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Bill Purcell ’79 tapped to join Nashville’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency board

Nov. 21, 2019—Purcell practices with Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter and teaches as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. He served as Nashville's mayor from 1999 to 2007.

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Susan Kay ’79 honored with “Lifetime Achievement Award” by ACLU of Tennessee

Nov. 14, 2019—Kay, who is associate dean for experiential education, has taught at VLS since 1980 and established the law school's first clinic. The award recognizes her lifetime dedication to criminal justice reform and legal advocacy, which includng successfully challenging Nashville's jail conditions. She was honored on Nov. 14.

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Alex Gardner ’19 wins Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award writing competition

Nov. 14, 2019—The annual competition sponsored by the International Association of Gaming Advisors recognizes the best scholarly research paper in gaming law written by law students as part of their coursework. Gardner’s article addressed the history of parimutuel wagering.

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Top DoD lawyer Paul Ney JD/MBA ’84, delivers 2019 Charney Lecture

Nov. 11, 2019—Ney stressed the importance of compliance with the rule of law in military operations in the 2019 Charney Distinguished Lecture in International Law Sept. 3, reported on by special counsel to the DoD Tom Lee on JustSecurity.org.

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Nashville Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway ’94 (BA’91) featured in StyleBlueprint Nashville

Nov. 11, 2019—Read an interview with Judge Calloway, who was a public defender and magistrate judge before being elected to a seat on Nashville's Juvenile Court in 2014.

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Michelle Zavislan Moreland ’15 joins family business in Pueblo, Colorado

Nov. 11, 2019—Moreland has joined Southwest Motors, a regional car dealership founded by her father, Mike Zavislan. She and her father were recently featured in an article about the family business in the Pueblo Chieftan.

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Thank you, 2019 Reunion Volunteers!

Oct. 23, 2019—A special thanks to all our dedicated alumni and student volunteers who made Reunion a success. Class of 1969 and Quinqs Chairs: Sam LePrell and Bill Ozier (BA’66) Committee: Carlton Asher, Tim Barnard, Joe Barker, Bob Brundige, Dave Heald, Jim Wildman (BA’62) Class of 1974 Chair: Colby Morgan Committee: Jim Coupe, Victor Johnson, Andy Kaufman...

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James Blumstein addresses voting rights in testimony before Senate subcommittee Sept. 5

Oct. 4, 2019—Blumstein discussed the implications of his 1971 Supreme Court victory in Dunn v. Blumstein, which struck down a residency requirement imposed by the State of Tennessee, in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

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Matthew LaRue ’20 wins 2019 ABA Water Resources Student Writing Competition

Oct. 4, 2019— LaRue’s article, “The Stream of Commerce,” analyzes the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and suggests that a new interpretation of navigable waters, one that would include all commercial waters, could bring a much-needed change to the existing legal framework.

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Constitutional law experts Suzanna Sherry and Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt and Mark Tushnet of Harvard discuss Supreme Court reforms

Sep. 27, 2019—Three prominent constitutional lawyers will address ways to reduce the politicization of the Supreme Court in a panel discussion Oct. 1.

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Owen Jones named to the Glenn M. Weaver, M.D. and Mary Ellen Weaver Chair in Law, Brain, and Behavior

Sep. 25, 2019—Jones is a pioneering scholar in the field of law and neuroscience, a co-author of the first textbook in the field, and director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network for Law and Neuroscience.

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Michelle Pettit ’01 nominated to seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Sep. 25, 2019—Pettit currently works in the National Security and Cybercrimes Seciton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of California. She has served as a judge in the U.S. Navy Reserves since 2015.

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Sean Seymore appointed to the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law

Sep. 23, 2019—Seymore’s research focuses on how patent law should evolve in response to scientific advances. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry

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Panelists Danny Glover, David Cole and Bruce Raynor to discuss political activism and advocacy at VLS Oct. 10

Sep. 19, 2019—The 2019 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture, “Political Activism, Legal Advocacy and Labor Organizing: A Conversation on Creating Change,” is a panel discussion featuring actor/activist Danny Glover, ACLU Legal Director David Cole and labor leader Bruce Raynor.

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John Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, visits VLS Sept. 10

Sep. 13, 2019—Chief Justice Roberts fielded questions from Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit addressing his work at the Supreme Court and his legal career prior to becoming a judge.

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Twenty-one members of the Class of 2019 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 13, 2019—Members of the Order of the Coif are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

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Two military veterans join the VLS Class of 2022 as Bass Military Scholars

Aug. 28, 2019—Former U.S. Army field artillery office Devin T. Adams and former U.S. Navy special operations naval aviator Alyssa Hartley are among the first cohort of Bass Military Scholars. The scholarship program supports military veterans seeking professional degrees in Vanderbilt's law, medical, nursing, education and business schools.

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Read Arkansas Democrat-Gazette profile of Allan Gates ’72

Aug. 5, 2019—Gates is a partner with Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he and his therapy dog, Lucy, are also active in the volunteer group ABLEPaws. He is president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.

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96 Vanderbilt Law students received 2019 summer stipends to support pro bono legal work

Aug. 2, 2019—Students are working in the legal departments of federal and state agencies, and in judicial chambers, prosecutors' and public defenders offices, for legal nonprofit organizations and in corporate legal departments.

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32 Vanderbilt Law students serve summer internships for course credit

Aug. 2, 2019—Students received course credit for their work in the legal departments of federal agencies and judicial chambers, with U.S. Attorney’s and states’ attorneys general offices, for legal nonprofit organizations and in corporate legal departments

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Cat Moon ’00 named to the 2019 Fastcase 50

Jul. 10, 2019—The annual ranking by Fastcase.com honors "the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders." Moon was honored for her role as Director of Innovation Design at Vanderbilt Law School, where she supports the Program on Law and Innovation.

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Rebecca Haw Allensworth named Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence

Jul. 5, 2019—The three-year chair recognizes faculty for their contributions in the classroom. Allensworth, who teaches Contracts and Antitrust Law, is a four-time winner of the student-selected Hall-Hartman Award for Outstanding Teaching.

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Holly Thompson and Vanessa Zapata named George Barrett Social Justice Fellows for 2019

May. 21, 2019—Thompson will focus on labor trafficking at Legal Aid of North Carolina; Zapata will advocate for medical care and support for adults with disabilities at the Tennessee Justice Center.

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Wesley Dozier ’19 (BA’16) named Equal Justice Works Fellow

May. 14, 2019—Dozier will work at Just City, a legal nonprofit in Memphis that focuses on adults and teenagers involved with the criminal justice system.

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23 2019 graduates honored with awards at Commencement

May. 10, 2019—Josh Landis (BA'14) received the Founder's Medal for first honors for the Class of 2019.

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