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Don Cochran ’92 (BA’80) confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee

Sep. 18, 2017—Cochran currently serves on the law faculty at Belmont University.

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18 members of the Class of 2017 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 15, 2017—Amanda Rose, professor of law, who is president of the Vanderbilt Law School Chapter of Order of the Coif, has announced that 18 graduates of the Class of 2017 have been selected for membership in the Order of the Coif. Members of this prestigious organization are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10...

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Matt Leggett ’07 named chief counsel of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Sep. 13, 2017—Leggett had previously served as policy counsel for the Senate Republican Policy Committee since 2012.

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James P. Danly ’13 named general counsel for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Sep. 13, 2017—Danly previously served as an associate at Skadden Arps, where he focused on energy regulation.

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Bob Reder ’78 among first to respond to Chancellor’s Chair Challenge

Aug. 25, 2017—Reder and his wife, Theresa, have established the Enterprise Chair at VLS through a significant gift. Retired from a 33-year legal career with Milbank Tweed in New York, Reder is now a professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt.

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Joycelyn Stevenson ’01 featured as “Attorney of the Month” in Attorney at Law Magazine

Aug. 24, 2017—Stevenson was recently named executive director of the Tennessee Bar Association.

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Nat Robinson ’18 (MBA’07) and team of MBA students seek to provide secure mobile banking for refugees

Aug. 23, 2017—Robinson's team of Turner Family Center for Social Ventures summer fellows won $15,000 at the 36/86 Student Edition Pitch Competition with their idea for a mobile banking service and researched countries where they will launch the new service. Their work will continue during this academic year.

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Three VLS alumni are 2017-18 presidents of the Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee Bar Associations

Aug. 16, 2017—Augusta Dowd ’82, Brian D. (Buck) Rogers ’94 and Lucian Pera ‘85 are serving one-year terms as presidents of the Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee state bar associations, and Joycelyn Stevenson ‘01 was named executive director of the TBA.

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Holly Thompson ’19 selected for inaugural class of Douglass Fellows by Human Trafficking Institute

Aug. 7, 2017—Thompson will work throughout the academic year to support HTI’s justice and advocacy efforts.

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49 VLS graduates will serve 52 clerkships in 2017-18 or future terms

Jul. 28, 2017—VLS students and graduates will serve federal clerkships with a Supreme Court justice; appellate judges on the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Eleventh, D.C. and Federal Circuits; a special master of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims; and district courts in 17 states and D.C.; and two state supreme courts.

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Pushing Boundaries: Aschkan Abdul-Malek JD/MBA’06 seeks challenge in Afghan health care startup

Jul. 26, 2017—Aschkan Abdul-Malek JD/MBA’06 was living in Afghanistan, researching health care constraints in developing countries for the World Bank, when he learned how financially devastating those constraints can be. His Afghan cook, he discovered in a casual conversation, was spending six times his annual income to fly his wife to India for medical care. The cook’s wife...

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Photos from Reunion 2016

Jul. 25, 2017—VLS welcomed back 460 alumni and guests from years ending in 1 and 6 Oct. 21-22. The festivities began with an all-class cocktail reception Friday night and continued with brunch and class parties on Saturday. We raised an impressive $1,530,912 in gifts and pledges thanks to class chairs Rob Ledyard ’66, Allen Lentz ’71, Mike...

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Speaking of Alumni, Summer 2017

Jul. 24, 2017—Two summers ago I lauded a number of donors for either endowing new scholarships or making significant contributions to existing scholarship funds. Since that time, I am happy to share that we—and most importantly, our students—have continued to benefit from new and additional scholarship investments from alumni and friends of Vanderbilt Law School. Four new...

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Judge Randall Wyatt ’66 announces his retirement from the bench

Jul. 21, 2017—Judge Wyatt has served as a judge in Davidson County's civil and criminal courts for 43 years.

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Jeffrey Levy ‘97 and Benjamin Raybin ‘10 win TBA’s Justice Joseph Henry Memorial Award for Outstanding Legal Writing

Jul. 21, 2017—Levy and Raybin honored for articles published in the Tennessee Bar Journal in 2016.

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Augusta Dowd ’82 sworn in as president of Alabama State Bar

Jul. 21, 2017—Dowd is a shareholder in White Arnold & Dowd in Birmingham, where she practices civil and complex litigation and white-collar criminal defense.

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Yoli Redero retires from VLS clinical legal faculty

Jul. 21, 2017—Redero created and directed Vanderbilt’s Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic

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James Cheek ’67 retires from VLS faculty

Jul. 17, 2017—Cheek, who has taught both full- and part-time at VLS throughout his career, will continue his law practice at Bass Berry & Sims.

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Larry Bridgesmith receives Tennessee Bar Association’s President’s Award

Jun. 22, 2017—Professor Bridgesmith, who coordinates Vanderbilt's Program on Law & Innovation, honored for his work on TBA’s Special Committee on the Evolving Legal Market.

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How Judges Wiped Out a Key Clause of the Constitution: A review of Jim Ely’s new book

Jun. 20, 2017—George Leef's review of Professor Emeritus Jim Ely's book, The Contract Clause: A Constitutional History, appears in Forbes.

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94 VLS students receive 2017 summer stipends to support pro bono legal work

Jun. 15, 2017—VLS students are working in judicial chambers, with government agencies and attorneys’ offices, and with nonprofit organizations in 20 states, Puerto Rico, D.C., and Brussels.

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Austin Holland ’17 selected for HUD Legal Honors Program

Jun. 12, 2017—Holland plans to join the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a litigator in the Legal Honors Program.

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Joycelyn Stevenson ’01 named executive director of the Tennessee Bar Association

Jun. 9, 2017—Stevenson is a shareholder with Littler Mendelson in Nashville.

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Ben Raker ’17 Wins Two Writing Competitions, the Environmental Law Institute’s Henry Diamond Award and the Tennessee Bar Association’s Jon E. Hasting Memorial Award

Jun. 7, 2017—Raker’s articles address two environmental law issues: how courts should handle conflicts between federal and state renewable power regulations and Tennessee’s approach to stormwater regulations.

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Stephanie Parker ’84 elected to Council of the American Law Institute

May. 26, 2017—Parker, a partner of Jones Day based in Atlanta, will serve a five-year term on the Council, which determines projects and activities undertaken by ALI.

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