Young, William

Program
Evening

Undergraduate institutions and degrees
American Military University – BA in International Relations; Defense Language Institute – AA in Chinese Mandarin; Community College of the Air Force – AAS in Intelligence Studies and Technology

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
Bowie, MD

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
Moot Court Board; National Trial Team; Maryland Journal of International Law

Post-graduation plans
Undecided

Finish this sentence: I could not have gotten through law school without…
 The people in the evening program and on the National Trial Team

Who are your mentors? How have they impacted your journey?
Lindsey McCulley, Ben Salsbury, Ian Anthony, Justin Wallace, Pat Dillon, and Mark Graber. They taught me the most about what it means to be a lawyer and how to improve myself. They challenged me and spent a lot of time helping develop and refine my skillset.

What did you learn about yourself in law school?
That I want to be a trial lawyer.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
Dan Kobrin. He worked extremely hard to teach us. This sounds simple, but his class was about more than a textbook or a final examination. I can’t count the number of essential things I learned in his class, whether they were on topic or not. He came in with one mission: making better lawyers. And he succeeded.

What was your favorite class and why?
Judge Shar’s trial advocacy class. It was very different than any black letter law class or seminar. It was a breath of fresh air that provided context and perspective to what I was doing in school.

Write a message.
Thank you to the professors who taught in the evening program. Without you, I wouldn’t have the chance to go to law school.

Thank you to my friends at school. Specifically, my trial team teammates, including Dylan, Kailey, Summer, Kevin, Tam, Tim, Hannah, Lindsey, Fiona, and Jhonell. And the evening class of 2020: Ben, Dave, Laura, Eliza, John, and Mike.

Thank you to the people who helped me develop to get to a point where I could be competitive in the legal career field: Daniel Sipko, Victor Zaccheo, and Chris Feyjoo-Sanchez.

Thank you to Ernie Mills and Dan O’Leary for helping me love education.

Thank you to my family. My dad and, most importantly, my wife and daughters who have sacrificed a lot so I could get here.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank Jenni Conway. She believed in this for 32 years and without her there is no chance I would have gone to law school.