Any help with this would be much appreciated. Here's my situation: out of school for 5 years, applying in the fall. I'll have a couple good recs from work, I'm pretty sure, but my advisor suggests that at least one academic rec would be nice. As an undergrad, I never thought I'd be applying to ls, so I never lined up any recs back in the day.
There is one professor in particular I really enjoyed; I was in her junior tutorial, and she advised me on my senior thesis until I decided to drop it (personal reasons, not academic). But it was a pretty big school, and she has since moved on to Washington & Lee - nowhere near where I live. I feel awkward emailing her after this long to ask for a rec. I did well in her class, but the truth is she probably doesn't remember me.
Following a lot of previous good advice read here, I'm ready to send to her copies of any and all of the work I did for her, including my junior paper (I even still have her comments on it). I'm also prepared to explain to her what I'm doing now, and why I want to go to law school. In other words, I know more or less what I have to do. I just am having trouble getting started! What's the appropriate way to start my email to her? "Hi! Remember me?"? "You may not remember me, but I got an A in your tutorial a few years back..."? "Hey, what's up?"?
I know this is a lame thing to ask in a post, but I'd love to hear any suggestions for how to open up a request email like this. I've never been good at asking favors of people.