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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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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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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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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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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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


Jake Byl, J.D./Ph.D.’15, and Neil Issar ’16 Win First Place in Student Writing Competitions Sponsored by SEER

Aug. 13, 2015—Jake Byl, J.D./Ph.D.’15, and Neil Issar ’16 both won first place in student writing competitions sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER). Byl’s paper, “Easements with Ecosystems: A Conservation Tool for Endangered Species,” was recognized by SEER’s Endangered Species Committee. He argues that one of the challenges of the...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Carlton Tarkington, 1936–2015

Aug. 13, 2015—Carlton B. Tarkington ’63 (BA’59) died January 20. He was 78. A Nashville native, Carlton graduated from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College in 1959 before applying to Vanderbilt Law School at the suggestion of a family friend and mentor, Judge Benson Trimble of Davidson County’s Fourth Circuit Court. He was not only admitted, but was also awarded...

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Obituary Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Lawrence Maynard Magdovitz ’61 (BA’59)

Aug. 13, 2015—Lawrence Maynard Magdovitz ’61 (BA’59) of Clarksdale, Mississippi, died May 24 after a long illness. A native of Clarksdale, he briefly worked in Kentucky after law school before returning home to open the Law Offices of Lawrence Magdovitz in 1962. His law practice spanned 52 years. While he was respected for his legal skills, his...

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New Program on Law & Innovation Launched

Aug. 13, 2015—Program offers classes, internships, fellowships and other experiential learning opportunities focused on changes in modern legal practice. Vanderbilt officially launched its new Program on Law & Innovation this spring, after two years in the making. During that time, program director J.B. Ruhl collaborated with adjunct law professor Larry Bridgesmith, the program’s coordinator, and other faculty...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Masterman Is Janet D. Steiger Fellow for 2015

Aug. 13, 2015—Clayton Masterman, a third-year student in Vanderbilt’s J.D./Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, is an American Bar Association Janet D. Steiger Fellow for 2015. The fellowships allow law students to work in eight-week paid positions in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial offices of attorneys general throughout the U.S. Masterman is working...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


The Next Frontier of Law

Aug. 13, 2015—Some of the thorniest questions legal professionals must wrestle with are also some of the most fundamental: What was this person thinking? How responsible was that person for his or her behavior? How accurate is the witness’s memory? Is the witness lying? Some believe that technology will soon answer these questions. Others are more cautious....

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Four 2015 Graduates Received Ph.D.’s in Law and Economics

Aug. 13, 2015—Four 2015 graduates received Ph.D.’s in Law and Economics, and three also received their Vanderbilt J.D.’s at Commencement May 8. All were students in Vanderbilt’s Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, co-directed by W. Kip Viscusi, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management, and Professor of Law and Economics Joni Hersch. They are Blair...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Moot Court Teams Address Limits of Free Speech

Aug. 13, 2015—2Ls Larry Crane-Moscowitz and Alex Vey won the 2015 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court competition, held Feb. 6 at the law school. Crane-Moscowitz and Vey argued as the petitioners against finalists Travis Gray and Andrew Struckmeyer, who argued for the respondents. All four students are in the Class of 2016. Presiding over the competition’s...

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Summer 2015 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Sean Seymore and Daniel Sharfstein Named Chancellor Faculty Fellows

Aug. 13, 2015—Two law professors join the inaugural class of 15 in a Vanderbilt program that celebrates trans-institutional scholarship. Sean Seymore Sean Seymore and Daniel Sharfstein, both professors of law, are among the 15 Vanderbilt faculty selected as members of the first cohort of Vanderbilt’s Chancellor Faculty Fellows program. Chosen from more than 60 applicants, the inaugural class...

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