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MacArthur Research Network for Law and Neuroscience receives additional $1.4 million of grant funding

Sep. 14, 2015—Headquartered at Vanderbilt and directed by New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law Owen Jones, the MacArthur Research Network focuses on the use of neuroscientific evidence in criminal law and of neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

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Dale A. Tipps ’94 appointed to seat on Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation

Sep. 10, 2015—Tipps was previously a partner with Levine Orr & Geracioti in Nashville.

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Nirlaine Tallandier Smartt ’93 appointed judge in St. Lucie County, Florida

Sep. 9, 2015—Smartt becomes the first black judge at the county or circuit level in Florida's 19th Circuit.

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James R. Newsom III ’79 appointed chancellor in Tennessee’s 30th Judicial District

Sep. 9, 2015—Newsom's appointment announced by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam September 3.

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John D. Buchanan ’89 named executive vice president of legal affairs for Comerica

Sep. 8, 2015—John D. Buchanan ’89 has been named executive vice president of legal affairs for Comerica Inc., a financial services company based in Dallas. Buchanan had previously served since March 2012 as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Buchanan will be a...

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Social Justice Program to be named for renowned civil rights attorney George Barrett ’57

Aug. 26, 2015—Darren Robbins '93 made a gift to endow the Social Justice Program in Barrett’s name.

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James Zimmerman ’99 named partner-in-charge of Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s Cincinnati office

Aug. 26, 2015—Zimmerman joined Taft in 1999 and has spent his entire career at the firm.

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Tim Conlon ’80 featured in Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate section

Aug. 21, 2015—"The Tough Road to a Waterfront House: A tenacious attorney spends years wrangling regulations to build on Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay."

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Philanthropy allows James Alexander to lead at law and divinity schools

Aug. 3, 2015—Summer 2015 Branstetter Fellow James Alexander, Class of 2016, is featured as a J.D./M.Div. dual-degree student.

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Dax Eric López ’01 nominated to seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Aug. 3, 2015—Judge López currently sits on the State Court of Dekalb County, where he presides over civil and criminal matters.

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Kimberly Bell ’12 named to National Black Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40

Jul. 15, 2015—Bell is a litigation associate with Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Alabama.

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2015 graduates Clarke Agre and Nakeisha Jackson named Gideon’s Promise Fellows

Jul. 14, 2015—Agre and Jackson will work as public defenders in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, and Knox County, Tennessee.

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Jake Byl JD/PhD ’15 and Neil Issar JD ’16 win first prizes in ABA’s 2015 Energy Law and Endangered Species student writing competitions

Jun. 24, 2015—Byl’s paper, “Easements with Ecosystems: A Conservation Tool for Endangered Species,” won first prize in the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Endangered Species Committee’s competition, and Issar’s paper, “Going Toe-to-Toe with Hydro: Conflicts Between Hydropower and Other Sources of Renewable Power,” placed first in the section’s Energy Law competition.

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48 Vanderbilt Law students and recent graduates secure 51 clerkships

Jun. 15, 2015—Vanderbilt Law graduates will serve in 50 federal appellate and district and state clerkships during 2015-16 or in future terms.

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Cameron Norris ’14 honored by Food and Drug Law Institute’s 2014 Austern Memorial Competition

Jun. 12, 2015—Norris’ article, “Drugs, Devices & Discovery: Using Fee-Shifting to Resolve the Twombly/Iqbal Problem for Parallel Claims Under the FDCA,” won second place in the FDLI competition’s “Short Papers” category and placed third in the ABA's 2014 Tort Trial & Insurance writing competition.

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Ken Stewart ’79 is global chair of Norton Rose Fulbright

Jun. 8, 2015—Norton's one-year term in the global chair role, which rotates among the firm's five regional chairs, began May 1.

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‘Legal residency’ program launched for selected Vanderbilt Law graduates

May. 28, 2015—Vanderbilt's Program on Law & Innovation launches a "legal residency" program with UnitedLex, a global consulting and legal services firm.

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Four 2015 VLS graduates earn Ph.D. in Law and Economics

May. 14, 2015—Ph.D. in Law and Economics graduates’ dissertations addressed endangered species regulation, enforcement of non-discrimination laws, the effect of litigation on medical practitioners, and contractual dispute resolution.

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Kyle Robisch ’14 wins 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

May. 12, 2015—Robisch received the prestigious award for his Vanderbilt Law Review Note, “Getting to the (Non)Point: Private Governance as a Solution to Nonpoint Source Pollution.

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23 graduates honored with academic and citizenship awards at Commencement

May. 11, 2015—Robin Frazer of Lexington, Kentucky, is the 2015 VLS Founders Medalist.

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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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