Ian worked as a forest firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, while earning a B.S. in Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University (SOU). His interest in social justice and advocacy developed after living and studying in Ecuador in 2005, where he researched environmental security and public policy issues on the Galapagos Islands, in the Amazon Region, and in the Andean Highlands. After graduating from SOU in 2007, Ian moved to Alaska, where he served for five years as an Alaska Smokejumper, parachuting into remote locations in Alaska and the western U.S., in order to protect persons and property from wildfire and other natural disasters. He began his tenure at BLS in 2012, and spent his first summer as a BLSPI Fellow, working for the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project, teaching criminal justice to exceptional youth from Newark’s underserved communities. Ian is the Vice-President of BLS’s Latin American Law Students Association and Co-Chair for Law Students for Veterans Rights. As a member of the Moot Court Honor Society’s Appellate Division, Ian and his team emerged as champions of the International Criminal Court Competition. He also interned with The Bronx Defenders criminal practice and the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project. As a Sparer Fellow, Ian will be interning for the Legal Aid Society’s criminal defense practice in the Bronx.