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Chris Giancarlo ’84 named Chevalier in the National Order of Merit by French government

May. 19, 2022—J. Christopher Giancarlo, Class of 1984, former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has been awarded the rank of Chevalier in the French National Order of Merit by President Emmanuel Macron. Giancarlo is a Wall Street lawyer and business figure renowned in the financial world for his expertise in cryptocurrency. The award will be presented to him...

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John Ryder ’74, former RNC general counsel and partner at Harris Shelton, dies

May. 16, 2022—Ryder was a partner at Harris Shelton in Memphis, His public service most recently included serving on the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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Bryan J. Teresi receives 2022 Founder’s Medal for First Honors

May. 13, 2022—22 members of the class of 2022 were honored with academic, citizenship and journal awards at Commencement.

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22 members of the Class of 2022 recognized at commencement with academic and citizenship awards

May. 13, 2022—Bryan J. Teresi received the Founder's Medal for First Honors. Teresi and Jackson Hill, who received the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial Award, and Samantha Smith, who received the Weldon B. White Prize, were recognized at the law Commencement ceremony.

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Nick Prendergast, Class of 2022

May. 12, 2022—Incoming associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Washington, D.C.

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$17.5M bequest from W. Weldon Wilson ’86 will extend scholarship program

May. 11, 2022—Wilson and his wife Elaine have documented a $17.5 million bequest to support their existing Weldon Wilson Scholarship at VLS. The scholarship was established in 2011 in honor of Weldon’s 25th reunion. Weldon Wilson is vice chair of Resolution Life Group Holdings, a global life insurance group focusing on the acquisition and management of portfolios of life insurance policies.

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Ryan Buchanan ’05 sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia

May. 4, 2022—Buchanan joined the Department of Justice in 2010 at an assistant U.S. attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. He has worked as a federal prosecutor in Atlanta since 2013.

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Nick Prendergast has won the Chris Lantz Award for the Class of 2022

May. 4, 2022—The Chris Lantz Award recognizes a member of each graduating class for demonstrating a dedication to developing a sense of community among his classmates with a strong capacity for leadership and commitment to legal studies.

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Kahlil Epps has won the Jordan A. Quick Memorial Award for the Class of 2022

May. 4, 2022—The Jordan A. Quick Memorial Award is given annually to the student judged to have made the greatest contribution to the quality of life at VLS through leadership with the Vanderbilt Bar Association. Epps served VBA president in 2021-22.

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Jeffrey Usman ’03 appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Middle Division

May. 4, 2022—Usman is an associate professor of law at Belmont University College of Law, where he has taught for 10 years. He was a senior law clerk on the Tennessee Supreme Court and an assistant attorney general in the Tennessee Attorney General's Office before joining the Belmont Law faculty.

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Luke Kessel, JD/MSF Class of 2022

May. 4, 2022—Incoming Associate, K&L Gates, Charlotte

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12 members of the Class of 2022 recognized for completing Pro Bono Pledge

Apr. 29, 2022—Students who take the pledge volunteer a minimum of 75 hours of pro bono legal work and community service during their law school careers. Seventeen  members of the Class of 2023 were also recognized this spring for completing their pledge service.

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Miles Malbrough ’22 to address estate planning in Nashville’s Black community as Equal Justice Works Fellow

Apr. 28, 2022—Malbrough will focus on preventing houses from becoming “heirs property” by promoting estate planning as an EJW Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. His two-year fellowship is funded by the Albert & Anne Mansfield Foundation.

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Natalie Graves receives Philip G. Davidson III Memorial Award for Class of 2022

Apr. 27, 2022—The Philip G. Davidson III Memorial Award is presented annually to the student, chosen by the Vanderbilt Bar Association Board of Governors, who is dedicated to the law and its problem-solving role in society, and who provides exemplary leadership in service to Vanderbilt Law School and the greater community.

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Samantha Smith ‘22 selected for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics law program

Apr. 21, 2022—Smith is one of 14 law students selected for the program, through which they visit Germany and Poland and examine the conduct of lawyers in Nazi-occupied Europe.

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Emily Burgess ’22 (BS’19) uses law school experience to expand advocacy work

Apr. 18, 2022—Burgess will serve as a law clerk for Judge Travis McDonough '92 of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She is a Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey Public Interest Scholar and a Justice-Moore Family Public Interest Scholar.

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Alumni host receptions for admitted students in Atlanta, Chicago, D.C., New York and L.A.

Apr. 14, 2022—Students who attend these receptions, held in major legal markets throughout the U.S., meet members of the VLS community and hear about their law school experiences and career paths.

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Student Ambassadors contact more than 300 donors during annual Thank-a-Thon

Apr. 14, 2022—Students telephoned alumni and friends who gave $500 or more to VLS in 2021 to thank them personally for their generosity.

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Laura Dolbow ’17 (BA’12) named Sharswood Fellow by University of Pennsylvania Law School

Apr. 6, 2022—Dolbow graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2017. After law school, she was a law clerk for Judge Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and then for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. After clerking, she joined Covington & Burling as an associate in Washington, D.C.

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“Thirsty Places: The Roots of Water Injustice in Flint and Appalachia,” a lecture by Priya Baskaran, scheduled Monday, April 11

Apr. 5, 2022—Baskaran directs the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law. Her lecture, scheduled in Flynn Auditorium from 12:30 to 1:30 April 11, will address water insecurity and its links to redlining.

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Benjamin Joseph ’21 named editor of the Tennessee Young Lawyer

Mar. 29, 2022—Joseph is an assistant attorney general in the healthcare division of the Tennessee Attorney General's Office. He was recently appointed to the 2022-23 TBA Young Lawyers Division Board.

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“International Law and Women’s Human Rights in Afghanistan,” a lecture by Karima Bennoune March 31

Mar. 29, 2022—UC Davis scholar Karima Bennoune's talk is the 2022 Victor S. Johnson Lecture. Bennoune holds the Homer G. Angelo and Ann Berryhill Endowed Chair in International Law at UC Davis Law School. Her talk begins at 12:30 p.m. Thurs., March 31, and is free and open to the public.

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Philip Morel, Class of 2021, Law Clerk, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Mar. 24, 2022—As a law clerk at FERC, Philip Morel works at the intersection of law and energy policy. He joined FERC's Office of Administrative Law Judges as a clerk after graduation.

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Jill Warnock ’20 serves on litigation team in Ukraine v. Russian Federation

Mar. 23, 2022—Warnock is an associate with Covington in Washington, D.C. The team shc supported successfully won an order on provisional measures on behalf of Ukraine from the International Court of Justice.

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