Vanderbilt Law Magazine

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...

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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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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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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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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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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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Founders Circle Dinner

Aug. 13, 2015—More than 125 alumni and guests attended the Founders Circle Dinner at the law school on April 10. Dean Chris Guthrie thanked Founders Circle members, who make annual gifts of $2,500 and up (or $1,000 and up for alumni of the last 10 years), noting that they provide critical support for students, faculty members and...

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A Year of Scholarship Success

Aug. 10, 2015—Vanderbilt Law School has made considerable efforts in the last few years to bring even more value to the education we offer while still rivaling the quality found at other elite law schools. We have held tuition increases to historic lows in recent years through stringent attention to efficiency, creativity and careful management of our...

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Abby Moskowitz ’17 Is Vanderbilt’s First Garrison Social Justice Scholar

Aug. 10, 2015—New scholarship provides tuition and summer stipend support to students preparing for social justice careers. Abby Moskowitz’s desire to pursue a career in public interest law was confirmed during her first year at Vanderbilt. “I realized how inequitable access to private legal services is,” she said. “I want to help people who won’t otherwise have access...

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About this issue – Fall 2014

Dec. 19, 2014—Executive Editor Grace Renshaw Managing Editor Jan Read Contributing Writers Nancy DeKalb, Sybil Dunlop ’08, Steve Haruch, Mark Obbie, Fiona Soltes and Jesse Wegman Design and Art Direction Jenni Ohnstad Photography Susan Adcock, Sandy Campbell, Dean Dixon, Jaimee Dunning, Daniel Dubois, Dylan Hollingsworth, Joe Howell, Scott Indermaur, Nick Piatek, Anne Rayner, John Russell, Rusty Russell...

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Commencement 2014

Dec. 17, 2014—More than 200 students received law degrees at Commencement on May 9. J.D.s went to 194 graduates, 52 students earned LL.M.s and two students earned both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in law and economics. Will Marks was awarded the Founder’s Medal, and 20 other graduates were honored with awards recognizing their scholastic achievements and...

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Tracey George: The Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair In Law and Liberty

Dec. 17, 2014—Judicial politics scholar is the inaugural holder of the newly endowed Cox Chair. By Grace Renshaw Tracey George’s interest in the Supreme Court and other federal courts began during college. As a double major in political science and economics at Southern Methodist University, George was recruited as a research assistant by Lee Epstein, a pioneer in...

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Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law

Dec. 17, 2014—Climate expert’s scholarship focuses on the impact of private governance on corporate and individual behavior. By Grace Renshaw Michael Vandenbergh urged an audience of 1,000 people at Nashville’s sold-out TED Expo last March to make a conceptual leap in the way they think about the response to climate change. In his 20-minute talk, Vandenbergh argued...

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Edward K. Cheng: Fighting Legal Innumeracy

Dec. 17, 2014—Edward K. Cheng, who holds the Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence,  believes lawyers should learn to critically assess, comprehend and explain statistics. By Grace Renshaw Edward K. Cheng has been appointed to the Tarkington Chair of Teaching Excellence, a three-year rotating appointment that recognizes outstanding classroom teaching. Since joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2010, Cheng...

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Alyne Queener Massey: Carrying on a Proud and Honorable Tradition

Dec. 17, 2014—Alyne Queener Massey is honored posthumously with the Distinguished Service Award for endowing and supporting Vanderbilt’s law library. By Grace Renshaw When Vanderbilt’s Alyne Queener Armistead Massey Law Library was dedicated on September 24, 1982, the dedication speech was delivered by a close friend of Mrs. Massey’s—Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “The university is...

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