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Spring Miller

Assistant Dean and Martha Craig Daughtrey Director 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 oversees the law school’s pro bono and externship programs. Dean Miller also teaches the Public Lawyer course. A former farmworker legal services attorney, Dean Miller was named assistant dean for public interest in July 2015. 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

  • "The Generalist Externship Seminar: A Unique Curricular Opportunity to Teach about the Legal Profession," 27 Clinical Law Review 279 (2021)
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  • "Externships as a Vehicle for Teaching Access to Justice," 28 Clinical Legal Education Association 9 (2019)
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  • “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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