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Alyne Queener Massey Law Library

Prepare to Practice

2015: Mentorship and Collaboration

  Monday, April 6 | 12:10 p.m. | Covington Room

Speaker: Ben Scott '04 (BA'00), Butler Snow
Topic: Ready for Launch: Observations on Early Years of Legal Practice

No matter which field you choose, come and learn how to prepare for the surprises you will encounter as you begin your legal career. Mr. Scott will speak about what life is like as a new attorney, the importance of finding and maintaining balance, and how to successfully navigate the transition from student to professional. RSVP required for lunch; open to all students. Co-sponsored by Career Services.

Speaker’s Bio:
Ben Scott graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2000 with a B.A. in English and earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 2004. At Butler Snow, he focuses his practice on drug and device litigation, general litigation, commercial litigation and professional liability.

Tuesday, April 7  | 12:00 p.m. | Covington Room

Speaker: Anne Ogden, Bloomberg Law
Topic: More Than Just Law: PACER, Lawyer Profiles and other Advanced Features of Bloomberg Law

Event Description:
This session is designed for students who want to know more about searching Federal Dockets, individual and corporate profiles, and other advanced research. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions to this session about using Bloomberg Law. No RSVP required; lunch will be served to the first 25 students in attendance.

Speaker’s Bio:
Anne Ogden is the Bloomberg Law School Relationship Manager for Vanderbilt. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Florida, has practiced law for 15 years, and has taught legal writing and appellate advocacy. Her past presentations have focused on tools for practice.

Wednesday, April 8  | 12:00 p.m. | Hyatt Room

Speakers: Robb Bigelow ’02 (BS'99), Dickinson Wright; Nathan Shelby, Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell (TBA Young Lawyers Division)
Topic: Mentorship & Collaboration: Clerkships, Law Firms and Service Organizations

All VLS students are invited to attend this presentation and discussion about clerkships, finding the right firm for you, and continuing to rely on mentors and colleagues to succeed in your work. Upper-level students will find the experiences and wisdom of these young attorneys particularly useful as they prepare for their first professional placements post-law school. No RSVP required; lunch will be served to the first 40 students in attendance.

Speakers’ Bios:
Robert Bigelow graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in 1999 and earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 2002. He is currently an attorney at Dickinson Wright. He is the President of the Young Lawyer’s Division of Nashville Bar Association, a member of the Board of TBA Young Lawyers Division, a member of the VLS Admissions Interview Committee, and a former law clerk for the Honorable Juliet E. Griffin, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (2002-2005). While in law school, he served as president of the Vanderbilt Bar Association from 2001 to 2002. Bigelow’s practice focuses on class action, commercial and business litigation, labor and employment litigation, and music, sports and entertainment litigation.

Nathan Shelby is a member of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell and has been associated with the firm since receiving his J.D. from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. While in law school, he interned for the Honorable Diane K. Vescovo, Magistrate of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and the Honorable W. Frank Crawford of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Shelby’s practice focuses in the areas of general insurance defense, business litigation, nursing home defense litigation and construction litigation. He is a member of the firm’s tort and insurance practice group and the commercial litigation group.

Thursday, April 9  | 11:00 a.m. | Covington Room

Speaker: Lisa Ross, Law Librarian, Bass Berry & Sims
Topic: Firm Librarians, The Ace Up Your Research Sleeve

All students are encouraged to learn the value of law firm librarians and the ways that librarians can mentor summer associates and new attorneys in the profession. The discussion will center on the value of effective and efficient legal research and will share insights about maximizing the resources that are your librarians. No RSVP required; lunch will be served to the first 20 students in attendance.

Speaker’s Bio:
Lisa Ross is the research and records manager at Bass, Berry & Sims. Overseeing all aspects of library management and conducting research for attorneys and staff, she is also responsible for the firm’s offsite records storage program. Ross has been working in law firm libraries for over 10 years and has experience in both large and small firms. She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, where she currently serves on the Price Index for Legal Publication Committee. She is also active in Special Libraries Association, currently serving as treasurer for the Tennessee Valley Chapter, and is a member of ARMA International. Her past positions include serving as the Membership Chair for the Legal Division of SLA and the Bulletin Editor for the Wisconsin Chapter of SLA.

Thursday, April 9  | 2:10 p.m. | Alexander Room

Speaker: Denise Russell, Legal Training Consultant, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Topic: Getting to Know CCH for Law & Business

This program is best suited for students who plan to emphasize on taxation, business and corporate law, however all students are welcome to attend. Bring your laptop to this session and learn about CCH Intelliconnect, one of our premier databases. Students will see a demonstration on navigating the interface, finding particular resources, and using specialized tools to run reports and analytics. No RSVP required; snacks will be served to the first 25 students in attendance.

Speaker's Bio:
Denise Russell joined Wolters Kluwer Law & Business in 2006 as a legal training consultant. Since that time, she has designed and delivered training programs for law firms of all sizes across the country. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Russell worked with an AV-rated law firm in Atlanta for over 19 years. She has experience in municipal, litigation, corporations, employment and zoning and land use law. She earned her B.A. from Georgia State University and a paralegal certificate from The National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta, an ABA-approved program.

Friday, April 10  | 12:00 p.m. | Covington Room

Speaker: Carolyn Hamilton, Research Services Librarian and Lecturer in Law;Bianca White, LexisNexis
Topic: Ready, Set, Research! Getting You Ready for that First Assignment

This discussion is best suited for students who are heading into their first summer positions, however all students are welcome to attend. The final Prepare to Practice session is on cost effective legal research, tips and tricks to improve your research skills, and where to go for help when a research problem stumps you. No RSVP required; lunch will be served to the first 20 students in attendance.

Speakers’ Bios:
Carolyn Hamilton manages law library access services, including document delivery, interlibrary loan, circulation, and collection maintenance for Vanderbilt Law School. She also provides research and reference services for students, faculty, and other members of the Vanderbilt community. In addition, Professor Hamilton teaches legal research skills in the first-year Legal Research and Writing Program and has been a visiting instructor of advanced legal research. Before joining the law library, Professor Hamilton held the registrar position at Vanderbilt Law School, served as a reference desk assistant in the University of Missouri Law Library when she assisted with first year legal research instruction, and practiced law in the areas of guardianship, conservatorship, and mental health competency. She is a member of the Missouri (inactive) and Tennessee Bars.

Bianca White is the Lexis representative at University of Tennessee College of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. She received her B.A. in history from Freed-Hardeman University in 2006, her J.D. from the University of Memphis in 2009 and her M.B.A. from Bryan College in 2015. While in law school she volunteered with the Memphis Area Legal Services and clerked for one year doing criminal defense work. White practiced primarily labor and employment defense work at a Knoxville firm until she joined Lexis in 2011.