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Roy Diaz ’02 Assumes Position as Law School Alumni Association President

SEATTLE – Following the tenure of Maurice Claussen ’04, Dr. Diaz became President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors in July 2011. He is a member of the Biotechnology Legal Team at Intellectual Ventures. Prior to joining Intellectual Ventures, Dr. Diaz was an associate at the firms of Finnegan and Henderson and at Seed Intellectual Law Group developing a wide ranging practice including patent litigation, patent procurement, due diligence investigations, opinion work, and client counseling primarily in the medical, chemical, electrical, and pharmaceutical areas.

Dr. Diaz is a life-long Dawg earning a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a M.S. and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, and a J.D. – all from the University of Washington.

Dr. Diaz took on this leadership position because he believes that an institution that provides “opportunity and access to a legal education stands as a measure of our collective humanity.” He continues, “In accepting the privilege of a legal education, we also assume the ongoing obligation to invest in the success and betterment of the law school and our community. I joined the board because I am committed to these tenets.”

As board president, Dr. Diaz says that he wants “the sixty-second year of the LSAA to serve as a benchmark for creating a culture of engagement—a culture that fosters the notion of students, staff, and alumni actively engaged and invested in the success and advancement of the school and our community.”

UW Law Alumni Director Beverly Sanders and the UW Law Alumni Association is ecstatic to welcome and work with Dr. Diaz in his new role as president of the Association. “Dr. Diaz serves as an extraordinary example of a devoted and highly engaged alumnus who contributes equally to the law school and the campus as a whole. The board is already energized and moving forward in their work to make Dr. Diaz’s vision of a more engaged, collaborative alumni board a reality.”

He currently serves as a member of the United Way of King County Fundraising Cabinet, as well as a Trustee of the University of Washington Alumni Association.

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