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Matt Murfree III JD’69, BA’66 dead at 70

Nov. 7, 2014—Murfree was a community leader in Rutherford County throughout his legal career.

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Leonard Lance ’77 and Luke Messer ’94 re-elected to Congress

Nov. 5, 2014—Lance represents New Jersey’s 7th District and Messer Indiana’s 6th District.

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Greg Abbott ’84 elected governor of Texas

Nov. 5, 2014—Abbott will be sworn in as Texas’ 48th governor in January.

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Andree Blumstein ’81 appointed Tennessee solicitor general

Oct. 24, 2014—Blumstein will oversee appellate litigation in state and federal courts and advise Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

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November 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Oct. 17, 2014—NEWS Daniel Adam Cohen ’00, has joined Baker Donelson as a shareholder and chair of the firm’s higher education group. Dan will focus his practice on representing colleges and universities in their legal affairs. Todd Robert Overman ’02, a member at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, has led the launch of the firm’s GovCon...

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Matthew Downer ‘14 wins 2014 Gellhorn-Sargentich writing competition sponsored by ABA

Oct. 10, 2014—Downer is the second Vanderbilt Law graduate in the past two years to win the prestigious award

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October 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Sep. 25, 2014—NEWS 1972 Judge Robert E. Burch of the 23rd Circuit Court of Tennessee retired in August after 34 years on the bench. A former attorney and commercial pilot with Capitol Airways in Nashville, Bob began his judgeship in 1980. In 2000, he established the 23rd Judicial District Drug Court, and in 2002, he was named...

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Noted civil rights lawyer George E. Barrett, Class of 1957, dead at 86

Aug. 27, 2014—Barrett was “a powerful voice for social justice, civil rights and civil liberties” in Nashville for more than 55 years.

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19 members of the Class of 2014 selected for Order of the Coif

Aug. 26, 2014—Order of the Coif members are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of the class.

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September 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Aug. 26, 2014—ALUMNI IN THE HEADLINES Deborah Hill Biggers ’78 was elected district court judge of Macon County, Alabama. She is the first female state court judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Sheila Calloway ’94 was elected juvenile court judge in Metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee. She had previously served as a juvenile court magistrate. She will...

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Harold G. Maier, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, dead at 77

Aug. 26, 2014—Professor Maier spent his entire academic career at Vanderbilt Law School.

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August 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

Jul. 22, 2014—ALUMNI IN THE HEADLINES Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins, Class of 1986, was sworn in by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam July 16 as the newest justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court. He succeeded Justice William C. Koch ’76, who retired July 15 to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. Tammy L. Kennedy, Class of...

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New J.D./M.S.F. joint-degree program offered by VLS and Owen Graduate School of Management

Jul. 11, 2014—Students earn both degrees without increasing the time in school through program offered jointly by Vanderbilt Law School and Owen Graduate School of Management.

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Matthew R. Burnstein ’96 (BA’93) named chairman of Waller Lansden Dortch

Jun. 27, 2014— Burnstein will succeed John Tishler, B.A. 1980, as chairman of the firm.

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James Balser ’16 receives Helton Fellowship from American Society of International Law

Jun. 18, 2014—Balser will work with the No Peace Without Justice International Criminal Justice Program's Syrian Accountability Project in Gaziantep, Turkey.

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Staci Michelle Yandle ’87 confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Jun. 17, 2014—Yandle is currently a solo practitioner who focuses on civil litigation in federal and state court.

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70 Vanderbilt Law students receive 2014 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jun. 16, 2014—Seventy Vanderbilt Law students received summer stipends to support their volunteer work in positions with government agencies; the chambers of federal and local judges; federal and state district attorneys and public defenders’ offices; and public interest and advocacy organizations. Students receiving Vanderbilt law stipends are working pro bono during summer 2014 for legal offices and...

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72 Vanderbilt Law students serving externships for course credit in 2014

Jun. 16, 2014—Vanderbilt Law students are receiving course credit for externships in federal and state judicial chambers, the offices of federal and state prosecutors, public defenders and attorneys, corporations, and advocacy organizations in 26 states.

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Chris Giancarlo ’84 appointed to Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Jun. 4, 2014—Giancarlo's appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate June 3. He was previously executive vice president with trading technologies company GFI Group.

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May 2014 Law@Vanderbilt Class Notes Highlights

May. 27, 2014—ALUMNI NEWS 1967 Aubrey B. Harwell Jr. (BA’64), co-founder and managing partner of Neal & Harwell, has been named the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Southeastern Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. William Kirkland has been appointed to the Lexington Theological Seminary’s board of trustees. Bill is a partner in...

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Two 2014 Vanderbilt Law graduates appointed as Gideon’s Promise fellows

May. 19, 2014—Leo Costales and Will Howell will receive one-year post-graduate fellowships to work in public defender's offices in Louisiana and Tennessee.

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Kyle Robisch ’14 wins American Bar Association and California Bar Association student writing competitions

May. 15, 2014—Papers by Robisch win first prize in ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and in the CBA’s Criminal Law writing competitions.

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21 Vanderbilt Law graduates honored with academic and citizenship awards at Commencement

May. 9, 2014—Will Marks of Charlotte, North Carolina, is 2014 VLS Founder's Medalist.

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Respected Nashville attorney Cecil Branstetter ’49 dead at 93

May. 8, 2014—A founding partner of Branstetter Stranch & Jennings, Branstetter was considered one of the best litigators in the history of the Nashville and Tennessee Bars.

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Adolpho Birch ’91 one of eight new members elected to Vanderbilt Board of Trustees

May. 1, 2014—Birch is senior vice president of law, labor policy and government affairs for the National Football League.

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