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Junior Ambeau ’14

Feb. 13, 2013—When 16-year-old Junior Ambeau moved to the U.S. from Haiti with his mother and siblings to join his father in Fort Myers, Florida, he made an eye-opening discovery. Ambeau’s father has spent years working extremely long hours at both full- and part-time jobs to support his large, extended family in Haiti. “He worked really hard...

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Margaret Artz ’13

Feb. 6, 2012—Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Frankfurt, Germany 2014-15, Clerk, Judge Kevin Sharpe, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Raymonde I. Paul Scholar Margaret Artz’s interest in international law and policy has roots in her early childhood in Lesotho, a small country in southern Africa, where her parents worked in development and education. After...

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Shen Zhang

Feb. 6, 2012—Associate, Squire Sanders, San Francisco, California At the start of his 2L year, Shen Zhang made a courageous choice: He entered Vanderbilt’s Moot Court competition. The competition required Zhang, a Chinese national, to address the aspect of American legal practice he finds most difficult: oral argument. “Delivering the oral argument was challenging, but I also...

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Wendy Wright ’13

Feb. 6, 2012—Associate, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, Charlotte, North Carolina Wendy Wright was surprised to discover her interest in transactional law in her first-year Contracts course. “I had Professor [Tracey] George for Contracts, and I really liked the class,” she said. “She’s academically tough but fair, and her approach was very problem-based.” Approaching contracts as “problem...

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Karen Usselman Lindell

Feb. 6, 2012—After Karen Usselman Lindell graduated from the University of Georgia in 2007, she joined AmeriCorps and spent the following year as an English-as-a-second-language instructor in northern Virginia, “a wonderful experience,” she recalls. Then Lindell moved to Nashville to join her fiance, a student at Vanderbilt Medical School whom she married in 2011. “My plan was...

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Katlyn Miller ’14

Feb. 6, 2012—Katlyn Miller had an unparalleled opportunity to learn how the highest court in the land operates during the two years she served on the staff of the Supreme Court of the United States. Miller had originally planned to enter law school immediately after earning her undergraduate degree at American University. However, after interning in the...

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Lexi Menish

Feb. 6, 2012—As an associate with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer based in New York, Lexi Menish is looking forward to work involving international arbitration in the firm’s dispute resolution group. Menish became interested in pursuing a career in international law while working in China as an English teacher and private school administrator. “The rule of law in China...

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Masa Yamamoto

Feb. 6, 2012—Before coming to Vanderbilt, Masa Yamamoto worked as an in-house counsel for a Japanese utility company involved in international power and water projects. “In one project, American lawyers dominated the negotiation process,” he recalled. “There were very few things I could do as a lawyer educated in Japan. So I decided to pursue a J.D....

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Matthew Kusel ’13

Feb. 6, 2012—Associate, Milbank Hadley Tweed & McCloy, New York Order of the Coif As an intern with the Administrative Enforcement Unit of New York City’s Department of Buildings during summer 2011, Matthew Kusel got substantive experience in both reading and interpreting regulations—in this case, building codes—and in presenting oral arguments to a judge. “My job was...

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Rick Apple

Feb. 6, 2012—Rick Apple became director of the Council & Enhanced Tennessee Fund, a private equity fund, after graduating in 2012. Apple had worked part-time as a director of the fund, whch focuses on Tennessee-based companies since the beginning of his 3L year. Apple got the job after serving a work-study internship with Council Capital, the Nashville-based...

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Amit Tantri

Feb. 6, 2012—Associate, WilmerHale, Boston, Massachusetts Amit Tantri became interested in a career in law while working as an analyst with Compass Lexecon, an economics consulting firm that provides expert testimony for use in litigation and other legal proceedings. “My work involved collaborating with economists to produce expert testimony, and then helping our law firm clients use...

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John Williams

Feb. 6, 2012—Clerk, Judge Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. (’60), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2012-13 John Williams was one of 94 Vanderbilt Law students who served an internship for credit during summer 2010. Williams worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he was put to work...

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Adele El-Khouri

Feb. 6, 2012—El-Khouri applied to Vanderbilt both because of its reputation for rigorous academics and because of family ties. Her sister earned her bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt and was completing a master’s degree in organizational development during El-Khouri’s 1L year, and her father earned his Ph.D. in economics at Vanderbilt in the 1970s. “I’ve lived in the...

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David Barnes

Jun. 13, 2011—Associate, King & Spalding, Atlanta, GA Clerk, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 2011-12 When David Barnes moved to Washington, D.C., in summer 2011 to start a clerkship with Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, it was his second move to...

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