Legal Aid Lawyering for Social Justice @ Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville [20 February]

Legal Aid Lawyering for Social Justice

12:00 - 13:00

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Vanderbilt University Law School
131 21st Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Please join the George Barrett Social Justice Program and the Office of Public Interest for the fourth installment of the Social Justice and the Legal Profession lunchtime series. This panel will discuss the work of legal aid lawyers, who serve as the front-line responders to the civil legal needs of low-income individuals and communities throughout the U.S.

The speakers include Andrae Crismon '03 of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands (Murfreesboro office), Kevin De Liban of Legal Aid of Arkansas (West Memphis office), and Sarah Bolling Mancini of Atlanta Legal Aid and the National Consumer Law Center. The panel will be moderated by Amanda Moore of the Shriver Center for Poverty Law. Lunch will be provided.

Andrae Crismon '03 joined the Gallatin office of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands in 2007, and thereafter was promoted to Managing Attorney of the Murfreesboro office in 2011. Crismon’s past work includes work with the Office of General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Health and clerking for the Honorable Inez Smith Reid, District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Kevin De Liban is a lawyer with Legal Aid of Arkansas and manages the Economic Justice practice group, which deals with legal issues involving health, employment, disability rights, and education. He also regularly represents individuals facing domestic violence. With Legal Aid, he has led a successful litigation campaign in federal and state courts to ensure that Arkansas's Medicaid program does not cut vital home-care benefits for Arkansans with profound physical disabilities like cerebral palsy, paraplegia, and multiple sclerosis.

Sarah Bolling Mancini is Of Counsel for National Consumer Law Center half-time, focusing on foreclosures and mortgage lending, and works half-time as an attorney in the Home Defense Program of Atlanta Legal Aid. She has experience representing homeowners in bankruptcy cases and litigating in state, federal district, and bankruptcy courts. She also clerked for the Honorable Amy Totenberg, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Amanda Moore stocks the toolboxes of advocates around the country by planning, editing, and publishing the content on the Shriver Center’s Clearinghouse Community. She was an Equal Justice Works Fellow and then a staff attorney at the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center in eastern Kentucky, where she represented low-income clients and community groups on coal mining issues. Before working in coal country, Amanda clerked for the Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr., then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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 will also explore 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.
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