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Adrienne Kittos ’09 honored as Tennessee Bar Association’s Ashley Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year

Jan. 10, 2019—Kittos was legal director of Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, which provides low-cost legal services to immigrants, for nine years.

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Angie Bergman ’13 honored as Tennessee Bar Association’s Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

Jan. 10, 2019—Bergman is an associate with Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville. She was honored for her pro bono representation of a client accused of murder.

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Cat Moon ’98 featured in online interview about new PoLI Institute at VLS

Jan. 8, 2019—Moon was interviewed by Mary Juetten for a Forbes online Entrepreneurs interview about her new role as director of the PoLI Institute, which provides immersion courses for practicing attorneys and other legal professionals as an extension of the law school's Program on Law and Innovation.

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Allen Gates ’72 installed as president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Gates, who is a partner at Mitchell Williams in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of four attorneys in Arkansas admitted to membership in thenational environmental law organization. He will serve a one-year term.

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Michael Vandenbergh elected fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers

Dec. 3, 2018—Vandenbergh directs Vanderbilt University’s interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Network and co-directs the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program at VLS.

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VLS ranked among top 10 U.S. law schools by Princeton Review in three categories

Nov. 27, 2018—VLS ranked second for Best Quality of Life, ninth for Best Professors, and eighth for Greatest Resources for Women in Princeton Review’s 2019 rankings, which list the top 10 law schools in 12 categories relevant to prospective students.

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George Barrett Distinguished Practitioner in Residence Jameel Jaffer addresses the impact of social media companies on free speech

Nov. 12, 2018—Jaffer directs the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. He previously oversaw the ACLU’s work in the areas of free speech, privacy, technology, national security and international human rights.

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Claudia Jack ’83, former Maury Country public defender, dies at 75

Nov. 12, 2018—Jack served as Maury County's public defender for 20 years. She is remembered as "compassionate, humble and possing a willingness to drop everything it meant helping somebody else in need."

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Gautam Hans launches First Amendment Clinic at VLS

Nov. 7, 2018—Funded through a grant from The Stanton Foundation, the clinic will give students opportunities to development and use legal strategies while working on cases addressing First Amendment rights.

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Public Interest Law conference addresses reform prosecutors, bail reform, access to justice and economic justice

Nov. 6, 2018—Conference hosted by the George Barrett Social Justice Program features 20 leading advocates and scholars in the areas of immigration law, criminal procedure and economic justice.

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Suzanna Sherry discusses birthright citizenship in the Bloomberg Law podcast

Nov. 1, 2018—Professor Sherry discusses the purpose and history of the 14th Amendment and President Trump's assertion that he can end birthright citizenship in American with an executive order in an interview with Bloomberg's June Grasso.

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Samar Ali ’06 (BS’03) receives 2018 White House Fellows Impact Award

Oct. 29, 2018—Ali, who practices as international counsel at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, was a 2010-11 White House Fellow, during which she worked on bilateral negotiations with Europe and the Middle East, served on the White House American-Arab "Kitchen Cabinet," and advised on the U.S. response to the Arab Spring in 2011.

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Steve Humphrey ’66 makes Wesleyan University’s “Baseball Wall of Fame”

Oct. 26, 2018—Humphrey led Wesleyan's baseball team to a Little Three title in his senior year, 1963. After earning his J.D. at Vanderbilt, he returned to his home state of Connecticut, where he spent 43 years practicing at Robertson & Cole.

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VLS ranks 10th among U.S. law faculties for scholarly impact

Oct. 26, 2018—Updated ranking of top 50 law schools by team headed by Gregory Sisk of University of St. Thomas Law assesses scholarly impact based on citations of faculty publications.

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Nashville immigration attorney Elliott Ozment ’75 dies at 71

Oct. 18, 2018—Read Ozment's featured obituary in The Tennessean. He founded and headed Ozment Law and represented District 60 in the Tennessee House of Representatives early in his legal career.

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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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