Shane Young

Shane YoungShane is a third-year law student at the West Virginia University College of Law, where he is pursuing his J.D. with a focus in International Law. In his two years at West Virginia University, Shane has served in various organizations and leadership roles, has participated in competition teams, and was a member of the West Virginia University Immigration Legal Clinic. This upcoming year Shane will tackle new challenges as he transitions into his role as a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic, Senior Editor of the West Virginia Law Review, and once again, President of the West Virginia University College of Law - Class of 2018.

This summer, Shane is focusing on Human Rights and International Criminal Law Research, while also volunteering at the 4th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Corporation in Parkersburg, West Virginia. In July, Shane, along with his professors and colleagues, will be taking a month-long trip to Uganda to study Community Development and Sustainability ventures in and around the capital of Kampala. Shane hopes to make his way to Europe over the coming academic year to extern in the International Criminal Law and Human Rights field.

Originally, Shane is a corn field running, river stone skipping, small-town, first generation college graduate from the great state of Ohio. Shane received his B.A. in International Studies with a Humanitarian focus from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2011. However, Shane has been shaped over the years by his international travels, Jesuit Volunteer experiences, and informal education. He is now committed to learning and engaging in the advancement of International Criminal Law and International Human Rights law in order to benefit the generations to come.

As the Student Vice President, Shane has two main goals for the coming year. First, Shane has a goal of developing a program or resource designated to help law students explore and shape a career in International Law. This goal, started during Shane’s first term as a Student Officer, has proven to be more time intensive than he had imagined, and as such, he wants to continue to pursue this resource this year. Over the past two years, he has been to numerous panels on pathways and tips for careers in International law. Whether it has been through the IBA, ASIL, or ILSA, these panels have been beneficial in helping him shape his outlook on his chosen career. He continues to believe that a permanent online resource will be highly beneficial for our chapters and members around the world.

Secondly, Shane would like to continue to explore ways in which Student Officers can be communication tools between chapters and members around the world. With new avenues of communication, the distance between law students is now the touch of a button. There are valuable troves of information and expertise amongst law students everywhere and the ability to tap into this knowledge would benefit communities everywhere. Shane is dedicated to increasing the lines of communication between chapters and members in order to increase the collegiality moving forward.

Finally, Shane hopes to make this upcoming year a truly memorable one for all those involved with the International Law Weekend in New York City, and those competing in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition around the globe. He wants everyone to know that he is available and more than willing to help out in any way possible. Shane is a lover of travel, culture, and food; but more importantly, he is an advocate and promises to give all members of ILSA the time and effort they deserve.

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