Apr. 16, 2021—VBA President Esther Lee, BLSA President Samantha Furman, Co-Counsel Mentoring Program President Asha Menon and Legal Aid Society President Kira Benton were recognized for student leadership, while three student organizations-the Voting Rights and Advocacy Society, the Investment and Securities Club, and the Law Students for Social Justice-were honored for their contributions to student life.
Mar. 26, 2021—Williams is the John L. Seigenthaler Professor of American History. Her work focuses on the experiences of low-income Black women and marginalized people, including their everyday lives, politics and social struggles. Her talk will be delivered virtually and is free and open to the public. The Dean's Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination convenes scholars and thought leaders to provide the Vanderbilt community with foundational knowledge on race, civil rights, discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation, and critical historical milestones.
Mar. 23, 2021—Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Gautam Hans, who directs the First Amendment Clinic, is featured as part of Vanderbilt University's "Ask an Expert" series.
Mar. 23, 2021—Blumstein's talk, "Ways of Thinking about Medical Care: Alternative Models and Structures and Their Policy Significance,"delivered March 10, addresses the interplay of economics and program design in government healthcare programs.
Mar. 4, 2021—Byrd is an assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University. HIs research focuses on black intellectual and social history. He is the author of The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti, a book published in 2019 by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Mar. 2, 2021—Cuminale’s gift provides permanent funding for the leader of Vanderbilt’s Public Interest office, which provides all students opportunities for pro bono legal service and mentors those seeking careers in public advocacy.
Feb. 25, 2021—Belton was a pioneering scholar of labor and employment law and the law school’s first tenured African American professor. The position of Robert Belton Director of Diversity, Equity and Community will be endowed by an anonymous donor this year
Feb. 24, 2021—Cook practiced law for more than 70 years, representing such high-profile clients as the Rockefeller and Carnegie families along with indigent clients wrongly convicted of murder.
Feb. 23, 2021—Aaron Bernard ’22 and Emily Webb ’22 are Moot Court finalists, with Emily Detiveaux ’22 honored for Best Oralist and Peter Byrne ’22 and Caylyn Harvey ’22 for Best Brief.
Feb. 11, 2021—The award recognizes the best paper written by a law student on a military justice topic. Fitzgerald’s essay, “Thank Me for My Service: An Ethics Oversight in DoD Social Media Policy,” will be published in the Harvard National Security Law Journal.
Jan. 27, 2021—Ridley earned her Ph.D. in medieval English at Harvard and then taught at the University of California Los Angeles for 34 years. She endowed the Elisabeth H. and Granville S. Ridley Jr. Chair in Law in 2018 in honor of her father, Granville Ridley Jr., LLB 1916, BA1914.
Jan. 21, 2021—Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations Scotty Mann has announced that 10 Vanderbilt Law School alumni joined the school’s Board of Advisors in 2020. The board, which is comprised of more than 50 accomplished Vanderbilt Law graduates, meets throughout the year, but at least each fall in conjunction with the university’s Reunion Weekend and...
Jan. 21, 2021—Previous president Sara Finley '85 will continue to sit on the Board of Advisors as a member.
Jan. 18, 2021—Ryan’s Note, “The Fault in Our Stars,” addresses environmental review of commercial satellite launches. The award, sponsored by the ABA’s Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section, recognizes the best paper addressing specific industries providing important services.
Jan. 11, 2021—Ali will serve in the Office of the White House Counsel. She most recently served as a trial litigator at Wilkinson Stekloff in Washington. Before entering private practice, she was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, for Judge Sri Srinivasan of the D.C. Court of Appeals and for Judge Amul Thapar on the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Jan. 11, 2021—Ali is a research professor in political science and law and co-director of the Unity Project with John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and Jon Meacham, Vanderbilt’s Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Professor of the American Presidency.
Jan. 4, 2021—Ryan is editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology. His Jan. 4 opinion piece in The Tennessean addresses the need to prepare for and take action to prevent attacks on the physical infrastructure supporting our telecommuncations systems.
Dec. 22, 2020—After winning the Founder's Medal, Cate practiced law for more than 60 years and served as the city's first vice mayor under Mayor Beverly Briley. He retired in 2014. In 1984, he received the John C. Tune Public Service Award, an honor given to the Nashville Bar Association member who has shown the highest degree of dedication to the betterment of the community.
Dec. 21, 2020—The award recognizes creative research and teaching. Slobogin is an expert in criminal procedure who has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters. He directs the Criminal Justice Program.
Dec. 18, 2020—Sharfstein is a legal historian whose work addresses race and citizenship in the United States. He is the author of two award-winning books, “The Invisible Line” and “Thunder in the Mountains,” and received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Dec. 18, 2020—An expert in complex litigation, Fitzpatrick is most recently the author of The Conservative Case of Class Actions, a 2019 book published by University of Chicago Press.
Dec. 17, 2020—Fleet's appointment as E.V.P. of Business Affairs and Chief Music Licensing Counsel is effective Jan. 11. He joins iHeartMedia from Greenberg Traurig, where he was a partner focusing on music licensing and other intellectual property matters. "I'm excited by the opportunity to apply my dealmaking experience across a wide array of entertainment industry contexts to help create new opportunities that cut across various channels to reach the company's unparalleled audience," Fleet said.
Nov. 17, 2020—MacLean died Nov. 8 of complications of progressive supranuclear palsy. He moved to Cleburne, Texas, after earning his J.D. at Vanderbilt to join his father-in-law's law practice. He was a county attorney, a district attorney and a judge in Johnson County for 24 years before returning to private practice. He retired from practice in 2016.