Executive Director, Co-Founder
Kyle McEntee is an attorney, public policy expert, and self-taught web developer who is nationally recognized for improving American legal education through advocacy and technology.
McEntee is the co-founder of Law School Transparency and has served as its executive director since 2009. During that time McEntee has emerged as a key figure in American legal education, publishing scholarly articles, issuing reports, and speaking at conferences and seminars on the need for reform. He is a frequent commentator in the press, having been quoted hundreds of times in the world's most reputable news organizations, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Economist, NPR, and others. He has written columns in Bloomberg, the National Law Journal, ABA Journal, Above the Law, New York Post, Huffington Post, and Harvard Law Record.
McEntee is a licensed North Carolina attorney with a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a special advisor to The Pipeline to Practice Foundation, an organization committed to enhancing diversity in the legal profession by supporting and nurturing diverse law students and early-career attorneys at key stages of their academic and professional development. He is the chief programmer behind LST's innovative web-based tools, which are accessed for free by over 200,000 users per year. His work as a web developer has played a major role in making the fruits of LST's advocacy efforts accessible to the general public.
McEntee is one of the youngest members of the legal profession to have been nationally recognized for his work. While still in law school, McEntee was voted Lawyer of the Year by readers of Above the Law. At age 26, the ABA Journal named him a Legal Rebel for his work "challenging the institutional gatekeepers of the legal profession" and the National Jurist has named him the 5th most influential person in legal education. At age 27, the National Law Journal named McEntee to its list of the 100 most influential lawyers in America, the youngest ever on the list. The list included former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Kathleen Sullivan (first female name partner of an AmLaw 100 firm), and David Boies and Ted Olson, the attorneys who represented opposing presidential candidates in the Gore v. Bush Supreme Court decision and later joined forces to overturn California's gay marriage ban.
McEntee was the chief investigator for the 2015 State of Legal Education, LST's report about the unethical choices many law schools are making in the face of financial pressure. The report has already sparked interest from U.S. Senators, the Department of Education, and the ABA. It has also led to a new interpretation of the non-exploitation standard, approval of a maximum attrition standard, and preliminary approval of a stronger, fairer minimum bar passage rate.
Patrick J. Lynch
Chair of the Board of Directors, Co-Founder
Patrick J. Lynch is an international environmental advocate and public policy expert. He holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Economics and English Literature from Fairfield University. In 2015 he was named a Member of the IUCN's World Commission on Environmental Law.
Lynch works with several organizations in Chile, including Futaleufu Riverkeeper, the first Waterkeeper organization in Patagonia; U.S. Lawyers in Chile, a professional organization, and American Citizens Abroad, an advocacy group for Americans living overseas (Country Contact).
For his advocacy work in Chile, Lynch has been profiled in Outdoors Magazine (in Spanish) and Patagon Journal (bilingual). He has spoken at film festivals and universities and has written several pieces on environmental campaigns in Patagonia, as well as two academic articles in the Pace Law Review (with Kyle McEntee) and the University of Michigan Journal on Law Reform (with McEntee and Derek Tokaz).
Lynch currently lives in Santiago, Chile.
Derek is a licensed New York attorney with a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Philosophy and English from the University of Alabama. He is Editor-in-Chief of Constitutional Daily, a legal humor blog recognized in the 2011 ABA Journal Blawg 100. He recently earned a Masters in Fine Arts from American University. He teaches English Composition at AU and is one of hosts of I Am The Law, LST's podcast about law jobs.
LST Radio Team
LST Radio is a network of podcasts related to our mission of making entry to the legal profession more transparent, affordable, and fair.
I Am The Law features lawyers from around the country discussing their jobs so that students can better understand what the practice of law is really like. The weekly show launched in January 2015 and is one of the fastest-growing podcasts covering the legal profession. Women In The Law is a mini-series, launching in Fall 2016, about the challenges women continue to face in the legal profession. Kyle McEntee is the executive producer for both shows.
I Am The Law Hosts
Women In The Law Producers
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Patrick J. Lynch
Secretary & Treasurer
Sam is Corporate Counsel at Cox Automotive in Atlanta. Previously, he was a civil litigator specializing in securities regulation and professional liability at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta. He holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy from Georgia State University. Sam is admitted to the Georgia State Bar, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Julia is the CEO and founder of Hire an Esquire, a company reimagining legal staffing. Julia's route to a traditional legal career was redirected when she was sidetracked and then intrigued by the contract attorney world and those that occupied it. She has previously been an adjunct law professor, AMLaw 200 contract attorney, and subject matter expert for a consulting firm's legal clients. She holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law.
Retired Board of Directors
Natalie Reyes is associate director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Center for Court Innovation. Prior to joining the Center, Natalie spent four years in Santiago, Chile, where she provided technical assistance for legal and public policy reform of Latin American criminal and civil justice systems at the Organization of American States' Justice Studies Center of the Americas. One of her specialties was how U.S. pretrial reforms could be applied in the Latin American context. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Lauren Ramos is a civil litigator at McGuire Woods in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Virginia.
Mike Spivey has helped lead the law admissions and law career services efforts at Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Colorado. Presently, he is a partner at Spivey Consulting Group, an admissions and employment consulting company.
National Advisory Board Council
The group includes current and former partners at national law firms, industry executives, prelaw advisors, current and former law school deans, current and former law professors, consumer advocates, and many more leaders in and around the profession. We are so proud to have such an esteemed group supporting our efforts to improve the legal profession. Their advice and insight will prove valuable in the years to come.
The NAC is led by David Frakt. Full list of founding members and their bios.
At various times, we've benefited from the help of interns and research assistants. These volunteers have been current students, prospective students, and even people unrelated to the legal profession.
Law School Transparency was founded as a Tennessee non-profit by two Vanderbilt law students (both of whom have since graduated) in July 2009. However, the co-founders—Patrick Lynch (Class of 2010) and Kyle McEntee (Class of 2011)—began the initiative well before making the decision to incorporate.
On March 14th, 2008, at Vanderbilt University Law School's Admitted Students Day, Vanderbilt took an important step towards improving transparency by releasing a list of where, and with whom, 196 of the 223 Class of 2007 graduates were employed. The list was well-received by accepted students, which at the time included Kyle. Kyle and another prospective student took Vanderbilt's list and added public data to create a spreadsheet, which they then published on various online discussion boards. Some prospectives chose to attend Vanderbilt at least partially because of the list, including Kyle. Shortly thereafter, Kyle and Patrick began discussing the benefits of the list and the possibility of creating a new standard for reporting employment statistics across all law schools.
In the summer of 2009, Patrick and Kyle incorporated LST. This was the critical turning point in their efforts to increase law school transparency. It was apparent that law schools would be difficult to sway towards more disclosure and that disclosure was a key first step towards affordable legal education, while also clear that law schools failing to meet a reasonable request for employment data would be the best first step for achieving system-wide reform. The deceptive employment statistics that schools published with the tacit approval of the American Bar Association added an extra layer to what would prove to be a complex system of problems.
Channeling Justice Brandeis and his famous quote that "sunlight is the best disinfectant," Kyle and Patrick believed that the unethical system would tumble if exposed. They set out to shape a national discussion about how soaring tuition and excessive enrollments were propped up by deceptive marketing, deliberate choices to keep job statistics from applicants, and blank checks from a predatory student loan program.