Vanderbilt Law Magazine

A Meaningful Endowment: The Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Chair in Law and Liberty

Dec. 9, 2014—Charlie Cox ’75 endowed a new faculty chair to support great teaching at Vanderbilt Law School and to honor his family–and his principles. By Grace Renshaw Trading options first became a passion for Charles B.  Cox III ’75 (BA’72) during law school. He remembers slipping out of law classes to check on his trades. “There...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


The Cycle of Teaching and Learning

Dec. 9, 2014—By Sybil Dunlop ’08 When I was an undergraduate, I had the good fortune to hear Kurt Vonnegut speak on my college campus. I don’t remember the substance of his speech, but I do remember that I thought it was rambling and disjointed, until the end when the whole thing brilliantly came together and 10...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


VLS students win prestigious Burton Awards two years running

Dec. 9, 2014—A Vanderbilt Law student has been honored with a prestigious Burton writing award for the second year in a row. Blair Druhan, J.D./Ph.D. Class of 2015, received a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for her 2013 Vanderbilt Law Review Note, “Severe or Pervasive: An Analysis of Who, What, and Where Matters When Determining Sexual...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Moot Court winners

Dec. 9, 2014—2014 Moot Court winners Kendra Key (left) and Robin Frazer with federal appellate court Judges Kent Jordan of the Third Circuit, Jane Branstetter Stranch ’78 (BA’75) of the Sixth Circuit, and David Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit. Key will clerk for Judge Hamilton after graduating in May. Frazer, who will clerk for Judge John Rogers...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Judges panel features Andy D. Bennett ’82 (BA’79)

Dec. 9, 2014—Judge Andy D. Bennett ’82 (BA’79) was one of three panelists who discussed their personal paths to the bench in “A Seat at the Bench: How and Why to Become a Judge,” an April 14 panel sponsored by the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program. Bennett was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Owen Jones wins Wyatt award

Dec. 9, 2014—Owen Jones, who leads the MacArthur Research Network in Law and Neuroscience, received the 2014 Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor Award from Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in April. The award annually honors one member of the Vanderbilt University faculty for accomplishments that bridge multiple academic disciplines and honors the development of significant new knowledge...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Greg Abbott ’84 elected governor of Texas

Dec. 9, 2014—The week after launching his campaign to become Texas’ 48th governor, Greg Abbott ’84 took a whirlwind 10-city tour. An immediate front-runner who won the race in November against Democrat Wendy Davis by a wide margin, the Republican Texas attorney general touted his record as one of the most aggressive and conservative attorneys general in...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


2014 Hall-Hartman winners

Dec. 9, 2014—Professors Michael Vandenbergh, Lisa Bressman, Chris Serkin (below right) and Ingrid Wuerth (below left) were honored in April with Hall-Hartman Awards for outstanding teaching.

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Matthew Downer ’14 wins ABA essay competition

Dec. 9, 2014—Matthew Downer ’14 won the 2014 Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition, sponsored by the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, which carries a $5,000 prize. The annual award recognizes a single student for a paper on an administrative law topic. Downer’s winning entry, “Tentative Interpretations: The Abracadabra of Administrative Rulemaking and the End...

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Fall 2014 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


19 members of the Class of 2014 selected for Order of the Coif

Dec. 9, 2014—Nineteen graduates of the Class of 2014 have been selected for membership in the Order of the Coif. Members of this prestigious organization are selected by faculty approval and represent the top 10 percent of their class. Keane Addison Barger of Brandenburg, Kentucky (B.A. Centre College)—Clerk to Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court...

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Fall 2014 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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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


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