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Former EPA administrator Carol Browner discusses environmental policy and the work of the Environmental Protection Agency

Sep. 20, 2022—Browner drew on her nearly four decades of experience advising on environmental and energy policies affecting global energy, the environment and public health to discuss with Vandenbergh current action on climate change, including the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act. Vandenbergh worked for Browner as the EPA's chief of staff early in his career.

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Incoming students tour historic social justice sites

Sep. 6, 2022—The tours, sponsored by Law Students for Social Justice, included historic sites in Nashville and on the Vanderbilt campus.

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Former EPA Administrator Carol Browner to deliver inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Climate Change Governance Sept. 19

Sep. 1, 2022—Browner’s lecture is made possible by the Sally Shallenberger Brown EELU Program Fund and sponsored by the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. Browner became the longest serving EPA administrator in history under President Bill Clinton and was director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama administration. She now practices as a senior counsel with Covington & Burling.

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Sabrina NeKay Lewellen ’02 named 2022 staff vice chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures

Aug. 31, 2022—Lewellen will serve as NCSL's chair in 2023-24. She is deputy director and assistant secretary of the Arkansas Senate.

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More than 75 1Ls attend Public Service Orientation

Aug. 19, 2022—The event exposes incoming students to public service opportunities at VLS and in Nashville and connects them with faculty and local attorneys who work in the public interest.

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Monique Winkler, Class of 1996, named regional director of SEC’s San Francisco office

Aug. 16, 2022—Winkler had served as the office's acting director since March and as its associate regional director for enforcement since 2019.

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Erin Merrick ’14 (MA’11) appointed Tennessee’s Chief Legal Counsel by Gov. Bill Lee

Aug. 16, 2022—Merrick had previously served as Gov. Lee's deputy legal counsel since 2019. She was an assistant attorney general in the Tennessee Office of the Attorney General before joining Lee's legal staff.

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Judge Claria Horn Boom ’94 confirmed to U.S. Sentencing Commission

Aug. 8, 2022—Judge Boom has served as a swing judge on the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky since 2018. She is one of seven new commissioners appointed to the Sentencing Commission.

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Francesca L. Procaccini joins VLS faculty as assistant professor

Aug. 2, 2022—Procaccini was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law and taught at Yale Law. Her scholarship focuses on constitutional law, First Amendment law, federal courts and civil procedure.

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Adele El-Khouri ’13 joins Office of the White House Counsel

Aug. 1, 2022—El-Khouri has joined the White House Counsel's Office as an associate counsel. She previously served as counsel to the assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice.

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Neel Chatterjee, Class of 1994, profiled in Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine

Jul. 26, 2022—Chatterjee is a Silicon Valley-based partner in Goodwin Proctor's IP practice. His profile, "Breaking the Algorithm," chronicles his background and experiences as a nationally renowned IP litigator.

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Sean Seymore joins Vanderbilt Law faculty as Centennial Professor of Law

Jul. 22, 2022—Seymore is a patent law expert who holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. He is also a professor of chemistry. He previously served on the VLS faculty from 2010 to 2021.

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Stephen Owens ’81 nominated to chair the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Jul. 21, 2022—Owens has served on the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board since December 2021. He has practiced environmental law in Phoenix, Arizona, and has previously served as the EPA's assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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Jorge A. Rodriguez ’04 nominated to seat on Northern District of New York

Jul. 14, 2022—Rodriguez currently serves as an assistant attorney general for the Northern District of New York.

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Morgan Ricks discusses strength of Twitter complaint against Elon Musk

Jul. 13, 2022—Ricks joined 'TechCheck' to discuss whether there are any holes in the Twitter complaint filing against Musk and more. Ricks is an expert in financial regulation.

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Leah Kehoe ’23 discusses her work on State Department grants in the International Law Practice Lab

Jul. 7, 2022—"The International Law Practice Lab provided a unique opportunity to develop my technical understanding of international legal frameworks concerning counterterrorism policy while obtaining practical experience researching, analyzing and writing in a professional environment," Kehoe said.

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Wilson “Woody” Sims dead at 97

Jul. 5, 2022—A leader in Nashville's legal and business communities for decades, Sims practiced law at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville for more than 50 years starting in 1948. He also served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps in World War II and as a legal officer during the Korean Conflict.

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Brian Ruben named 2022 George Barrett Social Justice Fellow

Jun. 24, 2022—Ruben will work with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy to support the development of an automated process for criminal record sealing.

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Natalia Wurst named Garrison Social Justice Scholar for the Class of 2024

Jun. 23, 2022—Wurst is working this summer at Her Justice, a New York-based legal nonprofit that connects low-income women with legal needs to pro bono representation.

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Social Justice Reporter, new scholarly journal, to launch at Vanderbilt in 2022-23

Jun. 7, 2022—The Social Justice Reporter will publish cutting-edge intersectional scholarship and expert perspectives on social justice, civil rights and public-interest lawyering after it launches next year. Its name acknowledges the legacy of the historic Race Relations Reporter, which was published at VLS from 1956 to 1972.

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Mikkaela Salamatin ’21 receives Honorable Distinction for Governance Insight Award from Investments & Wealth Institute

Jun. 3, 2022—Salamartin accepted the award at the institute’s 2022 ACE conference for her article, “Balancing Innovation and Protection: Understanding the Landscape of DeFi Regulation,” which she wrote as a VLS student with support from Professor Michael A. Newton. Salamatin is an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in New York.

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Ten Branstetter Summer Fellows to intern in federal Attorney Generals’ offices, state law offices and judicial chambers

Jun. 1, 2022—Fellows receive stipend support to serve internship in government legal offices and judicial chambers. 2022 fellows will be interning in judicial chambers and in federal and state attorneys’ offices in six states.

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Gautam Rana ’97 nominated to serve as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Slovak Republic

May. 26, 2022—Rana is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Algeria.

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Chris Giancarlo ’84 named Chevalier in the National Order of Merit by French government

May. 19, 2022—J. Christopher Giancarlo, Class of 1984, former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has been awarded the rank of Chevalier in the French National Order of Merit by President Emmanuel Macron. Giancarlo is a Wall Street lawyer and business figure renowned in the financial world for his expertise in cryptocurrency. The award will be presented to him...

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