Casey Gill Summar
Casey Gill Summar is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council, where she oversees the organization including the Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts program. Casey co-founded this program as the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (TNVLA) in 2006, serving as its Executive Director until merging TNVLA with the Arts & Business Council in 2009. She also serves as an adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School, Vanderbilt’s Peabody College, and Belmont College of Law.
Casey received her J.D. with honors from Vanderbilt University Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University with a B.F.A in Photography. She is admitted to the bar of Tennessee, and previously clerked with the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts and various entertainment law firms in Nashville, TN. Before beginning her legal career, Casey worked as a letterpress printmaker for seven years at the historic Hatch Show Print in downtown Nashville.
Casey is the Chair-Elect of the Nashville Arts Coalition, Chair of the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Industries Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division, Immediate Past Chair and Executive Council Member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Entertainment & Sports Law Section, Secretary and Founding Board Member of the Edgehill Village Neighborhood Association, Board Member of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, and Member of the Pro Bono Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. She is an alumni of the Leadership Music class of 2015 and Young Leaders Council Class 50.
Casey is proud to be a finalist for the Nonprofit CEO of the Year for the 2016 Center for Nonprofit Management Salute to Excellence Nonprofit Awards, as well as to have led development of the Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training partnership which is a finalist for the 2016 Frist Foundation Team Building Salute to Excellence Award. She was honored to be named one of Nashville’s Top 40 under 40 in 2015 and a finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
At home, Casey and her husband, Trent, enjoy spoiling their dog, working in their frontyard vegetable garden, and being passionate ambassadors for their Edgehill neighborhood.
Amber’s dream is to help people create fearlessly. She has been a performer and a lover of the arts all of her life, having competed in speech, debate, and jazz choir and taken to the stage for performances in one-act plays and even the Miss Oklahoma Pageant. It is that background that fuels her desire to use her legal training to benefit creatives in their professional endeavors.
Amber graduated with honors and a Certificate in Intellectual Property from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2015. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern State University, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. Amber moved to Tennessee from Portland, Ore. to pursue her passion for entertainment law as the legal associate for the Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts program while completing her last semester of law school.
Before moving to Tennessee, Amber helped to create a legal clinic for artists in Portland in conjunction with several colleagues and a group of professional attorneys. Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA) now serves creative clients and organizations at monthly legal clinics. Amber also served as the Volunteer Coordinator at Post5 Theatre, where she developed and launched the company’s first formal volunteer program, and as an intern for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in 2013. All of these positions were held in conjunction with her work as a legal assistant at a boutique elder law and estate planning firm.
Currently, Amber sits on the Executive Council of the LGBT Bar Association for the Tennessee Bar and the planning committee for ArtCamp. In addition, Amber serves as the founder and Managing Director of Distraction Theatre Company and takes on additional roles for each production from master of properties to actress. Amber lives in East Nashville and enjoys playing with her dogs, reading scripts, writing sketch comedy, and dominating at fantasy football.