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

Jun. 22, 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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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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Darrius Woods ’17 named Equal Justice Works Fellow for Atlanta Legal Aid Society

May. 23, 2017—Darrius Woods has been named an Equal Justice Works Fellow by Equal Justice Works. His two-year fellowship, which will pay his salary and benefits to work full-time at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, is funded by Home Depot and the international law firm Eversheds Sutherland. Woods plans to develop a program aimed at helping people...

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Marian Mikhail and Carly Myers named Class of 2017 George Barrett Social Justice Fellows

May. 17, 2017—Mikhail will start a new program at The Bronx Defenders. Myers will advocate for low-income people with disabilities at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund in Berkeley, California.

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Twenty-two 2017 graduates honored with awards at Commencement

May. 12, 2017—Laura Dolbow wins Founder’s Medal, signifying First Honors.

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s new book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution,” sounds alarm

May. 8, 2017—In his thoughtful new book, Sitaraman argues that growing economic inequality threatens American democracy.

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Daniel J. Sharfstein’s new book explores intertwined history of race relations and property rights

May. 4, 2017—In "Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War," Sharfstein examines Reconstruction through the relationship between a Nez Perce leader and a Union Army general.

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Samantha Sergent ‘19 is Vanderbilt’s first Helen Strong Curry International Law Scholar

Mar. 29, 2017—Sergent is the first VLS student to receive the Curry Scholarship, which will be awarded each year to a first-year student who plans a career in international law.

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Wesley Dozier ’19 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Mar. 29, 2017—Dozier is the third VLS student to receive the scholarship, which provides tuition and summer stipend support to students planning to practice in the public interest.

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Bill Hagerty ’84 appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Mar. 24, 2017—Hagerty served as Tennessee Commission of Economic and Community Development from 2011-14.

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California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu to speak at Law Review Symposium March 31

Mar. 24, 2017—Justice Lui's talk, "State Constitutions and the Protection of Individual Rights: A Reappraisal," is part of the Branstetter Judicial Speaker Series and the keynote address for the Law Review Symposium, which focuses on empirical research of justice in state courts.

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Ten VLS students volunteer at Mississippi Center for Justice for Pro Bono Spring Break

Mar. 23, 2017—Students worked for low-income Mississippi residents on education, expungement and heirship-related cases.

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International law expert Timothy Meyer testifies on behalf of Judge Neil Gorsuch

Mar. 23, 2017—Meyer, a professor of law and Enterprise Scholar, was a law clerk to Judge Gorsuch in 2007-08.

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Jana McConnaughhay ’93 among “25 Women You Need to Know” in Tallahassee

Mar. 20, 2017—McConnaughhay started her own elder law firm and serves on the Florida Bar Joint Public Policy Task Force for the Elderly and Disabled.

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Darren Robbins ’93 named Vanderbilt Law’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Mar. 17, 2017—A founding partner of Robbins Geller in San Diego, Robbins has been lead counsel in more than 100 securities actions.

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Janie Greenwood Harris ’64 receives 2017 Distinguished Service Award

Mar. 17, 2017—Harris, Vanderbilt’s first female African-American law graduate, had a distinguished career working for the federal government and in the banking industry.

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U.N. High Commission for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to deliver 2017 Charney Lecture

Mar. 15, 2017—High Commissioner Al Hussein previously served as Jordan's permanent representative to the United Nations. He will talk about "Global Challenges to Human Rights."

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Alumni Thank-a-Thon reaches 517 donors in 39 states and D.C.

Mar. 13, 2017—Fifteen 1Ls called 517 alumni donors on Feb. 28 to thank them for their gifts during the annual Thank-a-Thon. “We try to call everyone who has given $500 or more to the law school within the past year,” said Scotty Mann, assistant dean for Development and Alumni Relations. “The Thank-a-Thon connects students whose education is...

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Rene Augustine ’90 appointed to President Trump’s legal staff

Mar. 8, 2017—Augustine will serve as President Trump's special assistant and senior associate counsel.

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