Conference addresses future of legal education

by Grace Renshaw
The panel for the Future of Legal Education conference

The first year of Vanderbilt Law School's initiative to reinvent legal education under the leadership of Dean Edward L. Rubin culminated in a two-day conference held at the law school April 28 and 29, which featured leading legal scholars from the United States and Canada.

Yale professor Robert Gordon discussed the case-method developed by Harvard Law Dean C.C. Langdell in the late 1800s, while John Henry Schlegel of SUNY Buffalo emphasized the difficulties with reforming the legal education "template" handed down by Langdell. Robert Cooter of Berkeley explored the rise of the modern law and economics movement.

Tom Beasley, '73, and Flynn family honored for distinguished service

Thomas W. (Tom) Beasley, a founder and chairman emeritus of Corrections Corporation of America, was named Vanderbilt Law School's Distinguished Alumnus for 2006 and the Flynn family of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, received the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from Dean Edward L. Rubin at the law school's annual Founders Dinner on May 5.

Tom Flynn, a 1999 law school graduate who also earned his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt; his brother, Tim Flynn, a 1999 Vanderbilt University graduate, and his wife, Andrea Flynn; and their parents, Bill and Katherine Flynn, were honored for their generous financial support of the law school as well as their active involvement.