February 2019 Alumni Newsletter

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Alumni in the News

Jenny Wetzel named Vice President of Labor Relations for Alaska Airlines

As vice president of labor relations, Jenny Wetzel ('05) will serve as the strategic executive advisor on all labor relations efforts. She will be responsible for all labor matters at Alaska Airlines and lead the collective bargaining process for the airline.

"We're excited to have Jenny join the Alaska leadership team. She not only has nearly 13 years of experience working effectively with represented employee groups, she brings a style that emphasizes positive relationships, trust and transparency with labor leaders and employees that matches seamlessly with Alaska's philosophy on labor relations," said Shane Tackett, executive vice president planning and strategy.

Read more about Jenny's new position


Jim Frank's Affordable Housing To-Do-List

Jim Frank ('77) is a Spokanite through and through — Garfield Elementary, Gonzaga Prep, Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Gonzaga Law School. He started his career as an air quality engineer for Spokane County; after earning a law degree via night school, he went into private practice, representing both developers and neighborhoods. In 1983, Frank founded Greenstone Homes; since then, his firm has built homes all over the Inland Northwest, most recently in Kendall Yards.

Frank was recently interviewed by The Inlander about the need for affordable housing in Spokane and his plan to tackle this issue.

Learn more about Jim's list


Upcoming Events

gonzaga day 

Gonzaga Day: February 9, 2019

Serve. Gather. Cheer. Since 2012, Gonzaga Day has celebrated what it truly means to be a Zag for life – full of gratitude, pride and a willingness to help those in need. To celebrate Gonzaga's mission of service, many service opportunities are available throughout the country for Gonzaga alumni.

Keep an eye on your email on Gonzaga Day for an ALUMNI SURVEY.

Learn more about Gonzaga Day


FISA event 

Holding the Balance Steady and True: An Unclassified Look at the FISA Courts

The Federalist Society presents: Holding the Balance Steady and True: An Unclassified Look at the FISA Courts on February 20 at 5:30 pm. Judge Richard C. Tallman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will be at Gonzaga Law as the special guest lecturer in the Barbieri Courtroom. To RSVP please contact Bryn Boorman at boorman@gonzaga.edu.


GPILP Auction: A Night at Gatsby's

Join the Gonzaga Law Public Interest Law Project (GPILP) for an evening of fine dining in the beautiful Hemmingson Center Ballroom on Friday, February 22 from 5:00-10:00 pm. Featuring both a live and silent auction, patrons can bid on items donated by local businesses and members of the Gonzaga Law community.

Click here to purchase tickets


Kimberle Crenshaw 

An Evening with Kimberlé Crenshaw

Join the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Public Humanities as they welcome famed legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw to Gonzaga University. Crenshaw is a leading scholar in race and the law, feminist legal theory, and Critical Race Theory. She is best known for having coined the term and theorized the concept of Intersectionality. View her TED Talk on Intersectionality here.


Sports & Spirits: Las Vegas CLE

Register now for the Sports & Spirits CLE in Las Vegas. 3 credits CLE; WA & NV state credits pending. Presenters will include Jessica Kiser, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development, along with Patrick Charles, Associate Professor of Law & Library Director.

Monday, March 11, 2019
Location: Law office of Rice Reuther Sullivan & Carroll
3800 Howard Hughes Pkwy Ste 1200
GU Alumni Cost: $79
Non-GU Alumni Cost: $89



The Gonzaga in Florence Alumni Experience

This one-week program begins in Florence with our third-annual International Human Rights Symposium, which will feature world-renowned scholars and professionals addressing this year’s theme, Freedom of Expression as a Human Right. Then, escape to the Tuscan countryside, where we will spend three nights in one of the world’s most famous wine regions, learning more about the legal and business aspects of wine through on-site visits to wineries along with lectures and tastings by leading experts. Earn 15 CLE credits in beautiful Italy.

3rd Annual Human Rights Conference
June 2-3, 2019
CLE Credits Pending
Florence, Italy

Wine Law Program: The Legal and Business Aspects of Wine
June 4-7, 2019
CLE Credits Pending
Chianti Region, Italy



Job Alert: Assistant Director for the Center for Civil and Human Rights

The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law is seeking to hire an Assistant Director to join their team. The Assistant Director will work to effectuate the Law School’s ambition to create a nationally-recognized civil and human rights program that enriches the educational experience of students, furthers the common good, and contributes substantially to the policy and practice of civil and human rights.

Click here to learn more and apply


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Forgotten Prison 

Forgotten Prison

McNeil Island in South Puget Sound is the Alcatraz you've never heard of. Sponsored by Gonzaga Law’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, Forgotten Prison is a new podcast from KNKX Public Radio and the Washington State History Museum. This six-part series investigates the history of the now-abandoned prison on McNeil Island which is today home to the Special Commitment Center.

Click here to listen