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1Levate - Elevate: Yourself, Your Community, Your Profession


1Levate is a highly selective leadership training program for Vanderbilt 1L’s. Students will be selected based on demonstrated leadership potential as well as lived experience overcoming adversity (i.e. underrepresented law student, first generation to attend college, or other significant life challenges). The program aims to:

  • provide a collaborative learning experience for underrepresented populations in law school and beyond,
  • promote a culture of diverse leadership,
  • remove barriers to success, and
  • teach skills necessary to become active leaders in the law school and legal profession.

Each year, the program selects a cohort of ten first-year students. Selected students are each matched with two mentors: a current 2L or 3L student and a prominent local attorney or judge.

Program Details

  • Pre-orientation bootcamp
  • Regular meetings and communication with student and attorney/judge mentors
  • Monthly one hour leadership training workshops and student support sessions
  • Special private meetings with high profile law school visitors
  • Invitations to special law school events
  • Local service opportunities
  • Receptions at the beginning and end of program
    • Opening Reception is Thursday, August 12, 2021 5:30pm to 7pm
    • Closing Reception is Tuesday, April 4, 2022 5:30pm to 7pm

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and decisions will be made by early August.

Applications are now closed for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Meet the Mentors

Mark Baugh


Mark Baugh '92

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Baker Donelson

Mark Baugh represents and advises local, regional, and national clients in several states in employment-related disputes and investigations. He has significant experience litigating both jury and bench race, age, gender, religion and disability discrimination lawsuits, wage and hour class and collective actions and retaliation claims.

Baugh received his B.S. from Tennessee State University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 1992.

Adolpho A. Birch III

Adolpho A. Birch III '91

Sr. Vice President of Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer
Tennessee Titans

Birch’s responsibilities with the Titans include legal affairs, human resources, government relations, and business planning and strategy.

Birch attended Vanderbilt Law School as a Patricia Roberts Harris Scholar, serving on the editorial board of the Vanderbilt Law Review and earning his J.D. in 1991. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard University, where he graduated with honors in government.

Sheila Calloway

Sheila Calloway '94 (BA'91)

Davidson County Juvenile Court

In January 2004, Calloway was appointed by Judge Betty Adams Green to the position of Juvenile Court Magistrate. She was elected Juvenile Court Judge in August 2014. She serves as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School, Belmont Law School and American Baptist College.

Judge Calloway received her B.A. degree in Communications in 1991 and her J.D. in 1994 both from Vanderbilt University.

Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr.

Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. '81 (BA'78)

Chief District Judge
Middle District of Tennessee

Judge Crenshaw is a native Nashvillian. President Barack Obama nominated him as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, and he took his seat on April 15, 2016. On April 15, 2017, he became Chief Judge of the Middle District of Tennessee.

Crenshaw earned both his B.A. '78 and J.D. '81 degrees from Vanderbilt University.

Jerome Del Pino


Jerome Del Pino

Capital Defense Attorney
Federal Capital Appellate Resource Counsel Project

Jerome Del Pino joined the Federal Capital Appellate Resource Counsel project as an attorney in the fall of 2018. For twelve years he was an attorney with the Capital Habeas Unit in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Tennessee.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Yale College and his J.D. at New York University School of Law.

Ana Escobar

Ana Escobar (BA'92)

General Sessions Court

Prior to her election, Judge Escobar has practiced law since 1995 by serving as an assistant public defender, an assistant district attorney, solo practitioner, Metro Clerk, and Deputy Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Judge Escobar was born in Colombia, South America and became a United States citizen when she was twelve years old. She earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated from The National Law Center at George Washington University with a J.D.

Marcus Floyd

Marcus Floyd

Nashville Defenders

Marcus Floyd was appointed to the position of Assistant District Attorney, effective November 2, 2015.  He previously served as a probation/parole officer in Memphis and Nashville. While attending law school, Floyd worked as an intern in DA’s Office and as a judicial law clerk in the 21st Judicial District.

Floyd is a graduate of Belmont University College of Law and Middle Tennessee State University.

Alistair Newbern

Alistair Newbern

Magistrate Judge
Middle District of Tennessee

Newbern has served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge since September 2016. Before her appointment, Newbern practiced law with law students as a clinical professor at Vanderbilt Law School and the University of North Carolina School of Law and as a clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Newbern created and ran the Vanderbilt Appellate Litigation Clinic.

Newbern earned her A.B. from Brown University in 1995, her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000, and her LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2010.

Mozianio "Trey" S. Reliford, III

Mozianio "Trey" S. Reliford, III

Neal & Harwell

Reliford joined Neal & Harwell in 2019 and is an experienced entertainment law, securities litigation, commercial litigation, crisis management, and complex white collar and regulatory defense trial attorney. Reliford is recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2022 for Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, and Entertainment and Sports Law.

Reliford earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of International Law. From 2016–2017, Reliford had the honor of serving as a law clerk for Chief Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Steve Sedberry

Steve Sedberry '02

Vice President and General Counsel
VF Corporation-Americas

Steve Sedberry is an attorney, author and speaker located in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the Vice President and General Counsel of VF Corporation (Vans, North Face, Timberland) where he oversees all legal operations for the company in the Americas.

He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University Law school. His books and blog have helped numerous prelaw and law students navigate law school.