On The Rise 2020

Casey Payton

Casey Payton, Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc., St. Thomas, VI

Casey Payton, Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc., St. Thomas, VI

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Casey Payton

Casey attended the University of California, Berkeley where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literature. After college, Casey began her career as the District Scheduler for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, which inspired her to attend Howard University School of Law.

Casey clerked for the Honorable Judge Debra S. Watlington in the Family Division of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands and then served as an Assistant Public Defender at the Office of the Territorial Public Defender.

In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the U.S. Virgin Islands as Category 5 hurricanes. Through her leadership roles in the ABA Young Lawyers Division and the Virgin Islands Bar Association, Casey became the central point of contact between FEMA, the ABA, and other stakeholders to provide pro bono civil legal services to disaster survivors. Now she runs the Disaster Advocacy Program at Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc.

Casey enjoys developing substantive in-person programming and webinars for local and national bar associations.

Outside of work, Casey loves to read, volunteer, and spend time with her family.