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Judicial Celebrity and Cameras in the Courtroom

Monday, February 25, 2019,

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

David LatPlease join the Federalist Society as we host a conversation between David Lat, of Above the Law fame, and Professor Brian Fitzpatrick on the topic of Judicial Celebrity and Cameras in the Courtroom.

David Lat is founding editor and editor at large of Above the Law, an award-winning website about the legal profession that reaches more than 1 million unique visitors a month. David’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among other publications. Prior to Above the Law, he launched Underneath Their Robes, a blog about federal judges. David’s first book, Supreme Ambitions: A Novel, was published in 2014. Before entering the media world, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Brian Fitzpatrick is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, where he teaches courses in Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, and Complex Litigation. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and first in his class from Harvard Law School before also clerking for Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Professor Fitzpatrick practiced commercial and appellate litigation for several years at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations to U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

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.