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Paper by Ramon Ryan ’21 identifies enforcement gap in regulations governing environmental impact of satellites

Jan. 27, 2020—Ryan’s paper, which will appear in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, suggests that the FCC’s approval of SpaceX’s Starlink Mega Constellation may have been unlawful because the agency failed to consider the impact of satellites on the night sky. The paper was reported on by Scientific American, Business Insider and Futurism.

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Former law professor Bruce E. Gagnon dead at age 78

Jan. 27, 2020—Gagnon taught at Vanderbilt Law School from 1967-70 and then moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he spent the remainder of his career practicing law.

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Reunion 2019 final results are in!

Jan. 21, 2020—Our Reunion 2019 volunteers and alumni donors raised over $2.6 million for the law school! Your generous support ensures a bright future for VLS and stands as a testament to the camaraderie and spirit of your class. Reunion 2019 Final Fundraising Results Class Total Raised # in Class # of Donors Participation 1969 $313,065 82...

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Darby Dickerson ’88 is president of the Association of American Law Schools

Jan. 13, 2020—Dickerson is the dean of UIC John Marshall Law School in Chicago. She was inducted into her one-year term as AALS president during the association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in January.

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Ray Lui LLM’11 named to China Business Law Journal A-List

Jan. 7, 2020—Liu is a partner with Dorsey in Beijing, where he focuses on cross-border dispute resolution, U.S. litigation, interanitonal and foreign-related arbitration, and trade and compliance matters. He is licensed to practice in New York.

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Retired federal Judge John T. Nixon ’60 dead at 86

Jan. 2, 2020—Judge Nixon was appointed to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee by President Jimmy Carter and served as the court's chief judge from 1991 to 1998.

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Yufang (Ethan) Ma ’02 (MS’01) named one of China’s Top 15 IP lawyers for 2019 by Asian Legal Business

Jan. 2, 2020—Ma is a partner at Orrick, focusing on intellectual property and trade secrets litigation, at Orrick in Shanghai.

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Fred Graham ’59, legal affairs reporter and Court TV anchor, dies at 88

Dec. 31, 2019—Fred Graham pioneered coverage of Supreme Court rulings as the law correspondent for CBS News, was a substitute anchor for "Face the Nation," the "CBS Morning News," and "Nightwatch," and one of the first anchors of Court TV, where he covered the O.J. Simpson trial.

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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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