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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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Taylor Owings ’13 wins ABA’s Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition

Dec. 17, 2013—Owings' winning entry was her Vanderbilt Law Review Note addressing “When Antitrust Law Should Protect a Low-Cost Competitor."

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Henry Strickland ’83 appointed dean of Cumberland School of Law

Dec. 16, 2013—Henry C. (Corky) Strickland III ’83 has been named dean of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. His appointment will begin July 1, 2014. He succeeds John L. Carroll Jr., who is retiring after 13 years. The announcement was made Dec. 13 and follows a national search. Strickland currently is a professor of law at...

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Perry Brandt ’77 to serve as 2014 president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Dec. 11, 2013—Brandt is a partner with Bryan Cave who has previously held numerous leadership positions within KCMBA.

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Zachary Fardon ’92 confirmed as U.S Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois

Oct. 17, 2013—Fardon's appointment gained the unanimous approval of the U.S. Senate.

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21 members of Class of 2013 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 6, 2013—Order of the Coif members are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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Judge Thomas Phillips ’69 retires from federal bench

Aug. 27, 2013—Judge Thomas W. Phillips retired on July 6, 2013, which was also his 70th birthday. Judge Phillips became a U.S. magistrate judge in 1991. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in 2002. Judge Phillips was honored for his service...

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Former Senator James Sasser ’61 (BA’58) donates papers to Vanderbilt

Jul. 17, 2013—Sasser is a former three-term U.S. senator from Tennessee and ambassador to China.

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32 Vanderbilt Law graduates secure clerkships during 2012-13

Jun. 15, 2013—23 members of the Class of 2013 and 8 recent graduates secure 33 clerkships.

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Appellate Clinic’s victory in LaFountain v. Harry corrects Sixth Circuit precedent

Jun. 11, 2013—Four members of the Class of 2013 establish the right of indigent clients to amend cases filed in federal courts.

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Paul Kurtz ’72 (BA’68) passes the baton to Lonnie Brown ’89 at UGA Law

May. 15, 2013—Brown appointed associate dean at UGA Law upon Kurtz's retirement from the position, which he has held since 1991.

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Wayne Hyatt ’68 (BA’65) receives Frederick S. Lane Award from the American College of Real Estate Lawyers

May. 15, 2013—Lane Award recognizes real estate lawyers for their career contributions to the profession; Hyatt is only the eighth recipient in ACREL's 35-year history.

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James H. Cheek III ’67 increases his teaching role at Vanderbilt Law School

May. 13, 2013—Nationally recognized corporate and securities law attorney Jim Cheek appointed professor of the practice of law.

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Robert Reder ’78 named professor of the practice of law

May. 13, 2013—Corporate governance expert Bob Reder joins faculty following a 33-year career in transactional practice with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

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Marcy Nicks Moody, Class of 2013, is one of 15 winners of the 2013 Burton Award for legal writing

May. 9, 2013—Moody will receive her award on June 3 at a gala event at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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