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University of Washington School of Law
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2009-11-30

Memories of Law School Inspire Van Wagenen Scholarship

Paul Van Wagenen

Inspired by how a much-needed scholarship helped make the dream of law school a reality, UW School of Law alumnus Paul G. Van Wagenen '73 has made a gift establishing The Paul G. Van Wagenen Endowed Scholarship.

"One of the oldest existing endowed scholarships at the law school is named for William Wallace Wilshire," said Van Wagenen, retired chairman and CEO of Pogo Producing Company in Houston, Texas. "I received one of those scholarships, and now I can assist a new generation to get a good legal education."

Immediately after graduating, Van Wagenen joined the law department of Exxon where his experience in oil and gas exploration included contract and transactional work, joint ventures, litigation, and federal administrative law and governmental relations. He joined Pogo Producing Company five years later to head the legal department and rose to the position of chairman and CEO.

Now retired, Van Wagenen credits much of his success to "the good legal education I received at the law school."

"For more than 60 years, the Wilshire scholarship helped so many students," he said. "Now I can continue in that tradition."