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Social Justice and the Legal Profession Series: Indigent Defense Panel

Thursday, September 21, 2017,
  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Flynn Auditorium

Please join the George Barrett Social Justice Program and the Office of Public Interest for a new lunch series—Social Justice and the Legal Profession. This first panel will feature four public defenders and discuss careers in indigent defense. Panelist include Alexis Hoag, Office of the Federal Defender, Middle District of TN; Dan Kay ’14, Bronx Defenders; Adam Levin, Georgia Capital Defender, and Georgia Sims ’09, Nashville Defenders. This event is free and open to the public; lunch will be provided.

Alexis Hoag is an assistant federal public defender in the Nashville office of the Federal Public Defender, where she has represented clients seeking habeas relief from the death row since 2009. A graduate of Yale College and NYU School of Law, Alexis clerked for Judge John T. Nixon of the U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee. During law school, she gained experience at the ACLU, Bronx Defenders, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the Legal Aid Society of New York. She is the past president of the Nashville chapter of the American Constitution Society, serves on the board of the ACLU-TN, and is a barrister in the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court. 

Dan Kay ’14 is an attorney with the criminal defense practice at The Bronx Defenders. He earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School, where he received the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial and Damali K. Booker awards. At Vanderbilt, Dan participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic and interned at the Public Defender for Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County. He also co-founded and directed Vanderbilt’s Riverbend Insider Support and Education project, an education program for maximum-security prisoners.

Adam S. Levin has been a public defender since 2007 and is currently a managing attorney with the Georgia Capital Defender, litigating trial level death penalty cases. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Georgia State College of Law.  While there, he served on the law review and founded a Street Law program, which helped teach middle school students about criminal law. He began his public defense career with Hall County’s public defender, where he successfully challenged Georgia’s sex offender registry.

Georgia Sims ’09 is an assistant public defender with the Nashville Defenders. She earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School, where she served as executive director of the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society and as an editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. She received the 2008-09 Damali A. Booker Award in recognition of her commitment to public service. She joined the Nashville Defenders in 2009.

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.