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Joyce White Vance joins the Brennan Center for Justice as senior fellow

In addition to her new role, Vance will maintain her position at the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance has taken on a new role as Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, where she will contribute to the Center’s initiatives on criminal law and federal courts. Vance, a respected figure in legal analysis, will also continue her educational and commentary duties across various platforms.

“We’re delighted to welcome Joyce to the Brennan Center,” said Michael Waldman, president and CEO of the Brennan Center for Justice. “She brings such deep expertise as a practitioner, analyst, and commentator. Joyce will be a tremendous asset in our fight to protect democracy and the rule of law.”

In addition to her new role, Vance will maintain her position at the University of Alabama School of Law as a distinguished professor of the practice of law, focusing on criminal law and democratic institutions. Since 2017, she has been an integral part of the law school’s faculty, enriching students with her extensive experience and insights.

Vance’s expertise extends beyond academia. She is a regular legal analyst for NBC and MSNBC, a columnist for, and a co-host for the podcasts #SistersInLaw and Cafe Insider. Her latest work, a critical analysis titled “Can We Trust the Jury in Trump’s Manhattan Trial?” can now be accessed on the Brennan Center website.

Her focus as a Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center will notably include the high-profile prosecutions of former president Donald Trump, reflecting her longstanding commitment to legal scrutiny and accountability.

Before her academic tenure, Vance served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama from 2009 to 2017, where she led significant cases including the state’s first material support of terrorism case and successfully challenged its 2011 anti-immigration law. She also pioneered the creation of the first civil rights enforcement unit in an Alabama U.S. attorney’s office.

With an 18-year tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama, her career began in the criminal division in 1991, moving to the appellate division in 2002 where she later became chief in 2005. Prior to her government service, Vance practiced at prominent law firms in Birmingham, Alabama, and Washington, DC.

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Vance’s influential writing has appeared in numerous prestigious publications, including Just Security, the New York Times, Slate, the Washington Post, and the Yale Law Journal.

A graduate of Bates College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Vance’s career spans several decades of dedication to law and justice, making her a pivotal addition to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law.

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