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Gif Thornton ’90 (BS’84) named managing partner of Adams and Reese

Apr. 23, 2015—A well-known government relations attorney, Thornton has previously served as chair of the 300-member firm’s executive committee and held numerous management roles.

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1L Hailey Verano member of winning team in TechVenture Challenge

Apr. 20, 2015—Led by biomaterial science Ph.D. student Kelsey Beavers, the interdisciplinary team included molecular physiology student Elizabeth Conrad, structural biology postdoctoral fellow Michael Feldkamp, biomedical engineering graduate student Samantha Sarett and Verano. The team developed a strategy for commercializing a new test for colon cancer.

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Charles W. (Chet) Gerdts III ’78 and Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III ’74 honored with 2015 VLS Distinguished Alumni awards

Apr. 15, 2015—Gerdts honored posthumously as 2015 Distinguished Alumnus; Johnson receives the 2015 Distinguished Service Award.

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Henry A. Callaway III ’83 appointed to 14-year term on U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Apr. 13, 2015—Callaway will serve on the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile.

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Larry Crane-Moscowitz and Alex Vey win 2015 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Feb. 19, 2015—Travis Gray ’16 and Andrew Struckmeyer ’16 are 2015 finalists.

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Stephen Sanders ’78: 2014-15 Social Justice Fellow

Feb. 17, 2015—Advocating for justice for both miners and mountains.

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Waverly Crenshaw ’81 (BA’78) nominated to seat on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Feb. 5, 2015—If confirmed, Crenshaw will fill the seat vacated by Judge William J. Haynes Jr. ’73.

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New social justice scholarship endowed by Amy and Frank Garrison available to first-year law students

Jan. 29, 2015—Garrison Social Justice Scholars will receive supplemental scholarships and summer stipends to support preparation for careers in social justice and public interest law.

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Carlton Tarkington ’63 (BA’59) dies at 78

Jan. 21, 2015—Tarkington endowed the Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence and the law school's Tarkington Suite and was honored as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus.

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Joycelyn Stevenson ’01 voted president-elect of Nashville Bar Association

Dec. 23, 2014—Joycelyn Stevenson, Class of 2001, has been chosen president-elect of the Nashville Bar Association. She takes office January 1, 2015, and will assume the presidency in January 2016. “I am honored to continue to serve the NBA in a leadership capacity,” said Stevenson. “I look forward to supporting the NBA’s mission of assisting our members...

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Vidhi Sanghavi ’15 awarded Skadden Fellowship

Dec. 17, 2014—Sanghavi will work at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee to develop a legal advocacy program to help people with criminal convictions reenter their communities.

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Travis Randall McDonough ‘97 nominated to seat on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Dec. 5, 2014—A former partner with Miller & Martin, McDonough currently serves as chief of staff for Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke

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Tamara Ashford ’94 confirmed to seat on U.S. Tax Court

Nov. 21, 2014—Ashford currently serves as acting assistant attorney general and as deputy assistant attorney general for appellate and review in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice.

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Three members of Class of 1994 take the bench

Nov. 7, 2014—1994 VLS grads Tamara Ashford, Rupert Byrdsong and Sheila Calloway all nominated or elected to the bench.

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Matt Murfree III JD’69, BA’66 dead at 70

Nov. 7, 2014—Murfree was a community leader in Rutherford County throughout his legal career.

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Leonard Lance ’77 and Luke Messer ’94 re-elected to Congress

Nov. 5, 2014—Lance represents New Jersey’s 7th District and Messer Indiana’s 6th District.

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Greg Abbott ’84 elected governor of Texas

Nov. 5, 2014—Abbott will be sworn in as Texas’ 48th governor in January.

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Andree Blumstein ’81 appointed Tennessee solicitor general

Oct. 24, 2014—Blumstein will oversee appellate litigation in state and federal courts and advise Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

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November 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Oct. 17, 2014—NEWS Daniel Adam Cohen ’00, has joined Baker Donelson as a shareholder and chair of the firm’s higher education group. Dan will focus his practice on representing colleges and universities in their legal affairs. Todd Robert Overman ’02, a member at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, has led the launch of the firm’s GovCon...

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Matthew Downer ‘14 wins 2014 Gellhorn-Sargentich writing competition sponsored by ABA

Oct. 10, 2014—Downer is the second Vanderbilt Law graduate in the past two years to win the prestigious award

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October 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Sep. 25, 2014—NEWS 1972 Judge Robert E. Burch of the 23rd Circuit Court of Tennessee retired in August after 34 years on the bench. A former attorney and commercial pilot with Capitol Airways in Nashville, Bob began his judgeship in 1980. In 2000, he established the 23rd Judicial District Drug Court, and in 2002, he was named...

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Noted civil rights lawyer George E. Barrett, Class of 1957, dead at 86

Aug. 27, 2014—Barrett was “a powerful voice for social justice, civil rights and civil liberties” in Nashville for more than 55 years.

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19 members of the Class of 2014 selected for Order of the Coif

Aug. 26, 2014—Order of the Coif members are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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September 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Aug. 26, 2014—ALUMNI IN THE HEADLINES Deborah Hill Biggers ’78 was elected district court judge of Macon County, Alabama. She is the first female state court judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Sheila Calloway ’94 was elected juvenile court judge in Metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee. She had previously served as a juvenile court magistrate. She will...

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Harold G. Maier, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, dead at 77

Aug. 26, 2014—Professor Maier spent his entire academic career at Vanderbilt Law School.

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