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Samantha Sergent ‘19 is Vanderbilt’s first Helen Strong Curry International Law Scholar

Mar. 29, 2017—Sergent is the first VLS student to receive the Curry Scholarship, which will be awarded each year to a first-year student who plans a career in international law.

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Wesley Dozier ’19 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Mar. 29, 2017—Dozier is the third VLS student to receive the scholarship, which provides tuition and summer stipend support to students planning to practice in the public interest.

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Bill Hagerty ’84 appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Mar. 24, 2017—Hagerty served as Tennessee Commission of Economic and Community Development from 2011-14.

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California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu to speak at Law Review Symposium March 31

Mar. 24, 2017—Justice Lui's talk, "State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights: A Reappraisal," is part of the Branstetter Judicial Speaker Series and the keynote address for the Law Review Symposium, which focuses on empirical research of justice in state courts.

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Ten VLS students volunteer at Mississippi Center for Justice for Pro Bono Spring Break

Mar. 23, 2017—Students worked for low-income Mississippi residents on education, expungement and heirship-related cases.

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International law expert Timothy Meyer testifies on behalf of Judge Neil Gorsuch

Mar. 23, 2017—Meyer, a professor of law and Enterprise Scholar, was a law clerk to Judge Gorsuch in 2007-08.

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Jana McConnaughhay ’93 among “25 Women You Need to Know” in Tallahassee

Mar. 20, 2017—McConnaughhay started her own elder law firm and serves on the Florida Bar Joint Public Policy Task Force for the Elderly and Disabled.

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Darren Robbins ’93 named Vanderbilt Law’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Mar. 17, 2017—A founding partner of Robbins Geller in San Diego, Robbins has been lead counsel in more than 100 securities actions.

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Janie Greenwood Harris ’64 receives 2017 Distinguished Service Award

Mar. 17, 2017—Harris, Vanderbilt’s first female African-American law graduate, had a distinguished career working for the federal government and in the banking industry.

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U.N. High Commission for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to deliver 2017 Charney Lecture

Mar. 15, 2017—High Commissioner Al Hussein previously served as Jordan's permanent representative to the United Nations. He will talk about "Global Challenges to Human Rights."

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Alumni Thank-a-Thon reaches 517 donors in 39 states and D.C.

Mar. 13, 2017—Fifteen 1Ls called 517 alumni donors on Feb. 28 to thank them for their gifts during the annual Thank-a-Thon. “We try to call everyone who has given $500 or more to the law school within the past year,” said Scotty Mann, assistant dean for Development and Alumni Relations. “The Thank-a-Thon connects students whose education is...

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Rene Augustine ’90 appointed to President Trump’s legal staff

Mar. 8, 2017—Augustine will serve as President Trump's special assistant and senior associate counsel.

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Tennessee state senator Doug Henry ’51 dead at 90

Mar. 7, 2017—Sen. Henry served for 44 years in Tennessee’s state legislature.

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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to link human rights and fake news in April 5 talk

Mar. 4, 2017—Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will speak at noon in Vanderbilt Law School's Flynn Auditorium.

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Zoe Beiner ’18 and Nell Henson ’18 win 2017 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Mar. 1, 2017—Michael Buschmann ’18 and Sam Mallick ’18 are 2017 Moot Court semifinalists.

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Kent McKeever ’12 launches new nonprofit legal services firm in Waco, Texas

Feb. 23, 2017—McKeever's firm, an independent spinoff of Mission Waco Legal Services, will provide legal services to low-income clients.

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J.B. Ruhl encourages new lawyers to start “hacking around”

Feb. 17, 2017—Ruhl details how young lawyers can meet community needs through "legal hackathons" in an article in TYL, the American Bar Association's publication for young lawyers.

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Joe Meux ’56 retires at age 88

Feb. 7, 2017—Meux has been a volunteer attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, since 1994, serving more than 300 low-income clients.

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M. Lee Smith ’67 (BA’64), publisher of Tennessee Journal, dies at 74

Jan. 13, 2017—Smith published legal newsletters and an influential newsletter focusing on Tennessee government and politics.

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Jim Beakes ’02 honored as Legal Aid Society of Mid-TN’s Volunteer of the Year

Dec. 9, 2016—Beakes honored for support of the LAS’ weekly virtual legal clinic, which serves rural residents in need of legal services

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E.M. Lysonge ‘01 featured as a National Law Journal In-House Council Profile

Dec. 1, 2016—E.M. is vice president, general counsel and secretary at online retailer CafePress Inc.

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Becca Everhardt ’10 serves as Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow in Kosovo

Nov. 12, 2016—Everhardt is working in Kosovo’s Ministry of Finance and researching alternative dispute mechanisms during her 10-month fellowship.

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Speaking of Alumni: Fall 2016

Oct. 27, 2016—We completed another very successful fundraising year June 30. Thanks to the support of alumni, friends, law firms, faculty, staff and students, we received gifts and new pledges totaling more than $7.6 million, making this the third-best fundraising year in school history. In addition to our overall success, we set an all-time record with giving...

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VLS launches new Law and Business CLE series in conjunction with Owen Graduate School of Management

Oct. 24, 2016—“Legal Project Management,” the first of four planned courses, will debut Feb. 7-8.

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Sean Seymore elected to membership in the American Law Institute

Oct. 21, 2016—Seymore's expertise is in patent law, intellectual property law, and science and technology.

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