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36 Vanderbilt Law graduates and students secure clerkships in 2013-14

Apr. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt Law students and graduates will clerk on courts in 18 states.

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MacArthur Research Network Director Owen Jones receives VU’s Wyatt Award

Apr. 7, 2014—The Wyatt Award recognizes accomplishments that bridge multiple academic disciplines and honors development of significant new knowledge from research or exemplary innovations in teaching.

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Judge Jeffrey Bivins ’86 appointed to Tennessee Supreme Court

Apr. 3, 2014—Judge Bivins will fill the seat vacated by Justice William C. Koch Jr. ‘72, who will retire July 15.

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Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law publishes Winter 2014 edition

Mar. 27, 2014—JETLaw Volume 16, Issue 2, includes article by Richard F. Dole Jr., Patrick R. Goold, Carol M. Kaplan and Wesley D. Markham, and Notes by John Craven and Parker Hancock.

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Kent McKeever ’12 dons orange prison jumpsuit to raise awareness of struggles faced by those with criminal records

Mar. 20, 2014—Article profiles McKeever, who is attorney-director of Mission Waco-Mission World, where he provides legal services to low-income clients.

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Two articles by Daniel Gervais selected as best intellectual property articles published in 2013

Mar. 20, 2014—Gervais honored for article on copyright law published in Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and for a co-authored article addressing online use of brand names.

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James Blumstein on Halbig v. Sebellius

Mar. 20, 2014—Washington Post/Volokh Conspiracy blog commentary on a case challenging the legality of an IRS rule intended to authorize tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies in federal exchanges.

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“States of Union,” book by Professor Mark Brandon, is finalist for 2014 Silver Gavel Award

Mar. 18, 2014—Prestigious ABA award recognizes outstanding works that foster the American public's understanding of the law.

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New federal judicial training program to debut at Vanderbilt Law School

Mar. 14, 2014—Training program for mid-career federal judges developed through new partnership with the Federal Judicial Center to be offered at VLS in fall 2014.

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Robin Frazer and Kendra Key win 2014 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court competition

Mar. 14, 2014—Key also receives award for Best Oralist. Sean Hastings and Kimberly Ingram win Best Brief. Lara Assaf and Elizabeth Mulkey are finalists.

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Sara Beth Myers ’09 founds advocacy non-profit for Tennessee women and children

Mar. 14, 2014—Advocates for Women's and Kids' Equality (AWAKE) fosters public policy to improve wellness, safety, opportunity and equality for women and children in Tennessee.

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“Justice at Risk” conference will examine the role of money in judicial elections

Mar. 5, 2014—Conference focuses on the results of an independent study exploring the effects of campaign contributions on judicial behavior.

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Greg Abbott ’84 and Mark Phariss ’85 on opposite sides of Texas same-sex marriage case

Mar. 3, 2014—Los Angeles Times story features Vanderbilt Law School classmates.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to deliver 2014 Sims Lecture March 18

Feb. 26, 2014—Justice Thomas will also meet with Vanderbilt Law students, faculty and alumni before his talk.

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Julian Wright ’92 receives North Carolina Bar Assocation’s Citizen Lawyer Award

Feb. 21, 2014—Wright is a partner with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte.

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Karen Lindell ’12 awarded Skadden Fellowship to work at Philadelphia’s Juvenile Law Center

Feb. 4, 2014—Lindell’s two-year Skadden Fellowship term will begin in September 2014.

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ACLU attorney James Esseks to speak about Windsor case and LGBT rights

Feb. 4, 2014—Esseks is law school’s 2014 Social Justice Fellow.

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George Barrett ’57 to discuss Geier v. University of Tennessee

Feb. 4, 2014—Renowned civil rights advocate George Barrett '57 will discuss the landmark case that desegregated Tennessee's state universities Friday, February 7.

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JETLaw Symposium Jan. 24 addresses patent eligibility

Jan. 22, 2014—The day-long symposium, “Patents 202: Eligibility from Computer Code to Genetic Codes,” examines the interaction of Section 101, and patent eligibility of software and DNA.

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Law professor Daniel Sharfstein named Robert Penn Warren Faculty Fellow for 2014-15

Jan. 20, 2014—Sharfstein will be one of 10 faculty fellows focusing on public scholarship in the humanities.

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Chris Guthrie appointed to second term as dean of Vanderbilt Law School

Jan. 20, 2014—Guthrie's second five-year term as dean will start July 1, 2014.

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Al Dotson Jr. ’87 to be appointed to Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Jan. 17, 2014—Dotson is a partner of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod and chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America Inc.

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Two firms headed by Vanderbilt Law alumni among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

Jan. 17, 2014—Alston & Bird, headed by Richard Hays ’86, and Baker Donelson, headed by Ben Adams ’81, both praised for collegial work environment.

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