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ONEelevate is a highly selective leadership training program for Vanderbilt 1Ls. 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 11, 2022 5:30pm to 7pm
    • Closing Reception is in April, 2023 

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

Application closed for 2022 - 2023 cohort.

Meet the Mentors

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.

Judge Calloway

Sheila Calloway

Davidson County Juvenile Court

In January 2004, Judge 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 University 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.

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.


Alvaro Manrique Barrenechea LL.M. '19

Staff Attorney
Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Alvaro completed his LLM degree with Vanderbilt Law School in 2019 after previously working as Office Director at TNJFON. Alvaro holds a law degree from the Universidad de Lima and practiced law in his hometown Lima, Peru. After he earned his law degree in Lima, Peru, he worked for two years as an arbitral secretary for the Centro de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio de Lima, where he oversaw case management and assisted with international commercial arbitration tribunals. Alvaro is admitted to the New York bar.

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


Trey is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation department dedicated to developing strategies to achieve clients’ objectives. He has extensive experience in every facet of litigation, including jury trials, arbitrations, injunctions, motion practice and mediations, and has successfully represented a variety of clients from across the globe and here in Music City – from Fortune 500 companies and executives to artists, producers, and entertainers. 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.

Teresa Sebastian

Teresa Sebastian

Founder, President, CEO
The Dominion Asset Group

In 2015, Sebastian founded the Dominion Asset Group, a firm that invests in urban real estate and commercial ventures, where she currently serves as president and CEO. Sebastian has more than 20 years of experience working in corporate legal departments. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the role of the general counsel and issues affecting corporate legal departments. She serves on the board of the United Negro College Fund, Kaiser Aluminum, The AES Corporation, Terminix, Juul Labs, Assemble Sound, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

She earned her BGS in from University of Michigan, MBA from University of North Florida in 1983, J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law in 1993, and LL.M. from Wayne State University in 2003.

Teresa Sebastian currently serves as an adjunct professor of law at VLS.

Steve Sedberry

Steve Sedberry '02

Vice President and General Counsel (retired)
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.