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Thank you, 2018 Reunion Volunteers!

Oct. 17, 2018—We are grateful to the 60 alumni and student volunteers whose hard work made Reunion 2018 such a terrific weekend!

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Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, delivers Vanderbilt’s 2018 George Barrett Social Justice Lecture

Oct. 15, 2018—Gelernt discussed his work as lead attorney in the Ms. L litigation, a case challenging the federal government’s practice of forcibly separating parents and children at the U.S. border.

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Jeremy D. Kernodle ’01 confirmed to seat on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Oct. 12, 2018—Kernodle was previously a partner at Haynes and Boone in Dallas, where he founded and chaired the firm's False Claims Act practice group.

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Eli Richardson ’92 confirmed to seat on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Oct. 12, 2018—Richardson is a partner at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, where he focuses on government investigations involving allged white-collar crime or criminal civil violations.

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Article co-authored by J.B. Ruhl and Kyle Robisch ’14 selected for Land Use & Environmental Law Review

Oct. 3, 2018—The Land Use & Environment Law Review is a peer-reviewed compendium of the best law review articles published in the previous academic year in the categories of environmental and land use law. The article by Ruhl and Robisch, “Agencies Running from Agency Discretion,” published in 2016, will appear in Volume 49 of LUELR, published annually by Thomsen Reuters.

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New federal courthouse in Nashville to be named in honor of Fred Thompson ’67

Oct. 1, 2018—A groundbreaking ceremony for the new courthouse, to be completed by 2021, was held Sept. 28.

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Vanderbilt University’s new Bass Military Scholars Program to provide law scholarships

Sep. 13, 2018—A $25 million gift from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation will provide scholarships for military veterans at five Vanderbilt schools, including VLS, the Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

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VLS hosts MLK symposium, “From Martin Luther King Jr. to Black Lives Matter: 50 Years of Struggle,” on Sept. 20

Sep. 13, 2018—The MLK symposium in Flynn Auditorium will feature panel discussions sponsored by Vanderbilt's law, divinity and graduate schools and Peabody College and keynote addresses by Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors and Virginia Tech vice president Menah Pratt-Clarke '93 (PhD'97).

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Judge Howard Morrison of the International Criminal Court delivers the 2018 Jonathan I. Charney Lecture

Aug. 28, 2018—Morrison’s term as the United Kingdom judge to the ICC began upon his election by the Assembly of States Parties in December 2011. His talk addressed the purposes of international criminal law and the relationship between international criminal cases and national jurisdictions.

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Robert L King nominated to be Department of Education’s assistant secretary for postsecondary education

Aug. 22, 2018—King is a former chancellor of the State University of New York System.

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Sign up for VBA golf scramble Oct. 26

Aug. 17, 2018—The Vanderbilt Bar Association is hosting a Golf Scramble open to all Vanderbilt Law students, alumni, faculty and staff on Friday, Oct. 26, at Hermitage Golf Course, 3939 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville. If you are interested in sponsoring a portion of the scramble or are interested in playing, contact Hunter Thornton, Class of 2019, via...

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Regina S. Edwards ’91 appointed magistrate judge for the Western District of Kentucky

Aug. 3, 2018—Edwards had previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for Kentucky's Western District. She replaces Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin, who has retired.

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48 VLS grads and students will serve in 51 clerkships in 2018-19 or future terms

Aug. 2, 2018—VLS graduates will serve as legal clerks in the U.S. Supreme Court, eight federal appellate circuits, and federal district courts in 12 states.

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Sybil Dunlop ’08 featured in Minnesota Lawyer Q&A

Jul. 19, 2018—Dunlop is an attorney with Greene Espel in Minneapolis, where she focuses on complex business and intellectual property litigation.

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Paul Ney ’84 (MBA’84) confirmed as general counsel of U.S. Department of Defense

Jul. 12, 2018—Ney has previously served as acting general counsel of the U.S. Navy and as a deputy general counsel for the Department of Defense.

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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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