Public Interest Law Center

Program Directors

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Nancy Morawetz ’81, Faculty Director

Professor of Clinical Law Nancy Morawetz ’81 is the faculty director for the Root-Tilden-Kern Program. As a former Root Scholar, Morawetz has a deep understanding of the RTK Program, and brings significant student mentorship experience from her years teaching the Immigrant Rights Clinic, an innovative program that combines litigation and non-litigation work on behalf of individual immigrants and community-based organizations. In addition to her teaching, Morawetz engages in scholarship focused on immigration and Supreme Court litigation. Prior to joining the Law School faculty in 1987, she clerked for Judge Patricia M. Wald of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and served as a staff attorney with the Civil Appeals Unit of the Legal Aid Society of New York for five years. She received the 2007 Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law, the 2009 Albert Podell Distinguished Teaching Award, and the 2011 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award. Morawetz received her AB in Economics summa cum laude from Princeton University.

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Vincent M. Southerland, Interim Faculty Director

Vincent M. Southerland, interim Root-Tilden-Kern Faculty Director, is the inaugural Executive Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law. He has dedicated his career to advancing racial justice and civil rights. Vincent comes to NYU Law after serving as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York since 2015. Prior to his time at the Federal Defenders, Vincent spent seven years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where he was a Senior Counsel. While at LDF, he engaged in litigation and advocacy at the intersection of race and criminal justice, including the successful representation of people sentenced to death across the American South and children sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. He also led LDF’s advocacy efforts around race and policing, and was lead counsel in school desegregation and employment discrimination matters. Vincent previously served as a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders, and an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Theodore McKee, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Vincent holds an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center, received his JD from Temple University School of Law and his BA from the University of Connecticut. He serves on the boards of The Bail Project and the Federal Defenders of New York.

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Andrew Williams ’02, Faculty Director

Andrew Williams ’02, director of NYU Law’s Lawyering Program and a former Root Scholar, is the Root-Tilden-Kern Program’s faculty director.  After law school, Williams was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at the Bronx Defenders’ Civil Action Project, where he continued as a staff attorney prior to joining the Law School. Williams provided civil legal advice, service, and representation to Bronx residents accused of crimes, as well as to their families, in order to mitigate the collateral consequences of being criminally charged. Williams joined the Law School as an acting assistant professor of Lawyering in 2006. He was the associate director of the Lawyering Program during the 2009-2010 academic year before becoming the director of the Lawyering Program in 2010. Williams received his AB in social studies and anthropology in 1997 from Harvard College summa cum laude.