Texas Bar Convention 
Arizona Bar Convention 


Arizona Law finished a happy trek through the Pacific Northwest last week seeing alumni and friends in Portland and Seattle. And we came with the sun.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us. 

Alumni reception in Portland.

Alumni breakfast in Seattle.

In this week's Letter of the Law we profile Seattle alumna Raina Wagner

Next week, we head to Texas! If you are attending the Texas or Arizona Bar Conventions, join us at one of these upcoming receptions:
Houston, Texas
State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 
Thursday, June 21

Phoenix, Ariz.
State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention 
Thursday, June 28

Until the footnotes,


Spotlight on Seattle Alumna Raina Wagner ('12)
Raina Wagner ('12) is a triple wildcat. Originally from Tucson, she has earned a University of Arizona BA in history and journalism, an MFA in creative writing, and her JD. 
But the degrees came on her time. Raina worked as a journalist at the Arizona Daily Star and The Seattle Times for nearly a decade before returning to the U of A for her law degree.
She selected Arizona Law for the small classes, nationally respected faculty, and extensive clinical programs. The move also allowed her son and daughter to spend more of their childhoods with their grandparents in Tucson.
Looking back on her time at the college, she shares her favorite memory,
"I had a group of friends who really enjoyed Professor Donald Large's property class as 1Ls. He was very tough, but his no-nonsense delivery and endless humorous anecdotes made a hard class enjoyable. We all opted to take his advanced class as 2Ls. 

Then, when we were second semester 3Ls -- and trying to plan out as easy a schedule as possible -- we learned that Prof. Large was going to teach Conflicts of Law for 2Ls and 3Ls. It's one of the hardest subjects with a known-tough teacher. But we signed up for it anyway. 

And during his last lecture, Prof. Large delivered a little soliloquy for the 3Ls, the Class of 2012, calling us his favorite class of students ever in his long life of teaching law. He acknowledged it was slightly impolitic to laud us this way right in front of the 2Ls, but he did it anyway -- which made us all laugh. It was a sweet and personal ending to my three years at Arizona Law."
She recalls many her favorite Tucson activities, including seeing many shows at Centennial Hall, watching her kids' swim meets at Highland Vista Pool, and exploring Saguaro National Park. She says,
"I highly recommend a full-moon night hike in the desert at Saguaro National East. It's amazing how much you can see via moonlight."
Today, Raina is a senior associate at K&L Gates in Seattle. Working in the firm's Complex Commercial Disputes Practice Group, she specializes in trade secrets with a focus on complex e-discovery.
She works with partners who handle huge matters for clients like Amazon, but more often works on smaller cases with mid-size business owners who are trying navigate business or financial conflicts. She also maintains a robust practice with government clients, such as the City of Seattle, King County, and various school districts.
"With public clients, I often work them through issues involving the Washington Public Records Act, which is fun because it's in the same world as my prior life as a journalist -- though interestingly, these days I am more likely to find myself on the other side of that conflict."
If you are in Seattle, Raina recommends enjoying the water. Her favorite places include the cliff view of Puget Sound in Discovery Park and Puget Sound from Lincoln Park in West Seattle. For a more involved adventure, she encourages visitors to kayak the San Juan Islands.

Raina's Family: son, Jackson (16), husband BJ,
daughter Bella (18), and Raina. Credit Meryl Schenker Photography.

Around the College
Law Camp - For High School Students

All high school students interested in exploring the theory and pratice of law are invited to attend our law camp. Learn about innovative programs at the College of Law including the only BA in Law program in the country. Sample law classes. Participate in a mock trial. Explore the college. 

No cost to attend. Free lunch provided. 
Friday, June 22, 2018
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

For more information and to register, contact Mark Blair at mlmb@email.arizona.edu

Constitutional Issues in Higher Education

The Dean of Students Office at the University of Arizona presents the "Constitutional Issues in Higher Education" Symposium on Thursday, June 21. 

This year's symposium theme, "Abiding Freedoms," highlights the important role of colleges and universities to protect and promote free inquiry and expression as well as develop individuals, who are intellectually and socially prepared for meaningful civic engagement and respectful dialogue. 

There will be workshops on topics such as guns, free expression of student athletes and using speech to justify prejudice. To learn more about the event and to register, please visit:  http://cihe.arizona.edu.

Seeking Albuquerque Alumni and Employers!

Arizona Law's Career Development Office invites you to participate in the Albuquerque Interview Program on Wednesday, August 8 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa. 

Employers will have the opportunity to meet current students and recent graduates who have a particular interest in practicing in New Mexico. This year, the interviews will be followed by a hosted networking luncheon. The luncheon will provide alumni the chance to reconnect with fellow Wildcats and interact with Arizona Law candidates in a casual setting.

To register for an Interview Program click here. To register for the networking lunch only, please email Adam Cirzan at acirzan@email.arizona.edu.

A good bit of our summer is spent on the road, visiting our great alumni and friends around the US and beyond.

As many of you enjoy the open roads of summer vacation, we wish you a safe and fun adventure. 

When you can, snap a photo in your Arizona Law attire and send it our way. 




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