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Rashelle Tanner '98Alumni Relations and Student Affairs launch evening student discussion series

The Offices of Alumni Relations and Student Affairs launched the Roundtable Discussion Series for Evening Students this spring. These discussions provide students with intimate and substantive networking opportunities. The series is one of the many alumni programs designed specifically to accommodate the schedules of our evening students. 
The Roundtable Discussion Series kicked off with Rashelle Tanner ’98, vice president and general counsel for CRISTA Ministries, a nonprofit with approximately 1,200 employees nationally and nearly 600 overseas. Prior to working for CRISTA, Rashelle was a litigator at Williams, Kastner & Gibbs, PLLC and focused her practice on employment litigation, corporate governance and coverage issues. Tanner is an active force in the community, serving as a board member for Vision House and Child Care Resources. She is co-vice president of Diversity Affairs for the Washington Women Lawyers Bar Association, while an active member of the Loren Miller Bar Association and Washington State Bar Association.
James Spencer '05The second roundtable featured James Spencer '05, managing partner of Spencer Anderson & Buhr, PLLC.  Having graduated cum laude from the law school, Spencer entered private practice. His area of specialty includes wills and trusts, domestic partnership planning, probate and business formation. Spencer is a legal blogger whose topics range from the importance of having an estate plan to how same-sex couples in Washington can protect their assets. He is an active member of QLAW, Leadership Tomorrow, City Year and the Greater Seattle Business Association.
James AndrusThe series concluded with James Andrus, a partner at K & L Gates with a focus on corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions and a broad range of corporate financial transactions. Before joining K&L Gates, Andrus practiced finance and corporate law in Houston, Texas. Andrus is a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee, and board member with the Northwest Hedge Fund Society, Central Washington Business School, and Pioneer Human Services. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Andrus serves as an adjunct professor with the law and business schools of Seattle University.  He is the incoming president of the King County Bar Association.
James AndrusIn designing the series, the Offices of Alumni Relations and Student Affairs sought to provide students with a diverse look at the practice of law and the different choices each speaker made after graduation from law school. For example, Tanner decided to leave life as an associate in a major Seattle firm to become head counsel of a large nonprofit organization, while Spencer chose to hang his own shingle. A member of K & L Gates' hiring committee for the past seven years, Andrus addressed the current economic downturn, encouraging students to enhance their marketability by seizing opportunities, while continuing to research and develop expertise in special areas of interest.
If you would like more information about how you can be involved in the Alumni Roundtable Discussion Series, please contact


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