Hope A. Watson

Executive Editor

Hope is from Jefferson City, Missouri. She is interested in socially responsible urban development focused on gentrification-conscious project planning, school districting reform, and public transit expansion.  Before coming to Vanderbilt Law School, Hope attended the University of Missouri where she majored in Journalism and Political Science and founded an art therapy non-profit benefiting children from low-income families. While at Vanderbilt, Hope served as a student attorney in the Vanderbilt Immigration Practice Clinic, where she successfully represented multiple clients in guardianship proceedings before the Juvenile Court of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. Her Note, “Pornography-based Sex Trafficking: A Palermo Protocol Fit for the Internet Age” was selected for publication in 2020. It examines the connections between the international sex trade, the American pornography industry, and the procedural gaps created by the Palermo Protocol’s arguably insufficient “exploitation” definition.


Hope spent her 1L summer interning for the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and for the St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn, LLP, in the urban development practice area. Hope spent her 2L summer with the Washington, D.C., office of Thompson Coburn in the public transit regulatory practice area. She looks forward to joining this office and practice area upon graduation.