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James R. McHenry III, JD/MA ’03, appointed director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review

Jan. 12, 2018—McHenry's appointment was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He has served as acting director of the office since May 30.

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Claria Horn Boom ’94 nominated to a seat on the U.S. Court

Jan. 11, 2018—Horn Boom has previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. She is a partner at Frost Brown Todd in Lexington.

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Paul Ney, JD/MBA ’84, nominated as counsel to U.S. Department of Defense

Jan. 11, 2018—Ney currently serves as chief deputy attorney general in the Tennessee Attorney General's Office.

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Thomas Parker ’89 confirmed to seat on the Western District of Tennessee

Jan. 10, 2018—Judge Parker was confirmed by a unanimous Senate vote. He has a reputation "as one of Memphis' finest attorneys," said Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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J.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience student Chris Sundby receives National Institute of Justice Fellowship

Dec. 6, 2017—Sundby's $50,000 NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will support his research project, "The Neuroscience of Evidentiary Rules: The Case of the Present Sense Impression."

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Samiyyah Ali ’16 will clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2018

Nov. 17, 2017—Ali is currently serving as a law clerk for Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit after clerking for Judge Amul Thapar on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 2016-17.

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Justin Tanner ’05 speaks as part of Princeton’s Woke Wednesday podcast series

Nov. 8, 2017—Tanner, who now works in government affairs for Verizon, discussed his experiences working in the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration under Obama.

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Darby Dickerson ’88 wins 2018 AALS section award for lifetime contributions to legal research writing

Oct. 30, 2017—Dickerson is Dean of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She will receive the award Jan. 4 at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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Thanks to Reunion 2017 volunteers and party hosts!

Oct. 23, 2017—Our sincere thanks to the class committees and party hosts who made Reunion 2017 fun and memorable! Class of 1967 Reunion Committee: Lee Cutcliff (BA’61), James Gooch (BA’65), Jim Cheek, Anna Fox Hinds, Tom Gamble and Jim Harris Party hosts: Jim ’67 and Nicky Cheek Class of 1972 Reunion Committee: Paul Kurtz (BA’68), Ron Feldman...

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Jeff Grantham ’89 named managing shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale

Oct. 18, 2017—Grantham has been a litigation attorney at the firm for almost 30 years. He will supervise the firm's operations.

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Laura Dolbow ’17 wins ABA Section of Administrative Law’s Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition

Oct. 18, 2017—Dolbow’s paper addresses the Senate Appropriations Committee’s oversight over guidance documents.

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Climate Change Research Network blog post addresses private-sector response to climate change

Sep. 26, 2017—The TIPS-funded research team of Alexander Maki, Michael Vandenbergh, Jonathan Gilligan and Mark Cohen is exploring private-sector programs offering "employee energy benefits."

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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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