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August 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Jul. 22, 2014—ALUMNI IN THE HEADLINES Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins, Class of 1986, was sworn in by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam July 16 as the newest justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court. He succeeded Justice William C. Koch ’76, who retired July 15 to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. Tammy L. Kennedy, Class of...

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New J.D./M.S.F. joint-degree program offered by VLS and Owen Graduate School of Management

Jul. 11, 2014—Students earn both degrees without increasing the time in school through program offered jointly by Vanderbilt Law School and Owen Graduate School of Management.

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Matthew R. Burnstein ’96 (BA’93) named chairman of Waller Lansden Dortch

Jun. 27, 2014— Burnstein will succeed John Tishler, B.A. 1980, as chairman of the firm.

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James Balser ’16 receives Helton Fellowship from American Society of International Law

Jun. 18, 2014—Balser will work with the No Peace Without Justice International Criminal Justice Program's Syrian Accountability Project in Gaziantep, Turkey.

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Staci Michelle Yandle ’87 confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Jun. 17, 2014—Yandle is currently a solo practitioner who focuses on civil litigation in federal and state court.

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70 Vanderbilt Law students receive 2014 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jun. 16, 2014—Seventy Vanderbilt Law students received summer stipends to support their volunteer work in positions with government agencies; the chambers of federal and local judges; federal and state district attorneys and public defenders’ offices; and public interest and advocacy organizations. Students receiving Vanderbilt law stipends are working pro bono during summer 2014 for legal offices and...

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72 Vanderbilt Law students serving externships for course credit in 2014

Jun. 16, 2014—Vanderbilt Law students are receiving course credit for externships in federal and state judicial chambers, the offices of federal and state prosecutors, public defenders and attorneys, corporations, and advocacy organizations in 26 states.

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Chris Giancarlo ’84 appointed to Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Jun. 4, 2014—Giancarlo's appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate June 3. He was previously executive vice president with trading technologies company GFI Group.

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May 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

May. 27, 2014—ALUMNI NEWS 1967 Aubrey B. Harwell Jr. (BA’64), co-founder and managing partner of Neal & Harwell, has been named the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Southeastern Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. William Kirkland has been appointed to the Lexington Theological Seminary’s board of trustees. Bill is a partner in...

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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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