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November 24, 2017

Arkansas native, Alistair Newbern, rises to federal bench in Tennessee



Alistair Newbern, daughter of retired Supreme Justice David and Carolyn Newbern, has been selected to fill a federal magistrate position in Nashville, Tenn.

Her star-studded resume distributed by the court of the Middle District of Tennessee somehow managed to omit a key element in her achievements — the summer she spent as an intern for the Arkansas Times.

More seriously: The 42-year-old honors graduate of Brown has a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in law from Georgetown University. She joined the Vanderbilt University law school faculty in 2008, where she started an appellate litigation clinic in which third-year students represent poor clients. She also has led the George Barrett Social Justice Program at Vanderbilt, which helps students prepare for careers in public service. She has litigated civil and criminal cases, mostly at the appellate level. She was chosen to succeed a retiring magistrate by the judges of the district. Magistrates serve eight-year terms and handle a variety of cases in the district courts.

She’s also a talented bluegrass fiddler.


Alistair Newbern, daughter of retired Supreme Justice David and Carolyn Newbern, has been selected to fill a federal magistrate position in Nashville, Tenn.

Her star-studded resume distributed by the court of the Middle District of Tennessee somehow managed to omit a key element in her achievements — the summer she spent as an intern for the Arkansas Times.

More seriously: The 42-year-old honors graduate of Brown has a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in law from Georgetown University. She joined the Vanderbilt University law school faculty in 2008, where she started an appellate litigation clinic in which third-year students represent poor clients. She also has led the George Barrett Social Justice Program at Vanderbilt, which helps students prepare for careers in public service. She has litigated civil and criminal cases, mostly at the appellate level. She was chosen to succeed a retiring magistrate by the judges of the district. Magistrates serve eight-year terms and handle a variety of cases in the district courts.

She’s also a talented bluegrass fiddler.

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