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Holly Thompson ’19 selected for summer position in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

Jul. 10, 2018—Thompson was a member of the inaugual Class of Douglass Fellows with the Human Trafficking Institute in during the 2017-18 academic year.

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105 VLS students receive 2018 summer stipends to support pro bono legal work

Jul. 9, 2018—VLS students are working in 18 states, D.C. and the Netherlands for federal and state courts, government legal departments and nonprofits.

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45 VLS students receive course credit to support pro bono legal work in summer 2019

Jul. 9, 2018—Students secured externships with federal and state courses, government agencies and legal nonprofits and in corporate legal offices.

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Ray Liu LL.M.’11 named head of Dorsey & Whitney’s Beijing office

Jul. 5, 2018—Liu is a partner at Dorsey, where he focuses on international litigation and complex commercial disputes.

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Adrielle Conner ’20 receives Bradley Arant Boult Cummings diversity scholarship

Jul. 2, 2018—Rising 2L Adrielle L. Conner was awarded Bradley Arant Boult Cummings’ annual diversity scholarship as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Conner is working as a law clerk at Bradley’s Nashville office this summer. A native of Lakeland, Florida, she earned her bachelor of science in business administration...

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Read Law.com’s June 28 interview with Geoffrey Drake ’05

Jul. 2, 2018—Drake is a partner at King & Spalding in Atlanta, where he focuses on product liability litigation.

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Read “Faces of Nashville” interview with Deputy Public Defender Aisha McWeay ’09

Jun. 26, 2018—McWeay joined the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender's Office in 2009 after earning her Vanderbilt J.D. She was named General Sessions Division Chief in 2014 and Dputy Public Defender in 2017.

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Remembering Milton Rice ’49: A Tennessean column by Ed Cole

Jun. 22, 2018—A friend of the late Milton Rice '49 writes about his legal of "patriotism, public service and neighborliness." Rice died Jan. 1 at age 97.

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Listen to three VLS students discuss immigration law in “Life of the Law” podcast

Jun. 8, 2018—Clinical Professor of Law Karla McKanders asked students in her Refugee Law and Policy class to produce their final reports as audio stories. Listen to Episode 136 of The Life of the Law’s New Voices series, which features stories on topics in refugee law by VLS students Joshua Minchin ’20, Simona Grecu ’19 and Rachael...

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To Clerk or Not to Clerk: Read VLS Career Services Director Nick Alexiou’s column in Above the Law

Jun. 8, 2018—Alexiou is director of LL.M. and alumni advising and associate director of Career Services at Vanderbilt Law School.

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Read ABA Landslide article, “Investment Treaties and Intellectual Property,” on two cases affecting international intellectual property rights by Daniel Gervais and Jared Doster ’17

May. 31, 2018—Philip Morris v. Uruguay and Eli Lilly v. Canada are two international investor-state cases that may reveal an emerging trend in international investment law regarding investors' intellectual property (IP) rights.

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Brocton Lockwood ’69 dead at 74

May. 25, 2018—Lockwood assisted in a Department of Justice investigation that exposed judicial corruption in Cook County, Illinois, in the late 1970s.

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Justice Connie Clark ’79 (BA’71) to receive Tennessee Bar Association’s Drowota Award

May. 23, 2018—The TBA's highest award, named in honor of former Tennessee Chief Justice Frank Drowota '65 (BA'60), recognizes career services to the judiciary.

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Kevin Coker and Sean Dowling named 2018 Gideon’s Promise Fellows

May. 17, 2018—Coker will work at the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office and Dowling for the Shelby County Defenders.

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Alana Seixas and Lynn Stopher named 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Fellows

May. 17, 2018—Stopher will work at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago; Seixas will work at the Children’s Law Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Ingrid Wuerth, Suzanna Sherry, Tracey George and Edward Cheng honored with 2018 Hall-Hartman Awards

May. 16, 2018—Wuerth, Sherry and George were honored for first-year teaching, and Wuerth and Edward Cheng for upper-level courses.

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Twenty 2018 graduates honored with awards at Commencement

May. 14, 2018—Richard Turner Henderson received the Founder's Medal for First Honors.

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Family of Rick Ferrini ’11 establishes scholarships in his honor at VLS and the School of Medicine

Apr. 30, 2018—The Rick V. N. Ferrini Law Scholarship and the Rick V. N. Ferrini Medical Scholarship honor an accomplished attorney who died March 10, 2017. “We wanted to do something in memory of Rick that would honor him and make him proud,” said Vino Ferrini, president of the Texas-based leather footwear company Ferrini USA. “His time at Vanderbilt was very special to him, and these scholarships will give that same opportunity and experience to others. We also want to support research on depression, which so many struggle with, as did our son. It is a disease like any other, and we want to see the stigma removed for those who suffer with it and their families.” A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Rick Ferrini began his legal career in Washington, D.C., after earning his law degree from Vanderbilt in 2011. For the next five years he served as an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where he defended D.C. government agencies and individual employees at all levels of government in a variety of civil lawsuits. In 2016, he returned to his hometown of Dallas to serve as counsel to his family’s company, Ferrini USA.

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Nell Henson ’18 wins the 2018 Nagareda Prize for article on expert witnesses in medical malpractice trials

Apr. 23, 2018—Henson’s Note, published in the 2018 Vanderbilt Law Review, explores courts’ disagreement over admissibility of evidence of prior malpractice by medical expert witnesses.

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Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Frank F. Drowota III ’65 (BA’60) dead at 79

Apr. 17, 2018—Justice Drowota served on the Tennessee Supreme Court for 25 years and as a judge in Tennessee courts for 35 years.

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Claria Horn Boom ’94 confirmed to shared seat on federal districts courts for Eastern and Western Kentucky

Apr. 10, 2018—Horn Boom has previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. She was a partner at Frost Brown Todd in Lexington before her confirmation to the federal bench.

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Kristen Clarke of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law delivers 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture

Apr. 10, 2018—Clarke’s lecture, “Democracy under Attack: Race, Rights and Resistance,” addresses the role of lawyers in responding to racial injustice, voter suppression and other civil rights issues.

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Candid conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor inspires students

Apr. 4, 2018—Justice Sotomayor answered students' questions in her 2018 Cecil Sims Lecture in Flynn Auditorium April 3.

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