Hot Bench: Nathan Young '21

Nathan Young ‘21

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Where did you grow up?

Whidbey Island, WA.

What were you doing before coming to UVA Law? 

I was a strategic analyst at a large insurance company in Seattle for four years.

Why did you decide to come out to Virginia for law school?

I have a passion for the intersection of business, law, and policy and really wanted to be near the D.C. area at a place that has both a great law school and a great business school.

When was your son born? (congratulations to Grace and yourself by the way!)

April 1! I thought my wife was pulling a cruel April Fools’ prank when she called to say she was going into labor.

What’s his name?

Colby Jefferson Young (no, his middle name has nothing to do with being born in Charlottesville, but we love the coincidence).

Any sports teams you want him to be a fan of?

Mariners, Seahawks, UVA, but most importantly, Gonzaga basketball.

What are your favorite ways to escape the stress of law school? 

Watching or playing almost any sport. But nothing beats just having a relaxing night at the house with my wife and our new addition to the family.

Where is your favorite place to vacation? 


What did you eat for breakfast? 

French toast, eggs, and sausage—a major departure from my usual granola bar.

How do you take your coffee?

I drink an unhealthy amount of mochas.

What profession, outside of law, would you like to attempt?

I would love to spend some time working more directly in the politics/policy realm much later in my career.

What profession would you not like to try?

The world will be better off if I don’t try to pursue a singing career.

What’s something your classmates would be surprised to learn about you?

I’m obsessed with U.S. Presidential trivia. Exhibit A: I named my dogs Rufferford (Ruff) and Millard (Millie) after the 19th and 13th presidents, respectively.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

At the risk of sounding super cliché, I can’t imagine a better gift than the birth of my son last week. Other than that, for Christmas a few years ago, my dad planned a fantastic trip for the two of us to see the Mariners Spring Training in Peoria, AZ.

What advice would you give to 1Ls?
I’ll let you know if I get through the next month…