Each Friday, Lindsey travels from Richmond’s suburban campus to a city jail, to work with inmates as part of a jail ministry program run by a church. She shares her faith, time, and expertise. “I want to be an advocate for those that society has given up on. The law provides a way that I can get involved.”

Lindsey says there are many misconceptions about the law school experience, “most people think that every single law student lives in the library – you don’t have to.”  Although class work takes a lot of time, you can do things outside of school. 

On campus, Lindsey participates in Moot Court trials and advocacy competitions that she says have given her the skills to advocate on behalf of others.  “From classes you learn the theory of the law.  Competitions have helped me understand how to be a lawyer.  My desire to practice has evolved over time.”

Lindsey grew up in a small town in upstate New York, just outside of Ithaca.  After graduating from Cornell University with degree in Hospitality Management and a concentration in finance and accounting, she realized that something was lacking.  “I was interested in business but wasn’t passionate about it.” 

While working for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau in the summer of 2003, Lindsey became passionate about using the law to help people. She assisted in an eviction case involving a woman from a federal housing complex and became fascinated by the court proceedings.  She connected with the client and provided moral support during the two-day trial.  It was at that point Lindsey recognized, “I am happiest when I am challenged to grow and use my talents to work for others.” 

After college, Lindsey took a job in the banking industry as an auditor and branch manager. “I considered banking to be an industry that touches everyone’s life.”  Although she learned much about managing and leading people, she soon grew weary with what she called a “lack of challenge” in her work. 

Lindsey later attended a law school fair where she met Associate Dean Michelle Rahman, who encouraged her to visit the University of Richmond campus.  Soon thereafter, she fell in love with the school and the surrounding area.  “The school is very supportive of its students – both faculty and career services.” 

Speaking fondly of her husband, she states - “He’s incredible!   He packed up his whole life and came here to help me realize my dream.” 

Lindsey hopes to work on post-conviction death penalty cases when she graduates. “This is the right choice of a career for me.” 

Photo of Lindsey in the Henrico County Jail working with inmates in the prison ministry; courtesy of Lindsey Vann.