|"The professors at William & Mary furthered my commitment and enthusiasm for international law. They were experienced and knowledgeable about the field, so classes included both the legal theories and the practical realities of working in international law. The professors challenged us to go beyond conventional wisdom and prepared me for my work in both Kosovo and at the World Bank."|
Shana Hofstetter (2008)
Attorney, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement & Compliance
Shana Hofstetter works as an international trade attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Shana's work focuses on antidumping laws, which deal with exports to the United States that are priced below their price in home markets or below their cost of production, and countervailing duty laws, which deal with exports to the United States from foreign industries that receive government subsidies. She represents the Commerce Department before the United States Court of International Trade, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement.
Shana graduated from William & Mary Law School in May 2008. While at William & Mary, she took a large range of classes in international law, including public international law, European Union law, international trade law, and human rights law. She also took three specialized seminars in Post-Conflict Justice and the Rule of Law, Law and Development, and International Organizations. During her seminar on Post-Conflict Justice and the Rule of Law, Shana worked with a project in Haiti analyzing customary law and the traditional justice system. This class helped Shana while writing her student note, which explored the interaction between customary law and microfinance and was published by the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Shana also spent her 2L summer working in Kosovo where she had the opportunity to work as a law clerk for an international justice at the Supreme Court of Kosovo and for the National Center for State Courts rule of law project in Pristina.
Shana was awarded the 2008-2009 Drapers Scholarship and spent the 2008 – 2009 year studying international commercial law at Queen Mary University in London. Her experience at William & Mary influenced her class choices in London; Shana decided to continue her education in international trade law after being inspired by her international trade law and international business transactions classes. After returning from London, she worked as a consultant in the Legal Department of the World Bank in Washington, DC.