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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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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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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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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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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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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Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner: Charles ‘Chet’ Gerdts III ’78

Aug. 13, 2015—Charles “Chet” Gerdts III ’78 is remembered as a brilliant legal professional, devoted husband and father, trusted adviser and loyal friend. By Kara Furlong A staunch supporter of Vanderbilt Law School, Gerdts served on the Board of Advisors. He was posthumously honored with the law school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at the spring 2015 Founders Dinner....

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Distinguished Service Award Winner: Victor ‘Torry’ Johnson III ’74

Aug. 13, 2015—By Kara Furlong In his long tenure as Metro Nashville and Davidson County’s district attorney general, Victor “Torry” Johnson III ’74 learned a fundamental truth about the office: No member of the public ever wants to be involved in a criminal prosecution. “Whether you’re a victim or a defendant, nobody wants to be there,” said...

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Law and Economics

Aug. 13, 2015—By Seth Robertson Midway through Vanderbilt’s Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics, Caroline Cecot found herself in a dilemma. The six-year program, designed for students who want to pursue careers at universities, research institutions or in government, requires a third-year paper, which serves as a bridge to the dissertation process. Her third-year paper completed, Cecot...

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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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Faculty Work Cited in SCOTUS Opinions, Honored with Prizes

Aug. 13, 2015—Articles authored or co-authored by three Vanderbilt Law professors—Rebecca Allensworth, Lisa Bressman and Yesha Yadav—and an amicus brief organized by Professor Tracey George were cited in recent Supreme Court opinions. Allensworth and Yadav also received prizes for their work. Bressman’s article, “Statutory Interpretation from the Inside—An Empirical Study of Congressional Drafting, Delegation and the Canons,”...

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A Foot in Both Camps: J.D./M.D.’s Work at the Intersection of Medicine, Public Policy and Ethics

Aug. 13, 2015—By Grace Renshaw Vanderbilt’s J.D./M.D. program, started in 2001, was designed to allow students to become fully engrossed in each school separately, ensuring the development of two distinct viewpoints during their six years of study. While graduates tend to practice in just one of the professions, their studies allow remarkable insights into today’s complex issues....

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Expanded Horizons: Formal Dual-Degree Programs Extend Beyond the Practice of Law

Aug. 13, 2015—By Grace Renshaw     Josh Perry, J.D./M.T.S.’02 Earning dual degrees in law and divinity initially offered Josh Perry an opportunity to explore the role of religion in society while preparing for a legal career. “I had a set of questions about the role of religion in society,” Perry recalled. “But I never planned to...

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Law and Business

Aug. 13, 2015—By Seth Robertson Law school wasn’t part of Larry Crane-Moscowitz’s plans. Or at least that’s what he thought after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 2010. Economics degree in hand, he accepted a job as an analyst with Goldman Sachs and was assigned to a team that managed the firm’s liquidity and...

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A Good Investment: Master’s in Finance Pays Dividends for Amanda Rose

Aug. 13, 2015—By Grace Renshaw Securities regulation scholar Amanda Rose spent the year after she was awarded tenure on Vanderbilt’s law faculty earning a master’s in finance at the Owen Graduate School of Management. Her goal: “To raise the sophistication level of my teaching and research.” But first, Rose—who graduated first in her class at both Berkeley...

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Commencement 2015

Aug. 13, 2015—More than 200 students became alumni of Vanderbilt Law School under a picture-perfect sky on May 8. Curry Field was the setting for the diploma ceremony, where Assistant Professor Ganesh Sitaraman delivered the Commencement address before 186 students received their J.D. degrees, and LL.M.’s were awarded to 47 foriegn attorneys. Robin Frazer ’15 (BS’12) was...

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Black Law Students Association Dinner 2015

Aug. 13, 2015—The Black Law Students Association held a January 17 dinner honoring Vanderbilt Law School’s first African American graduates, E. Melvin Porter ’59 and the late Fred Work ’59, along with Janie Greenwood Harris ’64, VLS’ first African American woman graduate.The event was held at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz at their downtown Nashville office...

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A Forward-Thinking Law School

Aug. 13, 2015—Commencement each year is special, but this year particularly stands out, because we proudly awarded four graduates their Ph.D.’s in Law and Economics. This brings the number of graduates of our successful Ph.D. in Law and Economics Program to seven, an outstanding result for a program launched only eight years ago. Economists Kip Viscusi and...

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High ROI: Earning Both a J.D. and an M.B.A. Yields High Returns

Aug. 13, 2015—By Grace Renshaw Since its inception in the 1970s, Vanderbilt’s J.D./M.B.A. dual-degree program has attracted students who invest an extra year of study because they see value in learning to “speak the language” of law and business before they enter the workforce. The J.D./M.B.A. graduates profiled in this section—including one Vanderbilt lawyer who earned his...

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Advocating Justice for Both Miners and Mountains

Aug. 13, 2015—Steve Sanders ’78: 2015 Social Justice Fellow Steve Sanders ’78 loves the hills of eastern Kentucky, where he has spent his entire career advocating for people affected by the coal mining industry. But living and working in Appalachia was not his original plan. The Ohio native had worked in eastern Kentucky during and after college...

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Sara J. Finley ’85

Aug. 13, 2015—Establishing a scholarship provides her the opportunity to both show gratitude and support students interested in a business career In her 30-year legal career, Sara Finley ’85 has handled complex acquisitions, faced down a hostile takeover bid, confronted an involuntary bankruptcy filed by the state of California and been a key part of the executive...

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48 VLS graduates and students secure 51 clerkships

Aug. 13, 2015—Congratulations to these members of the Classes of 2015 and 2016 and recent graduates who secured 51 clerkships to be served in 2015–16 or future terms. Class of 2015 Lauren E. Alshouse ’15, for Judge David R. Workman, Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania (2016–17) Brynn E. Applebaum ’15, for Judge Timothy J. Savage, U.S. District...

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