Vanderbilt Law Magazine

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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Distinguished Alumnus Award: Frank M. Garrison

Dec. 17, 2014—Law school benefits from his commitment to justice and equality By Jan Read Talk with Frank Garrison ’79 (BA’76) for more than a few minutes, and he’ll probably use the word “fairness.” The concept of equal access, justice and treating all people kindly runs deep in him, and is the driving principle behind the gifts...

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Rick Engle ’81: Descended from giants, determined to stay small

Dec. 17, 2014—After learning the toy trade at his family’s company, Hasbro, Rick Engle ’81 teamed up with his brother at Little Kids Inc. By Mark Obbie As a Vanderbilt undergrad and law student, Rick Engle ’81 (BA’77) had a luxury that any career-anxious student would envy: a job practically waiting for him in a successful family business.  “My...

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Clay Travis ’04: Playing to His Strengths

Dec. 17, 2014—A “pudding strike” showed Clay Travis ’04 the power of the Internet and led him to a career in sports talk. By Jan Read Two years into his legal career, Clay Travis found himself arguing whether or not it was excusable neglect that February 29 happened to fall in the middle of a filing deadline....

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John Phillips ’78: Translating the Lessons of Big Law to the (Horse) Farm

Dec. 17, 2014—John Phillips ’78 took the family’s “country gentleman” thoroughbred operation from its genteel origins into a global business By Mark Obbie Considering the main reason he fell out of love with the practice of law, John Phillips’ second career in business poses something of a contradiction, at first glance. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law in...

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Bailey Spaulding ’09: The “Aha” Moment

Dec. 17, 2014—Bailey Spaulding ’09 realized that what she really wanted to do was open a craft brewery. By Fiona Soltes The “aha” moment for Bailey Spaulding ’09 came during a conversation with other interns while she was working at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York after her first year of law school. “We were...

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Trailblazers

Dec. 17, 2014—The seven Vanderbilt Law alumni profiled here all launched rewarding careers outside of law practice. Whether they stepped up to build a family business, turned a passion into a career or ventured into something completely new, these alumni all credit their Vanderbilt Law School educations with enhancing their ability to blaze their own trails to...

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Leonard Lance ’77, Luke Messer ’94 re-elected to Congress

Dec. 17, 2014—Leonard Lance ’77 and Luke Messer ’94 were both re-elected to their seats in the House of Representatives on November 3. Both are Republicans. Len, who represents New Jersey’s 7th District, was re-elected for a fourth term. He has served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee since 2011 and served on the House Financial...

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Two alumni-led firms named among best

Dec. 17, 2014—Two law firms headed by Vanderbilt Law alumni—Baker Donelson, run by CEO Ben C. Adams ’81, and Alston & Bird, led by Managing Partner Richard Hays ’86—were recognized among Fortune Magazine’s 2014 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Baker Donelson ranked 31st and Alston & Bird 40th, and both firms were among...

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Franklin Trapp ’09: A Career in Stages

Dec. 17, 2014—Franklin Trapp ’09 (BA’97) returned to his theater roots by acquiring the historical Forestburgh Playhouse in the Sullivan County Catskills. By Fiona Soltes Five years after earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, Franklin Trapp realized that while he had loved learning about the law, he didn’t love corporate law practice. Yearning for a more stable...

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Speaking of Alumni

Dec. 17, 2014—When I talk with Vanderbilt Law alumni, they reminisce about their collegial classmates, an open and engaged faculty, the warm welcome they received in Nashville, or a particularly close alumni mentor. I hear about a scholarship that helped them come here for law school or about financial support that came after a sudden change of...

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