Hello from Denver!
Throughout the summer, Wildcat Wednesday -- Letter of the Law will highlight alumni from around the country, particularly from cities on our summer travel and reception agenda. 
Today, we hear from one of our Seattle alums. On our trip to the Pacific Northwest in May, we enjoyed visiting with Ryan Dreveskracht ('09), who maintains a strong connection to Arizona Law through his practice.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Arizona Law in your email in-box and watch this space for upcoming gatherings in your neck of the woods this summer. Next up, Denver (tonight!) and Hawaii (June 20). Join us! 
Until the footnotes,
Catch Up with Ryan Dreveskracht ('09)
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, and with an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington (UW), Ryan Dreveskracht actually started law school in New York. He decided to transfer to the University of Arizona (UA) in his second year and never looked back. He recalls,
" Rob Williams' course on Federal Indian Law blew my mind. This is the first time I was introduced to critical race and colonial theory, which not only shaped me as lawyer but the scope through which I viewed the world as a person."
Ryan went on to earn his JD from Arizona Law in 2009. After graduation, he clerked with Judge Kathleen Kay, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, and then returned to Seattle in 2011 to join the firm Galanda Broadman. He also added an LLM from the UW in 2010.

Ryan is now a partner at Galanda Broadman. The firm has offices in Seattle and Yakama, Washington and Bend, Oregon -- and several UA law alumni in addition to Ryan. 
Ryan says that, while at the UA and after, Professor Robert Hershey's ('72) mentorship impacted him profoundly.
"It was through [Bob Hershey] that I was connected with my now-law partners (and fellow UA law alumni) Gabe Galanda ('00), Anthony Broadman ('07), and Joe Sexton ('06)."  
With Hershey joining Galanda Broadman as of-counsel in 2018, Ryan now counts him as a colleague and friend.
Ryan with his colleagues and fellow alumni Joe Sexton, 
Gabe Galanda, and Anthony Broadman.
While much of the firm's work is dedicated to serving tribal governments and businesses that work with tribes, Ryan's more recent work has focused on advocating for Native peoples' civil rights in jails, prisons, and at the hands of law enforcement. By and large, this means bringing wrongful death and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 cases to trial against states and local governments that have killed or seriously injured individuals.
In addition to this rewarding work, Ryan had a lot to say about the benefits of living in Seattle:
"My wife and I were born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. This is home. In addition, you can't find a much better place to enjoy the great outdoors. When it's raining (which is often), you can drive 45 minutes east and enjoy fresh powder. When it's sunny, you're on the ocean. And for all times in between, there's some of the best food in the country, 175 breweries, a great music scene, and a championship football team."
It was a pleasure to see -- and to share a bite to eat with -- Ryan and our other Law Cats and Arizona Law enthusiasts in the Seattle area.


Ryan and the rest of the Class of 2009 will celebrate their 10-year reunion this year! 

Find out how you can get involved in the planning for your class gathering and link to Homecoming Weekend details below.
Around the College
Save the Date: Spend 2019 Homecoming Weekend with Arizona Law  

This year's University of Arizona and College of Law Homecoming Weekend will be October 31 through November 2.
Find the full schedule and other details here:
Call for Class Reunion Volunteers
We look forward to welcoming our alumni from the reunion class years 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014 back to Arizona Law for class-specific gatherings. (All years will be celebrated at our other Homecoming Weekend events.)
As alumni from these years, you are invited to help shape your reunion celebration by joining your planning committee. Contact Corrina Eklund in the College of Law alumni office, 520-621-8430.
IPLP Offers New Flexible Master's Degree 
Working professionals seeking training in indigenous governance leadership now have more educational opportunities, thanks to flexible new offerings from the College of Law's Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program and the University of Arizona Native Nations Institute.
Beginning in the spring 2020 semester, students can pursue a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in indigenous governance through an expanded hybrid model that offers classes both in person and online and allows students to finish the degree in one year. The degree was previously only available in person.
Justin Boro, IPLP assistant director, explains that the MPS degree was designed with working professionals in mind. Students have flexibility in creating their own specialized courses of study from brief but intensive on-campus classes and robust online offerings.  
MPS students begin their studies with the three-week January in Tucson program, an immersive in-person learning experience at the University of Arizona campus led by distinguished faculty leaders in indigenous governance. The core MPS curriculum covers topics including Native nation building, comparative indigenous governance, intergovernmental relations, indigenous peoples' human rights, and community development.
The Bear Down Network is now over 2,500 Wildcats strong!

The Arizona Law online alumni network will be phasing out after June 30. But you can stay connected with Arizona Law students and alumni on the University of Arizona's new Bear Down Network! 

Join to access networking and career development opportunities exclusive to Wildcats. 

Once you've signed up, you can find classmates by looking for the College of Law Group.
In the News
National Post, quotes professor Barak Orbach
Cronkite News, includes comments from professor Kirsten Engel
Bloomberg News, quoting professor David Gantz
The Crime Report, reviews and discusses recent scholarship by professor Negar Katirai

As our Arizona Law road trip continues, we look forward to sharing more alumni stories with you in the weeks to come.





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