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John Jay Hooker ’57 named “Tennessean of the Year”

Jan. 7, 2016—Hooker honored by Nashville newspaper for his high-profile career and accomplishments.

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Travis McDonough ’97 confirmed to seat on the Eastern District of Tennessee

Dec. 8, 2015—The Senate voted 89-0 in favor of McDonough, whose nomination was endorsed by Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander.

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Scott Culpepper ’96 named general counsel of MailChimp

Dec. 2, 2015—Culpepper is a registered patent attorney whose practice has focused on advising technology clients.

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Samar Ali ’06 (BS’03) discusses her role as a third-party mediator in Syria

Nov. 30, 2015—Listen to Ali's interview with WPLN Radio's Emily Siner about diplomacy related to the conflict in Syria.

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Sen. Fred Thompson ’67, Aug. 19, 1942 – Nov. 1, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015—Thompson had successful careers as a U.S. senator, an attorney and an actor.

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Thank you Reunion 2015 volunteers!

Nov. 1, 2015—Our sincere thanks to the volunteers who did so much to make 2015 Reunion a huge success! Class of 1965 Jack Colvin; Fundraising Chair Bill Wilson; Promotion Chair Reunion Committee Members: Joe Brown, Larry Harrington, Gail Pigg and Carol Rasnic Class of 1970 John Webb; Fundraising Chair Jim Sanders; Promotion Chair & Class Party Host...

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POSTPONED: John Jay Hooker ’57 speaks at Vanderbilt Law School Oct. 27

Oct. 22, 2015—The event, sponsored by the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program and the Social Justice Program at Vanderbilt, is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Alvin Adams ’67 dies at 73

Oct. 19, 2015—A three-time ambassador, Adams persuaded Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril, the Haitian military ruler and a protégé of the ousted dictators Francois Duvalier and his son, Jean-Claude, to abdicate and leave the country in March 1990.

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Barbara Holmes ’86 appointed federal magistrate judge for Middle District of Tennessee

Oct. 12, 2015—Holmes brings 25 years of experience with commercial litigation, restructuring and insolvency matters to the bench.

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Much lauded homeowner assistance program results from Robbins Geller class action lawsuit

Oct. 8, 2015—Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi highlights a class-action settlement mandating the creation of homeowner assistance programs and credit counseling in cities hit hardest by bank foreclosures and robosigning.

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Tennessee Solicitor General Andrée Blumstein ’81 profiled in Tennessean

Oct. 5, 2015—As second-in-command of the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, Andrée Blumstein has helped explain the legal reasons why Tennessee can't make the Bible the state's official book, how private companies can't ban guns in public parks they help operate, and how a measure passed by Nashville voters requiring locally hired construction workers violates state law.

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Louis Theros ’89 named general counsel of MGM Grand Detroit

Sep. 18, 2015—Theros was previously a partner at Butzel Long in Detroit.

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Sybil Dunlop ’08 profiled in Minnesota Lawyer

Sep. 17, 2015—Dunlop is featured in the "Up & Coming Attorneys" column.

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19 members of the Class of 2015 selected for Order of the Coif

Sep. 16, 2015—Members of this prestigious organization are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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MacArthur Research Network for Law and Neuroscience receives additional $1.4 million of grant funding

Sep. 14, 2015—Headquartered at Vanderbilt and directed by New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law Owen Jones, the MacArthur Research Network focuses on the use of neuroscientific evidence in criminal law and of neuroscientific insights to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

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Dale A. Tipps ’94 appointed to seat on Tennessee Court of Workers’ Compensation

Sep. 10, 2015—Tipps was previously a partner with Levine Orr & Geracioti in Nashville.

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Nirlaine Tallandier Smartt ’93 appointed judge in St. Lucie County, Florida

Sep. 9, 2015—Smartt becomes the first black judge at the county or circuit level in Florida's 19th Circuit.

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James R. Newsom III ’79 appointed chancellor in Tennessee’s 30th Judicial District

Sep. 9, 2015—Newsom's appointment announced by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam September 3.

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John D. Buchanan ’89 named executive vice president of legal affairs for Comerica

Sep. 8, 2015—John D. Buchanan ’89 has been named executive vice president of legal affairs for Comerica Inc., a financial services company based in Dallas. Buchanan had previously served since March 2012 as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Buchanan will be a...

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Social Justice Program to be named for renowned civil rights attorney George Barrett ’57

Aug. 26, 2015—Darren Robbins '93 made a gift to endow the Social Justice Program in Barrett’s name.

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James Zimmerman ’99 named partner-in-charge of Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s Cincinnati office

Aug. 26, 2015—Zimmerman joined Taft in 1999 and has spent his entire career at the firm.

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Tim Conlon ’80 featured in Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate section

Aug. 21, 2015—"The Tough Road to a Waterfront House: A tenacious attorney spends years wrangling regulations to build on Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay."

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Philanthropy allows James Alexander to lead at law and divinity schools

Aug. 3, 2015—Summer 2015 Branstetter Fellow James Alexander, Class of 2016, is featured as a J.D./M.Div. dual-degree student.

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