“I always enjoyed the part of Law School where you are helping other students, and it’s a collaborative effort.”

Alicia Diaz Wrest is taking a job guaranteed to offer her many such opportunities.  She is the new Law Library Director at San Joaquin College of Law, in addition to teaching “Legal Methods,” all while working on her Masters of Library and Information Science though the University of Arizona.

She was raised in Hanford and has always seen the Valley as her future.  Her past includes stints as everything from a waitress to produce broker and sales rep for action sports equipment, including snowboards. 

She is a 2010 graduate of SJCL.  During law school, she was Assistant Editor in Chief for the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review and published her Comment, “Buyer Beware: The Liability Gap Created by Tribal Farming,” in the 18th Volume.  She also became the first student in the Law School’s history to attend classes via Skype when she found herself bedridden during the final months of her pregnancy with her first child.  She recalls with gratitude how classmate Pauline Seiler set up the computer in class, and how the Hon. Hilary Chittick called on her to brief a case via Skype.

Wrest clerked for the Dias Law Firm, Inc. while attending law school, was hired there as an associate after passing the bar, and became a partner in the firm in 2012.  She practiced in the areas of Business Transactions and Civil Litigation.

Wrest says her top goals are “being a good mom, a participant citizen and giving back to the community," so when she saw the Librarian opening at SJCL she “just felt compelled, as if it is a calling to merge my passion for the law with helping others.”

Wrest replaces Peter Rooney, who, after ten years at SJCL, is now at the helm of the Fresno County Law Library.