73 Vanderbilt Law Students Intern with Government and Non-Profit Legal Employers This Summer

This summer, 73 Vanderbilt Law students are working for legal employers in 14 states, Washington, D.C., and for legal non-profits in London, U.K., The Hague, Netherlands, and Valletta, Malta. The students receive stipend support to help defray their living expenses or earn course credit for their unpaid legal work with a variety of government and nonprofit legal employers.

Students who do not earn course credit for their unpaid legal work receive financial support through summer stipends provided by the George Barrett Social Justice Program, Nichols Humanitarian Fund, Arterberry Family Fund, PISF Legal Aid, Damali Booker, Koch Criminal Justice Fellowship, Victor S (Torry) Johns, Riley Public Interest, Garrison Fellows, Hyatt Public Service Grant, Henrickson Charitable Trust, the Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program, Starrett Family Fund, Ed Rubin Public Interest Fund, Law & Environmental Fellowship Fund, the Program in Law and Government, and the Dean’s Leadership Award. These stipends help defray the living expenses of students working in unpaid legal positions with government or nonprofit organizations.

64 students are receiving stipend support this summer, and 9 students are earning course credit for their unpaid legal work.

“We are thrilled by the breadth of placements in which our students are working,” said Sue Kay, Associate Dean for Experiential Education. “The students, both those who are receiving stipend funding from the law school and those who are receiving academic credit for their work, are able to learn how law is actually practiced and to be taught and mentored by excellent attorneys and judges.”

73 Vanderbilt Law Students Work as Interns for Government and Nonprofit Legal Employers During Summer 2024Students received Vanderbilt Law stipends to support their legal work with the following organizations:


Federal District Courts

  • Judge David M. Lawson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Judge David C. Norton, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • Judge Karen L. Stevenson, U.S. District Court for the District of California
  • Judge Katherine A. Crytzer, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Judge Malachy E. Mannion, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Judge Orelia E. Merchant, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Judge Thomas M. Durkin, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices

  • Southern District of Florida, Miami
  • Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville

Federal Agencies

  • Social Security Administration, Office of General Counsel, Remote
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Nashville
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Human Rights Violator and War Crime Center, Washington, D.C.

Federal Public Defenders

  • Federal Public Defender of Idaho, Capital Habeas Unit, Boise
  • Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville

State Agencies

  • Nashville Department of Law, Nashville
  • New York City Housing Authority Law Department, New York
  • New York City Law Department, New York
  • New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, New York
  • Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Nashville
  • Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Nashville
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Nashville
  • The City of Oceanside, Office of General Counsel, Oceanside

State Attorneys General

  • Office of the Florida Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Tallahassee
  • Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, Nashville

State Courts

  • Judge Alexander S. Bokor, Third District Court of Appeals
  • Judge Andrew W. Silverman, New York Court of Claims
  • Judge Joseph Woodruff, Circuit Court 21st Judicial District; Franklin, TN
  • Judge Margaret A. Chan, New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division; Manhattan, NY
  • Judge Teresa L. Welch, Utah State Courts, Third District; Salt Lake City, UT
  • Judges Thomas F. Mulvahill & J. Keith Collins, Colorado State Court, 20th Judicial District; Boulder, CO
  • Judge William McKinnon, South Carolina Circuit Court, York, SC
  • 15th Judicial Circuit Court, West Palm Beach, FL

State Prosecutors

  • Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Pittsburgh
  • Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office, Santa Barbara

Public Defenders

  • Cook County Public Defender, Chicago
  • Georgia Public Defender, Atlanta
  • Nashville Defenders, Nashville
  • State of Tennessee District Public Defenders, Appellate Division, Franklin
  • Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender, Nashville

Nonprofit Legal Organizations

  • American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Beyond Legal Aid Chicago, Chicago
  • Disability Rights Tennessee, Nashville
  • Environmental Defense Fund, U.S. Legal and Regulatory Team, Boulder
  • Harpeth Conservancy, Brentwood
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Nashville
  • Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Boston
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Litigation & Law Department, Washington, D.C.
  • Tennessee Disability Coalition, Nashville
  • Tennessee Innocence Project, Nashville
  • Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville
  • YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Nashville


  • Academia Cerebra, Manchester, U.K.
  • Asser Institute; The Hague, Netherlands
  • Guernica 37 Centre; London, U.K.
  • The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law, Valletta, Malta


  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Office of General Counsel, Nashville