Vanderbilt Law Magazine

Sue Kay ’79: A Pioneer in Clinical Legal Education

Jan. 10, 2017—In 1980 Sue Kay was coming to the end of a one-year clerkship with Judge Jerry Scott of Tennessee’s Court of Criminal Appeals when she heard that Vanderbilt was seeking a full-time clinical instructor. She immediately realized she had found her calling. “Clinical education was just starting, and I thought that working with students and...

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Fall 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Pastry Protection: Q&A with Candice Cook Simmons ’03

Oct. 27, 2016—Trademarking intellectual property is not reserved only for the major corporations of the world Sure, you’ve heard of the Cronut®. It’s the half-croissant, half-doughnut that took the world by storm a few years ago. But have you ever wondered why you’ve heard of it? It’s because of innovative attorneys like Candice Cook Simmons ’03. Now...

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Alumni Q&A Fall 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Photos from Commencement 2016

Oct. 27, 2016—Congratulations, Class of 2016! VLS awarded 182 graduates their J.D.s and awarded LL.M.s to 58 foreign attorneys May 13. The Class of 2016 also included two graduates who received both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Law and Economics; four graduates who earned a J.D./M.B.A.; three who earned a J.D./Master’s in Finance; and one who earned...

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Fall 2016 Slideshow Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Stephanie Parker: Distinguished Alumna Award Winner

Oct. 27, 2016—As a trial lawyer with Jones Day, Stephanie Parker ’84 defends clients in high-stakes product liability and mass tort cases while co-leading the firm’s business and tort litigation practice group. Her skill and professionalism have attracted national media attention. Law360 profiled her as one of the nation’s top 15 female trial attorneys in 2012 and...

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Alumni Profile Fall 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Judge Aleta Trauger: Distinguished Service Award Winner

Oct. 27, 2016—Long before Judge Aleta Trauger ’76 (MAT’72) became the first female U.S. district judge for the Middle District of Tennessee in 1998, she began her professional life as a teacher. Within three years, she realized teaching was not her calling. A friend suggested law school. Trauger entered Vanderbilt Law in 1973, just as the number...

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Alumni Profile Fall 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


About this issue – Fall 2016

Oct. 27, 2016—Executive Editor Grace Renshaw Managing Editor Seth Robertson Contributing Writers Shayla Byrd, Vidhi Sanghavi Joshi, Princine Lewis, Ann Marie Deer Owens, Jim Patterson, Morgan Ricks, Bill Snyder, Amy Wolf Design and Art Direction Deborah Brewington Photography Susan Adcock, Sandy Campbell, Daniel Dubois, Steve Green, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner, John Russell, Joy Marie Smallwood, Rusty Russell,...

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Fall 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


The Original Sin of Banking Law

Oct. 27, 2016—Morgan Ricks explains the genesis of his book, The Money Problem, which offers a simple solution to the problem created by short-term borrowing. In 2009 I joined the U.S. Treasury Department as a member of the Crisis Response Team, a small group of Wall Street professionals—investment bankers, traders and buyout specialists—whom Secretary Timothy Geithner had...

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Faculty Commentary Fall 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


High R.O.I.: Vanderbilt’s J.D./Master’s in Finance Program allows law students to gain solid expertise in finance

Oct. 27, 2016—Aimed at students interested in corporate transactional practice, the three-year program is offered by VLS in conjunction with the Owen Graduate School of Management. By Grace Renshaw ILLUSTRATION SOURCE: JANE MARINSKY Will Belton ’16 (MSF’16) didn’t start Vanderbilt Law School intending to pursue a dual degree in finance. After earning his undergraduate degree in psychology...

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Fall 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine



Speaking of Alumni: Fall 2016

Oct. 27, 2016—We completed another very successful fundraising year June 30. Thanks to the support of alumni, friends, law firms, faculty, staff and students, we received gifts and new pledges totaling more than $7.6 million, making this the third-best fundraising year in school history. In addition to our overall success, we set an all-time record with giving...

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Alumni Fall 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


A Significant Positive Impact

Oct. 27, 2016—In this issue of Vanderbilt Law, we celebrate the endowment of the George Barrett Social Justice Program by Darren Robbins ’93. Darren first met George Barrett ’57 in 1997 when he was seeking a Nashville-based co-counsel in a securities fraud case. Despite the fact that George graduated from law school before Darren was born, the...

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Fall 2016 From the Dean Vanderbilt Law Magazine


VLS launches new Law and Business CLE series in conjunction with Owen Graduate School of Management

Oct. 24, 2016—“Legal Project Management,” the first of four planned courses, will debut Feb. 7-8.

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Alumni General News Summer 2017 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Ed Cheng’s “Excited Utterance” podcast delivers “virtual workshops” on legal evidence scholarship

Oct. 17, 2016—Cheng started new legal scholarship podcast with grants from the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning and the law school’s Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program.

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Faculty News General News Home Page News Summer 2017 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


About this issue – Spring 2016

Apr. 11, 2016—Executive Editor Grace Renshaw Managing Editor Seth Robertson Contributing Writers Chris Jaeger ’09, Jim Patterson, Jan Read Design and Art Direction Deborah Brewington Photography Susan Adcock, Sandy Campbell, Daniel Dubois,Steve Green, Joe Howell, Anne Rayner, JohnRussell, Rusty Russell, Susan Urmy, Terry Wyatt Production Assistant Julie Luckett Turner Editorial Assistants Eileen Cunningham, Brandy Drinnon, Clarke Morrison, Rachael...

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Spring 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Speaking of Alumni

Apr. 11, 2016—The tradition of Reunion at Vanderbilt is strong. Alumni and their guests are invited back to campus every five years, starting with the five-year Reunion, to celebrate their Vanderbilt experience, reconnect with classmates and enjoy each other’s company. While the law school’s participation in this tradition stretches back for generations, we have made a special...

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Spring 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine




Life-Defining: Weldon Wilson ’86, Board of Advisors President

Apr. 11, 2016—By Seth Robertson It isn’t often that a successful 30-year career can be traced back to a single defining moment. And it’s even rarer when that moment takes place on the very first day at a new job right out of school. But that’s exactly what happened to Weldon Wilson soon after graduating from Vanderbilt...

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Spring 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Judge Staci Yandle ’87: ‘From Blackacre to Black Robe’

Apr. 11, 2016—By Grace Renshaw Judge Staci Yandle ’87 entered law school in 1983 unsure of her legal career goals. By the end of her first semester, “I knew what I didn’t want to do,” she recalled. “I did not want to work for a Wall Street firm.” She spent the summer of 1984 in the state attorney general’s office...

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Spring 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


The Intersection of Copyright and Creativity: Joseph Fishman, Assistant Professor of Law

Apr. 11, 2016—By Grace Renshaw and Jim Patterson A talented singer who grew up taking piano lessons, Joseph Fishman describes himself as a “recovering musician.” His childhood ambition to be a film composer ultimately led him to study musicology at Harvard. “My first love was music,” he said. But Fishman, who joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty as an...

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Spring 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


The Rise of ‘Soft’ International Law: Timothy Meyer, Professor of Law, Enterprise Scholar

Apr. 11, 2016—By Grace Renshaw As a lawyer with the U.S. State Department, Tim Meyer dealt with a growing trend. Countries are increasingly negotiating nonbinding agreements to foster international cooperation in key areas such as environmental protection, financial regulation and human rights. Meyer had joined the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser well-prepared to use “soft”...

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Spring 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine




From the Dean: Riding the Wave of Change

Apr. 11, 2016—I started my first term as dean of Vanderbilt Law School in summer 2009. The economic collapse of fall 2008 had hit the legal industry like a tsunami, and its impact on the legal profession was immediate and devastating. Law firms reduced or eliminated summer associate programs, deferred start dates for new hires, and laid...

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Spring 2016 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Kyle Robisch ’14 Wins a 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing

Aug. 13, 2015—Kyle Robisch ’14 won a 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for his Note, “Getting to the (Non)Point: Private Governance as a Solution to Nonpoint Source Pollution,” published in the Vanderbilt Law Review in 2014. Robisch is the third VLS graduate in the last three years to receive a prestigious Burton Award. Robisch also...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine VLR


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