Mary Pat Treuthart, J.D., LL.M.

Professor of Law

Professor Treuthart began her law teaching career after serving a judicial clerkship and working at Warren County Legal Services in New Jersey as a staff attorney and the program director where her primary caseload consisted of civil cases including family...

Mary Pat Treuthart

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

LL.M., Columbia University

J.D., Rutgers University – Camden

A.B., Political Science, Douglass College

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law

Criminal Procedure

International Human Rights

Mental Disability Law

Women’s Rights

Professor Treuthart began her law teaching career after serving a judicial clerkship and working at Warren County Legal Services in New Jersey as a staff attorney and the program director where her primary caseload consisted of civil cases including family law, domestic violence, housing, consumer, public entitlements, and civil commitment matters. Prof. Treuthart joined the Gonzaga law faculty in 1989.

Prof. Treuthart was a Fulbright Scholar and Lecturer at Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland (spring 2002) and served as a Legal Specialist for the ABA-CEELI program in Pristina, Kosovo (Fall 2006). Along with Gonzaga colleague Professor Megan Ballard, she spent July 2009 at Javeriana University in Cali, Colombia, studying Spanish and Colombian culture. She is a faculty advisor to the Gonzaga Journal of International Law and served as a coach to the Jessup Moot Court team.

She has a long-standing commitment to social justice and human rights issues, particularly those that affect women and people with disabilities. She:

  • Has provided pro bono post-conviction assistance in death penalty cases at the state and federal levels.
  • Has been involved since 1990 with the Seattle-based Washington Protection and Advocacy System that provides legal services to people with disabilities, serving as the chair of the Board of Directors and the chair of the Mental Health Advisory Council.
  • Is on the Board of Directors of University Legal Assistance where she co-founded the Domestic Violence Mini-clinic.
  • Is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Washington Amnesty International “Stop Violence Against Women” Campaign. Professor Treuthart is a member of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane and the Inland Northwest Death Penalty Abolition Group.
  • Is a volunteer for Spokane Public Radio (KPBX/KSFC) and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Has been a YWCA volunteer and has provided English language instruction to adult learners through the Institute for Extended Learning in Spokane County.
  • Served as the inaugural Director of the Public Interest Law Program.
  • Is the former Director of the Thomas More Scholarship Program.
  • Is the former Director of the Gonzaga-in-Florence Summer Law Program.
  • Is the former advisor to the Gonzaga University Mission Possible Alternative Spring Break Program.

Prof. Treuthart is a member of the Pennsylvania bar. She taught previously at Duquesne University School of Law, Nevada School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, and University of San Diego Institute of International and Comparative Law (Dublin). She was a consultant for the National Center on Women and Family Law in New York City and a former faculty member at the National Judicial College and the National Council on Family and Juvenile Court Judges in Reno, Nevada.

She is married to Dan Webster, a journalist and blogger for the Spokesman-Review newspaper, and her co-host on the weekly movie review program “Movies 101” at Spokane Public Radio, the regional NPR affiliate.


  • International Human Rights And Comparative Mental Disability Law and Documents Supplement (Carolina Academic Press 2006) (co-authored)
  • The Conscience of the Court: Selected Opinions of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on Freedom and Equality (Southern Ill. Univ. Press 1999) (co-authored)


  • Global Feminism and the Human Rights Discourse, 29 Pace L. Rev. 391 (2009)
  • A Perspective on Teaching and Learning Family Law, 75 UMKC L. Rev. 215 (2007)
  • Lowering the Bar: Rethinking Underage Drinking, 9 NYU J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 331 (2006)
  • Weaving a Tapestry: Providing Context Through Service-Learning, 38 Gonz. L. Rev. 215 (2002/03)
  • Mitigation Evidence and Capital Cases in Washington: Proposals for Change, 26 Seattle U. L. Rev. 241 (2002) (co-authored)
  • Resolving a Conundrum: Incorporating Service-Learning Into a Women and the Law Course, AAHE Monograph Series: Focus on Women Studies (2000)
  • A Summer’s Tale: Of Marriage, Feminism, and Jury Duty, 19 Harvard Women’s L.J. 293 (1996)
  • All that Glitters Is Not Gold: Mediation in Domestic Abuse Cases, 30 Clearinghouse Rev. 243 (July 1996), reprinted in DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: FROM A PRIVATE MATTER TO A FEDERAL OFFENSE, vol. 3 (Patricia Barnes ed. 1998)
  • In Harm’s Way? Family Mediation and the Role of the Attorney Advocate, 23 Golden Gate L.R. 717 (1993)
  • Doing the Right Thing: An Overview of Teaching Professional Responsibility, 41 J. Legal Educ. 75 (March 1991) (with Ian Johnstone)
  • Adopting a Realistic Definition of Family, 42 Gonz. L. Rev. 91 (1990-91)
  • Gender and Justice, 1990 Nev. Pub. Aff.. Rev. 29
  • Mediation in WOMEN AND THE LAW, 7A-1 (C. Lefcourt ed. 1984) (1989 Supp.)