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Ruby Z. Shellaway

Title: Vice Chancellor, General Counsel, and University Secretary

Ruby Z. Shellaway joined the Office of the General Counsel in August 2015. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, she served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she advised the Department on significant legal issues and novel legal questions related to civil rights and civil liberties. She also advised the Office of the General Counsel on budget and hiring, strategic planning, and communications with senior Department officials.  She served as the Deputy Managing Counsel from February 2015 until she left the Department to join Vanderbilt.

Ms. Shellaway was previously an associate in the Education practice group at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) where her practice focused on representing and advising public school districts and higher education institutions. Following law school, she clerked for Judge James Robertson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and for Judge Judith W. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

She is a graduate of Amherst College and earned her law degree from Yale Law School.