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48 Vanderbilt Law students and recent graduates secure 51 clerkships

Jun. 15, 2015—Vanderbilt Law graduates will serve in 50 federal appellate and district and state clerkships during 2015-16 or in future terms.

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Cameron Norris ’14 honored by Food and Drug Law Institute’s 2014 Austern Memorial Competition

Jun. 12, 2015—Norris’ article, “Drugs, Devices & Discovery: Using Fee-Shifting to Resolve the Twombly/Iqbal Problem for Parallel Claims Under the FDCA,” won second place in the FDLI competition’s “Short Papers” category and placed third in the ABA's 2014 Tort Trial & Insurance writing competition.

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Ken Stewart ’79 is global chair of Norton Rose Fulbright

Jun. 8, 2015—Norton's one-year term in the global chair role, which rotates among the firm's five regional chairs, began May 1.

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‘Legal residency’ program launched for selected Vanderbilt Law graduates

May. 28, 2015—Vanderbilt's Program on Law & Innovation launches a "legal residency" program with UnitedLex, a global consulting and legal services firm.

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Four 2015 VLS graduates earn Ph.D. in Law and Economics

May. 14, 2015—Ph.D. in Law and Economics graduates’ dissertations addressed endangered species regulation, enforcement of non-discrimination laws, the effect of litigation on medical practitioners, and contractual dispute resolution.

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Kyle Robisch ’14 wins 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

May. 12, 2015—Robisch received the prestigious award for his Vanderbilt Law Review Note, “Getting to the (Non)Point: Private Governance as a Solution to Nonpoint Source Pollution.

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23 graduates honored with academic and citizenship awards at Commencement

May. 11, 2015—Robin Frazer of Lexington, Kentucky, is the 2015 VLS Founders Medalist.

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Gif Thornton ’90 (BS’84) named managing partner of Adams and Reese

Apr. 23, 2015—A well-known government relations attorney, Thornton has previously served as chair of the 300-member firm’s executive committee and held numerous management roles.

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1L Hailey Verano member of winning team in TechVenture Challenge

Apr. 20, 2015—Led by biomaterial science Ph.D. student Kelsey Beavers, the interdisciplinary team included molecular physiology student Elizabeth Conrad, structural biology postdoctoral fellow Michael Feldkamp, biomedical engineering graduate student Samantha Sarett and Verano. The team developed a strategy for commercializing a new test for colon cancer.

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Charles W. (Chet) Gerdts III ’78 and Victor S. (Torry) Johnson III ’74 honored with 2015 VLS Distinguished Alumni awards

Apr. 15, 2015—Gerdts honored posthumously as 2015 Distinguished Alumnus; Johnson receives the 2015 Distinguished Service Award.

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Henry A. Callaway III ’83 appointed to 14-year term on U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Apr. 13, 2015—Callaway will serve on the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile.

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Larry Crane-Moscowitz and Alex Vey win 2015 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Feb. 19, 2015—Travis Gray ’16 and Andrew Struckmeyer ’16 are 2015 finalists.

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Stephen Sanders ’78: 2014-15 Social Justice Fellow

Feb. 17, 2015—Advocating for justice for both miners and mountains.

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Waverly Crenshaw ’81 (BA’78) nominated to seat on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Feb. 5, 2015—If confirmed, Crenshaw will fill the seat vacated by Judge William J. Haynes Jr. ’73.

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New social justice scholarship endowed by Amy and Frank Garrison available to first-year law students

Jan. 29, 2015—Garrison Social Justice Scholars will receive supplemental scholarships and summer stipends to support preparation for careers in social justice and public interest law.

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Carlton Tarkington ’63 (BA’59) dies at 78

Jan. 21, 2015—Tarkington endowed the Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence and the law school's Tarkington Suite and was honored as the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus.

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Joycelyn Stevenson ’01 voted president-elect of Nashville Bar Association

Dec. 23, 2014—Joycelyn Stevenson, Class of 2001, has been chosen president-elect of the Nashville Bar Association. She takes office January 1, 2015, and will assume the presidency in January 2016. “I am honored to continue to serve the NBA in a leadership capacity,” said Stevenson. “I look forward to supporting the NBA’s mission of assisting our members...

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Vidhi Sanghavi ’15 awarded Skadden Fellowship

Dec. 17, 2014—Sanghavi will work at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee to develop a legal advocacy program to help people with criminal convictions reenter their communities.

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Travis Randall McDonough ‘97 nominated to seat on U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Dec. 5, 2014—A former partner with Miller & Martin, McDonough currently serves as chief of staff for Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke

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Tamara Ashford ’94 confirmed to seat on U.S. Tax Court

Nov. 21, 2014—Ashford currently serves as acting assistant attorney general and as deputy assistant attorney general for appellate and review in the Tax Division of the Department of Justice.

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Three members of Class of 1994 take the bench

Nov. 7, 2014—1994 VLS grads Tamara Ashford, Rupert Byrdsong and Sheila Calloway all nominated or elected to the bench.

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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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