I am an alumnus of the law school, native Lexingtonian, and lifelong member of the W&L community as a staff and faculty kid, student, alum, and staff member. I am currently a lawyer in private practice at Akerman LLP based in Los Angeles, where I live with my wife Kara (also a W&L Law alum), our two kids, two dogs, a chicken, and a foster cat.
I was also uncommonly lucky to be Ted DeLaney’s son.
The voice I can bring to the board
I am a firm believer in the positive effect of diversity, equity, and inclusion in creating stronger organizations that can be a force for good in our communities. I also believe that fidelity to the Honor System requires W&L to confidently confront the truth of its past and its founders, and hold itself accountable to a standard that not only rejects systemic racism and white supremacy, but seeks to reverse it.
My service to the University community
As a law student, I served as second year Vice President and secretary of the Student Bar Association. I am currently serving a term as a member of the Law Council (2018-2022). I have periodically been involved with the Los Angeles alumni chapter. I have also informally mentored several law students and recent alumni seeking employment opportunities in southern California.
Other community service
I am currently on the Board of Directors of Watts Labor Community Action Committee, a non-profit community organization in the Watts district of Los Angeles. I have provided numerous hours of pro bono legal services to non-profit arts and educational organizations.
Relevant personal and professional experience
Professionally, I have experience serving as a board member of a non-profit, and am a member of its audit committee. I have represented non-profit organizations both in an advisory capacity and in litigation.
Personally, I have a very long, unique relationship with W&L that spans both sides of the ravine as the son of a prominent former faculty member on the main campus, and as a student and active alumnus of the law school. I have many long relationships with people in the W&L community that I hope would be an asset to me if chosen to serve.
I have had a reasonably successful legal career, to which I give full credit to W&L for an outstanding legal education.
Other interesting facts
I owe a lot to W&L, and would be very grateful to be able to contribute in a way that can create real positive change and growth toward being a world class institution.