Seventy-five Vanderbilt Law students working as interns for government and nonprofit legal employers this summer
Jun 14, 2022
Seventy-five Vanderbilt Law students are working as legal interns in 15 states, Washington, D.C., and The Hague, Netherlands this summer. The students receive stipend support or earn course credit for their unpaid legal work with federal and state government agencies, in the chambers of federal and state judges, in the offices of federal attorneys general and state attorneys general, and of federal and municipal public defenders, in state and municipal law offices, with public interest and advocacy organizations, and in corporate law offices.
Students who do not earn course credit for their unpaid legal work receive financial support to help defray their living expenses through summer stipends provided by Vanderbilt Law School, the Law and Economics Program, the Law School Environmental Fellowship Fund, the Law and Government Program, the Starrett Family Fund, the Sally Shallenberger Brown Fund, the Legal Aid Society Public Interest Stipend Fund, the Victor S. (Torry) Johnson Stipend Fund, the Riley Public Interest Fund the George Barrett Social Justice Program, the Hyatt Public Service Grant Fund, the Henriksen Charitable Trust Fellowship, the Damali Booker Stipend Fund, the Edward Rubin Public Interest Fund, the Arterberry Family Fund, the Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, the Garrison Social Justice Law Fund, the Nichols Humanitarian Fund and the Dean’s Leadership Program. These stipends provide summer funding for students who serve in unpaid legal positions with government or nonprofit organizations.
Fifty-nine students are receiving stipend support his summer, and 16 students will earn course credit for their unpaid legal work.
“Every summer, our stipend funds give Vanderbilt Law students opportunities to gain practical legal experience working in judicial chambers and law offices throughout the nation and abroad. Many students discover the area of law they want to practice after graduation while working as legal interns,” said Associate Dean for Experiential Education Susan Kay, who administers Vanderbilt’s summer stipend programs. “The stipends we provide enable students to work pro bono for government law offices and legal aid organizations. Instead of receiving stipends, some students opt to earn course credit for their unpaid legal work.”
Vanderbilt Law students are working for the following legal employers, either with stipend support or for course credit, during summer 2022:
Global Rights Compliance, The Hague, Netherlands
USAID Justice for All Activity, Ukraine
Federal Agencies (9)
Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, D.C.
Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Atlanta, Georgia
Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.
National Labor Relations Board, Washington, D.C.
National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Human Rights Violator Law Division, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resource Division, Environmental Defense Section, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Environmental and Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Washington, D.C.
Judicial Chambers (20)
Federal – (16)
Judge Charlene Honeywell, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa
Judge Chip Frensley, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville (3)
Judge Cynthia Wyrick, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Greenville
Judge Elayna T. Youchah, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas
Judge Elizabeth S. Strong, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn
Judge James C. Mahan, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas
Judge Katherine Crytzer, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Knoxville
Judge Laura Taylor Swain, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, New York
Judge Thomas L. Parker, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Memphis
Judge Karen Gren Scholer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas
Judge Steven Grimberg, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta
Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw ’81 (BA’78), U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville
Judge Eli Richardson ‘92, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville
U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville
Judge Irma Raker, Maryland Court of Appeals
Judge Sheila Calloway, Juvenile Court of Nashville, Tennessee (2)
State of Florida Fifth Judicial Circuit, Tavares
Public Defenders’ Offices- State (9)
Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office, Charlotte, North Carolina
Nashville Defenders, Tennessee (2)
Office of the Public Defender, City of Atlanta, Georgia
Office of the Post-Conviction Defender, Nashville, Tennessee
Public Defender Association, Seattle, Washington
Regional Public Defender of Capital Cases, Lubbock, Texas
Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference, Nashville
The Bronx Defenders, New York
Federal Public Defenders (2)
Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville
Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia, Washington
State Agencies (3)
Metro Government of Nashville Department of Law, Nashville
State of Tennessee Governor’s Office, Office of General Counsel
Colorado Department of Law, Denver
U.S. Attorney’s Offices (6)
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, Newark
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Raleigh
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville (3)