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Susanna Rychlak Allen, Class of 2017, achieves top score on Texas Bar exam

Oct. 21, 2021—Rychlak Allen is an associate with Yetter Coleman in Houston, where she focuses on complex commercial litigation.

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Bass Military Scholar Andrew Hodlin ’24 receives John S. Beasley II Scholarship

Oct. 20, 2021—Hodlin was an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Afghanistan and Japan. Before entering VLS this fall, he earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of New Haven and an MBA from the University of Southern California. The Beasley Scholarship honors John S. Beasley II '54 (BA'52), a former Navy officer who served as VLS admissions dean and in the Vanderbilt University administration, and is earmarked for Navy veterans.

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22 government and public interest employers participate in new Public Interest Viritual Recruiting Program

Oct. 19, 2021—Employers participated in one of two ways—through virtual interviews that took place Sept. 20-Oct.1 and through resumé collections in mid-September. 2L students had opportunities to apply and interview for internships in summer 2022, and 3Ls could apply and interview for postgraduate opportunities, including those supported by sponsored fellowships.

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Gail Vaughn Ashworth ’83 receives ABA’s Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Award

Oct. 13, 2021—Ashworth will receive the award from the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Oct. 14 at its fall meeting in Dallas. The award recognizes TIPS members who have demonstrated a commitment to justice for all citizens and a dedication to pro bono service.

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William A. Fenwick ’67, founding partner of Fenwick, dead at 83

Oct. 8, 2021—Fenwick left a Wall Street firm in 1972 to start Fenwick & West, a Silicon Valley law firm focusing on the technology sector, and later helped incorporate Apple Computer. The son of a sharecropper in western Kentucky, he was the first in his family to attend college and go to law school.

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VLS announces $10M gift from private-equity entrepreneur Justin Ishbia ’04

Oct. 6, 2021—Justin Ishbia ’04 has donated $10 million to Vanderbilt Law School to support its key strategic priorities and strengthen its position as one of the nation’s premier institutions for legal scholarship. Ishbia is founder and managing partner of Shore Capital Partners, a private equity firm with offices in Chicago and Nashville. He is a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust and the law school's Board of Advisors and endowed the law school's Justin R. Ishbia Scholarship in 2015.

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Justice Cornelia Clark ’79 (BA’71) dead at 71

Sep. 24, 2021—Justice Clark became the second woman in the state’s history to serve as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2010. She spent much of her legal career in public service, including 11 years as a circuit court judge and 16 years on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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“Crypotodad: The Fight for the Future of Money,” new book by Chris Giancarlo ’84, to be released in October

Sep. 8, 2021—Giancarlo's book, published by John Wiley & Sons, offers his eyewitness account of the rise of Bitcoin, crypto and central bank digital currency and discusses his efforts as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to modernize oversight of U.S. financial markets. Giancarlo is now chairman emeritus of the CFTC.

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Dean Chris Guthrie joins with deans of more than 40 U.S. law schools in support of AG Garland’s call to the legal community

Sep. 1, 2021—Law deans express a commitment to ensuring that families and individuals facing eviction have access to legal representation, counseling and assistance.

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JD/PhD in Law and Economics student Scott Jeffrey ’23 wins second place in the Louis Jackson Memorial student writing competition

Aug. 30, 2021—The competition recognizes the best legal writing in the field of labor and employment law among current law students. Jeffrey’s paper, “The Occupational Illness of COVID-19: New Presumptions in Workers’ Compensation,” placed second in the longstanding competition, which is administered by the Institute for Law and the Workplace at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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Ryan Spitzer ’03 appointed to serve as circuit court judge on Tennessee’s 7th Judicial District by Gov. Bill Lee

Aug. 30, 2021—Spitzer previously served as an assistant district attorney for the 7th Judicial District. He has also taught as an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Studies Program at Pellissippi State Community College.

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Securities law expert James H. Cheek III ’67, retired partner of Bass Berry & Sims, dead at 78

Aug. 30, 2021—Cheek was a nationally renowned expert in securities law and corporate governance who taught at Vanderbilt Law throughout his legal career and a dedicated public servant.

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Ramon Ryan ’21 named to 2021 Law Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

Aug. 24, 2021—Ryan is one of 16 FASPE Ethics Fellows chosen for the program, which examines the conduct of lawyers in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on legal ethics today.

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Youth Opportunity Clinic partners with Youth Law Center to promote pandemic relief program for former foster youth

Aug. 5, 2021—Youth ages 18 to 26 who were in foster care after age 14 are eligible for pandemic relief funds. Vanderbilt’s Youth Opportunity Clinic and the Youth Law Center are sharing information with other lawyers and service providers. The Clinic can help young adults who have aged out of foster care apply for up to $1,200 before the extended application deadline of September 15, 2021.

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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—With support from the scholarship, Harris worked 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 affected 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 COVID-19 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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