45 VLS students receive course credit to support pro bono legal work in summer 2019

Jul 9, 2018

Forty-five Vanderbilt Law students are gaining legal experience by serving externships for course credit in federal and state judicial chambers; in the offices of U.S. attorneys and state attorneys general, district attorneys and public defenders; in state and municipal legal offices; and with public interest and advocacy organizations. During summer 2018, these students are working in unpaid legal positions in 12 states, the District of Columbia, and Brussels, Belgium.

“Our students secured an impressive array of legal positions where they will gain valuable experience, enhance their legal education, and have the opportunity to develop their lawyering skills,” said Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Susan Kay, who oversees Vanderbilt’s externship program.

Students are pursuing externships for course credit with the following legal employers:

International (2)

  • Kurdistan Regional Government, Washington, D.C.
  • No Peace Without Justice, Brussels, Belgium

U.S. Attorney’s Offices (5)

  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Middle District of Tennessee
  • Northern District of Texas

Federal Agencies (1)

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development, Nashville

Federal Public Defender’s Office (2)

  • Middle District of Tennessee (2)

Judicial Chambers (17)

Federal (12)
  • Judge Juan Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Judge Gregg Costa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Judge Timothy Kelly, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Judge Mark D. Houle, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California
  • Judge John A. Houston, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Judge Tilman Self, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Judge Brian Martinotti, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Judge Louis Scacella, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of New York
  • Judge David C. Keesler, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • Judge Jeffrey Frensley, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • Judge Jon Phipps McCalla, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Judge Jeffrey Cureton, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
State (5)
  • Justice Ming W. Chin, California Supreme Court, San Francisco
  • Judge David Nahmias, Supreme Court of Georgia, Atlanta
  • Judge Mark T. Pittman, Texas Second Court of Appeals, Fort Worth
  • Judge Warren Granville, Superior Court of Arizona, Phoenix
  • Judge Kelvin D. Jones, Eighth Circuit Court, Nashville

Corporate Legal Offices (3)

  • Caterpillar Financial Services, Nashville
  • Experian Health, Nashville
  • Priority Sports & Entertainment, Chicago

State Attorneys General (3)

  • Office of the Attorney General for the State of Tennessee, Nashville (2)
  • New York State Office of the Attorney General, Albany

State Agencies (1)

  • Pickens County Department of Social Services, South Carolina

State Legal Offices (3)

  • Office of the State Attorney for the 17th Judicial District, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Administrative Office of the Courts, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tennessee Solicitor General’s Office, Nashville

District Attorney’s Offices (1)

  • Metropolitan Nashville District Attorney’s Office

State Public Defender’s Offices (2)

  • Jacksonville Public Defender, Florida
  • Dallas County Public Defender, Texas

Advocacy and Nonprofit (5)

  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Minneapolis
  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Nashville (2)
  • SESAC Inc., Nashville

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