Vanderbilt Law Magazine

2018 Sims Lecture: Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Jul. 25, 2018—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor’s April 3 Sims Lecture was an intimate and inspirational chat with VLS students, whom she emphatically tasked to live “with integrity” and leave the world “a slightly better place than you found it.” Sotomayor, who has served as an associate justice on the Supreme Court since her appointment by President...

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Summer 2018 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


About this issue – Summer 2018

Jul. 25, 2018—Editor Grace Renshaw Director of Donor and Alumni Strategies Ryan Underwood Contributing Writers Heidi Hall, Glenn Peoples (MBA ’08), Nancy Wise, Amy Wolf Design and Art Direction Tim Kovick, Corporate Design Photography Sandy Campbell, Daniel Dubois, Steve Green, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner, John Russell, Susan Urmy, Terry Wyatt Editorial Contributors Matt Anderson, Eileen Cunningham, Brandy...

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Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner: Robert S. Reder ’78

Jul. 25, 2018—Bob Reder is enjoying his second legal career as a professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt, where he receives high praise from his students for bringing a “real world” perspective into the classroom. Reder joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty soon after retiring from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York City in 2011....

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Distinguished Service Award Winner: Justice Cornelia A. Clark ’79 (BA’71)

Jul. 25, 2018—Connie Clark was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in September 2005 and then re-elected to full eight-year terms in 2006 and 2014. When Clark was elected to a two-year term as chief justice in 2010, she became the second woman in Tennessee history to serve in that role. Clark relished the fact that she...

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Summer 2018 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


For the Record: Mitch Glazier ’91, rising CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, wants to be the change agent for the record industry’s next era

Jul. 25, 2018—By Glenn Peoples (MBA ’08) Mitch Glazier still has a purist’s view of the law after more than two decades in Washington, D.C. “It’s a civilized way to try to win a fight,” he says from his office a few blocks east of the White House. Ironically, Glazier represents the recorded music business, an industry...

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Summer 2018 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Commencement 2018

Jul. 25, 2018—Congratulations, Class of 2018! At Commencement 2018, 178 graduates received their J.D.’s and 60 foreign attorneys received their LL.M. degrees. Two graduates—Scott DeAngelis and Danielle Drago—received both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in law and economics. Seven graduates earned a J.D./M.S.F., and one graduate earned a J.D./M.Div. Ingrid Wuerth, who holds the Helen Strong Curry...

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Summer 2018 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Speaking of Alumni: Record-setting year helps students, faculty

Jul. 25, 2018—With the 2017–18 fiscal year behind us, I’m delighted to report that the law school has had its most successful overall fundraising year in history. I will share some of the highlights below, and we will be featuring several of these gifts and their impact on our shared work at the law school in future...

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Summer 2018 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Patently Useful: VLS faculty and alumni work to improve the usefulness of patents

Jul. 25, 2018—By Grace Renshaw Sean Seymore was destined to study patent law. He applied for his first patent at age 8, after he received a chemistry set for his birthday and made something he thought was unique. “I wrote President Carter a letter describing what I did and asked him to give me a patent,” he...

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Summer 2018 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Blurred Lines: Intellectual property law struggles to adapt to a global marketplace and new creative norms

Jul. 25, 2018—By Grace Renshaw Daniel Gervais and Joe Fishman agree that Williams v. Gaye, a long-running case challenging a copyright infringement claim brought by the estate of the late singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye against performers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, has created more problems than it solves. Both scholars are amply qualified to critique the jury verdict...

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Summer 2018 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Intellectual property law in the information age

Jul. 25, 2018—This edition of Vanderbilt Law focuses on intellectual property law from the perspectives of several exceptional faculty and alumni. Mitch Glazier ’91, president of the Recording Industry Association of America, who is featured on our cover, has watched the incredible evolution of music copyright since the advent of the internet era. Our copyright experts, Milton...

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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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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2018


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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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2018


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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Summer 2017 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


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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