Vanderbilt Law Magazine

Michael Russell ’84 (MA’84)

Mar. 14, 2014—Of all the words to describe the pace at which the U.S. government typically operates, “swift” probably would not top most people’s lists. Yet Mike Russell, who has nearly three decades of federal service, would argue that when it comes to protecting its citizens and interests against terrorism, the government has been just that—swift. In...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


John Ryder ’74

Mar. 14, 2014—John Ryder’s love of politics started in high school, when he became fascinated with how government systems work. That fascination has continued over the decades, leading the Memphis lawyer to his current role as the general counsel of the Republican National Committee. “We are fallible human beings,” he says. “James Madison said in the Federalist...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Phyllis Fong ’78 and Paul Tellier ’78

Mar. 14, 2014—The next time you dig into a juicy rib eye steak or order Eggs Benedict at brunch, you can thank Phyllis Fong that your food is safe to eat. As inspector general of the United States Department of Agriculture for more than a decade, Fong is responsible for protecting food consumers. “The USDA oversees programs...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Jan Witold Baran ’73

Mar. 14, 2014—Soon after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, Jan Baran ’73 endorsed the majority opinion in a New York Times opinion piece. His essay, titled “Stampede Toward Democracy,” countered President Obama’s prediction that the decision would result in a “stampede of special-interest money in...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Bob Kabel ’72

Mar. 14, 2014—From his K Street office in Washington, D.C., Robert J. “Bob” Kabel can see a freight train headed straight for the Grand Old Party. “To say rapidly changing attitudes about same-sex marriage—especially among younger voters—is a major challenge for the Republican Party is an understatement,” said Kabel, a longtime Washington insider who represents D.C. on...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Aaron Cooper ’00

Mar. 14, 2014—Special Counsel, Covington & Burling Former Chief Counsel for Intellectual Property and Antitrust, Senator Patrick Leahy Aaron Cooper did not anticipate spending eight years on Capitol Hill when he graduated from law school in 2000. After clerking for Judge Gerald Tjoflat on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Cooper moved to Washington to join...

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Vanderbilt Law Magazine Winter 2014


Educating Lawyers for the 21st Century

Jul. 16, 2013—We are facing a time of great change in the legal job market and in the way law is practiced. Thus, law schools must better prepare our students not only to obtain legal jobs but to excel in their chosen careers. That’s why we asked our Board of Advisors for input on our upperclass academic...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Make It Harder to Be a Troll!

Jul. 16, 2013—As the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Julie Samuels ’05 possesses one of the most intriguing and amusing titles in the legal profession—and a unique advocacy job. In January, after stints as an intellectual property litigator in Chicago with Loeb & Loeb and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Samuels...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


TRIPS Agreement Drafting History and Analysis

Jul. 16, 2013—Daniel Gervais’ book sheds light on the provisions of a complex agreement. You won’t find pictures of cowboys, camels or kangaroos on cigarette packs in Australia these days. The country’s Plain Packaging Act is clearly intended to discourage smoking. Cigarettes sold in the Land Down Under now come in drab olive boxes emblazoned with warnings...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


When Judges Get Angry

Jul. 16, 2013—Judges don’t leave their emotions behind when they take the bench. When the 18-year-old girl appearing in court before him laughed inappropriately, the judge angrily increased her bond. When she responded to that with an obscene gesture, he snapped, sentencing her to 30 days in jail. Then a court-recorded video of the incident went viral....

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


A Career Abroad

Jul. 16, 2013—Vanderbilt alumni share how their legal education translated into a global career. Conventional wisdom used to be that accepting an international assignment meant stepping off the fast track. For Richard S. (Dick) Aldrich Jr. ’75, his first overseas assignment in Greece with Shearman & Sterling had the opposite effect: He was named a partner after...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Positive Connections

Jul. 16, 2013—Student organizations support students while helping them hone their legal skills. Attending the Legal Aid Auction as part of an Admitted Students Program was instrumental in Emily Wurtenberger’s decision to join Vanderbilt Law School’s Class of 2014. As a student at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned her undergraduate degree, Wurtenberger had volunteered...

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Commencement 2013

Jul. 16, 2013—Vanderbilt Law School’s newest alumni, the Class of 2013, marked Commencement on May 9 not only with diplomas and the traditional class portrait on the steps, but also with a champagne celebration and a few raindrops. Dean Chris Guthrie marked the graduation of 206 J.D. students and 37 foreign L.L.M. students. Eighteen graduates were honored...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Sharfstein named Guggenheim fellow

Jul. 16, 2013—Legal historian Daniel J. Sharfstein, who co-directs Vanderbilt’s Social Justice Program, has been awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in the area of United States history. Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship. Sharfstein is one of 175...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Joining the Legal Peace Corps

Jul. 16, 2013—Skadden Fellowships kick-start careers in the public interest. Terry Maroney’s enthusiasm for the Skadden Foundation Fellowship is rooted in her own experience. After earning her law degree at NYU and clerking on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Maroney spent two years in New York working at the Urban Justice Center as a Skadden Fellow....

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Alumni Fellowships

Jul. 16, 2013—Carolyn Seugling ’04 was a 2006 Equal Justice Works Fellow with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Washington, D.C. She is now an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education. Katie Lamb Cronin ’05 was an AmeriCorps Fellow with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and then practiced for six years with Legal...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Tracey George is the new Tarkington professor of Teaching Excellence

Jul. 16, 2013—Endowed by Carlton Tarkington ’63 (BA’59), the three-year chair recognizes outstanding teaching. For the past five years, students entering Vanderbilt Law School have taken their first class—The Life of the Law—during Orientation Week. “The class is designed to give students the tools, techniques and background they need to succeed in their first year of law...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Friedman and McVeagh place fourth in International Commercial Mediation Competition

Jul. 16, 2013—Scott Friedman and Alex McVeagh (BS’08), both members of the Class of 2013, placed fourth among 65 teams in the eighth annual International Commercial Mediation Competition held by the International Chamber of Commerce February 8-13 in Paris, France. In addition to reaching the competition’s semifinal round, Friedman and McVeagh were named “Best Public Speakers.” The...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Doran and Smith are winners of the 2013 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition

Jul. 16, 2013—Sarah Doran Murray (left) and Erica Smith, winners of the 2013 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court Competition, with finalists Danielle Barav and Andrea Schronce, all Class of 2014. The four competed before federal Judges Kent Jordan of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. ’60 of the Sixth Circuit Court of...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Brigadier General Mark Martins speaks on campus

Jul. 16, 2013—Brigadier General Mark Martins, chief prosecutor of the U.S. Military Commissions, discussed the Military Provisions Act of 2009 in a March talk sponsored by the International Legal Studies Program and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Martins served as lead trial counsel in the prosecution of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and four other accused perpetrators of...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Four Vanderbilt Law professors win teaching awards

Jul. 16, 2013—Vanderbilt Law students recently recognized four members of the faculty for teaching excellence. Edward Cheng, Tracey George, Terry Maroney and Daniel Sharfstein received the Hall-Hartman Awards at the April Blackacre. “It is extremely hard to win a teaching award at Vanderbilt Law School because of the many outstanding teachers on our faculty,” Dean Chris Guthrie said. “Professors...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Panel discussion with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean ’81

Jul. 16, 2013—Nashville Mayor Karl Dean ’81 took part in a panel discussion celebrating the 50th anniversary of the consolidation of Nashville city and Davidson County governments in 1963. It was the first true city-county consolidation in the country, making Nashville-Davidson County a role model. Other panelists included former Tennessean publisher John Seigenthaler (right) and two leading...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Spring On-Campus Interviews

Jul. 16, 2013—Some first-year law students at Vanderbilt had their first job interviews during spring OCI (On Campus Interviews) February 12–13. 1Ls interviewed for summer jobs with legal employers throughout the Southeast. In addition, Vanderbilt alumni Rob Niccolini ’93, Todd Overman ’02, Barbara Bennett ’83, Robert Walker ’68, Charles Malone ‘03, Perry Brandt ‘77, Torry Johnson ’79,...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Class Notes: Wayne S. Hyatt BA’65

Jul. 16, 2013—Wayne S. Hyatt (BA’65), a founding partner of Hyatt & Stubblefield in Atlanta, has been awarded the American College of Real Estate Lawyers’ prestigious Frederick S. Lane Award, the highest honor the ACREL bestows. Wayne is the eighth recipient of the prestigious award in the ACREL’s 35-year history.  

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


Class Notes: Tamara Ashford ’94

Jul. 16, 2013—Tamara Ashford was one of 10 nominees for the 2012 Tax Notes Person of the Year by taxanalysts.com, a news website devoted to tax policy. Tamara, who joined the Tax Division of U.S. Justice Department in 2011 as deputy assistant attorney general for both appellate and review, was cited for her competence as “the Justice...

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Summer 2013 Vanderbilt Law Magazine


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