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Abigail Wood ’21 and Chandler Ray ’21 win 2019 Mock Trial competition

Feb. 22, 2019—Brent Duddles ’21 and Michael Clark ’21 were finalists. The competition was sponsored by King & Spalding.

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Peter Cornick ’20 and Elizabeth Holden ’20 win 2019 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Feb. 12, 2019—Joline Desruisseuax '20 and Braden Morell '20 were finalists. The round was argued before federal appellate Judges Stephen A. Higginson of the Fifth Circuit, David J. Barron of the First Circuit and Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit.

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David Williams II, trailblazing former vice chancellor and athletics director at Vanderbilt University, died Feb. 8

Feb. 8, 2019—Williams was a professor of law. He had rejoined the law faculty after retiring from his role as vice chancellor and athletics director last fall.

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Chris Guthrie reapppointed as dean of Vanderbilt Law School

Jan. 25, 2019—Guthrie will began his third term as dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law on July 1, 2019. His appointment was announced by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente.

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Dalton family commits $12.75 million to support the Law and Business Program

Jan. 23, 2019—The commitment from former Vanderbilt Board of Trust chairman Mark Dalton ’75 and his family includes a bequest that will endow the program, which prepares students to enter legal practice with a solid understanding of business law, corporate management and accounting principles, in perpetuity.

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Reunion 2018 sets new record for most dollars raised

Jan. 22, 2019—Sincere thanks and appreciation to all our Reunion 2018 volunteers and alumni whose efforts helped us set a new Reunion fundraising record, raising over $4 million. As always, thank you for your engagement and interest in Vanderbilt Law and for the many ways you support us. Reunion 2018 Final Fundraising Results Reunion Year Total Raised...

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VLS alum and students partner with Vanderbilt Medical team to support Medical/Legal Partnership

Jan. 21, 2019—Retired trial lawyer Kent Halkett ’81 supports student volunteers providing pro bono legal support to low-income patients of the Shade Tree Clinic, through which students at Vanderbilt Medical School provide free care for uninsured patients.

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Samuel W. Bartholomew Jr. ’73 dead at 74

Jan. 20, 2019—Bartholomew founded the law firm Stokes Bartholomew and led successful efforts to establish a hub airport in Nashville and bring NFL football to the city.

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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Gary Cheek to lead Bass Military Scholars Program

Jan. 20, 2019—The program will support up to 40 scholarships for military veterans pursuing graduate and professional degrees at the Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and Peabody College.

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VLS students join pro bono legal team to help low-income victims of massive fraud scheme

Jan. 11, 2019—Students support Social Security Disability Appeals of low-income Kentuckians whose benefits were revoked after their lawyer was convicted of fraud.

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Adrienne Kittos ’09 honored as Tennessee Bar Association’s Ashley Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year

Jan. 10, 2019—Kittos was legal director of Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, which provides low-cost legal services to immigrants, for nine years.

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Angie Bergman ’13 honored as Tennessee Bar Association’s Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

Jan. 10, 2019—Bergman is an associate with Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville. She was honored for her pro bono representation of a client accused of murder.

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Cat Moon ’98 featured in online interview about new PoLI Institute at VLS

Jan. 8, 2019—Moon was interviewed by Mary Juetten for a Forbes online Entrepreneurs interview about her new role as director of the PoLI Institute, which provides immersion courses for practicing attorneys and other legal professionals as an extension of the law school's Program on Law and Innovation.

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Allen Gates ’72 installed as president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Gates, who is a partner at Mitchell Williams in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of four attorneys in Arkansas admitted to membership in thenational environmental law organization. He will serve a one-year term.

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Michael Vandenbergh elected fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Vandenbergh directs Vanderbilt University’s interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Network and co-directs the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program at VLS.

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VLS ranked among top 10 U.S. law schools by Princeton Review in three categories

Nov. 27, 2018—VLS ranked second for Best Quality of Life, ninth for Best Professors, and eighth for Greatest Resources for Women in Princeton Review’s 2019 rankings, which list the top 10 law schools in 12 categories relevant to prospective students.

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George Barrett Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Jameel Jaffer addresses the impact of social media companies on free speech

Nov. 12, 2018—Jaffer directs the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. He previously oversaw the ACLU’s work in the areas of free speech, privacy, technology, national security and international human rights.

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Claudia Jack ’83, former Maury Country public defender, dies at 75

Nov. 12, 2018—Jack served as Maury County's public defender for 20 years. She is remembered as "compassionate, humble and possing a willingness to drop everything it meant helping somebody else in need."

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Gautam Hans launches First Amendment Clinic at VLS

Nov. 7, 2018—Funded through a grant from The Stanton Foundation, the clinic will give students opportunities to development and use legal strategies while working on cases addressing First Amendment rights.

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Public Interest Law conference addresses reform prosecutors, bail reform, access to justice and economic justice

Nov. 6, 2018—Conference hosted by the George Barrett Social Justice Program features 20 leading advocates and scholars in the areas of immigration law, criminal procedure and economic justice.

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Suzanna Sherry discusses birthright citizenship in the Bloomberg Law podcast

Nov. 1, 2018—Professor Sherry discusses the purpose and history of the 14th Amendment and President Trump's assertion that he can end birthright citizenship in American with an executive order in an interview with Bloomberg's June Grasso.

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Samar Ali ’06 (BS’03) receives 2018 White House Fellows Impact Award

Oct. 29, 2018—Ali, who practices as international counsel at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, was a 2010-11 White House Fellow, during which she worked on bilateral negotiations with Europe and the Middle East, served on the White House American-Arab "Kitchen Cabinet," and advised on the U.S. response to the Arab Spring in 2011.

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Steve Humphrey ’66 makes Wesleyan University’s “Baseball Wall of Fame”

Oct. 26, 2018—Humphrey led Wesleyan's baseball team to a Little Three title in his senior year, 1963. After earning his J.D. at Vanderbilt, he returned to his home state of Connecticut, where he spent 43 years practicing at Robertson & Cole.

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VLS ranks 10th among U.S. law faculties for scholarly impact

Oct. 26, 2018—Updated ranking of top 50 law schools by team headed by Gregory Sisk of University of St. Thomas Law assesses scholarly impact based on citations of faculty publications.

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Nashville immigration attorney Elliott Ozment ’75 dies at 71

Oct. 18, 2018—Read Ozment's featured obituary in The Tennessean. He founded and headed Ozment Law and represented District 60 in the Tennessee House of Representatives early in his legal career.

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