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Vincent Southerland

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Vincent Southerland joined LDF in August of 2008. He is a Senior Counsel in LDF’s Criminal Justice Practice, representing death sentenced prisoners in post conviction proceedings and engaging in advocacy around other criminal justice policy issues. 

Prior to joining LDF, Mr. Southerland was a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders, where he represented indigent individuals accused of crimes in Bronx Criminal Court.  He previously served as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow in Georgetown University Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic, where he supervised law students in the Clinic and represented indigent individuals accused of crimes in the District of Columbia Superior Court.  Mr. Southerland was a law clerk to both the Honorable Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Theodore A. McKee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Mr. Southerland earned an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center.  In 2002, he received his law degree cum laude from Temple University Law School where he served as Articles Editor of the Temple Law Review.  Mr. Southerland graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology in 1999.