Gail Hammer, J.D.

Associate Professor of Law, Coordinating Attorney Gonzaga Law Clinical Legal Programs

Gail Hammer directs the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Rights Clinic of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and teaches classes focused on litigation and children’s law. She has directed Indian Law, General Practice, and Domestic Violence clinics for Gonzaga;...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

J.D., University of Montana

B.A., Sociology, University of Montana

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught


Litigation Skills

Children & The Law

Family Law Practice

Gail Hammer directs the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Rights Clinic of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and teaches classes focused on litigation and children’s law. She has directed Indian Law, General Practice, and Domestic Violence clinics for Gonzaga; Federal Prosecution and Civil Legal Aid clinics for Washington University in St. Louis; and Environmental, City Prosecution, Student Legal Services, and Civil Legal Services clinics for the University of Montana.

Prof. Hammer is a member of the state bars of Washington and Montana and the tribal bars of the Kalispel, Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene tribes. She has represented people with low incomes in Idaho, Washington, Missouri, and Montana, and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana. She has significant volunteer experience with community agencies dedicated to ending interpersonal violence.

Prof. Hammer served as a consultant on teaching methods in Croatia, Serbia, and Brazil; in Croatia for the ABA CEELI program; in Serbia for the National Center for State Courts Serbia Rule of Law project; and in Brazil for South American law professors and graduate students at São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas (Direito GV). She served as legal consultant for Same Page, a project working to improve parenting evaluations and treatment and to raise the standard for expert testimony on parenting issues.


TransParent: When Legal Fictions and Judicial Imagination Make Facts Disappear, They Enforce Transphobic Discrimination, 1 Colum. J. Gender & Law 119 (Spring 2015).

Contributor to Handbook for Washington Seniors: Legal Rights and Resources (Legal Voice 2012).

Contributor to Roy Stuckey and Others, best Practices for Legal Education: A Vision and a Road Map (Clinical Legal Education Association, 2007).  ISBN 978-0-9792955-0-8, ISBN 0-9792955-0-5.  Also available online at

Assistive Technology Appeals Manual, Mary Gallagher & Gail Hammer, (MonTECH Rural Institute on Disability 1993).

A Conversation Between Friends: Adventures in Collaborative Planning and Teaching Ethical Issues in Representation of Children, 75 University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review 1025 (2007) (with James Celto-Vache)

Revisions to Domestic Violence Bench Book (Washington Gender and Justice Commission 2001).

Parental Status Characteristics and Self-Placement of Young Adults, Youth and Society 15:133-156 (1983), (with William H. McBroom, with the assistance of Rodney L. Brod and Gladys Hardin)


Fierce Joy: Cynthia Schuster and Resistance to Fascism, Gonzaga Faculty roundtable, January 16, 2020.

Joy as an Act of Resistance: Recapturing Our Narrative, Northwest Clinical Law Conference, November 9-10, 2019 (co-presenter).

Violence Against Women (moderator), Gonzaga Journal of International Law Symposium, April 7, 2017 

Poverty: Some Tools to Enhance Cultural Competence, National Association of Social Workers Eastern Region conference, Spokane, Wash., May 2016

Inside the Tribal Court System (panel participant), Culture and Ethics in Law Symposium, Washington State Minority and Justice Commission & Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Wash., April 1, 2016

Why Ordinary People Frequently Can’t Obtain Legal Assistance and What Legal Educators Can Do About It (panel participant), Gonzaga University School of Law faculty roundtable, March 3, 2016 and Poverty Law: Academic Activism Conference, Seattle, Wash., November 19-20, 2016

How to Teach Reflection to Students and Practice It Ourselves (co-presenter), Northwest Clinical Law Conference, Leavenworth, Wash., October, 2015

Using Case Rounds in Clinical Teaching, (co-presenter), Northwest Clinical Law Conference, Skamania, Wash., October 2014

At Play in the Fields of the Law: Building a Life That Supports Ethical Choices, Gonzaga University School of Law faculty roundtable, February 2014

Clinic/Externship Innovative Projects that Integrate Skills / Real Client Work Into the Whole Curriculum (panel participant), Northwest Clinical Law Conference, Leavenworth, Wash., October 2013.

When Legal Fictions Create Real Injustice: A Transgender Parent’s Experiences with Child Support, Pursuit of Justice Conference, Gonzaga University School of Law, April 2013

Mediation, Family Law, and Domestic Violence: Northwest Practice, (co-presenter), Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, University of Washington School of Law, March 2013

Listening and Perceptions of Justice: Stories and Preliminary Thoughts, Gonzaga Law School Faculty Roundtable, April 2012

Using International Law in Domestic Advocacy, Northwest Clinical Law Conference, Leavenworth Wash., October 2011

Northwest Clinicians and Their Involvement in the Global Law Movement (panel presentation), Northwest Clinical Law Conference, Leavenworth Wash., October 2011

Beyond Inclusion: Incorporating Bias Education in the Legal Education Curriculum (panel participation), Washington State Access to Justice Conference / WSBA Bar Leaders Conference, Kennewick Wash., June 2011

The Impact of Culture, Race, and Gender on the Fact-Finding Process: Three Public Interest Law Case Illustrations (co-presenter), AALS Joint Conference on Curriculum and Clinical Legal Education, Seattle Wash., June 2011

Professionalism and Cultural Competence, Legal Aid Days CLE, Spokane Wash., April 2011

Cultural Competence and Ethics, Spokane County Guardianship Guardians ad Litem training, October 2010

Intensive teaching workshop, for students and professors of Direto Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil, June 2010

Responding to Ethical Issues, (panel participation), Family Law CLE, Spokane Wash., November 2009

Degrees of Separation: How Injustice Can Result From Knowing Too Much, Knowing Too Little, or Knowing Nothing at All (with Illustrations from Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Transgender Parents cases), for Gonzaga-in-Florence faculty, Florence, Italy, June 2009

Methodology Matters, South American Law Teachers Conference, São Paulo, Brazil, March 2009

Best Practices for Clinical Teaching, Northwest Clinicians’ Conference, Sunriver Ore., October 2007

Navigating the Court System, Project Same Page, Spokane Wash., September 2005

Principles for Enhancing Legal Education, (extensive individual consultation with individual law professors, three full-day workshops, one two-day advanced workshop, and a final Consultants’ Report, co-authored with Kevin Ruser), for Serbia Rule of Law Project, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, and Niš, Serbia, December 2004, February 2005, May 2005, and November 2005

Working with Guardians ad Litem, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ellensburg Wash., September 2005

Introduction and Using Games in Class, Institute for Law School Teaching Annual Conference, Spokane Wash., July 2004

Principles for Enhancing Legal Education, Legal Writing Institute, Seattle, Wash., July 2004

Introduction, Coping with Stress, Northwest Clinical Law Conference, September 2003

Techniques for Reflecting on Our Teaching, Institute for Law School Teaching, Leavenworth Wash., July 2003

Effective Teaching Techniques, Central Europe and Eurasia Linkage Initiative, Rijeka, Croatia, December 2003

Introduction, Principles for Effective Law School Teaching, Institute for Law School Teaching, Chicago Ill., June 2003

Introduction to Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report, YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence, Spokane Wash., May 2003

Integrating Domestic Violence Issues into Clinical Programs, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, Missoula Mont., March 2001

Working with Difficult Students, Northwest Clinical Law Conference, Seeley Lake Mont., October 2000

Domestic Violence: An Important Problem in Legal Triage, Spokane County Bar Association, November 1992

Ethical Issues in International Surrogacy, International Business and Trade:  From Policy to Practice, Gonzaga University School of Law, March 2013International Child Custody Disputes: Some Legal and Practical Considerations, Mission Possible CLE, Gonzaga Law School, November 2010

Poverty and Law for The Faces of Poverty: Global and Local Images, Gonzaga University, April 2009