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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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Taylor Owings ’13 wins ABA’s Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition

Dec. 17, 2013—Owings' winning entry was her Vanderbilt Law Review Note addressing “When Antitrust Law Should Protect a Low-Cost Competitor."

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Henry Strickland ’83 appointed dean of Cumberland School of Law

Dec. 16, 2013—Henry C. (Corky) Strickland III ’83 has been named dean of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. His appointment will begin July 1, 2014. He succeeds John L. Carroll Jr., who is retiring after 13 years. The announcement was made Dec. 13 and follows a national search. Strickland currently is a professor of law at...

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Mike Newton helps develop blueprint for future Syrian tribunal

Dec. 13, 2013—International Practice Lab students worked on draft statue and provided analyses to help Syrian opposition officials prepare to restore the rule of law.

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Vanderbilt Law School announces new endowed faculty research fund

Nov. 24, 2013—Robert S. Reder ’78, retired partner of Milbank Tweed and current professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt, endows Enterprise Faculty Fund to promote faculty development.

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Contracts classes compete in fall food drive to benefit Second Harvest

Nov. 20, 2013—Food drive organized by Reeshad Ali, the VBA's Community Service Chair.

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Sean Seymore advocates dropping patent requirement that inventions be “useful”

Nov. 19, 2013—Patent expert Seymore argues that "useful disclosure" is a better criteria in forthcoming law review article.

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Patents 101: Eligibility from Computer Code to Genetic Code, the 2014 JETLaw Symposium

Nov. 18, 2013—The 2013-2014 JETLaw Symposium, “Patents 101: Eligibility from Computer Code to Genetic Codes” will be held at Vanderbilt Law School on Friday, January 24th, 2014. The Symposium examines the interaction of Section 101 and patent eligibility of software and DNA, as well as the implication of current jurisprudence on patent eligible subject matter. With the...

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Study by Tracey George and Albert Yoon shows faculty hiring process makes law schools less adaptable

Nov. 12, 2013—George and Yoon found that the biggest factor after faculty candidates pass initial screening was the law school they attended.

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Law Library Director Larry Reeves named Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellow

Nov. 11, 2013—Reeves is one of 26 fellows selected for an 18-month program designed to foster leadership skills.

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Associate Dean Kevin Stack honored with 2013 ABA Administrative Law Award

Nov. 8, 2013—Stack and Jerry L. Mashaw of Yale were both recognized with the ABA's 2013 Annual Scholarship Award for best published work in administrative law.

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Legal historian Mark Brandon’s new book addresses changing concepts of family

Nov. 6, 2013—Mark Brandon's book, States of Union: Family and Change in the American Constitutional Order, was released in September 2013 by the University Press of Kansas.

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