Jan. 11, 2021—Ali will serve in the Office of the White House Counsel. She most recently served as a trial litigator at Wilkinson Stekloff in Washington. Before entering private practice, she was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, for Judge Sri Srinivasan of the D.C. Court of Appeals and for Judge Amul Thapar on the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Jan. 11, 2021—Ali is a research professor in political science and law and co-director of the Unity Project with John Geer, Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science, and Jon Meacham, Vanderbilt’s Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Professor of the American Presidency.
Jan. 4, 2021—Ryan is editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology. His Jan. 4 opinion piece in The Tennessean addresses the need to prepare for and take action to prevent attacks on the physical infrastructure supporting our telecommuncations systems.
Dec. 22, 2020—After winning the Founder's Medal, Cate practiced law for more than 60 years and served as the city's first vice mayor under Mayor Beverly Briley. He retired in 2014. In 1984, he received the John C. Tune Public Service Award, an honor given to the Nashville Bar Association member who has shown the highest degree of dedication to the betterment of the community.
Dec. 21, 2020—The award recognizes creative research and teaching. Slobogin is an expert in criminal procedure who has authored more than 100 articles, books and chapters. He directs the Criminal Justice Program.
Dec. 18, 2020—Sharfstein is a legal historian whose work addresses race and citizenship in the United States. He is the author of two award-winning books, “The Invisible Line” and “Thunder in the Mountains,” and received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Dec. 18, 2020—An expert in complex litigation, Fitzpatrick is most recently the author of The Conservative Case of Class Actions, a 2019 book published by University of Chicago Press.
Dec. 17, 2020—Fleet's appointment as E.V.P. of Business Affairs and Chief Music Licensing Counsel is effective Jan. 11. He joins iHeartMedia from Greenberg Traurig, where he was a partner focusing on music licensing and other intellectual property matters. "I'm excited by the opportunity to apply my dealmaking experience across a wide array of entertainment industry contexts to help create new opportunities that cut across various channels to reach the company's unparalleled audience," Fleet said.
Nov. 17, 2020—MacLean died Nov. 8 of complications of progressive supranuclear palsy. He moved to Cleburne, Texas, after earning his J.D. at Vanderbilt to join his father-in-law's law practice. He was a county attorney, a district attorney and a judge in Johnson County for 24 years before returning to private practice. He retired from practice in 2016.
Nov. 16, 2020—McFarlane is now a partner at Gerger Khalil Hennessy & McFarlane in Houston. She represented Maurice Hall, a passenger in the car when George Floyd was stopped by police in Minneapolis who was himself arrested in Houston days after Floyd's death. McFarlane was a trial attorney with the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice before she entered private practice in 2018. She focuses on defending clients in federal procedings.
Nov. 13, 2020—Professor Meyer’s conversation with Justice Gorsuch was sponsored by the Cecil Sims Lecture Series. Meyer clerked for Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Nov. 12, 2020—Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 12, Bill Yost Day in honor of Yost's 40 years of service as the county's delinquent tax attorney. Yost was a partner at Petersen, Buerger and Yost in Franklin and then with Yost Robertson Nowak while he worked for the county.
Nov. 12, 2020—James P. Danly ’13 has been named chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Danly has served as one of five FERC commissioners, who are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, since March 2020. Before being appointed to the FERC commission, Danly had served since 2017 as general counsel for FERC, where...
Nov. 12, 2020—As a Memphis attorney, Gilliland influenced political and social change for decades. He was nominaed to serve as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Nov. 5, 2020—Hagerty previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan. He won the Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Oct. 17, 2020—Members of the Order of the Coif are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of their graduating class.
Oct. 15, 2020—Assistant Dean for Public Interest Spring Miller launches a new practicum through which students advocate for the employment rights of low-wage workers.
Oct. 5, 2020—Darnell served for 22 years in the Tennessee General Assembly, representing Montgomery County, and for 16 years as Tennessee secretary of state. He died Oct. 2
Sep. 25, 2020—Maroney and her Actual Innocence class are featured in a VU News Service article about the university's successful transition to socially distanced in-person classes and online learning.
Sep. 21, 2020—The ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar is recognized at the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the J.D. Kay has previously served on the Standards Review Committee and Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
Sep. 18, 2020—Epstein, a former Army Ranger non-commissioned officer, and Kowalski, a former Army logistics officer, are among nine Bass Military Scholars in the 2020 cohort who received scholarships to the Law School, the School of Nursing and Owen Graduate School of Management. The program supports military veterans pursuing graduate and professional degrees across several Vanderbilt schools.
Sep. 18, 2020—The award recognizes Tennessee advocates who promote state-wide collaboration that supports projects that strengthen access to justice across the state.
Sep. 17, 2020—All members of the VLR staff donated the fees they would customarily use to pay for meeting space and supplies to the ABA's Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which provides $15,000 scholarships to up to 20 diverse law students each year.
Sep. 8, 2020—The Harris, Porter & Work Scholarship will recognize Janie Greenwood Harris (LLB'64), Edward Melvin Porter (LLB'59) and Frederick Taylor Work, Sr. (LLB'59), and support students with a demonstrated commitment to civil rights.