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Practicing What We Teach: Gloria Ochoa Values Skills-based Education 100-Year Stories: Sharing the Wealth Professor Beckett Sees Rwanda Reworked Professor Treuthart explores opportunities for women in Vietnam





Message from the Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Dean Jane Korn

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100-Year Stories by Gary Randall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 PROFESSOR CHERYL BECKETT SEES Rwanda REWORKED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Treuthart, HaWk, Explore Opportunities in Vietnam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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On the Cover: Adjunct law professor Gloria Ochoa is preparing students who are choosing to launch a solo legal practice as part of Gonzaga’s new skills-based education. Photo by Rajah Bose.



M essage from the Dea n


t is hard to believe that the first year of my deanship at Gonzaga Law School is coming to an end. This year has been wonderful and the time has gone by so quickly. I did a lot of travelling this year and met with many of our terrific alumni. It was a pleasure to hear many of the stories about Gonzaga’s past and to share thoughts about our future. We had many engaging events this past semester. The speaker for the Quackenbush lecture was Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of UC Irvine who spoke about the Supreme Court’s approach to privacy issues. The Quackenbush lecture, sponsored by the federal judges in Eastern Washington, is in honor of the many achievements of Judge Justin Quackenbush. We also hosted the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The court held oral argument here at Gonzaga Law in the Barbieri Courtroom. One exciting feature of this visit was that two of our students were invited to file an amicus brief and one of them got to argue along with the parties. This was the court’s first visit to Gonzaga. In addition, Professor Charles Ogletree gave the William O. Douglas lecture in April. Professor Ogletree teaches at Harvard and is the director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. The William O. Douglas lecture began in 1972 with Justice Douglas as the first speaker. Justice Douglas was raised here in Washington. As always, our students have been busy. Sixty-four teams started the competition for the 77th Linden Cup and the final argument, presided over by eight state supreme court justices, was among the closest anyone could remember. We congratulate all of the participants on their preparation and passion for oral argument. And, of course, the day was topped off by an evening of celebration that has been known for so long as Heidleberg. Because this was my first time at Heidleberg, I became curious about the origins of the name. We knew that it was named by Father James Linden, S.J. in 1935. On short notice, the reference librarians came up with some possibilities for the name. But if anyone knows why Fr. Linden decided to call it Heidleberg, please let me know.

Dean Jane Korn On the good-news front, we moved up in U.S. News & World Report rankings from 131 to 123. This is a great move and we are working hard to see our upward movement continue. We have appointed an associate dean for faculty development, Jason Gillmer. Part of his new position includes mentoring faculty about scholarship as well as promoting the scholarship the faculty is doing. In this way, we will increase the reputation of Gonzaga Law School outside of this region and let people know the great things that are happening here. For a variety of reasons, applications are down at law schools around the country. Gonzaga Law is no exception. We do not know how long this will last but are making plans to deal with the situation. Our admissions staff is working hard to bring in the usual wonderful class of students this fall. We turn 100 this year so be on the lookout for notices about our various Centennial celebrations. We will start off with a talk on Sept. 20, 2012, by author Scott Turow and will end with a with an all-class reunion and gala at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane on April 20, 2013. There will also be events in places outside Spokane and I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these celebrations.



Practicing What We Teach

Skills-based education helping GU grads compete


lmost from the time she decided to become an attorney, adjunct law professor Gloria Ochoa dreamed of running her own legal practice. Perhaps that’s no surprise. The daughter of entrepreneurial immigrants, she grew up working in her parents’ retail clothing store in Pasco, Wash., and got her undergraduate degree from Washington State University in business administration. But one thing she knew for sure when she graduated from the University of Idaho’s College of Law in 2000 was that she was not prepared to hang out her own shingle. “I had a good education, but like at most law schools what they teach is more theoretical than practical,” Ochoa said. “You learn theory of family law but you don’t learn that you need to file these particular forms for your client or who you are supposed to file them with. You don’t learn how to find those clients in the first place. Law schools are good at teaching you to think like a lawyer. What they haven’t always done so well is teach the actual practice of law or what you need to know to build and manage a successful practice.”

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Gloria Ochoa

But that is changing – and Gonzaga is at the forefront of law schools across the country that are retooling their curricula to ensure that students graduate with not only a solid grounding in legal theory and doctrine but also with the kind of professional knowledge and skills required for the practice of law. At the Gonzaga School of Law, it is an integration of traditional analytical course offerings with practical training and experiential learning to give students a truer and deeper knowledge of what real-world lawyering is all about. And speaking of the real world, this growing emphasis on skills-based curriculum is a meaningful educational enhancement for Gonzaga law grads competing for legal work in today’s difficult economy.

practice in November of 2002. “I really learned a lot about being a lawyer that first couple of years in the prosecutor’s office,” she said. “Ideally, it is probably better to start out working for someone else, even if your ambition is to have your own firm. But this is not an ideal world. My concern for today’s students is that these are difficult economic times and those good entry-level jobs can be very hard to get. Some people just aren’t going to have the kind of opportunity I did. They are going to have to be ready to fly on their own.”

“We are preparing students to understand the law and understand it within the context of the practice of law,” Critchlow said. “Professionalism and ethics are a big part of the training a student receives at Gonzaga. We are creating graduates who can go out and be lawyers who solve problems for people.”

Early on, Ochoa surveyed her Gonzaga students to find out why they had signed up for her class. “The answers came back in three basic groups,” she said. “There were those who just thought it would be interesting and those who said they had always wanted to have their own practice. But the majority said they were taking the class because although they planned to look for a job they felt they might need to consider launching a solo practice as a backup plan.”

Indeed, the number of recent law grads going solo at the start of their legal careers has risen as the economy has faltered. In 2008, according to National Association for Law Placement reports, 3.5 percent of new graduates “I truly believe it does give our graduates a leg up,” hung out their own shingle. A year said George Critchlow, longtime Gonzaga law professor and former ”You can’t sit at your desk and wait later that number was up to 5.5 percent and in 2010 it increased interim dean of the School of Law. for the phone to ring. You have again to 5.7 percent. “There is less capacity in law firms to to be out there networking...You Ochoa is helping to prepare do the kind of training with young lawyers that they did in the past. have to create your professional students who after graduation They want to give them files and image and you really do have to are either choosing to launch a have them be productive from day solo legal practice or are doing live that image every day.” one. In some places you can graduate, so because that is their only real pass the bar and start work as an choice. In addition to running her attorney without ever talking to a client. That is not the Spokane legal practice, which focuses on family law and way it works here. All of our graduates have practical, incivil litigation, Ochoa teaches a law practice management the-field, client-oriented experience, either through work course at the Gonzaga School of Law that is part of the in our clinic or through externships in a public-interest law school’s professional skills-building push. It is designed office. You don’t graduate without it and Gonzaga is among for third-year students who plan to enter private practice only a handful of schools with this requirement. or law firm management.

Ochoa polished her professional skills working as an intern and then as a deputy prosecutor in the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Kennewick, Wash., after receiving her juris doctor degree. It was good experience, she said, that helped prepare her to launch her private

The class focuses on the realities of law practice in four areas: business management, practice management, client



management and personal life management. Students learn everything from the basics of how to get a business license and order office stationery to how to read an accounting balance sheet and file required reports with state Labor and Industries and the IRS to the fine art of branding and marketing a law firm. Through interactive role-playing, students in Ochoa’s class learn about interviewing potential clients – including how to gracefully yet effectively handle the important conversation about how the client will pay for services. Students also explore the ins and outs of hiring, managing and, sadly, sometimes firing employees. They also learn the nuts-and-bolts essentials of billing, insurance, file retention and document management. “One thing I tell them is that when you are in private practice the actual legal work accounts for only about 60 percent of what you will be spending your time doing,” Ochoa said. “You will be spending 10 percent of your time on administrative things, and that’s assuming that you hire someone to do the books and be the janitor. And you need to devote 30 percent of your time to marketing. That’s a huge part of running a business and it’s important to remember that is exactly what you are doing in private law practice. You can’t sit at your desk and wait for the phone to ring. You have to be out there networking, building your client base, building your referral base. You have to create your professional image and you really do have to live that image every day. Your behavior and your appearance are always important. You need to be professional, courteous and ethical in all of your dealings. And if you are going to sit there and tell someone they need to pay you $2,000 to represent them you had better act and look like you are worth every penny of that fee.” Students are enthused about what the growing emphasis on practical learning in the curriculum means for them. Dave Mann, a third-year law student from Seattle, said the hands-on learning opportunities at Gonzaga have been invaluable. “The law clinic is highly regarded by employers,” Mann said. “It’s great to get to help the little guy and at the same time get strong practical experience. I know it’s going to help when I’m talking to employers.” Mann was the first Gonzaga student to serve as an



advocate in a new School of Law program that helps troubled homeowners through the process of foreclosure mediation. The program was launched in the fall of 2011 after the Washington Legislature passed the Foreclosure Fairness Act, which requires mortgage holders that have initiated foreclosure proceedings to comply if a homeowner asks for mediation. The state Attorney General’s Office contracted with Gonzaga to provide mediation assistance through its law clinic to eligible homeowners in Eastern Washington. Retired Spokane County District Court Judge Rick White, a 1980 Gonzaga law grad, was hired to supervise the student advocates alongside Professor Al McNeil. White is excited about the program, because of what it means to people fighting to hang on to their homes and also because of the multifaceted learning opportunity it offers to Gonzaga. “This is real-world stuff – as real as it gets,” White said. “The students see someone with a very real, very serious problem and the responsibility for helping them is squarely on the students’ shoulders.” It’s up to the students to interview the client, gather all appropriate financial information, arrange for a formal appraisal of the property by a real estate broker, communicate with the mortgage holder, fill out and file all paperwork. “I had to make sure we had all of our ducks in a row and I also had to make sure the lender was producing all of the required documents,” Mann said. “You need to build a case and when you sit down at that table articulate why it would be in the lender’s interest to offer some relief. I showed the lender that that if you foreclose on my client’s home you are going to lose $100,000 but if you modify the loan so that it is financially workable for him you’re only going to lose half that.” Mann spent about 40 hours researching, preparing and presenting his work on behalf of his client. The lender would not agree to modify the loan but Mann said he still believes he was able to help his client by formally documenting several instances of bad faith by the mortgage holder that could be used to win a civil judgment. He is just as certain about what he got out of the experience. “I think maybe the most valuable thing I take from this is confidence. I may be just a third-year law student but I can go up against a big entity, pick my

“This is real-world stuff – as real as it gets, the students see someone with a very real, very serious problem and the responsibility for helping them is squarely on the students’ shoulders.”

Rick White stands in front of a home he saved from foreclosure for a client.



“You learn deep listening skills. You learn empathy. You learn to ask open-ended questions. You learn about alternating perspectives – seeing a problem through the eyes of someone else.”

Jim Craven



way through a jungle of process and build a good case for my client. Judge White and Al are your backstops, but it’s really all on you.” White said he has been impressed by the work that Mann and other students have done in the foreclosure mediation program and how quickly and well they learned. “You have to remember that these are students and they haven’t had a lot of financial experience,” he said. “Very few if any of them have owned a home. Most have never even filed a long-form tax return. Yet they are becoming very well informed not only about the legal process but also about the state of the country and its economy, mortgages, banking and how all of it affects the lives of real people.”

alternative. Mediation is also very popular with the actual disputants – the people who own the disagreement – because they get to make the decisions. It’s human nature that we like to decide things for ourselves.”

Attorneys can act as mediators – the neutral third party – or as representatives of one side or the other in a dispute. What Craven’s students learn are the skills needed to be successful in mediation. “What I like about it is that mediation skills are really life skills,” he said. “You learn deep listening skills. You learn empathy. You learn to ask open-ended questions. You learn about alternating perspectives – seeing a problem through the eyes of someone else. All of these serve you well as an attorney or in “The students handle these will any number of life situations. These are cases from start to finish. After skills you can use to negotiate any kind doing this, they are going to be of dispute – lawyer to lawyer, lawyer to able to step right into an area judge, lawyer to client. But these are also skills you can use in employer-employee of law practice where there is or student-teacher situations. You might a need and they are going to be also just use them to negotiate with your prepared to go right to work.” children what time they are going to be home from a date on Saturday night.”

McNeil, pointing to the fact that there are some 50,000 homes in Washington that are in some state of foreclosure, said he believes Gonzaga students who participate as advocates in the law clinic’s foreclosure mediation program will have better than average odds of finding work after graduation. “This is a problem that is going to be with us for a while,” he said. “The students handle these cases from start to finish. After doing this, they are going to be able to step right into an area of law practice where there is a need and they are going to be prepared to go right to work.” Mediation skills are an increasingly important part of any attorney’s arsenal of abilities. They can be put to use in virtually all areas of legal practice, but are particularly valuable in handling civil law matters. “The mediation process has become much more common than an actual trial as a way of resolving civil lawsuits,” said Jim Craven, a 1975 Gonzaga law grad and Spokane attorney who began teaching mediation skills at Gonzaga’s School of Law in the fall of 2011.

Craven predicts that mediation will continue to grow as part of the legal field. “Why mediate? Why not just go to court?” he asked. “Full-blown litigation is very expensive in terms of both time and money. Mediation offers a very cost-effective

Students in Craven’s classes do a lot of role playing, acting as mediator, plaintiff, defendant or as attorneys representing the parties in any number of scenarios. They talk, they listen, they repeat back what they hear. They seek ways to find a middle ground. “It is always stunning to me to see the growth of students from the beginning of class to the end,” he said. Judge White said he is amazed by what he sees happening with today’s Gonzaga law students. “My generation never wrote a will or a complaint or a contract until we were working attorneys. I had been a lawyer for four years before I filed a complaint to sue someone,” he said. “These students are coming out of school much better prepared to practice the law than we were.”



Stories of

100 Years

by Gary Randall


n 1972 things began to become interesting at the law school. The University was in financial difficulty, and the law school was bringing in revenue. A substantial amount of revenue. Student Bar Association representatives met with main administration officers and received assurances that in the future, more law school tuition would be retained by the law school. Class Action, January 1972. The intentions may have been good, but the money was not there. And the revenue sharing with the University continued at a level that was eventually determined to not be acceptable by Father Frank Conklin, S.J., who had become dean of the law school in 1973. The Great Tuition Strike of 1975 was in the works. Dean Conklin had replaced Dean Lew Orland as an interim dean in 1973. When interviewed by Class Action he was asked: “How do you envision your job as Dean of the Law School?” The answer was classic Frank Conklin, “My job is to answer the phone until the next guy gets here. The sooner the better, so I can get back to practicing law.” Class Action, February 1973. Things changed, a new dean did not appear. Conklin became the dean of the law school not long after (he had been dean at an earlier date). The law school was one of the first real environmental programs, recycling him, and later Dean Smithmoore P. Myers, also an earlier dean, into the dean’s office. By the fall of 1974 a new, no-nonsense Gonzaga University president, Father Bernard Coughlin, S.J., had arrived on the scene. The scene was not pretty. The University was in deep financial difficulty. Law school enrollment had exploded. Roughly half of the law school revenue was going to the main university. Not surprisingly, the University did not share the law school view that law tuition used for university purposes was the law school’s money. It regarded the University as one, big, happy – sort of – family. Share and share alike. In the spring of 1975, law students voted for a “tuition strike.” Attorney Bill Powell was hired – he worked pro bono – and an escrow fund was set up for tuition that was due, but would not be sent to the main university until the issue of “overhead” was resolved. Dean Conklin was gone by then, and Dean Myers – the ultimate reasonable man – was the new interim dean.

The American Bar Association accreditation division was interested in Gonzaga Law School. (Gonzaga was not the only law school in the country with revenue sharing problems. At that time there were a substantial number of schools whose “overhead” was quite high.) Rumors abounded that the law school might lose its accreditation. By November of 1975, with Dean Myers the permanent dean and a university agreement (brokered by Father Coughlin) that roughly 80 percent of law school tuition would be retained by the law school, the crisis passed. Law school accreditation was no longer in jeopardy. In September of 1976 the Gonzaga Student Bar Association was named the most outstanding student bar association for the 1975-1976 school year by the ABA. For a variety of things, not just the tuition strike. The only frightening thing that occurred in the spring of 1976 was the April 1, 1976 edition of Class Action which began with the headline: “Dean Myers resigns, Professor Solk named new Dean.” Luckily it was the April Fools’ Day Edition.

Gary Randall is a beloved former Gonzaga Law professor who taught Tax and Community Property classes for 30 years.

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Father Bernard Coughlin S.J. Photos courtesy of Gonzaga University Archives



Father Coughlin

Dean Conklin

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Rwanda Reworked


rofessor Cheryl Beckett participated in a Peopleto-People Rule of Law delegation to Rwanda in December 2011. The delegation of 10 included U.S. lawyers from across the country and one state court judge. They met with Rwandan officials, lawyers, law professors and students, and community members to observe and discuss the process of reconciliation and economic development following the 1994 genocide that resulted in more than 900,000 deaths, untold rapes and mutilations, and thousands of refugees. The delegation traveled in and around Kigali, Gashora and Gisenyi. Its activities included conferences with the faculty and students at two Rwandan law schools, where Professor Beckett presented on the American legal system. The delegation also took part in a half-day forum with the Rwandan Legal Aid Organization, a membership-based network encompassing 34 organizations such as NGOs, trade unions, bar associations and legal aid clinics engaged in the provision of legal aid services to vulnerable groups. The group was then fortunate to spend an entire afternoon in a private meeting with the Minister of Justice Tharcisse Karugarama. A former Supreme Court Justice, Minister Karugarama gave the delegation an unparalleled insight into the gacaca court system, which is based on the former tribal community courts that were used for centuries in Rwanda. He first spoke of the UN-mandated International Criminal Tribunal in Tanzania, known as the Arusha Tribunal, the forum that handled the genocide masterminds. He then explained how the Rwandan court system simply could not handle the volume of common genocide criminals, with more than 200,000 accused. Thus, the government resorted to the traditional gacaca system. In his explanation, Minister Karugarama pointed out the international community’s criticism of this system. He noted the criticism was rooted in the perception that the accused received a



relatively light sentence in exchange for admission of guilt and information about the whereabouts of victims. He went on to clarify, however, that without such a system, it would have taken up to 30 years to try all of the accused. The last gacaca court was held early this year. Moreover, the confessions of those in the gacaca system allowed the citizens to find and rebury with dignity thousands of genocide victims. Many of these reburial sites create dramatic memorials, including the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims are now reburied and solemnly honored. This Memorial was among several massacre sites and memorials that Professor Beckett and her fellow delegates visited. The delegation also traveled to two unique villages. The first was one of the UN Millennium Villages Project, Vision 2020 Umerenge Village, in the Bugesera District. On the day the delegation visited, women were sifting through corn grown in their village to be sent to Somalia for the hunger relief project there. This was just one example of the many cooperative efforts supporting economic development in the country. The second village, Kanembwe, is a new village located in Busigari cell near Gisenyi in northwestern Rwanda. Until two years ago, that area was a small forest. It is now inhabited by the displaced people from a major forest located on the mountain chain that is known as the Congo-Nile Divide. The human activity there placed a heavy burden on that forest increasingly causing a variety of landslides and floods. As a result, the government decided to relocate everyone living in that mountainous area to create a new village in an area without the same risks of erosion. However, the new village is at least a halfday trip on foot to the nearest health clinic and source

of water. The village has no electricity or plumbing. To reach the new village, the delegation had to travel in small jeeps on deeply rutted dirt roads, some almost totally inaccessible. On arrival, the people there welcomed the group with dancing and drumming and told their many stories of displacement and hardship in attempting to rebuild in such a remote area far from their original homes and land. Finally, the delegation spent time at Les Enfants de Dieu, a project for 130 street children run by a former Rwandan lawyer.  This private project is modeled after the ministerial offices of the Rwandan government and designed to provide the children with decision-making opportunities. The children were more than happy to share their dancing, drumming, lunches and questions about life in the U.S. with the delegation. They were as interested in hearing about farming in the U.S. as they were about current pop stars. Rwanda is a nation in transition. To say it has a complex history is more than an understatement. As part of the delegation, Professor Beckett had the opportunity to observe firsthand the steps Rwanda has taken to confront its past while moving forward. She notes that the country drafted a new constitution in 2003, which contains provisions designed as much to heal the nation as to provide rights. Although Rwanda’s history includes unspeakable horrors, its present is steeped in genuine optimism. Professor Beckett hopes to take the lessons she learned from the Rwandan people and their generous spirit into her classroom, her scholarly writing, and her work as an arbitrator and mediator.



Treuthart, Hawk, Explore Women’s Place, Opportunities in



n September 2011, Law Professor Mary Pat Treuthart and GU Law School alumna Jaime Hawk, ’04 traveled to Vietnam as members of the Center for Women and Democracy’s international delegation. The center is a Seattle-based nonprofit founded in 2000, which was established to support, stimulate and foster women’s effective participation and leadership in local, national and global affairs. Hawk participated in two previous center delegations to Chile and to Morocco. “I continue to learn and be inspired by the global women leaders we befriend on these delegations. Sharing this trip with Professor Treuthart made it the most special.” The group prepared for its Vietnam tour by reading and discussing fiction and nonfiction accounts of Vietnam with a focus on women’s experiences. Vietnam was colonized by

the French in the mid-19th century and after their departure in 1954, the country was divided into two parts, North and South. The United States intervened militarily in the ongoing conflict and remained in the country until the North Vietnamese Communist victory in 1975, which united Vietnam geographically. Although Vietnam has rebuilt its economy and is a member of the WTO, effects of the war such as health problems due to Agent Orange exposure continue to the present day. The delegation was composed of elected officials from the Washington State Legislature including Gonzaga Professor and Washington State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, along with lobbyists, lawyers, professors, graduate students, small-business owners, technology specialists, an engineer, a physician and an NGO director from Nigeria. After an optional trip to the World Heritage site Ha Long Bay, the delegation convened in the capital city of Hanoi and attended an opening event sponsored by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations. The welcome dinner was attended by the former Ambassador of Vietnam to the U.S., members of the National Assembly and diplomatic staff from the U.S. Embassy. Representatives from the National Vietnam Women’s Union served as tour guides to Women’s History Museum, which occurred prior to an arranged meeting with the leadership of the nonprofit domestic violence organization, CSAGA. At present, there is only one battered women’s shelter in the entire country with its population of nearly 100 million people. Domestic violence programs are typically funded by private donations. Hawk, an active member of the American Bar Association, arranged for the lawyer members of the delegation to visit the ABA-ROLI (Rule of Law Initiative) office in Hanoi where Vietnam Country Director Sarah Devotion Gardner provided a valuable primer on the legal system and the impact of current laws and policies on women.



You’re hiring... A highlight of the trip was the delegation’s opportunity to do volunteer service (planting trees and painting playground equipment) under the auspices of PeaceTrees Vietnam, a Seattlebased organization that sponsors the clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance in Quang Tri Province as a means to recognize its mission to reverse the legacy of war. While in Dong Ha, the group participated in a preparing a traditional Vietnamese meal with members of the local Vietnam Women’s Union and discovered that despite the language barrier, some forms of communication such as laughter, music and dancing are universal.

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During its final stop in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the delegation met with professors and students from HoaSen University, including its President Dr. Bui Tran Phuong who made a presentation on Vietnam Women from Tradition to Modernity. After visiting the War Remnants Museum, the Presidential Palace and the former U.S. Embassy, Treuthart and Hawk met with members of the city’s Women’s Bar Association and learned more about professional opportunities for women lawyers, which included small firm private practice, government employment, and corporate counsel. Treuthart commented, “Southeast Asia was an amazing place. Meeting so many accomplished women who are making a difference was a nonpareil experience.”

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IN the NEWS Associate Justice Alan Page Speaks at Fundraiser MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE EMPHASIZES LEADERSHIP, ETHICS On Oct. 20, 2011, the Gonzaga McCarthey Athletic Center east lobby was full of anticipation as Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Alan C. Page took the podium to present his thoughts on leadership and ethics. He shared lessons of wisdom learned in the classroom as he pursued his law degree and on the field as a Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman. His passion and commitment resounded as he discussed leadership, education, success, hope and character. The event, co-sponsored by Gonzaga Law School, the Spokane County Bar Association Diversity Section and Riverbank, served as a fundraiser for the Carl Maxey

Associate Justice Alan Page

Associate Justice Page presents award to students Shannon Pae, Emily Conwell and Courtney Miller

Scholarship Fund. This fund supports the Carl Maxey Scholarship Award which is presented annually by the SCBA Diversity Section to a Gonzaga Law School student(s) committed to remaining in Spokane to promote diversity within the legal community. This year’s awards were presented to Gonzaga Law students Shannon Pae, Emily Conwell and Courtney Miller.

Professor Acharya Delivers Keynote Address on Piracy at International Conference in India Professor Upendra Acharya gave the keynote address at the Global Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy Conference in Gujarat, India, on Nov. 26-27, 2011. The topic of Professor Acharya’s presentation was Humanitarian Aid and Assistance: Its Role in Constraining the Resurgence of Piracy. Approximately 40 countries’ governmental and nongovernmental agencies and academic institutions, different UN agencies and private security companies participated in this conference. Professor Acharya suggested that the right to humanitarian aid and assistance for the victims of disaster-prone areas, who sometimes turn to piracy,

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must be recognized and implemented through existing human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Piracy can be prevented by addressing its root causes, rather than considering pirates only as criminals and not human beings. Radio Australia interviewed Professor Acharya as an expert during the conference.

Gonzaga Law Donates to Second Harvest Food Bank In true Jesuit spirit, Dean Jane Korn presented Second Harvest Food Bank with a $2,000 donation this winter. By forgoing our usual staff and faculty holiday dinner, we were able to feed local residents during the holiday season.



From left, Chief Prosecutor of Kenya, Professor Acharya, President of the Guzarat National Law University, India

Second Harvest Food Bank donation

IN the NE WS Chilean Professors Visit GU Law The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (ILTL) is engaged in curriculum and teaching development with legal educators from Chile, Turkey and the Republic of Georgia. Four law professors from the Pontifica Universidad Catholica de Chile spent a week at Gonzaga this winter as part of ILTL’s Chilean Law Professors Program. The program focused on active teaching methods and assessment of student learning. The Chilean professors observed seven classes: Legal Research and Writing (Sandra Simpson), Comparative Law (Megan Ballard), Transactional Skills and Professionalism (Stephen Sepinuck), Contracts (Scott Burnham), Constitutional Law (Jason Gillmer), Employment Law (Cheryl Beckett) and Environmental Law (Gerry Hess). Simpson and Hess conducted three workshops with the Chilean teachers on feedback and assessment. At the end of the week, each of the Chilean visitors presented assessment projects that they developed during their week at Gonzaga and can use in their courses in Chile. But the Chilean Law Professors Program was not all work and no play. Mary Pat Treuthart arranged for the Chileans to meet with former GU faculty member Judge Rosanna Petersen and GU law alum Jaime Hawk, ’04. Inga Laurent led a tour of Spokane. Evening events included dinners with faculty members and ILTL Program Coordinator Barb Anderson, wine tasting at the Barrister Winery and a Zags basketball game.

ILTL Co-Directors Hess and Michael Hunter Schwartz hit the road in May to help foreign law teachers reform their legal education systems. In collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, ILTL is designing and delivering workshops on course design for law professors in Istanbul, Turkey, and Tbilisi, Georgia.

Saying goodbye to Chilean professors

Chileans with Hess and Simpson

Annual Diversity Reception On March 30 Gonzaga Law School and the Diversity Section of the SCBA welcomed law school applicants, students, alumni, lawyers, judges and bar organizations to learn more about the law school and the many educational, career and service opportunities available to the legal community. More than 150 gathered for an evening devoted to celebrating diversity and strengthening community ties.



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Fall Kickoff Speaker: Scott Turow Author of ”Presumed Innocent” September 20, 2012, at Gonzaga University

Seattle Area Celebration February 9, 2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

U.S. Supreme Court Swearing In March 4, 2013 Washington, D.C.

Don’t miss this! All-Class Reunion & Centennial Gala April 19-20, 2013 The Davenport Hotel, Spokane

To reserve a copy of the Law Centennial Book: “Celebrating Gonzaga Law: The First 100 Years” Visit

For more information please call 509.313.3759 or email



CLINIC NEWS The Federal Tax Clinic Has Been Increasing its Funding and Services to Low Income Taxpayers by Jennifer A. Gellner, Director, Federal Tax Clinic May 2008, Jennifer A. Gellner moved from Seattle to become the new director and supervising attorney of the tax clinic. She brought with her 10 years of Tax Court litigation experience and her private federal tax practice law firm, Law Offices of Jennifer A. Gellner, with offices in Seattle and Spokane.

Summer Semester 2011, from left to right: Jennifer Gellner, tax clinic director; Justin Ploeger and Brad Fjeldheim, law students; Chuck Hammer, Practitioner in Residence; John Obzansky, MAcc student; and Patricia Meissner, law student.

The Federal Tax Clinic is a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) housed in University Legal Assistance (ULA) in the Gonzaga University School of Law. Although the legal clinic at the law school has been training new lawyers since 1975, the tax clinic arose in 2001 after George Critchlow, clinical law professor and former ULA director, applied for a new IRS grant. As part of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, Congress authorized funding for the LITC grant program. The program is designed to provide access to representation for low-income taxpayers, so that achieving a correct outcome in an IRS dispute does not depend on the taxpayer’s ability to pay for representation, and to encourage the creation of programs to inform individuals for whom English is a second language about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers. Once the grant funds were awarded to Gonzaga, Professor George Critchlow and Professor Al McNeil set out to locate an attorney to supervise the students and prepare the grant applications and reports. After a lunch meeting, the first director of the LITC at Gonzaga was Chuck Hammer, and he conducted a part-time tax clinic for four or five students per semester. Hammer had spent years working for the IRS in its criminal division, and he is a graduate of Gonzaga’s law school. After seven years of juggling both his private practice, Law Office of Charles H. Hammer, and the tax clinic responsibilities, Chuck decided to enter partial retirement. Hammer continues his private practice and volunteers his time to the tax clinic. Before Hammer began his semiretirement status, he helped the law school locate an experienced tax attorney to take his place. Thus, in

The new director expanded the part-time program into a three-quarter program and increased the number of students - helping an increasing number of clients. With the growth of the tax clinic program, the annual grant award has been steadily increasing each year. The clinic grant was $60,000 for the calendar year 2008, and after an increase each year, the grant award to the tax clinic for 2012 is $90,000. Gonzaga University, the Law School and donations provide the matching in-kind

Law students Brian Ortega and Andrew Lillywhite researching tax law.

of $90,000-plus in building, library, travel, copies, postage, staff, etc. The tax clinic also receives some private donations from attorneys and former clients that really go a long way in helping with the costs of providing services and increasing the students’ clinical experience. Importantly, every year since 2007 the director has been awarded a donation from the Washington State Bar Association Taxation Section at the Annual Taxation Section Luncheon by the Taxation Section Tax Council. Donations are always greatly needed and appreciated: please contact Jennifer Gellner directly to donate to the Federal Tax Clinic at The tax clinic currently has more applications for assistance than the clinic can accept and is always in need of additional funds to meet the needs of the community.



CLINIC NEWS The Tax Clinic Student Interns Every semester the tax clinic enrolls approximately eight students for three or six credits. Students are encouraged to enroll a minimum of two semesters in the clinic for the most valuable experience. It takes one whole semester to begin to feel comfortable with law and procedures, thus, the second semester is the most rewarding. For each credit, the student must spend four hours in the clinic, thus, the three credit students are in the clinic for 12 hours per week (18 hours per week in the summer with the shorter semester). Of the 12 hours, one hour is spent in the tax clinic “firm meeting,” which is referred to as Case Rounds. This hour is reserved for law firm business, student presentations on cases or tax updates, and guidance helpful to all students from the director. Another of the 12 hours per week is spent in a seminar of substantive tax law because every student who has been in the tax clinic should know about certain tax topics, and not all topics are covered by their assigned caseload.

Fall Semester 2010: far left, Chuck Hammer, Practitioner in Residence; far right, Jennifer Gellner, Tax Clinic Director; law students from left to right back row, Joe Abboud, Tyler Farmer, Jon Miller, Tacy Gillespie; front row, Lin Sun, Brent Haslan and Brian Ortega.

Even students who did not have plans to practice in tax, and who have graduated and do not practice in tax, provide the same feedback about the excellent experience and growth opportunity.

The Tax Clinic Work Fall Semester 2011: In Helena for U.S. Tax Court Session and received a special guided tour of the Montana State Capitol Building; left to right, law student Octavian Jumanca, tax clinic Director Jennifer Gellner and law student Sarah Cuellar.

The director is currently working with the director of Gonzaga University’s Masters in Accounting (MAcc) Program to bring graduate level accounting students into the clinic to work closely with the law students on cases. Last summer the clinic enrolled one MAcc student, John Obzansky, and he thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommends the experience. All former students provide excellent feedback. An excerpt from an email recently received from a former student, Meredith Fox (formerly Olsen), ’10, currently practicing law at HS Law Firm, PC in Portland, Ore.: “I also wanted you to know how much what you taught me in the clinic has paid off. I went into my LLM program head and shoulders above the other students and my professors were really shocked about how much I knew and had experienced. I really appreciate everything you did to help me learn and grow. “



There are numerous issues that students tackle and are able to remedy. The tax clinic students assist clients with audits, liens and levies, other collection issues, innocent spouse relief claims, penalty abatement requests, employment tax issues and more. Most of our clients are individuals, and many have, or had, small businesses. The tax clinic has also assisted nonprofit organizations with tax controversy matters, and the tax clinic was able to abate approximately $20,000 in penalties for a local nonprofit organization. In addition to taking cases for low-income taxpayers, the tax clinic assists at three Tax Court Calendars. The United States Tax Court is situated in Washington, D.C., and travels to various cities one or more times per year for court sessions called Calendars that last one or two weeks. As of 2008, the Federal Tax Clinic at Gonzaga Law School is a court-recognized academic clinic with the Tax Court (renewed each year), and the students are allowed to participate in court sessions and in trials under the director’s supervision. The students are also able to assist all pro se taxpayers during the calendar session whether or not they are within the income guidelines for representation. Since 2008, tax clinic students have represented clients and assisted


pro se taxpayers in Spokane every fall. Since 2009, students have represented clients and assisted pro se taxpayers in Anchorage, Alaska, every June. And, since 2010, students have traveled with the director to assist at the Helena, Mont., Tax Court Calendar held every fall. On Nov. 1, 2011, the clinic students conducted a trial in Spokane on behalf of our client. The Honorable Judge Stephen J. Swift ordered the parties to file briefs on Jan. 29, 2012. IRS Counsel contacted the clinic on Dec. 22, 2011, and said that if the IRS National Office approves the proposal, the IRS will file a Motion for Remand instead of filing briefs. The National Office approved the Motion to Remand, and the judge approved the Motion when filed. On remand, the IRS Appeals Office has recommended the trust fund recovery penalty be fully abated and that our client should owe $0. The tax clinic is waiting for the decision document to sign, and the case will be resolved. It was an excellent experience for all of the tax clinic students. There are many success stories, and a few more of them should be mentioned here. In the director’s first year here, the students were able to retrieve $35,000 seized by the IRS on behalf of our elderly client. Several students worked hard over several semesters, and by the time the check was issued, our client had lost capacity and did not know the clinic was successful. His court-appointed guardian ensured the funds were used for his care. The first year the clinic went to Anchorage to assist at the Alaska Tax Court Calendar, in 2009, it brought back a potential brief to write for a pro se taxpayer that had conducted his trial with the help of his accountant. Although the clinic was not involved in the trial, the student who took the case, Joseph Wager, ’10 (currently practicing law at Martelle, Bratton, and Associates, P.A. in Boise, Idaho), prepared an extensive memorandum of law to first determine if the clinic would write the brief. Then working with the client and the director, Joe Wager wrote the extensive Tax Court brief, and won the penalty abatement case. See Ken Ryan, Inc. v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2010-18. Another exceptional result the tax clinic recently obtained was the acceptance of an offer in compromise for $1 for a client who owed approximately $28,000 in employment taxes. At the time of acceptance, the client did not have $1, so the director paid the offer amount. Then, a few months later, the client gave the clinic $2: one to repay the dollar paid on her behalf, and one for another client’s offer. In addition to the clinic’s tax controversy case work, the students engage in outreach and education, especially for groups where English is their second language. The students provide presentations

on tax topics to the local community college ESL classes (English as a second language), and travel to Tri-Cities to make presentations to the LEP classes (Limited English Proficiency). Additionally, this summer the clinic is making plans and working with Eastern Washington community organizations to reach out to the migrant farm worker population. Every year, the workers arrive after tax season, and there has been ongoing confusion regarding tax obligations, filing status, available deductions and dependents, and proper reporting, etc. Between the client work and outreach, the students gain valuable and rewarding experience in tax practice and procedure, and legal practice skills, including public speaking, research, writing, negotiating and case management.

Pro Bono Opportunity Under the tax clinic’s grant guidelines, the tax clinic is required to develop and maintain a pro bono panel of volunteer attorneys who are willing to take a case from time to time, so that no requests for service within our income guidelines will be denied. The director is always looking for volunteers willing to take a pro bono case. It is a great learning opportunity for recent graduates to learn more about tax practice and procedure, and training is available. Please email Jennifer Gellner at jgellner@lawschool.gonzaga. edu if you are interested in taking a pro bono case. Additionally, the tax clinic expresses a great big thank you to Chuck Hammer, the former director of the clinic, who volunteers his time working with the students in the clinic for at least two hours every week. His efforts and dedication are greatly appreciated by the director and the students.

Please email Jennifer Gellner at if you are interested in taking a pro bono case.



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Moot Court Honors Council Each year, Gonzaga provides its students with opportunities to apply classroom lessons in a practical setting through practical skills competitions and moot court team competitions. This past year, Gonzaga offered four intrascholastic competitions and fielded six inter-scholastic teams. In addition to student and staff volunteers, our volunteer alumni judges ensure the success of these competitions. Not only does the inclusion of practicing attorneys elevate the competition’s prestige, it provides countless benefits to student participants. There is simply no substitution to feedback and advice from an alumnus with both legal industry and competition experience! There are numerous opportunities if you would like to get involved and we are always on the lookout for new volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are flexible - whether you can offer an hour to judge a single round or even an entire competition. Furthermore, some opportunities offer additional benefits. Judges for the client counseling and negotiation competitions are eligible to receive CLE credits for their participation. Next year, there will be additional opportunities to get involved with the inter-scholastic moot court competition teams. Each team will host a final practice session as they prepare for their regional competition. Local practitioners are requested to attend, provide feedback and suggestions, and enjoy a social event following the rehearsal. The winter edition of the Gonzaga Lawyer will include an overview of the interscholastic moot court competition teams for the upcoming scholastic year. The following intra-school competitions are offered every year at Gonzaga. Students from all classes are allowed to compete in the Negotiations Competition and the Client Counseling Competition. The William Clarke Cup is an oral advocacy competition open to all first-year students.

Client Counseling Competition The Client Counseling Competition is sponsored by the ABA Law Student Division and open to all ABA accredited law schools. Gonzaga typically holds the intra-school competition during the first weeks of November. This competition simulates a law office consultation where students are presented with a client matter. The competitors conduct an interview and



provide advice on how to proceed in the hypothetical situation. Topics range each year from “professional responsibility” to “K-12 education.” Very little information is given to competitors prior to the interview and students must elicit hidden information from the client in order to properly advise them with available options. Gonzaga sends the winning and second-place team from the intra-school competition to the regional competition. The winning team from each regional division then advances to the national competition and from there, the winning team advances to the International Client Counseling Competition. Professor Gail Hammer has coached the regional competitors for the past 12 years. In past years, she coached teams who placed second and fifth in the regional competition.

Negotiation Competition The Negotiation Competition is sponsored by the ABA Law Student Division in which all law schools are eligible to compete. The intra-school competition at Gonzaga is typically held the first week of October. During the competition, teams of two engage in a simulated negotiation where the students try to successfully negotiate a series of legal problems. Each year, Gonzaga sends the winning and second-place team from the intra-school competition to the regional competition where they compete against the winners of other local law schools. The winning team at the regional competition then advances to the national competition. Professor Larry Weiser has coached the regional competition teams for the past 18 years.

1L Oral Advocacy Competition The William Clarke Cup is an appellate advocacy competition open to first-year students and is typically held in late February. Competitors are presented a problem dealing with a constitutional law issue and must present oral arguments before a panel of judges.

Linden Cup Linden Cup is a mock oral appellate advocacy competition in which students, working in pairs, research an assigned problem then prepare and present oral argument before mock tribunals. Each team presents at least two oral arguments in preliminary rounds, arguing the case at least once from each side. The

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Runners-up, Matt Haynes and Schyler Knowles, with 2012 Linden Cup champions, Tim Campbell and Adam Chambers.

competition takes place during the spring semester and is open to second- and third-year students. Linden Cup is named in honor of Father James Linden, S.J. who founded this competition and Heidelberg Night. This competition marks the conclusion of the moot court season at Gonzaga and the winners are announced at Heidelberg Night. Each year we are grateful for our panel of judges, including local

Congratulations to 2012 Linden Cup winners, Tim Campbell and Adam Chambers, pictured with state supreme court justices.

attorneys, judges and state supreme court justices, who volunteer their time for this prestigious competition.

If you are interested in being a Linden Cup judge, please contact Vicky Daniels at or 509.313.3920.

December Commencement Ten Gonzaga Law School students received their J.D.s at a ceremony in the Barbieri Courtroom on Dec. 16, 2011. Family, friends and faculty filled the courtroom to share in the special time as students accepted their degrees. December candidates were Carmel Abblitt, Stephen Bergman, Peter Boskofsky, Myles Brenner, Robert Casey, Corey Digiacinto, Justin Foucault, Stanislas Foucquetau, Michael Hashimoto, Katie Hilen, Audrey Phillips, Beth Plass, Lawrence Vann and Matthew Vook.

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ne ws 1L Mentoring Reception Gonzaga Law School’s 1L Mentoring Program welcomed back 1L students from winter break for a networking reception on Jan. 25. More than 50 students and alumni reconnected at Jack & Dan’s to discuss upcoming challenges of spring semester and the legal profession. If you are interested in participating in the 1L Mentoring Program as an alumni mentor, please contact the Alumni Office at 509.313.3759 or

The 23rd Annual GPILP Auction “A Masquerade” The Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project (GPILP) hosted its 23rd annual auction “A Masquerade” March 2 at Cataldo Hall. GPILP is a nonprofit organization that provides funding for law students involved in public interest work. Visit to learn more.



summations student news Irvine Professor Chemerinsky Delivers Quackenbush Lecture Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Irvine School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, presented the 2012 Judge Justin L. Quackenbush Lecture on March 20. Chemerinsky’s lecture was titled “Can the Supreme Court Deal with the 21st Century?: Privacy and the Court.” Previously, Chemerinsky taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. Before that he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law and served for four years as director of the Center for Communications Law and Policy. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties and appellate litigation. He is the author of seven books, most recently, “The Conservative Assault on the Constitution” (October 2010, Simon & Schuster) and nearly 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School. The Justin L. Quackenbush Lecture Series is named in honor of the Hon. Justin L. Quackenbush, ’57, for his many outstanding contributions as a United States District Judge.

Dean Chemerinsky, President Thayne McCulloh, Dean Jane Korn, The Honorable Justin L. Quackenbush and other members of the United States District Court of Eastern Washington.

The Hon. Justin Quackenbush

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Gonzaga Hosts International Symposium on Peace and Economics in the Changing World Order The Gonzaga Journal of International Law’s 9th annual International Law Symposium, Peace and Economics in the Changing World Order, took place March 23. This year’s symposium included topics exploring the two most important trends facing the future of international law: global trade and economics and international peace and security. The symposium featured renowned international law scholars and attorneys from the United States, Canada, India, Brazil, Spain, France, Lebanon and China.



student scholarships and awards Loan Repayment Assistance Program The Gonzaga Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), created in 2007, recently awarded repayment assistance to five outstanding alumni. The LRAP provides loan repayment assistance (up to $4,000 per person per year) to a select number of graduates who are pursuing careers in public service. The program reflects Gonzaga University’s humanistic, Jesuit and Catholic mission by supporting those serving in the public interest work sector. Generally, careers in public service pay less than those in the private sector of law. The program was developed as financial assistance to encourage students to work and remain in public interest law. Applicants with outstanding law school student loans, both federal and private, are eligible to apply for the LRAP. THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED THE 2011 LRAP AWARDS: ROSEMARY VILLARREAL, ’09 Unemployment Law Project Spokane, Wash. Villarreal is a staff attorney for the Unemployment Law Project, located in Spokane. Her primary duties include providing clients with direct representation in unemployment appeals up Rosemary Villarreal through the Superior Court level, as well as advising individuals about their procedural rights, legal arguments and their self-representation strategies. A Gonzaga University undergraduate, Villarreal always knew she wanted to help people for a living, especially after taking a Constitutional Law class as a junior. Rose mentions that every day “she finds joy in assisting people who really need help to just meet their basic needs.” While studying law at Gonzaga, Villarreal was the vice president of the Labor and Employment Law Caucus, as well as a semifinalist in the annual Linden Cup competition. MICHAEL WILLIAMS, ’09 El Paso District Attorney’s Office El Paso, Texas Williams is a trial attorney for the El Paso District Attorney’s Office. While an undergrad at UTEP, Michael enrolled in a law school preparation Michael institute. “After completing the program, which I Williams loved, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career as an attorney.” During law school Michael spent time studying both sides of the law. He enjoyed criminal law classes, and also spent time interning at the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office. After a short time practicing criminal defense, Michael was able to find his current job with the District Attorney’s Office. He credits his parents for instilling his work ethic and hopes to one day become a trial division chief with the prosecutor’s office.



BROOKE HOWARD-FOLEY, ’10 Staff Attorney - Empire Health Foundation Spokane, Wash. Howard-Foley is a staff attorney for the Empire Health Foundation in Spokane. Her primary duties include improving the quality Brooke of and access to health care in Spokane and Howard-Foley six surrounding counties. As staff attorney at EHF, her day-to-day includes, but is not limited to, working on open Medicare/Medicaid Cost Reports, and ensuring ongoing compliance with the Attorney General’s opinions. After graduating from the University of Montana, Brooke spent time working with disadvantaged populations. It was here that she realized obtaining a law degree would be a great way to help people. “I left that experience feeling frustrated and that I hadn’t been able to really offer any true support or assistance. Becoming an attorney seemed like a way to offer those in need some concrete support and assistance.” ELIZABETH ENSIGN, ’07 Assistant Attorney General – Washington State Office of the Attorney General Seattle, Wash. Ensign’s primary duties include protecting children and working to strengthen families Elizabeth while working in the Social and Health Services Ensign Division of the Attorney General’s Office. Ensign, who graduated from Washington State University, also holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. She was originally drawn to the practice of law while working as a social worker. “I have always been inspired to work in social services. Taking the step toward public interest law was natural for me.” BARRY PFUNDT, ’09 Staff Attorney – Northwest Justice Project Spokane, Wash. Pfundt, who is a veteran, lists his primary duties as providing civil legal services to low-income people in Spokane and the Barry surrounding six counties. He focuses on areas Pfundt such as public benefits, housing, and family law. Pfundt, who received his bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Washington, also spent time working at the Washington State Governor’s Office. It was here he found himself directing many people who had legal issues to the Northwest Justice Project. After learning more about the organization, he found himself “inspired by their work and thought that it would be an ideal way to continue the fight that has driven me since leaving the Navy.”

Moderate Means Program Impact The Moderate Means Program (MMP) is a statewide reducedfee lawyer referral service formed through a partnership between the Washington State Bar Association, its members, and Washington’s three law schools. At Gonzaga, it functions under the auspices of the Center for Law in Public Service (CLIPS). With the supervision of MMP Staff Attorney and CLIPS Assistant Director Laurie Powers, law students conduct intakes and refer income-eligible clients of “moderate means” to participating attorneys who have agreed to offer reduced-fee representation.

For more information on the Moderate Means Program, please contact:

Laurie Powers, MMP Staff Attorney and CLIPS Assistant Director, or 509.313.3740.

From its inception at Gonzaga in June 2011 through the end of February 2012, 36 Gonzaga law students have volunteered with MMP. Together, they have contributed more than 1,000 pro bono hours, conducting 160 client intakes, and 111 referrals. In addition, these volunteers completed a 15-hour training program on client interviewing skills, working with diverse populations, professionalism, ethics, MMP policies and procedures and the substantive law areas of domestic violence, family law, consumer law and housing law.

Megan Ballard, CLIPS Director

Gonzaga’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Do you practice in one of the following areas? If so, you may be eligible for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

• Public interest or community service organization.

• International human rights organization.

• Legal aid office or clinic.

• Prosecutor’s office.

• Public defender’s office.

• State, local or federal government office.

As an example of Gonzaga University School of Law’s humanistic, Jesuit and Catholic nature, the LRAP program reflects the extraordinary value that the school places on attorneys pursuing careers in public service. The purpose of this program is to provide loan repayment assistance to a select number of our graduates who are pursuing careers in public interest law. Applicants with outstanding law school student loans, both federal and commercial, are invited to apply to the LRAP program.

All alumni who are currently practicing in a public interest field, regardless of their graduation year, are eligible to apply.

Applications will be accepted beginning October 15, 2012. Please visit the website for more information at or contact Jeff Geldien at 509.313.6121 or



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While traveling to Amsterdam, Larry Kazan noticed the Bulldog spirit lives on.

Christopher Loeak is currently the president of the Marshall Islands. He was elected by parliament following the Marshall Islands presidential election, 2012.


Larry Kazan

Jamilia George accepted an executive management position with the Alaska Gas Line Development Corporation. Dennis Hession joined the firm of Murphy, Bantz and Bury, PPLC. Hession, former Spokane mayor and City Council president, is a trained mediator and consultant and teaches law at Gonzaga University School of Law.

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Houston Putnam Lowry was re-elected on Nov. 8, 2011, to a four-year term on the Board of Education in Avon, Conn. Richard Bartheld has been appointed to the Yakima County Superior Court bench.

Richard G. Campbell of Armstrong Teasdale was named managing attorney of the firm’s Nevada offices. He will oversee lawyers based in the Reno and Las Vegas offices. David G. Stebing joined the Washington Office of Administrative Hearings as an administrative law judge in Tacoma, Wash.

Richard Greenstone featured his photography at a show in San Francisco. The show was called “Reflective Eye” that was open from November 2011 to February 2012. You can find his artwork on Facebook by searching his name or Reflected Eye. Greenstone also practices IP and Entertainment Law in San Francisco.



Douglas Weinmaster was selected by his peers for the honor of inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2012. Doug is a trial lawyer with Perey Law Group in Seattle, Wash. with a practice in Douglas Weinmaster personal injury and medical malpractice. In February 2011, he was co-counsel in a trial that resulted in the highest sum of money every awarded in the state of Washington for a personal injury case. Doug is married to Yulia and has two daughters. He is also a pilot and flies often.

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Richard A. Davey was appointed secretary and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) by Governor Deval Patrick on Sept. 2, 2011. Secretary Davey’s mission is to provide Richard A. Davey a safe, reliable and efficient transportation network for residents of the commonwealth. He previously served as general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA or the “T”) and as MassDOT rail and transit administrator. Prior to joining MassDOT, Secretary Davey held positions as general manager, deputy general manager and general counsel at the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR), the company that operates and maintains the MBTA’s commuter rail service.

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2001 Joseph James Norita Camacho ascended to the bench as associate judge for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Superior Court. Joseph James Norita Camacho

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Tracy DiFillippo was named by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to the Chiropractic Physicians’ Board of Nevada. DiFillippo joins five doctors and one other member of the consumer public on the board, which is comprised of individuals from throughout the state. Tracy is a member of the Jones Vargas Litigation practice area, focusing in the fields of commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction, medical malpractice litigation, bankruptcy and insurance law.

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Sean Jackson & Nicole Brodie

Sean Jackson and Nicole Brodie,’03 were married on May 21, 2011, in Volunteer Park in Seattle. Sean and Nicole are associate attorneys with the Seattle law firm Patterson Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer, Inc., PS. The couple currently resides in Bellevue, Wash.

2004 Brian Bradford accepted a position as a trial attorney with Frank & Finger, P.C. in Evergreen, Colo.

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Nancy Isserlis ’80 Named City Attorney for the City of Spokane On March 1 Nancy Isserlis, a principal at Winston & Cashatt Law Firm, was named Spokane’s new City Attorney by Mayor David Condon. Isserlis served as chair as the Mayor’s Transition Committee on Public Safety and currently serves on the Mayor’s new Advisory Board on Policing, helping Interim Chief Scott Stephens implement the Mayor’s Immediate Police Action Plan. Isserlis also is chair of the Health Sciences and Services Authority, appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire and previously served as chair of the City’s Ethics Commission. She has held a number of positions in local and state bar associations, currently serving as Treasurer of the Washington State Bar Association. She graduated in 1980 from Gonzaga Law School.

2005 Chris and Mary Crago are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Fallyn Piper Crago, born Jan. 12, weighing 8 pounds 7 ounces. Chris works at Paine Hamblen and is an adjunct professor at GU Law School.

Julia Anne Comeau

Gina and Daniel Comeau, ’06 are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Julia Anne Comeau, on Nov. 29, 2011. Gina works for the Labor and Personnel Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Daniel is a labor attorney for UFCW Union Local No. 367. GONZAGA LAWYER


Judge Darvin Zimmerman Presides Over Clark County Veterans Therapeutic Court In March 2011, Clark County in Vancouver, Wash., started a Veterans Therapeutic Court. The court currently serves 16 veterans, with eight peer mentors. Judge Darvin Zimmerman, ’76, presides over the court, offering nonviolent defendants who have served in the U.S. armed forces an alternative treatment and sentencing option. Defendants who voluntarily participate in the judicially supervised treatment plan may have their sentences suspended if they complete the minimum 12-month program.

Aisha Brooks & Ricardo Charles

Judge Zimmerman believes that the savings to the justice system and the benefits of the one-on-one relationships between veterans and mentors are strengths of the program. He states that many within the court system believe peer mentors are the best chance for a veteran’s success.

David P. Gardner

Annie Arbenz

From left: County Prosecutor Tony Golik, ’95, Chief Judge Joel Penoyar of the Court of Appeals, Therapeutic Court Vet, and Judge Zimmerman, ’76 Kennedy Vondra Larson

David Webster



‘06 2009




Aisha Brooks and Ricardo Charles were married Aug. 21, 2011, in Sea Bright, N.J.

Jessica S. Couser established Just Law, PLLC with another attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jessica practices in the areas of Family and Education Law. For more information please visit her website

April and Andy Anderson, with big sister Aubrey, are proud to announce the birth of Sierra Catherine Anderson, born Oct. 18, 2011, weighing 8 pounds. April is an attorney at Lukins & Annis in Spokane, Wash.


The United States Trustee has appointed David P. Gardner to the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees for the District of Idaho, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Mr. Gardner was appointed to Chapter 7 cases filed in the Coeur d’Alene Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho, and began in February 2012. Matthew and Priscilla Rabinovitch are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Sage David, born Nov. 17, 2011, weighing 8 pounds. Matthew is an assistant public defender for the city of Spokane and Priscilla is a speech language pathologist for Spokane Public Schools.

‘08 2008

Annie Arbenz was recently named partner with Kampbell, Andrews & Arbenz, PLLC in Tacoma, Wash.

Amanda and Bryan Larson are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Vondra Larson, born May 31, 2010. Amanda and her husband recently returned to Greeley, Colo., where Amanda joined her father in practice at the Peek Law Firm, specializing in divorce and family law, criminal defense, wills/trusts and probate. Lukins & Annis, PS hired David Webster as an associate at the law firm’s Spokane office. Webster holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and a master of laws degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Jessica S. Couser


Family law firm Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, PC is proud to add new Associate Attorney Jesse Collins to the firm’s Vancouver, Wash. office. Collins began his career in law school, working in the school’s general practice clinic, University Legal Assistance. He also externed for Spokane Superior Court Judge Michael Price. After graduating, Collins spent a year working for Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Joseph Wilson in Everett, Wash. He is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division. The Law Office of Eowen S. Rosentrater, PLLC is proud to add Kelsey L. Kittleson as an associate attorney. Kelsey’s practice focuses on Criminal Defense, Family Law, Landlord Tenant, Indian Law, Personal Injury, and Labor & Employment Law in Washington.


Jesse Collins

Erika Wunderlich


Jeffrey R. Galloway joined Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, PC as a new associate. Mr. Galloway practices Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, and Labor & Employment Law. Erika Wunderlich joined Cooney Law Offices, PS as an associate. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and Bankruptcy Bar Association and primarily practices Bankruptcy Law emphasizing Chapter 7 bankruptcies.



Alumni Events Phoenix Alumni Reception Nov. 16, 2011

Battle in Seattle Pre-Game Law School Social

Tucson Coffee & Conversation

Portland Alumni Reception

Nov. 18, 2011

Dec. 17, 2011

Jan. 10, 2012

Men’s Basketball Game Watch Dec. 3, 2011

Vancouver Alumni Luncheon Jan. 11, 2012

Salt Lake City Alumni Luncheon Feb. 3, 2012

“The Q” @ Northern Quest Casino

The Hilton



Alumni events Bay Area Alumni Luncheon Feb. 16, 2012

The Palomino Restaurant in San Francisco.

BYU Pre-Game Social for Season Ticket Holders Feb. 23, 2012

Faculty/Staff Lounge, Gonzaga Law School



Alumni events

Reno Alumni Luncheon March 2, 2012

Holland & Hart

Las Vegas Alumni Luncheon March 5, 2012

West Coast Conference Tournament Alumni Socials Feb. 29 - March 5, 2012

The Orleans



SUPER lawyers The following states were not published at the time of the winter Lawyer. We’re happy to include:

Alaska (2011) Bliss, Ronald L. Bliss, Wilkens & Clayton, Anchorage Business Litigation, Health Care, Insurance Coverage Brink, Robert C. Hartig Rhodes Hoge & Lekisch, PC, Anchorage Tax, Estate Planning & Probate Brown, Ray R. Dillon & Findley PC, Anchorage Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, Criminal Defense: White Collar Davis, Douglas R. Keesal, Young & Logan, Anchorage Transportation/Maritime, Environmental Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources Fortier, Samuel J. Fortier & Mikko, P.C., Anchorage Native American Law, Corporate Governance & Compliance, Civil Rights/First Amendment Peterson, Laurel J. Laurel J. Peterson, PC, Anchorage Personal Injury Defense: General, Personal Injury Plaintiff: General Reece, Joseph L. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Anchorage Business/Corporate, Real Estate

Desmarais, Mark B. Tom Petrus & Miller, LLLC, Honolulu Personal Injury Defense: Products, Aviation, Business Litigation Meyer, III, William G. Dwyer Schraff Meyer Grant & Green, Honolulu Intellectual Property Tateishi, Michael K. Tateishi & Pascual, Attorneys, Wailuku Personal Injury Plaintiff: General, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Plaintiff: Products

Maine (2011) Hochman, Bruce B. Estate Planning & Probate, Tax Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Business Litigation

Texas (2011) Webster, Robert L. Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl LLP, Dallas Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense

Wisconsin (2011) Hunt, Edward J. Hunt Law Group, S.C., Milwaukee Criminal Defense, Appellate, Criminal Defense: White Collar

rising stars

Zobel, Patricia L. (Penny) DeLisio Moran Geraghty & Zobel, Anchorage Workers’ Compensation, Employment Litigation: Defense, Personal Injury Defense: General

The following state was not published at the time of the winter Lawyer. We’re happy to include:

Hawaii (2011)

Wisconsin (2011)

Belles, Michael J. Belles Graham Proudfoot Wilson & Chun, Lihue Real Estate, Administrative Law

Goller, John G., von Briesen & Roper, S.C., Milwaukee Class Action/Mass Torts, Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage



Faculty scholarship

Upendra Acharya

Megan Ballard

Upendra Acharya Forthcoming Publications Spring 2012 – accepted offer to publish article, “ICJ’s Kosovo Decision: Economical Reasoning of Law and Question of Legitimacy of the Court,” in the ChicagoKent Journal of Int’l Law and Comp. Law, to be published in spring 2012. Spring 2012 – accepted offer to publish

article, “International Lawlessness, International Politics and Terrorism: A Conundrum of International Law and U.S. Foreign Policy,” in a special issue of the Denver Journal of Int’l Law and Policy, to be published in April 2012.

Presentations March 2012 – presented, “Law and Ethics of International Peace and Security,” at the symposium Peace and Economics in the Changing World Order, conducted by the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, Spokane. March 2012 – presented, “Human

Rights in Crisis: Need for Deconstructive Recontructivism,“at the University of Ottawa, Canada.



November 2011 – presented

Reconstructivism, at the University of Ottowa, Canada “Dodd-Frank Act: A Shift in US Foreign Policy through Economic Legislation,” at the symposium Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act, Gonzaga Law School, Spokane. November 2011 – gave keynote address,

“Humanitarian Aid and Assistance: Its Role in Constraining the Resurgence of Piracy,” at the Global Maritime Security and AntiPiracy Conference in Gujarat, India. August 2011 – presented, “Human Rights

in China, India and Nepal: The Challenges for Emerging Powers,” at Direito GV, Law School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Media November 2011 – interviewed by Radio

Australia on the subject of piracy in Somalia and its solution. September 2011 – Interviewed by O Estado

de Sao Paulo, one of the largest daily newspapers in Brazil, on issues of terrorism. The interview is published in the special 9/11 issue (2011) of the newspaper.

Other Professional Activities August 2011 – taught as a visiting professor at Direito GV, a private law school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he taught ‘Political Economy of Law and Development’ for a week with Professor Jose Ghirardi of GV.

July 2011 – presented, “Trade and

Megan Ballard

Environment: An Odd Couple Getting Together,” at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China.


May 2011 – delivered keynote address, “The Rights of the Child and Why the U.S. Should Ratify the Convention,” together with Justice Debra Stephens of the Washington Supreme Court, at the Children’s Justice Conference, Seattle.

December 2011 – published her article, “Pre-Planning for Post-Conflict Property Remedies: A Case Study from Georgia,” in George Washington International Law Review, Vol. 43, P. 43.

Presentations October 2011 – presented, “Post-Conflict Property Remedies and the Relaxation of


Cheryl Beckett

Scott Burnham

Legal Norms,” at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, sponsored by the International Law Society. October 2011 – presented, “Pre-Planning

for Post-Conflict Property Restitution: Lessons from Georgia and Colombia,” at Wittenberg University, sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Russian and Central Eurasian Studies Program.

Other Professional Activities October 2011 – participated with 20 conflict management and peace building professionals from around the world in the “Land, Property and Conflict” course coordinated by the United States Institute of Peace and the International Organization for Migration in Washington, D.C.

Cheryl Beckett Presentations March 2012 – presented, “Stories of Workplace Discrimination, The Law, and The Courts’ Response,” at the Conference on Human Rights: Discrimination in the Workplace in Spokane.

November 2011 – presented “Ethical Issues

December 2011 – published, “UCC Section

in Employment Law” at the Second Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference in Spokane.

Captions” in The Transactional Lawyer.

Other Professional Activities December 2011 – participated as a member of the People-to-People Rule of Law delegation to Rwanda, Africa. September 2011 – co-facilitated a Spokane

community forum with the Seattle office of the EEOC and the Washington State Human Rights Commission on the Equal Pay Act and sexual harassment issues.

Scott Burnham Forthcoming Publications Spring 2012 – accepted offer to publish article, “Thoughts on the Withdrawal of Amended Article 2,” in a special symposium issue in the South Texas Law Review, to be published in spring 2012. Publications December 2011 – published, “The Glannon

Guide to Secured Transactions”, 2nd edition (Aspen Law press 2011). December 2011 – published, “Contract Law

for Dummies” (Wiley press, 2011).

August 2011 – published “Setting Standards

Under Sections 1-302 and 9-603” in The Transactional Lawyer. July 2011 – published, “Blood Does Not a

Contract Make: A Response to Professor Kim,” Wake Forest L. Rev. Online, Vol. 1, P. 49.

Presentations March 2012 – co-chaired and presented a paper at a CLE jointly sponsored by the Section on General Provisions and Relation to Other Laws and the Commercial Finance Section on “Variation by Agreement in the UCC” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. February 2011 – presented, “Using

Technology in the Classroom,” at Widener Law School. January 2011 – presented, “Teaching

Transactional Skills in the First Year Curriculum,” at Transactional Skills Section, AALS Annual Meeting. July 2011 – chaired the meeting of the

Section on General Provisions and Relation



Faculty scholarship

Lisa Bradley

George Critchlow

Lynn Daggett

to Other Laws and presented a paper on “Variation by Agreement in the UCC” at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.

in GLBT Law at the Gonzaga Law School Mission Possible/GSA Outlaws CLE, in Spokane.

Appointments January 2012 – attended the meeting of the Board of Directors of CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, and was elected to the Board for 2012-2015 and elected President of CALI for 20122014.

“Transactional Skills: Keeping it Short, Quick, and Diverse,” at the Central States Regional Legal Writing Conference in Chicago.

September 2011 – attended the National

Conference of Bar Examiners Contracts Committee, where he was reappointed a member of the Committee for 2012-2017.


September 2011 – presented,

George Critchlow Publications July 2011 – published feature cover story, “Attorneys’ Criticism of Judges: Professional Misconduct or Protected Speech?” in the Washington State Bar Association “Bar News.” 

February 2012 – appeared on the GUTV

Lynn Daggett

show Median Madness to discuss the SOPA bill.

November 2011 – published, “Sharing


disability, tort and civil rights liability, and crime reporting laws, at the 2011 Education Law Association (ELA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

Other Professional Activities September 2011 – completed a year’s service as vice chair of the selection committee for the 2011 Joseph Award, a national student writing competition in education law.

Mark Deforrest Presentations August 2011 – presented, “Modifying the Rombauer Research Method for the Small Law Firm Practice Environment,” at the 2011 Western Regional Legal Research & Writing Conference, held at the University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco.

David K. Dewolf


Student Information with Police,” in Proceedings of the 2011 Education Law Association Annual Conference.

November 2011 – presented, “Ethics:


“Washington Elements of an Action,” 201112 supplement to “Washington Contract Law and Practice,” and 2011-12 supplement to “Washington Tort Law and Practice.”

Lisa Bradley Hypotheticals on Family Formation” as part of the Family Formation, Finances, and Formalities: Current Ethical and Legal Issues



November 2011 – presented on legal issues

involved in school sharing information with police, which include student privacy,

Publications Summer 2011 – published 2011 edition of

Facult y Schol arship

Mark Deforrest

David K. Dewolf

Presentations November 2011 – presented, “The

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau,” at the symposium Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act, Gonzaga Law School, Spokane. November 2011 – participated in

Conference on Teaching the Life Issues, at St. Thomas University School of Law, Minneapolis.

Media December 2011 – published guest opinion,

“Don’t Compel Health Providers to Violate their Consciences,” in the Tacoma News Tribune.

Jennifer Gellner Presentations February 2012 – presented, “Settlements with the IRS,” at the Spokane County Bar Association’s new Solo and Small Practice Section’s Brown Bag Lunch CLE, Spokane.

January 2012 – presented, “Offers in Compromise with the IRS,” to the American Society of Women Accountants in Spokane.


Jennifer Gellner

June 2011 – re-elected as Newsletter Editor the Association for Law, Culture, and Humanities in Fort Worth, Texas. for the Washington State Bar Association Taxation Section Quarterly Newsletter. November 2011 – gave keynote address, June 2011 – elected as Treasurer of the “Telling Stories of Love and Race,” as part Spokane County Bar Association’s new Solo of Diversity Services at California Western and Small Practice Section. School of Law, San Diego.

Jason Gillmer Publications April 2012 – “Crimes of Passion: The Regulation of Interracial Sex in Washington, 1855-1950,” in a special symposium issue of the Gonzaga Law Review on the Conference on Race and Criminal Justice in the West, Vol.47, P. 393 September 2011 – published a book review of “Edmund J. Davis of Texas: Civil War General, Republican Leader, Reconstruction Governor,” by Carl H. Moneyhon, in the Journal of Southern History.

September 2011 – presented, “Crimes of

Passion,” at the Conference on Race and Criminal Justice, Gonzaga School of Law, Spokane. May 2011 – presented, “Lawyers and

Slaves,” at the annual meeting of The Law and Society Association in San Francisco.

Appointments December 2011 – elected to board, Institute for Hate Studies. November 2011 – elected to board, Washington Courts Historical Society.

Media Summer 2011 – published, “Shades of Gray: June 2011 – published guest opinion piece, The Life and Times of a Free Family of Color on “Washington’s high court deals blow to the Texas Frontier,” Minnesota Journal of Law racial bias,” in the Spokesman-Review. and Inequality, Vol. 29 P. 33. Other Professional Activities Presentations February 2012 – presented, “Use of March 2012 – presented, “Sex and Race Force,” to the City of Spokane Use of Force in Washington,” at the annual meeting of



Faculty scholarship

Jason Gillmer

Gail Hammer


Gerry Hess

Curriculum” for the Washington State Access to Justice Conference / WSBA Bar Leaders Conference.

September 2012 – organized Conference on Race and Criminal Justice in the West, with more than 70 presenters, 100 participants, and 16 panels, at Gonzaga School of Law. Chief Justice Barbara Madsen of the Washington Supreme Court delivered the keynote address.

March 2012 – interviewed by the Associated Press for a nationally published news story about an elementary school shooting in Bremerton, Wash.

Gail Hammer

Gerry Hess

Presentations October 2011 – presented, “The Use of International Law in Domestic Advocacy,” at the Northwest Clinicians’ Conference. October 2011 – participated on a panel

entitled “Northwest Clinicians and Their Involvement in the Global Law Movement,” at the Northwest Clinicians’ Conference. June 2011 – presented, “The Impact of Culture, Race, and Gender on the FactGathering Process: Three Public Interest Law Case Illustrations,” at the AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Seattle.

June 2011 – participated on a panel entitled “Beyond Inclusion: Incorporating Bias Education in the Legal Education




Publications July 2011 – published book, “Techniques for Teaching Law 2” (Carolina Academic Press, 2011) with co-authors Steve Friedland, Michael Schwartz and Sophie Sparrow. Presentations March 2012 – presented, “Choosing Wisely: Beyond Using Technology for its Own Sake,” at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning - North Carolina Central University conference on Technology In and Beyond the Classroom. February 2012 – presented, “Integrating doctrine, Skills, and Professionalism,” at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Neb.

January 2012 – presented three workshops

on assessment as part of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning’s Chilean Law Professor Program, Gonzaga Law School, Spokane. October 2011 – conducted a workshop on

“Developing as a Teacher,” for the faculty at Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, Knoxville, Tenn. August 2011 – conducted a daylong

workshop on “Interactive Teaching Skills and Continued Development as a Teacher” to deans and faculty from the University of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

Brooks Holland Forthcoming Publications Fall 2013 – accepted, with co-author Leah Christensen of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, offer to publish a professional responsibility textbook titled, “Learning Professional Responsibility: From the Classroom to the Practice of Law,” with West Publishing, to be published in the fall 2013. Publications April 2012 – published “Race and

Ambivalent Criminal Procedure Remedies,”

Facult y Schol arship

Brooks Holland

Linda Kawaguchi

in a special symposium issue of the Gonzaga Law Review on the Conference on Race and Criminal Justice in the West, Vol. 47, P. 341 March 2012 – “Imagining the Open Road,”

a response to Professor Nancy Leong’s article, “The Open Road and the Traffic Stop: Narratives and Counter-Narratives of the American Dream,”in the Florida Law Review Forum, Vol. 1, P. 1. October 2011 – published, “Does the Fourth

Amendment Permit a Jail to Strip Search all Inmates, Including Inmates Arrested for Minor Offenses?,” ABA Supreme Court Review (co-author Michelle Trombley, a 2010 graduate of Gonzaga Law School), Vol. 39. October 2011 – published commentary

“Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders,” SCOTUSBlog. Spring 2011 – published, “Racial Profiling

and a Punitive Exclusionary Rule,” Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 29. Spring 2011 – published, “The Armed

Career Criminal Act & Revised State Drug Sentencing: It Depends on What “Is”

Means,” ABA Supreme Court Review, Vol. 38, P. 288. Spring 2011 – published, “Does the Federal

Witness-Protection Murder Statute Require Proof That the Victim Would Have Communicated with a Federal Officer or Judge?,” ABA Supreme Court Review, Vol. 38, P. 261. April 2011 – published, “The Court Debates

Intent Versus Reasonable Possibilities,” SCOTUSBlog.

Presentations November 2011 – participated in the Journal

of Law & Policy’s conference at Brooklyn Law School, “Crawford & Beyond,” speaking on two of the four panels conducted during the conference, Brooklyn, N.Y. November 2011 – participated as a panelist

in the WSBA’s Ethical Dilemmas program in Spokane. September 2011 – presented, “Racial

Bias and Criminal Justice Remedies: Investigation, Jury Selection, Trial, and Sentence,” at the Conference on Race and Criminal Justice, Gonzaga School of Law, Spokane.

August 2011 – presented, “The Ethics

of Padilla v. Kentucky and Adverse Consequences to Criminal Convictions,” to the King County Public Defender Office in Seattle.

Other Professional Activities January 2012 – assigned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as defense counsel in the case of United States v. Mryland. August 2011 – argued client’s appeal

in United States v. Denham to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit subsequently reversed in part and remanded for a new sentencing hearing. See U.S. v. Denham, 2011 WL 3796892 (9th Cir. 2011).

Linda Kawaguchi Publications July 2011 – guest editor and wrote the introductory article for a special double issue of Legal Reference Services Quarterly on “Determining Legislative Intent in State Courts: Selected Methods and Sources,”30 L.R.S.Q (2011). June 2011 – published “Teaching Advanced



Faculty scholarship

Amy Kelley

Inga Laurent

Legal Research: Designing Assignments to Encourage Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Skills” Perspectives: Teaching Legal research & Writing, Vol. 19.

Presentations August 2011 – presented, “Designing Assignments to Encourage Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Skills,” at the 2011 Western Regional Legal Writing Conference at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco.

Amy Kelley Presentations Spring 2011 – presented, “Development in Federal and State Constitutional Criminal Procedure,” Washington State Appellate Judges’ Spring Conference, Seattle.

Inga Laurent Presentations March 2012 – presented, “Enhancing the Externship Experience: Giving Students Tools to Engage Supervisors in Effective Feedback,” at the Externship 6 Conference. November 2011 – presented, as part of the plenary panel, “Assessing Our Externship Programs: Are We Setting and Meeting



Chris Lynch

the Right Goals for Our Constituencies and Ourselves?,” at the Externship 6 Conference held at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass. Appointments December 2011 – accepted a position on the CLEA Externship Committee. May 2011 – agreed to serve on the AALS Clinical Section’s Membership, Outreach and Training Committee.

Other Professional Activities November 2011 – participated on a panel for Leadership Spokane: Leading in a Diverse World: What We Have in Common, Spokane. 

Chris Lynch Presentations January 2012 – presented, “Intellectual Property – Corporate formation strategies and you,” to the Gonzaga University Business School’s Hogan Entrepreneur Program, Spokane. June 2011 – presented, “Intellectual Property — Don’t lose it before you start,” to the Computer Science and Engineering Department’s Leadership Seminar Series at

the University of Washington, Seattle.

James R. McCurdy Professor Emeritus

Publications Summer 2011 – published, “Sports Law:

Cases & Materials,” 7th edition (LexisNexis 2011). Summer 2011 – published, “Thunder on the

Road from Seattle to Oklahoma City: Going from NOPA to ZOPA in the NBA,” in Legal Issues in American Basketball (Kurlantzick, ed., 2011).

Presentations November 2011 – presented, “The BCS &

Antitrust Law: Core Legal Issues, Case Law & An Alternative Approach,” at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Center for Sports Law & Policy, The BCS & the Future of BigTime College Football.

Media August 2011 – interviewed and quoted in

Sullivan, “Goodell’s Foray into Disciplining Collegians Noble, But is It Legal,” U-T San Diego, Aug. 20, 2011 about the NFL’s authority to sanction NFL players for past violations of NCAA rules.

Facult y Schol arship

James R. McCurdy

Daniel Morrissey

Daniel Morrissey Forthcoming Publications Fall 2012 – accepted offer to publish article, “Will Arbitration End Securities Litigation,” in the Journal of Securities Regulation, to be published in fall 2012. Publications January 2012 – published, “Securities

Litigation After the Meltdown,” West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 114, P. 531. March 2011 – published, “A Fatal Threat to

Shareholder Litigation,” in the National Law Journal. August 2011 – published, “Courts Should

Curb Executive Pay,” in The National Law Journal.

Presentations Spring 2012 – presented, “Income Inequality and Excessive Executive Compensation,” at California Western, Pepperdine, Chapman, University of San Francisco, Ave Maria, St. Thomas and Florida A&M. January 2012 – presented, “Corporate Law

and National Priorities,” at a Legislative Conference sponsored by the Eastern

Ann Murphy

Washington Ministerial Alliance, Spokane.


January 2012 – participated on a panel

December 2011 – published, “Federal Rule of Evidence 502: The “Get Out of Jail Free” Provision – Or Is It?,” New Mexico Law Review, Vol. 41, P. 193.

addressing the budget crisis in Washington state at the 2012 Eastern Washington Legislative Conference, organized by the Faith Advocacy Network (formerly the Washington Association of Churches and the Lutheran Public Policy Office), Spokane. October 2011 – presented, “Income

Inequality and Excessive Executive Compensation,” at the University of Tulsa Law School, Tulsa, Okla.

Media September 2011 – quoted in an article

entitled, “On the Way. Experts Disagree on the Validity of US Shareholder Litigation,” in an issue of the International Financial Law Review.

Ann Murphy Publications January 2012 – completed the 10th

annual update to Ann Murphy, “Federal Tax Practice and Procedure,” by LexisNexis (18-chapter treatise). http:// booktemplate/productdetail.jsp?pageName

Presentations January 2012 – presented at the John P.

Gray Bench Bar Forum in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho on current evidentiary issues. November 2011 – presented, “Family

Formation, Finances and Formalities: Current Ethical and Legal Issues” as part of the Family Formation, Finances, and Formalities: Current Ethical and Legal Issues in GLBT Law at the Gonzaga Law School Mission Possible/GSA Outlaws CLE, in Spokane. October 2011 – presented, “What to

Expect When the Unexpected Happens – Procedures and Tips for Surviving and IRS Audit,” at the 59th Annual University of Montana Tax Institute, Missoula, Mont. June 2011 – presented at the 11th Annual Oregon Tax Institute in Portland, Oregon, addressing Electronic Discovery and the Inadvertent Waiver of Privilege Rule (in Tax cases) versus the Ethical Duty of



Faculty scholarship

Kim Pearson

Linda J. Rusch

Confidentiality to Clients.

Media November 2011 – interviewed for the KXLY

Morning Show about the Karl Thompson (Otto Zehm) federal criminal case. September 2011 – interviewed for a Tax

Notes Today story about a recent Obama nominee for a Tax Court judgeship, “Ronald Buch Nominated to Tax Court.”

Other Professional Activities November 2011 – joined Deborah Merritt and Ric Simmons of Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, as an Editor on their “Evidence in the News” website that accompanies their Learning Evidence textbook, produced by West. See: asp?start=1 June 2011 – Guest Blogger for two weeks on the Evidence Prof Blog, see: http://

Kim Pearson Forthcoming Publications Spring 2012 – accepted offer to publish article, “Displaced Mothers, Absent, and 44


Sandra L. Simpson

Unnatural Fathers,” in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, to be published in 2012. Spring 2012 – accepted offer to publish

article, “Sexuality in Child Custody Decisions,” in Family Court Review, to be published in April 2012.

Presentations March 2012 – presented, “API Adoption by LGBT Parents,” at Reigniting Community: Strengthening API Identity Symposium, at UC Irvine in California. March 2012 – presented, “Endocrine

Disruptors as Threat to Sex Differentiation,” at ASU Junior Scholars Workshop, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. October 2011 – co-chaired Positionality

Roundtable at Annual LatCrit Conference, San Diego. July 2011 – presented, “Displaced

Mothers, Absent, and Unnatural Fathers,” at International Society of Family Law Conference in Lyon, France.

Media February 2012 – interviewed for the Gonzaga Bulletin about Same Sex Marriage

Legislation in Washington. January 2012 – interviewed for the Yakima

Herald Republic about Same Sex Marriage Legislation in Washington. August 2011 – interviewed for the

Spokesman-Review about the Otto Zehm federal criminal case.

Linda J. Rusch Forthcoming Publications May 2012 – accepted offer to publish, “Black Letter on Secured Transactions, Second Edition” (Thomson/West), contracted for delivery in May 2012. Publications March 2012 – published, “Selected Commercial Statutes” (West 2012). December 2011 – published, “Mortgage

Foreclosure: Complex Laws and Sloppy Practice,” The Transactional Lawyer. September 2011 – published, “Payment

Systems: Problems, Materials and Cases” (Thomson/West 4th edition 2011) (with Professor Stephen L. Sepinuck) (with Teacher’s Manual). August 2011 – published, “ Commercial

Facult y Schol arship

Law: Problems and Materials on Sales and Payments” (Thomson/West 2011) (with Prof. Stephen L. Sepinuck) (with Teacher’s Manual). August 2011 – published, “ Does the

Security Agreement Effectively Grant a Security Interest?,” The Transactional Lawyer. June 2011 – published, “What are the Fundamental Attributes of Arbitration?,” in The Transactional Lawyer. Summer 2011 – published, “Hawkland’s

Uniform Commercial Code Series,” UCC Article 7 Volume. (Revised Volume Annual Supp. 2011), Revised UCC Article 7 (Revised Volume Annual Supp. 2011), UCC Article 2 Volume (Annual Supp. 2011)

Presentations February 2012 – PEB Report on Mortgage Notes (ALI-ABA). December 2011 – presented, together with

Professor Stephen L. Sepinuck, a 3-hour CLE program entitled “2011 Commercial Law Developments” at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle. August 2011 – Legal Education Innovation

Summit, Presentation on Assessment (West Publishing) Minneapolis.

Meeting in New Orleans.

May 2011– Stakeholders Meeting on Notes

Leadership Meeting of American Bar Association Business Law Section in Palm Beach, Calif.

and Mortgage Transfer Issues (NCCUSL/ ALI, Washington, D.C.).

January 2012 – chaired Midwinter

Appointments March 2012 – appointed as consultant to Ad Hoc NCCUSL/ALI Committee regarding UCC Article 4A.

November 2011 – chaired American Bar

September 2011 – appointed, Observer,

meeting of the American Bar Association Section Officer’s Conference.

NCCUSL Study Committee on Mortgage Foreclosure Issues.

Association Business Law Section Officer’s Meeting in Washington, D.C. September 2011 – co-chaired annual

August 2011 – began one year term as

Sandra Simpson

Chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.


May 2011 – appointed American Law

Institute Member to Permanent Editorial Board of the UCC, and as member of the Executive Committee of the PEB.

Other Professional Activities March 2012 – chaired American Bar Association Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Las Vegas. February 2012 – chaired American Bar Association Business Law Section Officer’s

November 2011 – published “Riding the

Carousel: Making Assessment a Learning Loop Through the Continuous Use of Grading Rubrics,” in the Canadian Legal Education Annual Review.

Presentations March 2012 – presented, ”Everyone Else is doing it; Why Can’t We; a New Look at Statistical Data in Death Penalty Cases“, at the annual Association for Law, Culture, and Humanities conference in Fort Worth, Texas.



Faculty scholarship

Stephen L. Sepinuck

Mary Pat Treuhart

December 2011 – presented, “Riding

the Carousel: Using Rubrics throughout the Semester to Make Assessment a Continuous Loop,” at the annual conference of the Legal Writing Institute in Chicago.

Other Professional Activities June 2011 – organized the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning annual conference at New York Law School, New York.

Stephen L. Sepinuck Forthcoming Publications August 2012 – accepted offer to publish article, “Personal Property Secured Transactions,” in The Business Lawyer, to be published in August 2012. Publications March 2012 – completed the latest edition of “Spotlight,” a column that appears in the joint newsletter of the UCC and Commercial Finance Committees of the ABA Business law Section, reporting on five poorly reasoned commercial-law decisions. February 2012 – published, “Analyzing

Restrictions on Assigning Ownership Rights in a Business Entity,” The Transactional

Lawyer, Vol. 2.

The Transactional Lawyer, Vol. 1.

December 2011 – published, “Limiting

August 2011 – published, “PMSI

the Preference Exposure of Originators & Servicers,” The Transactional Lawyer, Vol. 1.

Notification: What to Say & How to Say It,” The Transactional Lawyer, Vol. 1.

December 2011 – published, together with

August 2011 – completed, with Professor

Professor Rusch, (i) a supplement to their Secured Transactions course book; (ii) an addendum to the teacher’s manual to the Secured Transactions course book; (iii) an addendum to the teacher’s manual to their Sales course book; (iv) a supplement to their Bankruptcy course book; and (v) an addendum to the teacher’s manual to the Bankruptcy course book. 

April 2011 – published, “Exercising Voting

November 2011 – completed the latest

edition of “Spotlight,” a column that appears in the joint newsletter of the UCC and Commercial Finance Committees of the ABA Business law Section, reporting on nine poorly reasoned commercial-law decisions. November 2011 – published,

“Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy Developments,” Quarterly Report, Vol. 65, P. 96-137. October 2011 – published, “Collateralizing

the Economic Value of Broadcast Licenses,”



Linda Rusch, “Payment Systems: Problems, Materials, and Cases” (4th edition), together with a 237-page Teacher’s Manual for the book. Rights after Default,” The Transactional Lawyer, Vol. 1.

Presentations December 2011 – presented, together with Professor Linda Rusch, a 3-hour CLE program entitled “2011 Commercial Law Developments” at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

Other Professional Activities January 2012 – wrote an amicus brief in a UCC case pending in Arizona, titled “Dayka & Hackett v. Del Monte Fresh Produce.” January 2012 – completed annual report

on commercial law developments, which contains a synopsis of more than 400 judicial opinions concerning secured

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transactions, bankruptcy, and guarantees, and commercial lending. The file is posted on the Commercial Law Center’s web site, and was sent to more than 125 lawyers, judges, and academics around the country. July 2011 – completed work on the new

Uniform Certificate of Title for Vessels Act.

Editor, Journal of Hate Studies, Gonzaga University, Spokane.

Media July 2011 – provided background and on-

air commentary for local broadcast media about Casey Anthony trial and verdict.


Other Professional Activities October/November 2011 – taught as a Visiting Professor, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, Italy.

November 2011 – presented, ”Comparative

September 2011 – participated as

Mary Pat Treuthart

Criminal Procudure U.S. and Italy – The Amanda Knox Case,” at the Unversity of Sannid, Benevento, Italy.

Presentations Spring 2011 – published, “Making Classroom Drama Work,” The Law Teacher. May 2011 – served as a guest blogger for HealthLawProf for the month of May.

a member of Center for Women and Democracy’s international women’s leadership delegation to Vietnam.

October 2011 – presented (with Jamie

Hawk, GU Law ’04), ”Gender Equality Issues in Vietnam” to Washington Women Lawyers, Spokane. June 2011 – presented, ”Second Wave

and Third Wave Feminists: Can We All Get Along?”, at the National Conference, National Association of Women in Catholic Higher Education, Seattle.

Appointments November 2011 – appointed as Film Review

Larry Weiser Presentations June 2011 – presented, “The Impact of Culture, Race, and Gender on the FactGathering Process: Three Public Interest Law Case Illustrations,” at the AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Seattle.

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A tribute John Clute and Gonzaga: A labor of love John Clute 1934 -2012


espite John Clute’s impeccable appearance, he was first to roll up his sleeves and get the job done. He put himself through Gonzaga University as an undergraduate, then through Gonzaga Law School by working as many as three parttime jobs at a time. After serving almost 30 years at Boise Cascade as general counsel and later senior vice president, he accepted Gonzaga’s offer to serve as law dean in 1991. He came with a vision to create a new learning center; modern and equipped with the resource to give law grads a jump start on their careers. The beautiful Gonzaga Law Building is considered a masterpiece of academic buildings. It was completed in 2000. Clute retired as dean in 2001, continuing as a professor, a position he considered a promotion.

its mission,” Clute said on many occasions. “It was respect, indeed affection, for the Jesuits, that caused me to become an active alumnus in volunteering at Gonzaga, almost from the day I graduated from the Law School.” Clute received his bachelor’s degree in 1960, and his law degree in 1963. He served as attorney for the Atomic Energy Commission in Richland, Wash., for two years. In 1965, he was hired by Boise Cascade as assistant general counsel, and ascended to senior vice president and general counsel in 1972.

The Kooskia, Idaho, native died May 1.

He was elected to Gonzaga’s Board of Regents in 1970, and to its Board of Trustees in 1975. He gave then President Bernard J. Coughlin, S.J., quite a list of things to work on when Fr. Coughlin arrived in 1974. At first skeptical, Coughlin soon found he could rely on Clute’s counsel and wisdom. “It startled me at first, but what it really said was that John is a straightforward man, and he really cares about Gonzaga,” Fr. Coughlin said.

“It is clear that the things he has done around here have been a labor of love,” said fellow Law School Professor Amy Kelley. He left a lucrative job at Boise Cascade to pursue his passion to make Gonzaga Law the best it could be.

Clute served six years as chairman of the Trustees (1983-88), longest tenure in University history. He shepherded Gonzaga’s first major fundraising campaign, which raised $80 million thanks in large part to his leadership and determination.

“John made sure students had a successful law school experience, and he used his connections with the legal and business communities to create opportunities for students,” said former Dean Jim Vache, who described Clute as a modest, self-effacing man who never wanted accolades.

Clute was honored in 2008 with Gonzaga’s highest honor, the DeSmet Medal. He received the 2012 Law Medal posthumously.

From the time he enrolled at Gonzaga in 1956, Clute had an appreciation for the University and particularly, its Jesuits. “I have come to have a deep respect for the Society of Jesus and

He is survived by his wife Nancy and children Jody Clute, Molly DeCastro and Shelley East.

Perhaps what characterized Clute more than anything else was his devout loyalty to his alma mater. “John had a deep love of Gonzaga,” said President Thayne McCulloh.



in memoriam The Gonzaga University School of Law extends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the following alumni and friends. Ralph H. Milne, J.D. 1953 Richard N. Guskin, J.D. 1981 Marc R., Roecks, J.D. 1989 Joseph F. Akins

Otto M. Allison, J.D. 1951 Geroge A. Kain, J.D. 1958 Howard K. Michaelsen, J.D. 1958 Robert H. Coon, J.D. 1975

Fred T. Smart, J.D. 1941 Raymond L. Lebsack, J.D. 1974

Donald H. Evavold Born in South Bend, Wash., to Anton and Kathryn Evavold on January 19, 1920, Don Evavold passed away on Jan. 4, 2012. He married Carol Walter on April 10, 1940. They had six children, Max, Jon, Tom, Anne, Jim and Steve. Survived by Carol in Tacoma and five of his six children, he was blessed with 14 grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He graduated from Valley High School and Gonzaga University. Don played basketball in high school and for four years at Gonzaga. Don and Carol enjoyed tennis, cross-country and water skiing, which they participated in until they were in their 80s. Memorable

trips to Germany, Norway, and a U.S. cross country Greyhound bus trip inspired Don to take up photography and develop a photography business. After receiving his B.A. at Gonzaga, Don worked for Northwest Airlines Service, the family moved to Odessa, Wash., where they were engaged in wheat and cattle ranching for 28 years. After selling the ranch, Don worked for Gonzaga Law School as an assistant to the dean for 11 years. Don and Carol retired to Whidbey Island, then to Sumner and Tacoma, Wash.

Lewis H. Orland Professor Lewis H. Orland, former dean of Gonzaga University School of Law, passed away at his home in Spokane on Feb. 14, 2012. Professor Orland taught students at the law school for more than 50 years, but his service to Gonzaga exceeded far beyond the classroom. He served as the ninth dean of the law school from 1968 to 1973 and as associate dean from 1975 until June 2000.  As dean, he played a central role in securing the law school’s full accreditation by the American Bar Association and in establishing the law school’s day division.



While he has won respect for his exceptional ability and professional accomplishments, Lewis Orland also endeared himself to generations of students and colleagues for his friendly manner, his personal warmth, and his wonderful sense of humor. Many students remember him for his sharp intellect and mastery of his challenging Socratic method of teaching.  He was a devoted husband and he and his wife, Jackie, were married for more than 60 years.



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