Eighty-four Vanderbilt Law students received summer stipends to support their volunteer legal work with government agencies, in the chambers of federal and state judges; in the offices of federal attorneys general and state district attorneys and public defenders; with law firms; and with public interest and advocacy organizations. During summer 2016, these students are working in unpaid legal positions in 21 states, the District of Columbia, and in London and The Hague, Netherlands.
Summer stipends are supported by Vanderbilt Law School, the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society, the Garrison Social Justice Fellowship, the George Barrett Social Justice Program, the Henricksen Charitable Trust, the McCune Charitable Trust, the Starrett Family Fund, the Hartman Public Interest Stipend Fund, the Torry Johnson Stipend Fund, the Nichols Humanitarian Fund, the Program in Law and Government, the Environmental Stipend Fund and the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program. These stipends provide summer funding for for students who serve in unpaid legal positions with government or nonprofit organizations.
“Vanderbilt Law students gain invaluable experience in many areas of law with support from stipends funded by Vanderbilt’s Legal Aid Society, alumni contributions and academic programs,” said Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Susan Kay. “Their work experiences will enrich their legal education and careers and help many decide on a career path. In addition, their experiences will enrich the legal education of their fellow students when they bring their summer experiences into their law school classes.”
2016 Stipend-Funded Externships
- Bedford Row Chambers, London, United Kingdom
- International Bar Association, The Hague, Netherlands
- Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, The Hague, Netherlands
Federal Agencies (15)
- Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. (2)
- Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Alexandria, Virginia
- U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Tort Section, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Pardon Attorney, Washington, D.C.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Springs, Maryland
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Atlanta (3)
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, New York
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Philadelphia
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
State Agencies (2)
- Tennessee Department of Children’s Service, Nashville
- State of Tennessee, Department of General Services, Central Procurement Office
Judicial Chambers (17)
Federal – 13
- Judge G. Michael Harvey, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- Judge Peter C. Lewis, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- Judge Gregory M. Sleet, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
- Judge Leigh Martin May, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- Judge Charles H. Weigle, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
- Judge Joseph M. Hood, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
- Judge Robert A Gordon, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
- Judge Douglas E. Arpert, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Judge Mary Geiger Lewis, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
- Judge John T. Nixon ’70, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
- Judge Joe B. Brown, U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee
- Judge Hilda G. Tagle, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard, Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia
- Appellate Court for the First District of Illinois, Chicago
- Portland Immigration Court, Executive Office of Immigration Review, Oregon
- Judge Deborra Garett, Whatcom County Superior Court, Bellingham, Washington
Federal Public Defenders (2)
- Office of the Federal Public Defender of the Central District of California
- Office of the Federal Public Defender of the Middle District of Tennessee
State Public Defenders’ Offices (7)
- San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, California
- Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, Fort Collins
- Bronx Defenders, New York
- Legal Aid Society, Criminal Trial Division, New York, New York
- Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office, Tennessee (2)
- Office of the Dallas County Public Defender, Texas
U.S. Attorney’s Offices (9)
- U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, San Diego
- U.S Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta
- U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans
- U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan, Grand Rapids
- U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
- U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville (4)
State Attorneys General (4)
- Office of the Attorney General for the State of Colorado
- Office of the Attorney General for the State of Maine
- Office of the New York Attorney General
- Office of the Tennessee Attorney General
Advocacy and Nonprofit (19)
- Advancement Project, Washington, D.C.
- Advocates for Justice, New York, New York
- American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Nashville
- Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of Kentucky, Richmond
- Atlanta Legal Aid, Georgia
- Disability Rights California, Los Angeles
- Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Berkeley, California
- DNA People’s Legal Services, Window Rock, Arizona
- Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.
- Global Workers Justice Alliance, Brooklyn, New York
- Guardianship Project of the Vera Institute of Justice, Brooklyn, New York
- LegalAid Society of New York, Queens
- Mental Hygiene Legal Services, Supreme Court of New York, New York
- National Association of Consumer Advocates, Washington, D.C.
- National Women’s Law Center, Washington, D.C.
- National Immigrant Justice Center, Chicago
- Project Renaissance, Nashville, Tennessee
- Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville
- Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco