Casey Summar, Of Counsel
Casey Summar is an advisor to nonprofits, foundations, arts councils, and artists nationally on legal matters as well as strategy, planning, and program development. She is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University.
Previously, Casey founded the Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in 2005 which later grew to become the Arts & Business Council. She served as its Executive Director from its founding until 2017. In that role, she directed a suite of programs designed to provide artists with the services, skills, and opportunities they need to thrive. Casey was recognized for this work as the 2016 Nonprofit CEO of the Year for Middle Tennessee. She was also 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.
Casey currently serves on the boards of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) and the Carpinteria Arts Center. She recently concluded a term on the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Council. Other highlights from her community service include serving as Chair of the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Industries Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division, Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Entertainment & Sports Law Section, and Chair of the Nashville Arts Coalition.
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. Casey is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.