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Advancing Social Justice from the Private Sector

Monday, November 06, 2017,
  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Hyatt Room

posterPlease join the George Barrett Social Justice Program and the Office of Public Interest for the third installment of the Social Justice and the Legal Profession lunchtime series. The third panel will feature three local attorneys who will discuss practicing public interest law from the private sector. Panelist include Tricia Herzfeld, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings; Kyle Mothershead ’02, Mothershead Law; and Brian Winfrey ’06, Morgan & Morgan. Dean Spring Miller will moderate the panel. Lunch will be provided.

Tricia Herzfeld is partner at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings. Before joining Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, Ms. Herzfeld served as legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, where she successfully litigated dozens of high-profile civil rights cases in state and federal courts. She previously was also a public defender in Miami, where she conducted over 80 criminal trials.

Kyle Mothershead started his own firm, Mothershead Law, in 2012 and focuses on criminal defense, civil rights lawsuits related to false arrest and excessive force by law enforcement, and immigration defense. Prior to starting his own firm, Kyle clerked for Federal District Court Judge Aleta Trauger in Nashville. In 2003, he joined the Nashville Public Defender's Office to fight for equal justice for the poor.

Brian Winfrey leads Morgan & Morgan’s Employee Rights Practice in Tennessee. He has secured millions of dollars in recovery for his clients in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and settlements. Before merging into Morgan & Morgan’s rapidly growing Nashville Office, Mr. Winfrey founded and managed a very successful employee rights firm in Nashville (The Winfrey Firm). Additionally, he is a former Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Labor (Office of the Solicitor) and former Associate Attorney with one of the largest labor and employment defense firms in the United States (Ogletree Deakins).

The Social Justice and the Legal Profession series exposes students to a diverse range of career paths that allow attorneys to put into practice their social justice and public service values. It also explores the special responsibility all attorneys have for the quality of our justice system.

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.