70 Vanderbilt Law students receive 2014 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jun 16, 2014

Seventy Vanderbilt Law students received summer stipends to support their volunteer work in positions with government agencies; the chambers of federal and local judges; federal and state district attorneys and public defenders’ offices; and public interest and advocacy organizations. Students receiving Vanderbilt law stipends are working pro bono during summer 2014 for legal offices and organizations in 16 states, the District of Columbia, and in four foreign nations.

Summer stipends, which are sponsored by Vanderbilt Law School and the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society, help defray the travel and living expenses of students who serve in unpaid legal internships with government or non-profit organizations. Students may only receive stipend support for work for which they do not receive course credit or pay.

“Vanderbilt Law students are working pro bono and gaining invaluable experience in many areas of law with support from stipends funded by the law school and by the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society,” said Susan Kay, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. “Their work experiences will enrich their careers and their legal education and, for many, will help them decide on a career path.”

Students received 2014 Vanderbilt Law stipends to support their legal work with the following organizations:

Federal Government – 10

  • Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement, Washington, D.C.
  • Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Washington, D.C.
  • National Labor Relations Board, Nashville, Tennessee
  • U.S. Coast Guard, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Ninth Coast Guard District, Cleveland, Ohio
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Access to Justice Initiative, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, Atlanta, Georgia (3)
  • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, Chicago, Illinois

U.S. Attorneys’ & Federal Public Defenders’ Offices – 4

  • Office of the Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Florida, Tampa
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville (2)
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado, Denver

State Attorneys General – 8

  • Office of the Attorney General, Constitutional Defense Division, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Office of the Attorney General, General Civil Litigation and Administrative Law Division, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Government Representation Division, Chicago, Illinois
  • Iowa Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division, Des Moines
  • Office of the Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Section, Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
  • Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, Nashville
  • Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, Public Interest & Special Litigation, Nashville
  • Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, Tax Division and Environmental Division, Nashville

State Attorneys  - 1

  • Office of the State Attorney, 10th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Bartow, Florida

Judicial Chambers – 14

International – 1

  • Judge Richard K. Eaton, U.S. Court of International Trade, New York

Federal District Courts – 9

  • Judge James V. Selna, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • Judge Rudolph Contreras, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Chief Judge Gregory M. Sleet, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Delaware
  • Judge Susie Morgan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Senior Judge Joseph Hood, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Judge Harry D. Leinenweber, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago (2)
  • Judge James C. Mahan ‘73, U.S. District Judge for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Judge Felipe Restrepo, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

State Courts – 4

  • Judge F. Rand Wallis, District Court of Appeal for the Fifth District, Daytona, Florida
  • Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois
  • Judge Holly Clemons, Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial District, Urbana, Illinois
  • Judge Jim Jordan, 160th District Court, Dallas, Texas

International – 6

  • Federal Ministry of Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria
  • International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, United Nations, Defense Counsel for Ratko Mladic, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, Ireland
  • No Peace Without Justice, Gaziantep, Turkey
  • Office of the Legal Counselor of the State Department, The Hague, The Netherlands

City and District Attorneys’ Offices – 4

  • City Attorney’s Office, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Office of the District Attorney, 20th Judicial District, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Office of the District Attorney, 24th Judicial District, Huntingdon, Tennessee
  • San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, San Diego, California

Public Defenders’ Offices – 5

  • Cook County Public Defender’s Office, Chicago, Illinois
  • Metro Public Defender’s Office, Nashville, Tennessee (3)
  • Metro Public Defenders Office, Juvenile Division, Nashville, Tennessee

State Agencies – 4

  • New York State Division of Human Rights
  • Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (3)

Advocacy and Non-Profit Organizations – 19

  • American Bar Association, International Criminal Court Project, Washington, D.C.
  • American Civil Liberties Union Center for Democracy, Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, New York
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
  • Bay Area Legal Aid, Housing Law Clinic, Richmond, California
  • Brooklyn Defender Services, New York
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago, Illinois
  • Center for Court Innovation, Staten Island Youth Justice Center, New York
  • Chicago Legal Aid for Incarcerated Mothers, Illinois
  • Disability Law and Advocacy Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
  • Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, Veterans Project, Los Angeles, California
  • Riverkeeper, Ossining, New York
  • Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Southern Environmental Law Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Southern Migrant Legal Services, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Nashville
  • Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville (2)
  • Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, Nashville, Tennessee



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