Shannon Grandy Allongo was born and raised in Midland, Texas. She completed two study abroad programs as an undergraduate that solidified her interest in international issues, particularly in those that relate to the family and to religion. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a BS in Marriage, Family, and Human Development and a minor in Spanish, she entered the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2008. After her first year of law school, Shannon interned with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit firm that litigates for freedom of religious expression. She hopes to continue to learn more about and promote religious freedom as it relates to law by serving on the Executive Committee for the Symposium this year.