Dean of Gonzaga University School of Law
Jacob H. Rooksby, J.D., Ph.D.
Jacob H. Rooksby was appointed Dean of Gonzaga University School of Law in June 2018. He also holds a joint appointment as a tenured Professor of Law and Professor of Education. Prior to joining Gonzaga, Dean Rooksby was Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Duquesne University School of Law, where he taught Torts I and Torts II, among other courses. While on the faculty at Duquesne, Dean Rooksby was Of Counsel to the intellectual property (IP) practice group at Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. in Pittsburgh and served as an expert witness in IP litigation.
Dean Rooksby’s scholarship lies in two fields: IP law and higher education law. He published a book with Johns Hopkins University Press in 2016, The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage, and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why It Matters. He also is co-author of the 6th edition of The Law of Higher Education, the leading treatise in the field.
Upon earning his J.D. from the University of Virginia, Dean Rooksby joined McGuireWoods LLP in Richmond, Virginia, practicing in the firm’s IP litigation group and as a member of its higher education practice team. In addition to his law degree, he also holds M.Ed. (Social Foundations of Education) and Ph.D. (Higher Education) degrees from the University of Virginia. Dean Rooksby earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in Hispanic Studies and Government from the College of William & Mary, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Brooks R. Holland
Brooks Holland joined the faculty of Gonzaga University School of Law in 2005 after eleven years of practice as a public defender in the Bronx and Manhattan. Holland’s experience representing clients in New York, and his continuing experience as a federal appellate lawyer, inspire his interest in working with future lawyers to prepare them for the rewards, rigors, and vital impact a career in law can offer.
At Gonzaga, Holland teaches professional responsibility, criminal law, criminal procedure, and advanced criminal procedure. Holland also has taught comparative criminal law, trial advocacy, constitutional law, and perspectives on the law. In all of these courses, Holland strives to ensure that students understand not only the critical doctrine, but also the opportunities lawyers have to build a fulfilling professional identity, to contribute to the legal system, and to impact the lives other individuals.
In 2015, Holland assumed the position of the J. Donald and Va Lena Scarpelli Curran Family Chair in Legal Ethics and Professionalism. Grateful for this opportunity, Holland will continue to use his teaching, scholarship, and community service to support the ability of lawyers and other legal professionals to provide a just and ethical legal system for all persons. Dean Holland is responsible to administer the academic program at the law school.
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
Kim Hai Pearson
Prior to joining the faculty at Gonzaga University School of Law, Professor Kim Pearson was the 2008-2010 Law Teaching Fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. At UCLA, she taught courses in Sexuality and the Law, Legal Scholarship, Family Law and Inequality. From 2005 to 2008, Professor Pearson was an associate in a law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she handled matters ranging from family law and guardianships to small business contracts and wills and trusts. Professor Pearson holds a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and served as a senior editor on the BYU Law Review.
Professor Pearson’s scholarship and research interests include intersections among areas of law, popular culture, and identity groups. Her published work and current scholarship explore bias and inequality that appear when systems of thought and legal action are in conflict or interact negatively. While there is already a great deal of scholarship about identity-based bias and discrimination, Professor Pearson’s research builds and extends these insights by unpacking multi-layered messages in advocacy materials and popular culture and the translations of these materials into courtrooms and legal decisions. Her interest in inequality and intersectionality is an organic outgrowth of experience in practice along with studies in critical race studies, queer theory, popular culture, and legal studies.
Assistant Vice President, Academic Development
Jeff Geldien, Ph.D.
As the Assistant Vice President (AVP), Academic Development, Geldien is responsible for working with the Provost, Deans and other academic leaders, and the Vice President of University Advancement to advance the funding priorities for the academic units in support of the University’s overall goals and strategic plan. As AVP, Academic Development, Geldien takes the lead in the strategic oversight and management of resources engaged in development, donor relations, and alumni relations for the academic areas. Geldien also serves as a Principal Gift Officer, responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major and planned gifts of $250,000 and above to Gonzaga University (including the School of Law), working with individuals, foundations and corporations in fulfilling institutional priorities. He is also responsible for managing key relationships with the Law School Board of Advisors and the Gonzaga Law School Foundation Trustees. Geldien serves on Dean Rooksby’s senior leadership team and provides strategic insight on law school matters.
Geldien joined Gonzaga Law in 2008 as a Development Officer and was promoted up through the ranks starting as a Development Officer and most recently served as Assistant Dean of External Relations from 2016-2018. Prior to joining Gonzaga Law, Jeff served as Senior Director and Chef de’ Mission of International Sports Programs for a global travel and educational organization. Geldien received his B.A. from the University of Wyoming and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. His research interests include understanding the changing scope of NCAA athletics, as well as pragmatic leadership studies and how elements of sense-making and constructive development theories impact decision making.
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Laurie Powers received her B.A. in Philosophy and Economics-Accounting from Gonzaga before serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. In 1991, she obtained her J.D. from the University of Washington, and then practiced law in both western and eastern Washington. She was an associate in private practice for five years prior to working for over 15 years as a civil legal aid attorney representing survivors of domestic violence and unemployed workers seeking benefits.
Ms. Powers joined Gonzaga Law in 2011 as the Assistant Director of the Center for Law in Public Service and the Moderate Means Staff Attorney. She also taught as an adjunct professor in the Externship program. She has directed the Center for Professional Development since August 2012.
She serves as the Vice Chair of the WA Initiative for Diversity, on the Board of Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in WA, and on the statewide Access to Justice Communications Committee. The WA State Bar Association recognized her as a “Local Hero.”
Budget and Finance Officer
Georgia Dunham, CPA
Georgia Dunham received her B.B.A. from Gonzaga University in 1991 (although she was an Oregon State Beaver until she relocated to Spokane). Upon graduation, she joined McFarland and Alton P.S., a regional accounting firm, and soon became a Certified Public Accountant. Because of her love and great pride for Gonzaga University, she joined Gonzaga Law in 1999 as the Budget and Finance Officer. In 2004, she obtained her M.Acc. from Gonzaga University.
As the Budget and Finance Officer, Georgia is responsible for the management of the financial and personnel support functions of Gonzaga Law. She provides administrative and advisory support to the Dean of the law school. She is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the Gonzaga Law School Foundation.
Director of Admissions
Dr. Susan Lee graduated with her B.A. from Washington State University in 1998 and went on to complete her Ed.M. from WSU in 2000. In 2013, she completed her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. Her area of research focused on peer mentoring for Native American postsecondary students.
After finishing her Master’s degree from WSU, she held positions at Scripps College and Eastern Washington University in student services and undergraduate admissions. Today, she works as the Director of Admissions for Gonzaga University School of Law— a position she has held since 2005.
Mentoring has always been a huge part of Dr. Lee’s career, specifically for students from underrepresented backgrounds. Since 2005, she has presented and helped coordinate a program entitled “Color of Justice”. Based in Alaska, it gathers a group of underrepresented and first-generation high school students to understand the possibilities of a college education. In 2009, Dr. Lee also developed a relationship between Gonzaga Law School and the Pre-law Summer Institute (PLSI) in Albuquerque—a program specifically for Native American students.
Robbie McMillian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Idaho with a B.A. in American Studies, History Emphasis, and a minor in Political Science. She has worked at Gonzaga Law since 2005 and became Registrar in 2011.
Interim Clinic Director – Indian Law Clinic Supervising Attorney
Professor Gail Hammer directs the Indian Law / General Public Interest Practice Clinic for University Legal Assistance, Gonzaga’s legal clinic. She has taught in the classroom and the clinic at the University of Montana, Washington University in St. Louis, and Gonzaga. Her classroom teaching focuses on pretrial and trial practice and on children’s law. Prof. Hammer has represented indigent people in Idaho, Washington, Missouri, and Montana, and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for Montana.
Prof. Hammer served as a consultant on teaching methods in Croatia, Serbia, and Brazil for the ABA CEELI program, the National Center for State Courts Serbia Rule of Law project, and 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. She has significant volunteer experience with community agencies dedicated to ending interpersonal violence.
Associate Professor and Director of the Externship Program
Inga N. Laurent
Inga N. Laurent is an Associate Professor and Director of the Externship Program at Gonzaga University, School of Law. She is an active member of the National Externship Community, serving as Co-President of the Externship Section of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education from 2013- 2015 and as a member of Externship Committee of the Clinical Legal Education Association since 2011. Aside from her work with externships, Professor Laurent is engaged in advocating for racial equity with an emphasis on addressing racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system and diversifying the legal profession. Prior to working in an academic setting, Professor Laurent worked as a staff attorney with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS) under a grant from the Federal Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA). While at SEOLS, she provided holistic civil legal services to victims of domestic violence. Professor Laurent received her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her B.A. from Westminster College.
In 2016-2017, Professor Laurent served as a Fulbright Scholar in Jamaica. Her research project title was: Empowerment Over Imprisonment: Moving the Hearts and Minds of the People of Jamaica and the United States from Retributive to Restorative Justice. Professor Laurent is responsible to manage all aspects of the Externship Program.
Associate Professor and Director of the Chastek Law Library
Prior to joining Gonzaga University School of Law, Patrick J. Charles was a Reference Librarian and Legal Research Instructor at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1997 until July of 2007. From 1994 until 1997, he was the Circulation/Reference Librarian at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. From 1990 until 1993, he was judicial clerk for the Honorable Dorothy M. Baker of the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon. He is an inactive member of the Oregon State Bar Association.
Professor Charles teaches Legal Analysis, Advanced Legal Research, and Sports Law. He is responsible for all operational aspects of the law library.
Director of Student Success
Camesha Little is the Director of Student Success. She provides academic and other support to law students to ensure they have the support needed to be successful while in law school. Camesha supervises the tutoring programs, presents skills workshops, and coaches students individually and in small groups. As the Director of Student Success, Camesha also coordinates and supervises the “Multi-State Practice Review” course, and develops other bar exam preparation materials and services. Additionally, Camesha supports students in crisis by connecting them with resources and facilitates disability accommodations for affected students.
Before joining Gonzaga University School of Law, Camesha served as the Assistant Director of Academic Support & Bar Services Program at Texas A&M School of Law. Camesha also received her J.D. from Texas A&M University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Texas. In addition to her pursuits at Gonzaga, Camesha is an active member of the Association of Academic Support Educators.