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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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Katie Sochacki ’18 and Dora Duru ’20 selected for 2018 law class of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

Mar. 30, 2018—Sochacki and Duru will travel to Germany and Poland this summer through the prestigious FASPE program, which uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi-occupied Europe to examine ethics in the legal profession today.

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Dora Duru ’20 receives Helen Strong Curry International Legal Scholarship

Mar. 28, 2018—Duru will participate in the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics Program and intern at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy during summer 2018.

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Amber Banks ’20 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Mar. 27, 2018—Banks will spend summer 2018 working at the Texas Civil Rights Project.

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VLS students help create a new nonprofit through Vanderbilt’s Transactional Pro Bono Spring Break

Mar. 27, 2018—A six-student team helped the Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union create a new nonprofit.

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John Ryder ’74 named to board of Tennessee Valley Authority

Mar. 26, 2018—John L. Ryder ’74 has been named to a seat on the board of directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority. President Donald Trump nominated Ryder to fill one of the nine seats on the board that oversees America’s biggest government-owned utility. Ryder’s appointment to the TVA board requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Ryder is...

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Jill Heaviside ’18 named Reproductive Justice Fellow by If/When/How

Mar. 23, 2018—Heaviside will focus on reproductive justice policy and advocacy at SisterLove, an Atlanta-based HIV and reproductive justice nonprofit as the organization’s RJ-HIV Fellow.

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VLS Pro Bono Spring Break students successfully argue bond motions for immigrant detainees

Mar. 21, 2018—Seven VLS students traveled to Lumpkin, Georgia, to work with attorneys from the Southern Immigrant Freedom Initiative on behalf of immigrant detainees.

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Julie Rooney ’18 wins Scribes Law-Review Award for VLR Note addressing privacy law

Mar. 21, 2018—Julie Rooney ’18 has won the 2018 Scribes Law-Review Award. Scribes, the American Society of Legal Writers, has presented the annual award for the best student writing in a law review or journal since 1987. Rooney’s Note, “Going Postal: Analyzing the Abuse of Mail Covers Under the Fourth Amendment,” was published in the Vanderbilt Law...

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Panel to examine whether carbon tax can help address climate change

Mar. 19, 2018—Representatives from the Manhattan Institute and the Partnership for Responsible Growth will join two Vanderbilt University professors for a conversation about carbon tax proposals at VLS March 21.

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Medical Legal Partnership conducts free Legal Needs Assessments for patients of the Shade Tree Clinic

Mar. 16, 2018—Members of Vanderbilt’s Legal Aid Society volunteer at free medical clinic run by Vanderbilt Medical School students to identify needs for legal services and refer patients to legal aid resources.

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Robert Reder ’78 named VLS 2018 Distinguished Alumnus; Justice Cornelia Clark ’79 (BA’71) receives Distinguished Service Award

Mar. 15, 2018—Reder and Clark will be honored at Vanderbilt’s annual Founders Circle Dinner April 13.

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Chris Giancarlo ’84, chairman of U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to deliver Sims Lecture April 13

Mar. 15, 2018—Giancarlo's talk will address ongoing efforts to reform over-the-counter derivatives marks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Augusta Dowd ’82 honored as a 2018 Yellowhammer Woman of Impact

Mar. 9, 2018—Dowd is among 20 Alabama women honored for their professional achievements and impact by the Yellowhammer News.

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Laura Dolbow ’17 wins 2018 Law360 Distinguished Writing Award through Burton Awards Program

Mar. 9, 2018—Dolbow was honored for her Note, “A Distinction without a Difference: Convergence in Claims Construction Standards,” published in the 2017 Vanderbilt Law Review.

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Read Salt Lake Tribune profile of Assistant U.S. Attorney Stewart Walz ’76

Mar. 8, 2018—Walz, who retired at the end of February, spent 42 years in government service, and had served as his office's senior litigation counsel since 1999.

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Legal First Responders panel highlights ways to use legal skills in crisis situations

Mar. 7, 2018—Thomas Castelli of the ACLU of Tennessee, immigration lawyer Andrew Free ’09 and election law expert Junaid Odubeko ’04 discuss how lawyers can respond to legal emergencies.

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Read Above the Law column highlighting VLS’s Program on Law and Innovation

Feb. 28, 2018—Columnist Kelly Twigger also interviews Professor Larry Bridgesmith about the Summit on Law and Innovation scheduled at VLS April 30.

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Yesha Yadav nominated to Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Technology Advisory Panel

Feb. 15, 2018—The CFTC, chaired by Christopher Giancarlo ’84, exists to protect market participants and the public from fraud, manipulation, abusive practices and systematic risks related to derivatives

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Emily Grand ’19 and Claudia Stantzyk-Guzek ’19 win 2018 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition.

Feb. 14, 2018—Finalists were Josh Landis ’19, who was named Best Oralist, and Claire Fox ’19. Lauren Stern ’19 and Sarah Grimsdale ’19 honored for Best Brief.

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

Jan. 24, 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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