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


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


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






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


Cameron Norris ’14 (BA’11) Wins Second Place in the 2014 H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition

Aug. 13, 2015—Cameron Norris ’14 (BA’11) was a second-place winner in the 2014 H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition, which honors law students each year for scholarly writing dealing with areas of law that affect food and drugs. His article, “Drugs, Devices, & Discovery: Using Fee-Shifting to Resolve the Twombly/Iqbal Problem for Parallel Claims Under the FDCA,”...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Ameena Nadeem Ashfaq, Class of 2008

Aug. 13, 2015—Ameena Nadeem Ashfaq, Class of 2008, died March 31 after a two-year battle with cancer. Ameena was married to Dr. Rehan Ahmed (M.D.’08). Ameena and Rehan met as high school seniors. After attending universities in different states, they married and moved to Nashville in 2004 to attend Vanderbilt. Following their graduation, Ameena and Rehan moved...

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Obituary Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Speakers Include Liu, Wood and Davis

Aug. 13, 2015—California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, Chief Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Senior Judge Andre Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit discussed their work as judges in a series of spring semester talks organized by the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Monique Hannam ’15 Wins 2015 Nagareda Prize

Aug. 13, 2015—Monique Hannam, winner of the 2015 Nagareda Prize for the best research paper addressing litigation and dispute resolution written by a member of the graduating class, was already an attorney when she entered Vanderbilt Law School. Hannam, a native of Jamaica, had worked in the attorney general’s chambers in Kingston as an assistant crown council...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


MacArthur Research Network Team Submits Neuroscientific Recommendations for Criminal Justice System

Aug. 13, 2015—The need for training programs for judges and others working in the criminal justice system and the development of clear guidelines for applying insights from neuroscience to criminal cases are among 16 influential recommendations provided by the MacArthur Foundation Research Foundation Network on Law and Neuroscience to President Obama’s Bioethics Commission. Led by Owen Jones,...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Alabama Public Interest Attorney Wins First Barrett Award

Aug. 13, 2015—The Sidney Hillman Foundation presented its inaugural George Barrett Award to Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, in May. Named in honor of George Barrett ’57, a crusading Nashville attorney known for his role in the civil rights and labor movements and other important social causes throughout...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine