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Social Justice and the Legal Profession: Transactional Lawyering for Economic Justice

Thursday, March 29, 2018,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Hyatt Room

event posterPlease join the George Barrett Social Justice Program and the Office of Public Interest for the final installment of our Social Justice and the Legal Profession series, "Transactional Lawyering for Economic Justice."

The speakers include Clark Arrington of The Working World, Matthew Currie of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), and Hannah Kilson of Nolan, Sheehan and Patten. The panelist will discuss careers in transactional economic justice lawyering as well as their work in affordable housing, cooperative development, and nonprofit lawyering. The panel will be moderated by Professor Lauren Rogal, director of Vanderbilt’s Turner Family Community Enterprise Clinic.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

Clark Arrington is general counsel for The Working World. He is an experienced attorney and educator who has supported socially responsible businesses around the world. Prior to joining The Working World, Arrington taught and practiced Business Law in Tanzania and Tunisia. He also served as chair, general counsel and Capital Coordinator of Equal Exchange and has served on the boards of the ICA Group, the Social Venture Network and the Cooperative Fund of New England.

Matthew Currie is a managing attorney with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), a regional non- profit law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self-reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity. He joined ABLE in 2005 and currently oversees the firm’s Housing and Community Economic Development practice.

Hannah Kilson is a partner at Nolan Sheehan Patten. She concentrates her practice on real estate transactions, particularly in the area of affordable housing and community development. Kilson represents nonprofit and for-profit developers, borrowers, equity investors, syndicators and lenders in transactions involving various financing sources. Prior to joining Nolan Sheehan Patten, Hannah was the deputy general counsel of Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, the Commonwealth’s largest economic development authority.

Lauren Rogal is an assistant clinical professor at Vanderbilt Law School. In Fall 2017, she launched Vanderbilt’s new Community Enterprise Clinic where students will support nonprofit organization and start-up entrepreneurs. Rogal began her legal career as an associate with Klamp & Associates, a D.C.-based law firm that represents nonprofits and social enterprises, where she focused on developing sustainable financing structures for community development and facilitated complex international transactions.

Visitors should park in the Terrace Place Garage, spaces 41-92, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Terrace Place, or the Wesley Place Garage, spaces 52-170, at the corner of 21st Ave. South and Scarritt Place.  Parking costs range from $4.00 to $12.00 at these garages.  Both are within walking distance of the law school.