72 Vanderbilt Law students receive 2015 summer stipends to support pro bono work

Jun 10, 2015

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Sue KayStudents receiving Vanderbilt Law stipends are working pro bono during summer 2015 for 76 legal offices and organizations in 20 states, the District of Columbia and one foreign nation.

Seventy-two Vanderbilt Law students received summer stipends to support their volunteer work with government agencies, the chambers of federal and state judges, the offices of federal attorneys general and state district attorneys and public defenders, and public interest and advocacy organizations. During summer 2015, these students are working in 76 different unpaid legal positions in 20 states, the District of Columbia and The Netherlands.

Summer stipends, which are sponsored by Vanderbilt Law School, the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society, the Garrison Social Justice Fellowship and the Branstetter Program for Litigation and Dispute Resolution, help defray the travel and living expenses of students who serve in unpaid legal internships with government or nonprofit organizations. Students may only receive stipend support for work for which they do not receive course credit or pay.

“Vanderbilt Law students are gaining invaluable experience for their pro bono work in many areas of law with support from stipends funded by the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society and a number of programs at the law school,” said Susan Kay, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. “Their work experiences will enrich their legal education and careers and help many decide on a career path.”

Students receiving Vanderbilt law stipends are working pro bono for the following legal offices and organizations:

Federal Government Agencies

  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of General Counsel for Trade Enforcement & Compliance, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance, Washington, D.C. (2)
  • U. S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Miami, Florida
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Atlanta, Georgia (3)
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, Chicago, Illinois
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Attorneys’ & Federal Public Defenders’ Offices

  • Northern District of California, San Francisco
  • Middle District of Florida, Appellate Division, Tampa
  • Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta (2)
  • Northern District of Ohio, Cleveland
  • Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville (2)

State Attorneys General and District Attorneys

  • Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General, Providence
  • Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, Nashville (5)
  • San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, California
  • Office of the District Attorney, Domestic Violence Division, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Office of the District Attorney, Nashville, Tennessee (5)


  • U.S. Army Center for Law and Military Operations, Charlottesville, Virginia

Judicial Chambers

Federal Appellate Courts

  • Judge Edith Brown Clement, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana

Federal District Courts

  • Judge James V. Selna, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Santa Ana
  • Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa
  • Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami
  • Judge Gerald E. Rosen, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit
  • Judge William Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Judge James C. Mahan ’73, U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas (2)
  • Judge Robert J. Conrad, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Chief Judge Kevin Sharp, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville
  • Magistrate Judge E. Clifton Knowles, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville

State Courts

  • Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr., Michigan Supreme Court, Lansing
  • Judge Carla Wong McMillian, Georgia Court of Appeals, Atlanta
  • Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, General Counsel, West Palm Beach
  • State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division, Chicago, Illinois


  • International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands (2)

State Agencies

  • New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City
  • Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Providence
  • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Nashville, Tennessee

City and District Attorneys’ Offices

  • Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, California
  • City Attorney’s Office, San Francisco, California
  • City of Cincinnati Solicitor’s Office of Economics and Community Development, Ohio
  • Fairfield County Prosecuting Attorney Gregg Marx, Lancaster, Ohio

Public Defenders’ Offices

  • Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Appellate Division, Atlanta
  • Cook County Public Defender’s Office, Chicago, Illinois (2)
  • Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Ellicott City

Advocacy and Nonprofit Organizations

  • American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, Washington, D.C.
  • Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, Whitesburg, Kentucky
  • Brooklyn Defender Services, New York
  • The Bronx Defenders, New York
  • The Capital Appeals Project, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • The International Justice Project, Newark, New Jersey
  • Legal Aid Society of New York, Queens
  • Legal Aid Society, New York County Criminal Defense Office, Manhattan
  • MFY Legal Services Inc., Youth Medical-Legal Partnership, New York
  • National Disability Rights Network, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Southern Environmental Law Center, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Southern Environmental Law Center, Nashville, Tennessee (2)
  • Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville
  • Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Studies, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Transgender Law Center, Oakland, California

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