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Perspectives on Judging: A Conversation between Chief Judge Waverly Crenshaw and Professor Brian Fitzpatrick

Tuesday, January 29, 2019,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Flynn Auditorium

Waverly CrenshawPlease join us as we welcome back to campus Chief Judge Waverly Crenshaw '81 (BA'78) for a talk titled "Perspectives on Judging: A Conversation between Chief Judge Waverly Crenshaw and Professor Brian Fitzpatrick."

Judge Crenshaw has a long and storied record of service to the law, and the state of Tennessee.

Chief Judge Waverly Crenshaw was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with his Bachelor's Degree in 1978, and went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1981. After graduating, Judge Crenshaw served as a law clerk in the Chancery and Probate Court of Davidson County, Tennessee. He then served as a law clerk to Judge John Trice Nixon of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. From 1984 to 1987, he served as Assistant Attorney General of the State of Tennessee. In 1987 he started working as an associate at the law firm of Passino, Delaney & Hildebrand, where he worked until 1990, when he joined the law firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis as an associate. He specialized in Labor and Employment law, and eventually became a partner in 1994, making him not only the first African-American attorney at the firm, but the first African-American partner as well. Judge Crenshaw was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee by President Obama in 2015, and he was eventually confirmed in April of 2016 by unanimous vote. Following the resignation of Kevin Sharp, Judge Crenshaw was named Chief Judge in 2017.

This event is co-sponsored by the Branstetter Judicial Speakers Series and the Black Law Students Association. Lunch will be served.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place.  Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages.  Both are within walking distance of the law school.