Laurie Powers Promoted to Assistant Dean of Professional Development


August 23, 2018

This past June, Laurie Powers was named the new Assistant Dean of Professional Development. Powers has served in various capacities at Gonzaga Law since 2011, most recently as Director of the Center for Professional Development. In addition, Powers supervised the Center for Law in Public Service and established the Moderate Means Program. “I appreciate the opportunity to pursue my own professional development as I work to advance the career goals of our students and alumni,” Powers said.

A Zag through and through, Powers received her undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University in Philosophy and Economics-Accounting. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, Powers served in private practice and legal aid in Bellingham for a number of years. Returning to Spokane, Powers began work representing low-income survivors of domestic violence. After starting up and working five years as the managing attorney of the Spokane branch of the Unemployment Law Project, Powers returned to Gonzaga. Now as the Assistant Dean of Professional Development, Powers will continue to be a guiding force in fostering connections between students, alumni and employers.

“The services Dean Powers provides and oversees are an integral part of the student experience here at Gonzaga Law,” said Dean Jacob H. Rooksby. “I have come to rely on her for her strategic advice and deep community connections, and look forward to working with her in new ways in this heightened role.”