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Rachael Sedgwick is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. She holds a graduate degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in English from Cabrini College. She previously worked as a Law Clerk at the Smith Law Group, conducting legal research, and wrote memos on medical malpractice, and evidentiary and other trial-related issues. In Law School, Rachael worked as a Rule 38(d) Certified Limited Practice Student at the Family Law Clinic. She was a member of the Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law and wrote a substantial paper about international trade and education services under the World Trade Organization GATS Agreement. Before Law School, Rachael was an Education Consultant at the Santa Fe Ranch Foundation, where she led strategic planning, revised bylaws, wrote grants, and edited publications. In addition, she worked as an English Teaching Fellow with the Atlas Service Corp. in Colombia, and as Program Administrator at the Greenwich Education Group Schools in Stamford, Connecticut. Rachael is actively involved in the Tucson community, presently serving as a Board Member on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

EDUCATION
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ
Juris Doctor May 2017
Honors: Dean’s Achievement Scholarship • Dean’s List, Spring & Fall 2016 • Best Brief, Advanced Legal Writing,
Fall 2015
Journal:
Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, Member
Associations: Family & Juvenile Law Association, Vice President • Law Women’s Association, Member • ABA
Assessment & Learning Outcomes Committee, Member • UA Summer Law Camp, Leader


University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies, Phoenix, AZ
Candidate (“ABD”), Educational Doctor, Ed. Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction December 2014
Honors & Awards: Golden Key Honor Society


University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA
Master in the Science of Education, Secondary Education May 2003
Honors & Awards: PENN GSE Merit Scholarship


Cabrini College, King of Prussia, PA
Bachelor of Arts, English May 2001
Honors & Awards:
Summa Cum Laude graduate • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society• Best Physical Comedian Award


LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Smith Law Group, Tucson, AZ
Law Clerk, October 2017 – November 2017
Conducted legal research and wrote memos on medical malpractice, evidentiary and other
trial-related issues; drafted motions, affidavits, joinders, and other court documents


Law Offices of Lisa McNorton, Tucson, AZ
Legal Assistant, August 2015 – January 2017
Wrote research memos on family law issues related to marital dissolution, custody disputes,
property settlements; at least one memo was published in part by final court order.


University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Family Law Clinic, Tucson, AZ
Rule 38(d) Certified Limited Practice Student, January 2016 – December 2016
As Attorney or Guardian Ad Litem, advocated in court for  clients in Spring 2015 and Summer 2016,
and Fall 2016; cross-examined a dozen witnesses; researched legal issues,
filed motions; collaborated with social workers, parents, school personnel, other attorneys to serve the best interests of clients.


Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Education & Health Section, Phoenix, AZ
Legal Extern, June 2015 – August 2015
Researched and wrote memos under the supervision of Kevin Ray, Leslie Cooper,
Jordan Ellel, and other AZ. Attorneys General on health and education law issues; observed ADE Board
meetings; filed complaints; helped attorneys prepare for trials.

 

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, Tucson, AZ
Board Member, January 2017 – December 2020
Elected by 50,205 people to join five-member board that establishes district-wide policies, allocates $600+
million budget, hires and manages Superintendent, authorizes the hiring of all employees, establishes
processes and procedures for Board communications; visit schools, correspond with constituents, represent
TUSD at functions; participate in the legislative process; TUSD Technology Oversight Committee appointee.


Santa Fe Ranch Foundation, Nogales, AZ
Education Consultant, August 2006 – August 2014
Created education program in 2007; led strategic planning, revised bylaws, wrote grants, edited publications.


Atlas Service Corp and Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), Bogotá, Colombia
English Teaching Fellow, August 2013 – June 2014
Developed English curriculum, mentored English teachers, taught English, participated in strategic planning.


Bridgeport Public Schools: Waltersville School, Bridgeport, CT
Writing Specialist, English Credit Recovery Teacher (Adult), August 2012 – June 2013
Taught writing K – 8
th grade and raised achievement scores by 20%; taught in credit recovery program.


Greenwich Education Group Schools, Stamford, CT
Program Administrator, April 2011 – June 2012
Managed summer program, coordinated academic programs, developed curricula, researched policy.


The Learning Lab, Tucson, AZ
Assistant Director, July 2009 – March 2011
Managed site, established relationships, developed curricula, mentored teachers; taught high school.


Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy, San Francisco, CA
Secular Principal, Teacher, February 2007 – July 2008
Managed academic program, hired teachers, supervised faculty, led professional development and evaluated
instruction, revised school policy, created newsletters and handbooks.


Escuela Kilkenny, Salamanca, Spain
English Language Teacher, September 2005 – May 2006
Taught English as a Foreign Language, tutored children and adults in-home.


British Institutes, Vibo Valentia, Italy
English Language Teacher, September 2001 – June 2002
Taught English as a Foreign Language to students of all ages and levels, beginner to advanced