Jun. 20, 2023—Students gain legal experience through summer internships with federal and state agencies, courts, and law offices and by working for prosecutors, public defenders, legal nonprofits, and corporate legal departments
May. 23, 2023—Justin Brooks entered law school with an ardent desire to work in the public interest. “I knew I wanted to use the law to help other people, whether that meant working for a legal nonprofit or in government service,” he recalled. A Los Angeles native who earned his undergraduate degree in criminology and justice studies...
May. 18, 2023—Demaral will be representing unaccompanied minors facing deportation during her two-year fellowship with Church World Service
May. 17, 2023—Hunt will work at New York-based nonprofit A Better Balance
May. 17, 2023—Dimnwaobi will work at the Tennessee Justice Center
May. 9, 2023—Kaylee Brilhart was recognized for logging the highest number of pro bono hours—1,668—as a VLS student. Six members of the Class of 2023 completed the Pro Bono Pledge in both 2022 and 2023.
May. 5, 2023—Cruz brings significant public interest law experience from Nashville Public Defender’s Office.
Apr. 26, 2023—Judge Stranch discussed her career as a labor lawyer and an appellate judge in a Q&A moderated by ACS President Joey Vettiankal ’24.
Apr. 18, 2023—Hosted by the Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program, the event featured presentations and discussions from some of Tennessee’s most influential environmental leaders
Apr. 17, 2023—Student teams worked on projects to provide end-of-life resources for low-income clients, support indigent criminal defense, and offer civil legal services to formerly incarcerated women
Apr. 11, 2023—The Stanton First Amendment Clinic has advocated on a number of pressing speech, press, and assembly issues this academic year: authoring amicus briefs in the First and Ninth Circuits, litigating in state court to enhance access to public information and court filings, and researching emerging issues in the field. The Clinic’s first project of...
Apr. 7, 2023—Riggs spoke about democracy and voting rights in the event hosted by the George Barrett Social Justice Program
Mar. 22, 2023—Founding director of NYU’s Policing Project and senior fellow at Stand Together Trust discussed current issues in policing.
Feb. 27, 2023—Wiltshire headed the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands for 37 years before his retirement in 2007.
Jan. 27, 2023—Representatives of 28 government and public interest employers came to VLS to speak with students on Government and Public Interest Day on Jan. 13. The annual event’s informal format allows students to learn about the work of various government agencies and legal aid organizations and explore summer and semester internship and pro bono opportunities.
Jan. 24, 2023—Ashley Fox ’24, Adom Abatkun ’25 and Sophia Howard ’25 were selected for the first and second cohorts of a groundbreaking scholarship program created “to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers.” The program was developed by the Legal Defense Fund and named for former Supreme Court Justice and LDF founder Thurgood Marshall and pioneering civil rights litigator and former LDF attorney Constance Baker Motley.
Jan. 3, 2023—This is the inaugural year of the AALS Pro Bono Honor Roll. Vanderbilt honorees Brooks and Parr-Carranza are among 140 students, faculty and staffers representing 58 law schools to receive this recognition.
Nov. 28, 2022—Sudeall’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law, criminal procedure and access to justice. She is currently a professor at the Georgia State University College of Law, where she is the founding faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice.
Aug. 19, 2022—The event exposes incoming students to public service opportunities at VLS and in Nashville and connects them with faculty and local attorneys who work in the public interest.
Aug. 2, 2022—Procaccini was a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law and taught at Yale Law. Her scholarship focuses on constitutional law, First Amendment law, federal courts and civil procedure.