Oriene Shin graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2014 after serving as president of the Student Bar Association.
While still a young graduate, Shin has quickly built a resume and made an impact while as a policy associate at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in Washington D.C., where she is responsible for supporting NAPABA’s advocacy efforts on issues including civil rights, immigration, voting rights, and language access and handle a portfolio of federal legislation relating to these issues. Shin also manages and coordinate NAPABA’s internship programs.
Prior to joining NAPABA, she worked at Polaris, a leading anti-human trafficking organization, as a policy fellow and consultant and as a strategic initiatives specialist on the organization’s first disruption campaigns. While at Polaris, her work included developing and implementing a national strategy, including a state and local legislative agenda for Polaris’ initiative to end human trafficking in the illicit massage industry. During her time as a fellow, she worked extensively on state legislation and regulation to impact human trafficking in all 50 states. She also volunteered at free legal clinics dedicated to assisting unaccompanied children.
Shin credits her time at the S.J. Quinney College of Law for helping her to gain the skills she uses in her position today. Her law school experience also provided Shin with many memories and friendships, she said.
“There are a lot of memories that I have from law school, from eating the hottest chicken wing (just one) in the county, to teaching civics through the Pro Bono Initiative. However, out of all of the memories, one memory that I continue to reminisce with friends is doing the Moot Court Competition,” said Shin. “Staying up all night to complete my moot court brief with my partner and going straight to class after submitting the briefs is a memory that will always stay with me.”