven VLS students traveled to Lumpkin, Georgia, to work with attorneys from the Southern Immigrant Freedom Initiative on behalf of immigrant detainees.

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Julie Rooney ’18 wins Scribes Law-Review Award for VLR Note addressing privacy law

Mar. 21, 2018—Julie Rooney ’18 has won the 2018 Scribes Law-Review Award. Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers, has presented the annual award for the best student writing in a law review or journal since 1987. Rooney’s Note, “Going Postal: Analyzing the Abuse of Mail Covers Under the Fourth Amendment,” was published in the Vanderbilt Law...

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Panel to examine whether carbon tax can help address climate change

Mar. 19, 2018—Representatives from the Manhattan Institute and the Partnership for Responsible Growth will join two Vanderbilt University professors for a conversation about carbon tax proposals at VLS March 21.

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