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The Legal Profession

This course surveys the American legal profession, examining the work of lawyers across a range of private and public practice settings through panels and presentations featuring practicing attorneys. Students will consider the very diverse institutional contexts in which attorneys work and the various clients and constituencies they serve. Students will explore factors that shape attorneys’ work and careers as well as the structure, organization, demographics, and norms of the legal profession as a whole. Pass/Fail. [1]

Course contributions include videos from the following practitioners and adjunct faculty:

Large Law Firms - Litigation
Kristie Gallardo ’17, Associate, Snell & Wilmer
Stephanie Parker ’84, Practice Leader, Business & Tort Litigation, Jones Day
Chris Thorsen ’00, Shareholder, Baker Donelson

Large Law Firm - Transactional
Shubi Arora ’05, Partner, Kirkland Ellis
Alok Choksi ’16, Associate, White & Case
Maria Hopper ’13, Associate, Haynes and Boone
John-Paul Motley ’99, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers
Stan Onyeador (JD/MBA’17), Corporate Associate, Cravath Swaine & Moore

Small/Mid-sized Law Firms
Antonio Aguilar, Associate, Taylor Pigue Marchetti & Blair
Keryann Cook, founding and managing Partner, The Cook Group
Mark Donnell ’11 (BS’05), Attorney, Sims Funk
Chris Gilmore ’11, Of Counsel, Townsend Lockett

Plaintiffs’ Firms
Kathryn Barnett ’92, managing Partner, Morgan & Morgan
Mark Chalos (BS’95), managing Partner, Lieff Cabraser
Kalpana Kotagal, Partner, Cohen Milstein
Jahan Sagafi, Partner, Outten & Golden

Law Firms Economics
Ben Cowan ’97, Partner, Locke Lord
Ryan Morgan ’09, Partner, Locke Lord

Government Agencies
Amy Brown ’00, Deputy General Counsel for Housing Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tom Cross ’91, Associate Director, Metropolitan Nashville Department of Law
Adele El-Khouri ’13, former Attorney Advisor, Office of Special Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice
Kyonzte Hughes-Toombs ’04 (BA’01), Deputy General Counsel, Tennessee Department of Health;

Sasha Beatty ’17, Deputy General Counsel, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys
Carrie Daughtrey ’94 (BE’86), Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee
Judge Ana Escobar (BA’92), General Sessions Court, Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County; former Assistant District Attorney General, Office of the District Attorney General (Nashville)
Neil Greenwell ’17 (BA’10), Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office

Public Defenders
Kirk Henderson ’92, Supervisor, Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Nakeisha Jackson ’15, Assistant Federal Defender, Eastern District of Tennessee
Vidhi Joshi ’15, Trial Attorney, Federal Defender Program, Northern District of Georgia
Georgia Sims ’09, Assistant Deputy Director & Training Director, Nashville Defenders

Legal Aid
Andrae Crismon ’03, Director, Volunteer Lawyers Program, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands
Stacie Jonas, Manager, Human Trafficking Practice Area, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Darrius Woods ’17, Staff Attorney, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation