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Two 2014 Vanderbilt Law graduates appointed as Gideon’s Promise fellows

May. 19, 2014—Leo Costales and Will Howell will receive one-year post-graduate fellowships to work in public defender's offices in Louisiana and Tennessee.

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Kyle Robisch ’14 wins American Bar Association and California Bar Association student writing competitions

May. 15, 2014—Papers by Robisch win first prize in ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and in the CBA’s Criminal Law writing competitions.

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21 Vanderbilt Law graduates honored with academic and citizenship awards at Commencement

May. 9, 2014—Will Marks of Charlotte, North Carolina, is 2014 VLS Founder's Medalist.

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Respected Nashville attorney Cecil Branstetter ’49 dead at 93

May. 8, 2014—A founding partner of Branstetter Stranch & Jennings, Branstetter was considered one of the best litigators in the history of the Nashville and Tennessee Bars.

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Adolpho Birch ’91 one of eight new members elected to Vanderbilt Board of Trustees

May. 1, 2014—Birch is senior vice president of law, labor policy and government affairs for the National Football League.

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Tracey George appointed to newly endowed Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty

Apr. 30, 2014—The Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty was endowed with a $1.5 million gift by Charles B. (Charlie) Cox III ’75 and his wife, Lucy.

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Edward K. Cheng appointed to Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence

Apr. 30, 2014—Cheng’s teaching has been recognized with three Hall-Hartman Awards since he joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2010.

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Michael Vandenbergh appointed to the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law

Apr. 30, 2014—Vandenbergh’s environmental scholarship focuses on the impact of individual behavior and private governance.

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36 Vanderbilt Law graduates and students secure clerkships in 2013-14

Apr. 23, 2014—Vanderbilt Law students and graduates will clerk on courts in 18 states.

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April 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Apr. 16, 2014—ALUMNI NEWS 1969 Judge Joe Pitts Binkley Jr. (BA’66) was re-elected presiding judge of the Davidson County (Tennessee) trial courts in September 2013. Judge Binkley served as the judge of Davidson County’s Fifth Circuit Court before being elected to his current position in 2010. 1973 William J. Chadwick has been reappointed to the Los Angeles...

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Judge Jeffrey Bivins ’86 appointed to Tennessee Supreme Court

Apr. 3, 2014—Judge Bivins will fill the seat vacated by Justice William C. Koch Jr. ‘72, who will retire July 15.

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Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law publishes Winter 2014 edition

Mar. 27, 2014—JETLaw Volume 16, Issue 2, includes article by Richard F. Dole Jr., Patrick R. Goold, Carol M. Kaplan and Wesley D. Markham, and Notes by John Craven and Parker Hancock.

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Kent McKeever ’12 dons orange prison jumpsuit to raise awareness of struggles faced by those with criminal records

Mar. 20, 2014—Article profiles McKeever, who is attorney-director of Mission Waco-Mission World, where he provides legal services to low-income clients.

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Robin Frazer and Kendra Key win 2014 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court competition

Mar. 14, 2014—Key also receives award for Best Oralist. Sean Hastings and Kimberly Ingram win Best Brief. Lara Assaf and Elizabeth Mulkey are finalists.

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Sara Beth Myers ’09 founds advocacy non-profit for Tennessee women and children

Mar. 14, 2014—Advocates for Women's and Kids' Equality (AWAKE) fosters public policy to improve wellness, safety, opportunity and equality for women and children in Tennessee.

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Greg Abbott ’84 and Mark Phariss ’85 on opposite sides of Texas same-sex marriage case

Mar. 3, 2014—Los Angeles Times story features Vanderbilt Law School classmates.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to deliver 2014 Sims Lecture March 18

Feb. 26, 2014—Justice Thomas will also meet with Vanderbilt Law students, faculty and alumni before his talk.

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Julian Wright ’92 receives North Carolina Bar Assocation’s Citizen Lawyer Award

Feb. 21, 2014—Wright is a partner with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte.

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Karen Lindell ’12 awarded Skadden Fellowship to work at Philadelphia’s Juvenile Law Center

Feb. 4, 2014—Lindell’s two-year Skadden Fellowship term will begin in September 2014.

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George Barrett ’57 to discuss Geier v. University of Tennessee

Feb. 4, 2014—Renowned civil rights advocate George Barrett '57 will discuss the landmark case that desegregated Tennessee's state universities Friday, February 7.

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JETLaw Symposium Jan. 24 addresses patent eligibility

Jan. 22, 2014—The day-long symposium, “Patents 202: Eligibility from Computer Code to Genetic Codes,” examines the interaction of Section 101, and patent eligibility of software and DNA.

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Chris Guthrie appointed to second term as dean of Vanderbilt Law School

Jan. 20, 2014—Guthrie's second five-year term as dean will start July 1, 2014.

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Al Dotson Jr. ’87 to be appointed to Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Jan. 17, 2014—Dotson is a partner of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod and chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America Inc.

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Two firms headed by Vanderbilt Law alumni among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

Jan. 17, 2014—Alston & Bird, headed by Richard Hays ’86, and Baker Donelson, headed by Ben Adams ’81, both praised for collegial work environment.

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