In the six years that Andrew Vail has been an associate at Jenner & Block LLP, he already has had an impact that lawyers who have practiced for decades would be proud to have achieved. Vail has worked to reform the criminal justice system and to bring transparency to police interrogations. He has assisted with high-stakes wrongful conviction cases and helped to write many notable articles on recording custodial interrogations. He has testified before state and city governments on reforms to the criminal justice system, and consulted with foreign bar associations and governments on these issues. Andrew has contributed this incredible amount of pro bono service while maintaining a busy practice in Jenner & Block’s Litigation Department and serving as a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
Andrew is a true champion for pro bono service, having dedicated over one thousand hours to pro bono work in the last year alone. He has served an important role on several cases at the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law in recent years. He helped to file an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit demonstrating eyewitness misidentification as a significant source for the potential miscarriage of justice. Andrew has also dedicated his time to educating Chicago Public School students about the justice system. He has taught constitutional law and hosted a mock trial program at Chicago’s Bell Elementary School for more than five years.
Andrew graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law and received a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina. His exceptional work has garnered recognition from the Australian Bar Association, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and the Tibetan Alliance of Chicago. Andrew’s devotion to justice, and the amount that he has accomplished so early in his career, is truly remarkable.