Vanderbilt Law Magazine

About this issue – Winter 2018

Jan. 29, 2018—Editor Grace Renshaw Contributing Editor Seth Robertson Contributing Writers Heidi Hall, Jim Patterson, Amy Wolf Design and Art Direction Tim Kovick, Corporate Design Photography Susan Adcock, Sandy Campbell, Daniel Dubois, Steve Green, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner, John Russell, Susan Urmy, Terry Wyatt Editorial Assistants Matt Anderson, Eileen Cunningham, Brandy Drinnon, Mary Kate Erb, Rachael Phillips,...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2018


Speaking of Alumni, Winter 2018

Jan. 29, 2018—I hope your 2018 is off to a wonderful start. Since we follow an academic calendar, we kick off our new fundraising year on July 1. I am pleased to report that at the Dec. 31 midpoint of the year, we have received a ringing vote of confidence from our donors.  As I write this,...

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Reunion 2017

Jan. 26, 2018—VLS alumni shared good memories in great company at Reunion 2017 Vanderbilt Law School welcomed back graduates from class years ending in 2 and 7 for Reunion 2017 festivities Oct. 6–7. Alumni and guests enjoyed attending the Friday evening cocktail reception and individual class parties Saturday night. Thanks for making Reunion a big success! Photos...

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Please be seated!

Jan. 26, 2018—Three Vanderbilt Law School faculty were appointed to endowed chairs in fall 2017. By Grace Renshaw Research by Matt Anderson Daniel Gervais, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law Daniel Gervais had a big year in 2017. An expert in international intellectual property law, he released an important book, (Re)Structuring Copyright, proposing an overhaul of international...

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Sara Finley ’85 begins two-year term as Board of Advisors president

Jan. 26, 2018—A former Patrick Wilson Scholar, Finley has established the Sara J. Finley Law and Business Scholarship for students seeking careers in corporate law. By Seth Robertson Sara Finley had every reason to feel optimistic about her future in fall 1982. She had just started law school at Vanderbilt, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the...

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Your cheatin’ cars … will get you sued

Jan. 26, 2018—Q&A: Gerard Stranch ’03 talks about his work on the plaintiffs’ steering committee for U.S. v. Volkswagen after regulators discovered the company’s ‘clean diesel’ cars were designed to fool emissions tests. Interview by Grace Renshaw The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made headlines in September 2015 when it announced its discovery that Volkswagen had installed so-called...

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Q: Will the Paris climate accord save the planet? A: No. It’s just a start.

Jan. 26, 2018—Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Professor of Law, and Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences, explain why private-sector action is essential to close the “Paris gap” in this Q & A excerpted from their article published online by The Conversation and Salon. Under the Paris climate accord, most world governments agreed to...

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New associate deans appointed

Jan. 26, 2018—Jim Rossi, Associate Dean for Research As Vanderbilt’s associate dean for research, Jim Rossi’s job is to support and promote faculty research. Rossi held the same position, along with the Harry M. Wolbosky Chair, at the Florida State University College of Law, before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2012. Rossi’s own research agenda is impressive....

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The interdisciplinary impact of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network

Jan. 25, 2018—When I was considering accepting a faculty appointment at Vanderbilt 16 years ago, the law school’s location on the Vanderbilt campus was a big point in its favor, because I knew VLS’s on-campus location would facilitate productive interaction and collaboration with faculty colleagues in other schools, fields and departments. As dean, I’ve had the pleasure...

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Driving the response to climate change

Jan. 25, 2018—Interdisciplinary research initiatives take on a future-defining challenge. By Heidi Hall It’s 8 a.m., but no one is yawning as 20 professors and students eagerly gather around a conference table to share their latest research on energy and environmental issues. A professor in Vanderbilt University’s Department of Human and Organizational Development tells the group about...

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Photos from Commencement 2017

Jul. 26, 2017—Congratulations, Class of 2017! During this year’s Commencement, 188 graduates received J.D.’s, and 59 foreign attorneys were awarded LL.M.’s. The Class of 2017 also included one graduate who received a J.D. and a Ph.D. in law and economics; one graduate who received a J.D. and a Ph.D. in neuroscience; five graduates who earned a J.D./M.S....

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Pushing Boundaries: Aschkan Abdul-Malek JD/MBA’06 seeks challenge in Afghan health care startup

Jul. 26, 2017—Aschkan Abdul-Malek JD/MBA’06 was living in Afghanistan, researching health care constraints in developing countries for the World Bank, when he learned how financially devastating those constraints can be. His Afghan cook, he discovered in a casual conversation, was spending six times his annual income to fly his wife to India for medical care. The cook’s wife...

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Going Global: International Legal Studies Program gives VLS a worldwide presence

Jul. 25, 2017—By Chris Jaeger ’09 Samar Ali ’06 (BS’03) has always thought globally. Growing up in the small town of Waverly, Tennessee, she took regular summer trips with her family to visit relatives around the Middle East. On flights into Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel, a young Ali would draw curious looks when she’d find a...

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Photos from Reunion 2016

Jul. 25, 2017—VLS welcomed back 460 alumni and guests from years ending in 1 and 6 Oct. 21-22. The festivities began with an all-class cocktail reception Friday night and continued with brunch and class parties on Saturday. We raised an impressive $1,530,912 in gifts and pledges thanks to class chairs Rob Ledyard ’66, Allen Lentz ’71, Mike...

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Speaking of Alumni, Summer 2017

Jul. 24, 2017—Two summers ago I lauded a number of donors for either endowing new scholarships or making significant contributions to existing scholarship funds. Since that time, I am happy to share that we—and most importantly, our students—have continued to benefit from new and additional scholarship investments from alumni and friends of Vanderbilt Law School. Four new...

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Vanderbilt’s Expansive Reach

Jul. 24, 2017—I first came to Vanderbilt as a visiting professor for the fall 2001 semester—the last year Jonathan Charney, who helped Vanderbilt’s international law program gain national prominence, taught before his untimely death. Vanderbilt’s other renowned international scholar, Harold G. Maier, was my colleague until his retirement in 2006. Jon had taught at Vanderbilt since 1972;...

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Marian Mikhail and Carly Myers named Class of 2017 George Barrett Social Justice Fellows

May. 17, 2017—Mikhail will start a new program at The Bronx Defenders. Myers will advocate for low-income people with disabilities at the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund in Berkeley, California.

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Ganesh Sitaraman’s new book, “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution,” sounds alarm

May. 8, 2017—In his thoughtful new book, Sitaraman argues that growing economic inequality threatens American democracy.

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Daniel J. Sharfstein’s new book explores intertwined history of race relations and property rights

May. 4, 2017—In "Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard and the Nez Perce War," Sharfstein examines Reconstruction through the relationship between a Nez Perce leader and a Union Army general.

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Suzanna Sherry wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Mar. 29, 2017—Sherry, who is Vanderbilt's Herman O. Loewenstein Professor of Law, was recognized for her outstanding record of teaching, research and scholarship. She is Vanderbilt University's 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner.

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Wesley Dozier ’19 receives Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Mar. 29, 2017—Dozier is the third VLS student to receive the scholarship, which provides tuition and summer stipend support to students planning to practice in the public interest.

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Darren Robbins ’93 named Vanderbilt Law’s 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Mar. 17, 2017—A founding partner of Robbins Geller in San Diego, Robbins has been lead counsel in more than 100 securities actions.

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Janie Greenwood Harris ’64 receives 2017 Distinguished Service Award

Mar. 17, 2017—Harris, Vanderbilt’s first female African-American law graduate, had a distinguished career working for the federal government and in the banking industry.

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Tennessee state senator Doug Henry ’51 dead at 90

Mar. 7, 2017—Sen. Henry served for 44 years in Tennessee’s state legislature.

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