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Spring Miller

Assistant Dean for Public Interest
Lecturer in Law

Spring Miller creates public interest law opportunities for Vanderbilt Law students and facilitates entry into public interest law careers for students and recent graduates. In addition to mentoring and advising students seeking careers in public interest law, she is responsible for outreach to public-interest and public-sector employers and for developing pro bono projects and externship opportunities for students. Dean Miller also teaches the Immigrant Advocacy Practicum clinic.

A former farmworker legal services attorney, Dean Miller joined Vanderbilt Law School as a social justice placement specialist in summer 2014 and was named assistant dean for public interest in July 2015. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, Miller received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow with Southern Migrant Legal Services, a project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and remained with the organization as a staff attorney when the two-year fellowship ended. She later served as the managing attorney for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s practice area dedicated to the representation of human trafficking victims.

Research Interests

Access to justice issues, immigration law, employment law


Representative Publications

  • “Using Anti-trafficking Laws to Advance Workers’ Rights,” Clearinghouse Article (2015) (with Stacie Jonas)
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  • No Place to Hide: Gang, State, and Clandestine Violence in El Salvador, Harvard University Press (2010) (with Laura Pedraza-Fariña and James Cavallaro)
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