Vanderbilt Law Magazine

Justice Thomas delivers Sims Lecture

Dec. 9, 2014—Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited Vanderbilt Law School in March, spending the day meeting with students, faculty and alumni before delivering the 2014 Sims Lecture. He had breakfast with students who are military veterans or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, met with students on the staff of the Vanderbilt Law Review, spoke...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Julian Bibb ’77: Passion for community and preservation sends Bibb on decade-long journey to save a Civil War battlefield

Dec. 9, 2014—“They’re about ready to leave the nest,” said Julian Bibb ’77, watching the doves nesting in a corner of the porch of his law office in historic Franklin, Tennessee. This observation is apropos for the man who has helped birth 27 nonprofit organizations with missions ranging from social justice to environmental stewardship to public transportation....

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Book by Newton and May explores concept, application of proportionality in war

Dec. 9, 2014—Proportionality in International Law, a new book co-authored by Michael A. Newton, professor of the practice of law, and Larry May, the W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and professor of law, addresses an issue literally on the front lines of combat today: the difference between a proportional military response and a war crime. Newton...

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Fall 2014


Karen Lindell ’12 to advocate for disabled juveniles as Skadden Fellow

Dec. 9, 2014—When Karen Usselman Lindell ’12 moved to Philadelphia to clerk for Judge Kent Jordan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, she immediately began looking for an organization she could support as a Skadden Fellow. Winning one of the coveted fellowships, through which the Skadden Foundation pays a young lawyer’s salary to...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


New J.D./Master’s in Finance joint degree program debuts in 2014-15

Dec. 9, 2014—The new J.D./MSF program, offered in conjunction with the Owen Graduate School of Management, allows students to earn both degrees in three years. Students will take only law courses for two years, then spend a semester at Owen, and take a mix of law and business courses during their final semester. The program grew out...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Two ’14 grads earn Gideon’s Promise Fellowships

Dec. 9, 2014—Two 2014 Vanderbilt Law graduates, Leo Costales and Will Howell, are working as assistant public defenders through Gideon’s Promise Fellowships. Vanderbilt is one of 10 law schools nationally to join the Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Project, an initiative to expand job and training opportunities for students seeking careers in public service. Through the program,...

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Kyle Robisch ’14 wins two student writing competitions

Dec. 9, 2014—Kyle Robisch ’14 won two writing awards in his third year at Vanderbilt Law. Robisch took first prize in the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 2014 Student Writing Competition on Public Land and Policy. His winning paper, “The NEPA Implied Exemption Doctrine: How a Novel and Creeping Common Law Exemption Threatens...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Sara Beth Myers ’09: Advocating for Women and Children

Dec. 9, 2014—Sara Beth Myers ’09 has been busy. Her organization, Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality, or AWAKE, has existed officially only since November 2013 but already passed a bill with bipartisan support through the Tennessee state legislature. The call that the Missouri-born Myers felt to start AWAKE grew out of her work on domestic violence...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Experts join Law School faculty

Mar. 25, 2014—Three new faculty members have joined the Law School. Christopher Serkin, Energy, Environment and Land Use Program Robert S. Reder ’78, Law and Business Program James H. Cheek III ’67, Law and Business Program

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Student Body Diversity vs. Racial Diversity in Higher Education After Fisher

Mar. 24, 2014—By James F. Blumstein University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law and Policy When it agreed to hear Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Supreme Court signaled its willingness to re-engage the issue of racial preferences in the context of university admissions. The Court’s decision last June did not revisit the core...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Appellate clinic sets precedent with prisoner’s case

Mar. 24, 2014—The Vanderbilt Appellate Litigation Clinic established an important precedent in the Sixth Circuit through its representation of a Michigan prisoner in LaFountain v. Harry—that people too poor to pay the filing fee in federal court have the same procedural rights as those who can pay. Four members of the Class of 2013—Hunter Branstetter, James P. Danly,...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Bridging the Great Divide

Mar. 24, 2014—Former Senators Jim Sasser ’61 (BA’58) and Fred Thompson ’67 recall their years on the Hill and offer a strategy for navigating the partisan gulf. By Jennifer Johnston Long before they represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate, Jim Sasser and Fred Thompson were freshly minted Vanderbilt Law School graduates who met regularly for coffee at...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors

Mar. 24, 2014—The Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors plays a crucial role in carrying out the school’s mission of providing an unparalleled legal education to students and an intellectually vibrant community in which faculty can pursue teaching and scholarly excellence. The Board of Advisors meets at the law school each fall during Reunion Weekend and each...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Parker takes reins of Board of Advisors

Mar. 24, 2014—Stephanie Parker ’84 wants to get down to business. As the incoming president of Vanderbilt Law School’s Board of Advisors, she is eager to apply the work ethic that has made her a top litigator at Jones Day to her work on behalf of the law school. “I want the board to stay focused and...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Taylor Owings ’13 wins ABA’s Gellhorn-Sargentich Essay Competition

Mar. 24, 2014—Taylor Owings ’13 won the 2013 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition, which is sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. The award recognizes students who write on administrative law topics. Owings’ winning entry, “Identifying a Maverick: When Antitrust Law Should Protect a Low-Cost Competitor,” her Vanderbilt Law Review Note,...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Reder endows VLS’ first faculty research fund

Mar. 24, 2014—Vanderbilt Law School has received a major endowment gift to establish a new fund to promote the career development of promising young scholars. The Enterprise Faculty Fund was created through a gift from Robert S. Reder ’78, a retired partner of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy who teaches courses in Vanderbilt’s Law and Business Program as...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Language lunches strike chord with students

Mar. 24, 2014—Landing a summer law internship overseas frequently requires fluency in a foreign language. Thanks to Professor Daniel Gervais, students concerned about keeping up their language skills during law school now have an opportunity for regular conversation at monthly language lunches. Gervais, an expert in intellectual property law and faculty director of the LL.M. program, started...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Blogs Worth Reading

Mar. 24, 2014—Vanderbilt Law faculty members maintain or contribute to these blogs: International intellectual property expert Daniel Gervais founded and maintains The TRIPS Agreement, which is devoted to commentary on the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, known as the TRIPS Agreement. Gervais is the author of The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis. Owen Jones...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Scott Goldman ’09 reports from Afghanistan

Mar. 24, 2014—Scott Goldman ’09, seen here on a C-130 with some Afghan partners, has been providing support and leadership as a captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps to Afghan judges and prosecutors as they build the country’s criminal justice system. His posting has taken him to Kabul, meetings at an Afghan castle in Khost City...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Newton helps develop blueprint for Syrian tribunal

Mar. 24, 2014—Professor Michael A. Newton, who developed and teaches Vanderbilt’s International Practice Lab, was part of the panel that publicly released last fall a draft blueprint for a Syrian war crimes tribunal that would bring to justice those guilty of human rights violations in the country’s civil war. Newton and other members of the panel, which...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Heeerrreee’s Henry!

Mar. 24, 2014—Johnny Carson, a memoir by Henry Bushkin ’66 about his years as Johnny Carson’s lawyer, is full of juicy anecdotes Henry Bushkin ’66 was just four years out of law school when he was tapped by Johnny Carson, already the established star of The Tonight Show, to be his personal attorney. Dubbed “Bombastic Bushkin” by...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Fulbright Scholars choose Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program

Mar. 24, 2014—Fluent in English, French and Arabic, Rony Yaacoub hopes to return to his native Lebanon to practice international transactional law after earning his LL.M. at Vanderbilt in May 2014. Fellow LL.M. student Maximillian Zahn also speaks three languages—English, French and German—and plans to pursue a career in international transactional practice in his home country, Germany....

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Important Details

Mar. 24, 2014—Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Wildasin ’91 volunteered to be “detailed” for a year to the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Mark Wildasin ’91 initially thought the Department of Justice’s insistence that he take a break every three months was excessive. But after his first 15 weeks as an attorney-adviser to the Office of the Justice Attaché...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Vanderbilt in Washington

Mar. 24, 2014—Dear alumni and friends: I am continually impressed by the number of Vanderbilt alumni who have made significant contributions in elected office or through their work on the legal or policy staffs of presidents, senators and congressional representatives; federal and state agencies, political parties and advocacy organizations; or firms focusing on campaign finance or election...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Robert S. Reder ’78

Mar. 24, 2014—Professor of the Practice of Law Retired Partner/Consulting Attorney, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy Robert S. “Bob” Reder ’78 always wanted to be a lawyer. Growing up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires, Reder has fond memories of doing his homework in his father’s law office. His experience as an undergraduate at Williams College, where...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


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