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Kate Uyeda ’22 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Jul. 22, 2021—Uyeda is working this summer at the Fair Elections Center, a nonprofit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., with support from the scholarship, which provides summer stipends to help Garrison Social Justice Scholars launch their careers by engaging in summer pro bono legal work.

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Tasia Harris ’23 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Jul. 16, 2021—Harris is working this summer as a consumer law intern for the Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia supporting low-income clients whose income was negatively affect by the pandemic. Garrison Scholars receive supplemental scholarships and summer stipends to help them launch public interest law careers.

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Research by Erin Meyers JD/PhD’21 shows arrests have high economic costs even when no conviction results

Jul. 12, 2021—Meyers found that more than half of Black men had been arrested by the time they were young adults but that Black men were much less likely to be convicted than White men. Her dissertation, The Criminal Justice System and Social Mobility in the United States, documents the negative impacts of over-arrest on the employment and educational opportunities of Black men.

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Kyle Brinker ’22 wins Tennessee Bar Association Administrative Law writing competition

Jul. 12, 2021—In his paper, “A Gundy Revival in the Age of Public Health Crises,” Brinker argues for a more lenient interpretation of the nondelegation doctrine during public health emergencies such as the global pandemic.

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Robert Mikos appointed to the LaRoche Family Chair in Law

Jul. 7, 2021—Mikos is a leading expert on federalism and drug law. His work analyzes the struggle among federal, state and local governments for control of marijuana law and policy.

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Terry Maroney named to the Robert S. and Theresa L. Reder Chair in Law

Jul. 7, 2021—Maroney investigates the intersection of law and emotion and is a scholar of criminal law. Her research has focused on the role of emotion in judicial behavior and decision-making.

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Ganesh Sitaraman named to the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law

Jul. 7, 2021—Sitaraman teaches and writes about constitutional law, the regulatory state, economic policy, democracy and foreign affairs. He directs the Law School's Program in Law and Government.

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Research librarian Clanitra Nejdl honored by American Association of Law Libraries

Jul. 1, 2021—Nejdl is head of professional development and research services at the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library. She received the two 2021 awards from the AALL: the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes professional contributions and leadership potential, and the Spectrum Article of the Year Award, which honors outstanding writing focused on law librarianship and scholarly legal research.

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Lisa Schultz Bressman named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Jun. 30, 2021—Bressman holds a David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair in Law. A renowned scholar of administrative law and statutory interpretation, she previously served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2010 to 2016.

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Blair Druhan Bullock JD/PhD ’15 joins law faculty at the University of Arkansas

Jun. 24, 2021—Bullock’s scholarship focuses on employment discrimination and the labor market. She most recently served as the Murphy Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane Law School.

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97 VLS students to work pro bono for judges, government agencies and law offices, and nonprofits in summer 2021

Jun. 16, 2021—Students will be working for course credit or stipend support in state and federal courts and government, nonprofit and corporate law offices in 20 states, Puerto Rico,, Washington, D.C., and Canada.

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LAVA president Jay Larry ’17 (BA’14) aims to strengthen ties among Vanderbilt’s LGBTQIA+ alumni

Jun. 14, 2021—“I would not be the person I am today without Vanderbilt,” he adds. “Many formative experiences happened there that made me a better team player, better global citizen and more thoughtful about others and how I navigate the world.”

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Allen King named 2021 George Barrett Social Justice Fellow

Jun. 3, 2021—King will develop an online intake system to help attorneys at Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, a nonprofit immigration law office, serve more clients.

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Vel Lewis named 2021 George Barrett Social Justice Fellow

Jun. 3, 2021—Lewis will work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C., where she will serve in the U.S. Protection and Solutions Unit.

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Justin Ishbia ’04 elected to Vanderbilt University Board of Trust

May. 24, 2021—Kathleen Justice-Moore and Adolpho Birch III, both Class of 1991, elected to second terms on the Board of Trust, and Birch was elected to a second three-year term as the board's secretary.

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A Sense of Belonging at Vanderbilt

May. 19, 2021—The endowment of a permanent director of the Diversity, Equity and Community Office in honor of the late Professor Robert Belton enables VLS to build on its long-term commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial justice.

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Thomas Scott Davidson receives Class of 2021 Founder’s Medal for First Honors

May. 15, 2021—Davidson was a Chancellor’s Law Scholar and received the Dean’s Leadership Award. He was 2020-21 managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He received the Law and Business certificate and plans to join Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville after graduation.

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23 members of the Class of 2021 recognized with academic and citizenship awards

May. 12, 2021—Thomas Scott Davidson, who received the Founder's Medal for First Honors; Ramon Ryan, who received the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Award; and Alton Spencer Davies, who received the Weldon B. White Prize, are recognized at the Commencement ceremony.

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Clayton Wiggins ’16 represents the United States in criminal appeals as a Judge Advocate at the Department of the Navy’s Appellate Government Division

May. 12, 2021—Wiggins, a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps, earned his law degree at Vanderbilt through the Funded Legal Education Program and was a military prosecutor stationed in Okinawa, Japan, before moving to his current position.

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Paul Edelman discusses the reapportionment of Congressional seats on Top of Mind radio program

May. 6, 2021—Edelman explains why the number of seats in the House of Representatives is limited to 435 and the method used to reapportion seats among states every 10 years based on census results in a 20-minute interview with Julie Rose, host of the BYUradio program Top of Mind.

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Garrah Carter ’19: Litigation attorney by day, plant-based food-blogger and caterer by night

Apr. 29, 2021—Carter is profiled in a Q&A on Voyage ATL, a lifestyle website that highlights local entrepreneurs. She discusses her health and wellness blog, BirdFoodie, which is devoted to encouraging Black people to eat healthy, plant-based foods, and her plant-based cookbook.

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15 members of the Class of 2021 complete Pro Bono Pledge

Apr. 28, 2021—Vel Lewis ’21 was recognized for logging the highest number of pro bono hours—654—as a VLS student. Emily Burgess ’22 and Toni Cross ‘23 led their classes in pro bono hours worked with 561 and 70 hours, respectively.

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Vanderbilt law grads serving in 52 clerkships for 2020-21 or future years

Apr. 28, 2021—Thirty-three members of the Class of 2020 secured 35 clerkships in federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, and six secured clerkships in state courts, including the Delaware Court of Chancery.

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Ramon Ryan ’21 tackles new frontier with space law

Apr. 27, 2021—Ryan's JETLaw Note, "The Fault in Our Stars," became a catalyst for oversight action in Congress. He plans to join Bass Berry & Sims after graduation and will serve as a clerk for Judge Todd Hughes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. in 2023. Ryan was JETLaw's editor-in-chief as a 3L.

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Kira Benton ’21 to join Still She Rises Tulsa criminal defense team

Apr. 23, 2021—Still She Rises Tulsa is a holistic legal advocacy organization serving indigent mothers with an array of legal services, including criminal defense, family law and civil legal services. Benton worked as an intern for the organization during summer 2020.

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