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S. Carran Daughtrey

Adjunct Professor of Law
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle Tennessee District

S. Carran Daughtrey is an assistant in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Tennessee assigned to the general crimes unit of the criminal division, where she is the Project Safe Childhood coordinator and primarily handles child exploitation cases. She also prosecutes fraud, environmental and other criminal cases. As a federal prosecutor, she investigates cases, presents cases to the grand jury, handles pretrial motions and hearings, prepares and conducts jury trials, handles the appeals of her cases, coordinates the legal intern program, and provides training within the community. Prior to working at the U.S. Attorney’s office, she was an assistant district attorney general in the 20th Judicial District of Tennessee for more than seven years, and was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Wiseman.

Professor Daughtrey has been teaching as a member of Vanderbilt's adjunct law faculty since 1998. She currently teaches Trial Advocacy and taught Domestic Violence Law from 1998 to 2002. She helped write a federal grant to launch a Vanderbilt's Domestic Violence Clinic in 2002.

Daughtrey has served as the board chair of the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence; a Hearing Committee member on the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility; and on the board of directors for the Lawyers Association for Women, Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women, the Tennessee Prader Willi Syndrome Association; the Mary Parrish Center, Vanderbilt’s Center for Health Services, and Dismas House. Daughtrey also launched the Domestic Violence Program through the Lawyers Association for Women, a program that provides pro bono representation to victims of domestic violence at the General Sessions Order of Protection dockets in Davidson County, Tennessee.

Before earning her law degree, Daughtrey worked in the computer engineering field for several years, having earned a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master's of computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin. She was a John W. Wade Scholar at Vanderbilt Law School, where she was the special project editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court board, president of the Women’s Law Student’s Association, and served as a program director for the Intellectual Property Society.


Representative Publications

  • "Reverse Engineering of Software for Interoperability and Analysis," 47 Vanderbilt Law Review 145 (1994), reprinted in Intellectual Property Law Review (1995)
  • "The Continuing Evolution of Criminal Constitutional Law in State Courts," 47 Vanderbilt Law Review 795 (1994) (Special Project)