Aug. 24, 2023—Salles Diaz worked at the Satter Ruhlen Law Firm, while Ammisetty worked for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
Aug. 23, 2023—Wedgeworth worked for Legal Services of Alabama in Anniston and Gadsden this summer
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. 18, 2023—Plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, discussed coming to terms with his gay identity, fighting for his marriage to be recognized nationwide
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. 7, 2023—Riggs spoke about democracy and voting rights in the event hosted by the George Barrett Social Justice Program
Feb. 27, 2023—Wiltshire headed the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands for 37 years before his retirement in 2007.
Feb. 23, 2023—Canellos is a managing editor at Politico and the author of “The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero.”
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.
Oct. 25, 2022—Shaw will provide an introduction to a recording of the oral arguments in these cases from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Moore Room.
Oct. 13, 2022—Education policy expert Matthew Shaw will provide an introduction to a recording of the Supreme Court hearing of the oral arguments in SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA v. UNC, both of which are Title VI cases.. Both schools are accused of discriminating against Asians and Aisan-Americans in their admissions policies. The event is sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Student Association and the George Barrett Social Justice Program.
Sep. 29, 2022—In addition to Sen. McMorrow, panelists include Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Women's and Gender Studies Katherine Crawford and Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean Emilie Townes. Sen. McMorrow, a self-proclaimed “straight, white, Christian woman,” delivered a powerful speech on the floor of the Michigan Senate in response to claims from a fellow senator of grooming and sexualizing kindergarteners, telling the audience, “We must not let hate win.” Sen. Morrow will begin the discussion and then participate in a moderated discussion on the topics of faith, politics, LGBTQIA+ rights, and reproductive freedom. This event is co-sponsored by the George Barrett Social Justice Program.
Sep. 26, 2022—Barsky's 10-minute podcast is featured by the Next Big Idea Club. His research combines social justice, human rights and border and refugee studies with literary and artistic insights into the plight of vulnerable migrants.
Sep. 20, 2022—Hinton was convicted of two murders in 1985 and when exonerated through the invention of the Equal Justie Initiative. His talk is sponsored by the Law Students for Social Justice and the George Barrett Social Justice Program and made possible by the Hyatt Student Activities Fund.
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.
Jun. 24, 2022—Ruben will work with the Colorado Center on Law and Policy to support the development of an automated process for criminal record sealing.
Jun. 23, 2022—Wurst is working this summer at Her Justice, a New York-based legal nonprofit that connects low-income women with legal needs to pro bono representation.