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Nick Hall L’18

Nick graduated from Vanderbilt University with a major in Human and Organizational Development. At Vanderbilt, Nick was named an Ingram Scholar for his demonstrated leadership and commitment to service. He delved into issues of black male achievement and criminal justice by serving as a KIPP Academy tutor and volunteer at Dismas House, a halfway house for former male offenders. Nick also worked as a Victim Witness Coordinator at the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, where he supported victims and witnesses of crime to navigate the criminal court process.

Upon graduating from Vanderbilt, Nick joined Deloitte Consulting in its Washington DC Federal practice, focusing on labor and grants management processes within federal agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Through Deloitte, Nick volunteered as a mentor with Streetwise Partners, an organization that helps disadvantaged individuals find and secure sustainable careers. Through his work at StreetWise Partners, Nick developed a particular interest in the consequences of crime, employment, and mass incarceration. Nick is hoping to work toward criminal justice reform from the perspective of prosecutors, policing policies, and social entrepreneurship.

Since enrolling at Penn Law, Nick has been an active leader. As President of Penn’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA), Nick focuses on supporting and advocating for Penn Law’s black students and alumni. He has managed two fundraising campaigns that raised more than $110,000 to support international service trips, provide in-kind technology donations to local Philadelphia schools and non-profits focused on youth development, and to recognize outstanding alumni and Penn Law staff members for their contributions to the legal community. Nick serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law, a Graduate Associate for New College House, and a member of Penn Law’s Inn of Court. In addition, Nick is an Advanced Civil Practice Clinic student, where he has opposed a civil forfeiture matter and represented a client seeking guardianship. Nick was also named the Penn Law Pardon Project’s Volunteer of the Year in 2017.

Nick spent his 1L summer in Alexandria, VA at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia’s Criminal Division. After 2L, Nick served as a trial lawyer at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, handling misdemeanor trials and felony preliminary hearings. Upon graduation, Nick will be clerking in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather.