School of Law Centennial

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

The Gonzaga University School of Law is celebrating its Centennial during the 2012-13 academic year. We are excited to celebrate this major milestone with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the Spokane legal community. Below are a few of the events that will be held during our Centennial year.

To learn more and RSVP for any of the events below, contact Brooke Ellis at or call 509.313.3759.

Red Mass

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, 5:30 p.m.
St. Aloysius Parish, Gonzaga Campus

All members of the legal profession and their families are invited to attend this occasion of prayerful petition and thanksgiving, regardless of religious affiliation. The 2012 Distinguished Judicial Service Award will be presented at the conclusion of the liturgy.

Originally held in 1310, The Red Mass marked the beginning of the Michaelmas (fall term) of the King’s Bench during the reign of Edward of England. It was an occasion of great pageantry and solemnity as judges, barristers and members of Parliament gathered to invoke God’s blessing and guidance on themselves and their profession.

A reception will follow at the Cataldo Hall. The 2012-2013 Washington Judges Foundation Lawless Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at the reception.

Fall Centennial Kickoff Speaker: Scott Turow

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, 7 p.m.
Martin Center, Gonzaga Campus

Gonzaga University School of Law is proud to invite acclaimed author Scott Turow to campus to kick off our Centennial year celebration. In addition to penning best selling legal dramas like Presumed Innocent, Turow continues to work as an attorney and is involved with a number of charitable causes, including organizations that promote literacy, education, and legal rights. This is sure to be a sold-out event, so RSVP early to guarantee your spot. Following the lecture will be a book signing and reception with the author. We will also be selling our newly released Law Centennial book!

Seattle Area Celebration

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Gonzaga University School of Law alumni and friends residing in Western Washington are gathering for a special Seattle area Centennial Celebration. Join us for a special evening at Washington state’s oldest and most acclaimed winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle. Celebrate the traditions and rich history of Gonzaga Law while enjoying wine and hors devours. Chateau Ste. Michelle is situated on 105 wooded acres in Woodinville, Washington, 15 miles northeast of Seattle. Additional details will be coming soon.

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U.S. Supreme Court Swearing In

Monday, March 4, 2013
Washington, D.C.

Gonzaga Law School is pleased to announce this very special opportunity for its graduates from around the country to join us for a special Admission to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony. The day begins early when we enter the Supreme Court as a group and are escorted to a reception room for a continental breakfast. Those being sworn in may have one guest accompany them inside the courtroom. Other guests are invited to remain in our reception room during the ceremony. Following the swearing in, we will return to our reception area for brief conversation and photos with a few of the Justices.

There are two ways to gain admission to the Supreme Court. Please visit our alumni site for detailed registration information. Questions, please contact the Alumni Office at 509.313.3759 or via email.

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The Pursuit of Justice: Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality

Thursday, April 18 – Saturday, April 20, 2013
Gonzaga University School of Law

A collaboration of the 3rd International Conference on Hate Studies and the 2nd Conference on Race and the Criminal Justice System. Sponsored by the Gonzaga University School of Law, the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, and the Washington State Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System. This conference brings together the leading interdisciplinary academic forum on hate and directly related social problems with the combined social justice leadership of the Gonzaga Law School and the Washington Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System.

Click here to find more information on the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System.

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Gala and All-Class Reunion

Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 20, 2013

See old friends and make new ones during this weekend to remember for alumni and family of the School of Law. Friday night will feature class gatherings—grouped by decade—at familiar local haunts such as Jack and Dan’s and the former Bulldog. On Saturday morning, the law school will have an open house. Come have a mimosa and tour the building with a current student. Also on Saturday morning, affinity breakfasts are being organized throughout the building for alumni involved in Law Review, The Clinic, and the Thomas More Scholarship Program. Finally, we invite everyone to come together for an evening to remember at the Davenport Hotel Saturday evening. Additional details will be coming soon, but it’s never too early to mark your calendar and make your travel plans!

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Law Commencement

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9:15 a.m.
McCarthey Athletic Center

Celebrate our newest class of School of Law graduates at the 2013 Law Commencement.

Regional Events

The School of Law will be coming to you with several regional events in cities with our biggest concentrations of alumni. The planning for these is in the works, but if you’re interested in helping to plan an event for your city, let us know.

So far we will be celebrating in:

Coeur d'Alene
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
New York
Salt Lake City
San Diego
San Francisco
St. Louis
Tri Cities