Herrig & Vogt is excited to announce the addition of a new associate attorney, Shannon A. Jung.
A Nor-Cal native, Ms. Jung grew up in the Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley before moving to New Orleans to attend law school at Loyola. She is a firm believer in the power of the study abroad experience and spent a month and a half at the University of Amsterdam. They had classes four days a week, and often took “field trips” around the city – one of which included a visit to observe criminal proceedings in action at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
She also participated in the first Law & Technology clinic at Loyola in New Orleans, which she credits not only with giving her very practical real-world training, but also for keeping her focus on the ever-changing landscape of legal tech. That year their project was to create some piece of technology (an app, a website etc.) to accompany criminal defense. Ms. Jung and her partner created a web application that would ask the user questions to determine if they were potentially eligible to have their criminal conviction expunged (a notoriously tricky and complex process).
“Technology is an inevitability of our society and I want to learn as much as I can about it,” Ms. Jung said. “I just really wanted to be a part of whatever was going on. This is cool. It’s new. It’s forward thinking. Especially in the law, because the legal field can be so stagnant.”
After law school, Ms. Jung worked in the Louisiana state court system – and during her time as a staff attorney at the Louisiana Supreme Court she received a call from Judge Paul A. Bonin (whom she’d met previously at a state bar function). He asked her to stop by his office, which just happened to be one floor up in the same building. She’d made such a good impression on him that he offered her a job as his clerk at the court of appeals right there and then. About a year and a half later, Judge Bonin decided to move to the criminal district court, and Ms. Jung moved with him.
Of her time with Judge Bonin, Ms. Jung fondly recalls the “legal treasure hunts” he would often send her on – adventures that had her heading to the library to scour through obscure legal documents for argumentative gold.
After about 9 months at the district court, she and her husband decided to make the move back to California.
Her husband is a chef de partie at Sacramento’s much lauded The Kitchen restaurant, which recently found itself on USA Today’s “30 Best Restaurants in America” list. He puts those culinary skills to great use at home too. Ms. Jung is particularly partial to his Italian food – his recent scratch-made Genovese ravioli was a hit, as is his now-perfected focaccia recipe. Their young daughter is only just recently venturing into solid foods, but you can bet there’s not a Gerber baby food jar in sight with such a great cook around the house.
Ms. Jung enjoys practicing yoga and Transcendental Meditation, reading a variety of fiction books (if not actually finishing them), and watching Sci-Fi.