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Audrey J. Anderson

Adjunct Professor of Law
Counsel, Bass Berry & Sims

Audrey J. Anderson was the Vice Chancellor, General Counsel and University Secretary for Vanderbilt University from March 2013 to August 2018. In that role, she was responsible for all legal advice provided to the university, which until April of 2016, included its medical center.  

After earning her bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and her law degree, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan Law School, Professor Anderson clerked for Judge Harold H. Greene of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 1990-91, and for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist in 1991-92.

Anderson served in the Department of Homeland Security beginning in 2009, and was Deputy General Counsel from September 2011 until she left the department in March 2013. Her duties there included advising on significant litigation and legislative matters across the department, and working with the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Prior to her term at DHS, Anderson was a partner in the education and litigation practice groups at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), where her practice focused on representing and advising public school districts and managed health care companies in litigation and other matters, including diversity plans. Anderson represented the Seattle Public Schools in the U.S. Supreme Court in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle. She served on the adjunct law faculty of the American University Washington College of Law in 2006 and 2007.  

Anderson is currently consulting for Vanderbilt University. 

Research Interests

Education Law