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Aireyawna Youmans is our 2022 Fellow. She is currently a student at UNLV Law School and aspires to be an IT lawyer.

Aireyawna

I am proud of my ability to write poetry and prose.

INFJ.

Bad communication.

An ambivert. I can totally have fun learning from and meeting new people, but also prefer my own company and enjoy a lot of space.

Quite-so. Bunnies are my favorite. If you are in the Las Vegas area, please consider adopting through Bunnies Matter, a nonprofit dedicated to chipping and rehoming bunnies that were once abandoned here.

I do not enjoy tv shows.

It's really hard to mess up anything in the fish and vegetable department. My favorite meal is halo-halo, although it can be a bit messy to make.

I enjoy reading surveillance-history books and books of poetry.

If it is on Earth somewhere, I would like to see it.

Definitely flying.

Vegas will always be home.

Definitely a tie. We went to Red Rock, read poetry, ate fruits and cheese, and basked in the sun until it went down. Or, when we went to a rage room and broke plates and glasses and computer parts and then watched fish swim around quietly afterward.

Pretty much any of the bands or artists I was listening to at the time.

Zoology and history for sure. Though, I was a fan of any class that let me read under my desk.

My boss was a really cool person; he challenged me to find my own answers before asking others questions.

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Jacob Smith is our 2021 Fellow. He is currently a student at UNLV Law School and aspires to be an IP lawyer specializing in Open Source.

Jacob Smith

What talent are you most proud of?

This question was difficult for me, so I am going to interpret it a different way. Discovering, learning, and training duo acrobatics has led to many talents and has greatly impacted the trajectory of my life. I am proud of the changes not only in my understanding of health but also in the way I view life that I have gained through acrobatics.

Do you know your Meyers-Briggs?

Last I checked I was ENTP, however when I was younger I consistently tested as INTP. I haven't taken a test since attending law school and I think I have changed over this process.

What are your pet peeves?

I hate when someone lies to me and I can't stand when someone chews loudly with their mouth open

Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

I don't like to consider myself as either to be honest. In the past when I saw myself as an introvert I felt more apprehensive to socialize, and when I considered myself an extrovert I felt more pressure to socialize.

Are you an animal person?

Absolutely. I have two cats at the moment (Sazerac and Paloma) but I have had all sort of animals when I was younger. One of my life goals is to have a wild raven that hangs out with me when I go hiking in its area.

What’s your favorite tv show to binge watch?

The one series I can always come back to again and again is King of the Hill.

What’s your favorite meal to cook yourself?

I keep it simple when I'm cooking for myself. If someone else is involved though I'm a big fan of some sort of roast with Mojo sauce.

What kinds of book do you enjoy reading?

I'm a big fan of Jack Kerouac, David Graeber, and Neil Gaiman.

What places are on your travel bucket list?

I hope to travel a bunch in my life, but one place I've always thought would be really fun to visit is the Basque region of Spain.

Do you prefer to fly or drive when you travel?

I love a good road trip. I used to drive the perfect little Blazer that barely slept two in the back that was great for road trips. I do love the time you save with flying though. I also really like airports.

Where would you move to if you could bring your friends and family with you?

I don't hate where I'm at currently.

What was the best date you ever went on?

I got taken to this amazing Japanese restaurant recently. The uni was so good that I started crying.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in high school?

I have no idea. I probably just agreed with what everyone else said. My pop culture knowledge at that time was really bad.

What subjects did you most enjoy in school?

I've always liked math and physics. I thought I hated writing until I got to college and realized I loved writing about specific topics

What did you enjoy most about your last job?

I really enjoyed how much I learned. It was a dive into the unfamiliar so I was constantly learning new things.

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Jungmin James Park is our first Executive Director. He is a proud graduate of UC Berkeley and UNLV Law and is ultimately responsible for what we accomplish here at the Neon Law Foundation. Below are his answers to some "get-to-know-you" questions.

Jungmin Park

What talent are you most proud of?

Finding an inappropriate joke in rock bottom situations.

Do you know your Meyers-Briggs?

I usually get INTP, but I've also gotten ENTP and even INTJ when I went to compare results among MBTI test providers or tried alternate interpretations I had of the test questions. Perhaps my interest in examining the consistency of the test is indicative of my personality...

What are your pet peeves?

Stingy scoops at restaurants like Chipotle and Panda Express. I'm talking less than a flat scoop from a full tray outside of peak hours-no excuses.

Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

Introvert, but can be convincingly extroverted when required.

Are you an animal person?

Yes, but I have no love for mosquitos and ticks.

What's your favorite tv show to binge watch?

I recently binge watched Squid Games like the rest of the world, but I tend to watch food and travel shows. I follow Strictly Dumpling (Mike Chen) on YouTube, and I like to revisit Anthony Bourdain's work.

What's your favorite meal to cook yourself?

I make a three-egg omelet for breakfast on a near daily basis with any combination of peppers, spinach, onion, mushrooms, cheese, tomatoes, and ham.

What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?

Lately, I've been interested in self-help books like Jordan Peterson's “12 Rules For Life” and Jocko Willink's “Extreme Ownership”. However, I mostly read from Wikipedia, Quora, and Reddit, and go down hyperlink rabbit holes on those sites for general knowledge.

What places are on your travel bucket list?

Italy, Turkey, Japan, and somewhere with glaciers.

Do you prefer to fly or drive when you travel?

Drive the first time, fly to revisit.

Where would you move to if you could bring your friends and family with you?

Houston left a good first impression on me on a recent short visit. I am curious about Dallas and will have to check it out. San Diego is cool but too expensive and seems to be getting increasingly crowded.

What was the best date you ever went on?

It was in 2011 when I had just moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. A newly made acquaintance I met at a local bus stop while on my way to school invited me to visit a Ceramic Art show with her in San Francisco. She was also new to the area, so neither of us really knew where we were going, and GPS directions were unreliable. We got lost for a bit, but that ended up being a good way to get to know each other, and we managed to find our way to the Fort Mason Center in time for the show. The Bay's largest food truck rally also happened to be conveniently parked right outside for the evening.

We had such a memorable day getting to know each other, exploring a new place, and sharing a small feast, that we both felt we had to acknowledge it was a date. We shared a relationship for six years.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were in high school?

Emma Stone in Superbad (2007) and Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls (2004).

What subjects did you most enjoy in school?

Geography, sociology, speech communications & debate, astronomy, the Rhetoric of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe.

What did you enjoy most about your last job?

I had free food and housing, and got paid to hike around in the forest by moonlight and compass with a rifle slung on my back. There was a lot of yelling and not much sleep, but it was a meaningful experience.