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Social Justice & the Legal Profession Series: VLS Grads Serving the Public Interest

Monday, September 17, 2018,

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

Please join the George Barrett Social Justice Program and the Office of Public Interest for the first installment of our Social Justice and the Legal Profession series for the 2018-2019 school year.

Grads in Public InterestThis panel will feature three outstanding young VLS alums working the public interest sector. Karen Lindell '12 is an attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, which she joined as a Skadden Fellow in 2014. Vidhi Joshi '15 was a Skadden Fellow focusing on re-entry issues at Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Darrius Woods '17 is an Equal Justice Works fellow working on predatory lending and housing issues at Atlanta Legal Aid.  The panelists will discuss their current work and their paths from VLS into public interest work. Lunch will be provided.

Karen Lindell is currently a staff attorney with the Juvenile Law Center. Her work focuses on developing legal strategies to improve outcomes for older youth with disabilities as they transition out of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2012

Vidhi Sanghavi Joshi currently serves as a law clerk to Chief Judge Juan R. Sánchez in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to clerking, she was a Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, where she created and established the firm's prisoner re-entry practice. She is a 2015 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and a 2014 recipient of the Justice-Moore Family Scholarship, a scholarship awarded to students who have a demonstrated commitment to public service following graduation. 

Darrius Woods is currently an Equal Justice Works fellow at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. His work focuses on providing legal advocacy to low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by predatory home purchase scams. The goal of his fellowship is to prevent abusive practices and build generational wealth. Darrius' two-year fellowship is funded by the Home Depot and Eversheds Sutherland, LLP. He graduated from Vanderbilt Law in 2017.

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.