Vincent Southerland is the inaugural Executive Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU Law. Prior to joining NYU Law, Vincent worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York. He spent seven years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where, as senior counsel, he litigated civil rights cases and represented people on death row and youth sentenced to life without parole nationwide. A former staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders, Vincent began his career as a law clerk to Judges Theodore McKee, of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Louis H. Pollak, of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and spent two years as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Vincent holds an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and received his B.A. from University of Connecticut.