Baylor Law Student, Joseph Shaneyfelt, Candidate for Chair of ABA Law Student Division

February 26, 2018

Baylor Law Student, Joseph Shaneyfelt, Candidate for Chair of ABA Law Student Division

WACO, Texas, February 2018 -

Taking Baylor Law's message of 'Lawyers as Leaders' to heart, 2L student a candidate to lead the second-largest division of the American Bar Association.

Baylor Law's Joseph Shaneyfelt talks to current law students about his goals if elected Chair of the ABA Law Student Division

Baylor Law 2L student, Joseph Shaneyfelt, has been selected by the nominating committee of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association (ABA) to run for chair of the Law Student Division. As a candidate for the position of chair, Shaneyfelt will face American University, Washington College of Law, student Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed in the Spring online vote of the more than 400 members of the Law Student Division Assembly.

If elected chair, Shaneyfelt will represent the interests of the nation's law students as he leads the division's nine-member Law Student Council in setting and implementing its agenda through the 2018-2019 school year. Shaneyfelt will oversee the division, which represents more than 120,000 law students from the nation's 204 ABA-accredited law schools. The Law Student Division is the second-largest division of the ABA.

As chair, Shaneyfelt will travel to ABA meetings around the country, and Washington, D.C., to lobby members of Congress on issues of importance to the ABA and law students.

To be successful, I must first listen and learn from the former-Chairs of the Law Student Division. My goal is to represent the Law Students of today to become the Lawyers for tomorrow," stated Shaneyfelt.

He plans to address issues of mental and physical health for law students, encourage law schools to provide clean and safe spaces for nursing mothers, increase awareness of student debt, and will lobby Congress to continue and expand student loan forgiveness for Veterans and other public servants. Shaneyfelt also plans to expand the number of caucuses within the Law Student Division to ensure diversity of thought. Lastly, Shaneyfelt has developed a proposal to reduce the soaring costs of textbooks—which have risen over 1,000 percent since 1977. He will detail his proposal in early March.

Shaneyfelt is a full-time student at Baylor Law, competes on both a moot court and mock trial team, and volunteers with the Veteran's Clinic. He came to the law school after graduating with Dean's Honors from Benedictine College in Kansas. He interned with U.S. Magistrate Judge Hon. Jeffrey Manske, Western District Texas, and twice with the Office of Boards and Commissions for the State of Kansas. Shaneyfelt wants to someday investigate and prosecute corrupt politicians in the area of White Collar Crime.

To read more about Shaneyfelt and his goals, visit his LinkedIn at:, or visit the ABA website at:

Baylor Law currently has three representatives to the Law Student Division Assembly, Shaneyfelt and Samantha Leifeste serve as dual-ABA Representatives, a product of Baylor Law's unique academic quarter-system, and Gracie Wood, Baylor Law's SBA President. For additional information about the Student Bar Association and other student organizations at Baylor Law, visit:

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