Student Ambassadors

Group photo of law student ambassadors 

As a prospective law student, you likely have a host of questions about the student experience at Gonzaga University School of Law. Our Student Ambassadors are here to answer your questions, and to give you a sense of what you might expect to experience as a student here. They’ll be happy to give you an insider’s view of Gonzaga and the Spokane area. Any time you have a question, they’re as close as an email.

Portrait of student ambassador Annie Bell 

Hometown: Weiser, ID
Undergraduate Education: Gonzaga University
Undergraduate Major: International Studies: Latin America
Areas of Interest: Haven’t decided yet – too many options
Favorite Class: Property, Legal Research & Writing
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: As someone who dreads all things involved with finding jobs I really appreciate Gonzaga’s Career Center. They run all kinds of programs to teach you how to be a better applicant and tell you about as many opportunities as possible.
Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: Gonzaga as a whole has a great alumni community and having experienced that as an undergrad I knew it would extend to the law school as well. You can find Gonzaga grads all over the world doing amazing things and Gonzaga grads love to help fellow alumni.
Law School Activities: Animal Defense Club
Favorite thing to do in Spokane: My favorite thing to do on the weekend is go to the movies and I will watch pretty much anything except horror movies. Otherwise, I love spending time with my extended family on the South Hill; it is my favorite Spokane neighborhood because it has a little bit of everything.
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: Trust yourself and your skills always. During a stressful time one of my professors said that, we should never doubt that we have the skills to be successful in law school. We were all fully vetted by the admissions team and people who have been through this experience believed that we could also be successful.

 

Photo of Gonzaga Law student Katie Carnell  

Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Undergraduate Education: Central Washington University
Undergraduate Major: Law and Justice
Areas of Interest: Criminal Defense, Municipal Law, Administrative Law
Favorite Class: Criminal Law
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: My favorite aspect of Gonzaga Law is not only relationships I’ve built with other students, but having professors who are actively involved in helping us succeed during our time here in law school.
Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: I have always liked Spokane, and I chose Gonzaga for its smaller class sizes and different programs it runs to help us succeed, as well as its focus on serving the greater Spokane community!  
Legal Jobs/Internships: N/A
Law School Activities: Intramurals, Member of Criminal Law Society, Member of Women’s Law Caucus
Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Trivia with my friends, going to thrift stores!
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: That it’s okay to not get involved in a ton of different things immediately starting your 1L year. There are so many new things happening and a lot going on around the law building and main campus that it can be overwhelming. However, just know that there is plenty of time and opportunities to get involved in the law community and around Spokane!

 

Portrait of student ambassador Allison Drescher 

Hometown: Orondo, WA
Undergraduate Education: Gonzaga University
Undergraduate Major: History, Political Science
Areas of Interest: Family Law, Criminal Law, Litigation
Favorite Class: Legal Research & Writing, Torts
Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The numerous, diverse student organizations and resources which strengthen professional development as well as foster a sense of community among students and with professors. Access to student tickets for Zag Basketball is quite the perk too!
Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: In addition to its commitment to the Jesuit ideals of educating the mind, body and spirit, being part of the Gonzaga community opens many doors near and far. As a Zag, you are included in a strong network comprised of individuals associated with excellence.
Legal Jobs/Internships: Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office, Witherspoon Brajcich McPhee, PLLC, WSBA Moderate Means Program
Law School Activities: Student Bar Association 1L Representative, Women’s Law Caucus, Criminal Records Clinic, Street Law.
Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Trivia Nights, Hiking, Floating the river, Gonzaga Basketball
What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: There will inevitably be days where reading seems endless, words look like a foreign language, or your to-do list hits the floor. More likely than not, another law student feels the same. Having a reliable support system is crucial and often, those people are fellow law students because they understand better than anyone what you are going through. Also, 3Ls and 2Ls, including your tutors, are some of your best resources! They may be willing to give you the inside scoop on specific professors or what to expect on exams. Finally, while some professors may be more intimidating than others may, never hesitate to take advantage of the open door policy and meet with them. In addition to offering assistance with course material, they have their own connections, which may benefit you in the future. 

 

Sara Fukuhara 

 

Name: Sara Fukuhara

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Undergraduate Education: Oregon State University

Undergraduate Major: Human Development and Family Sciences

Email Address: sfukuhara@lawschool.gonzaga.edu

Areas of Interest: International Law, Constitutional Law

Favorite Class: Litigation Skills & Professionalism Lab

Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The faculty and staff at Gonzaga have an open-door policy and are invested in making sure we are heard and supported.

Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: I chose Gonzaga Law after attending Admitted Students Day with my mom. I instantly felt the law school was a community I wanted to be part of. It reminded me of growing up in Hawaii because the faculty, staff, and other students constantly support and encourage one another in everything they do. I felt I could be successful here, even though I am far from home, because throughout the entire admissions process, I got the feeling that Gonzaga genuinely cared about who I am and helping me grow in this profession.

Legal Jobs/Internships: TBD

Law School Activities: Street Law, Gonzaga Public Interest Law Project, International Law Society, Women’s Law Caucus, Multicultural Law Caucus

Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Concerts downtown, local restaurants, and spending time with friends.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: I wish I knew just how much of a strain law school can place on a person. I did not realize how important it was for me personally to set aside time to keep up with friends and family that I had prior coming to Gonzaga Law. Knowing what reenergizes you truly helps alleviate the mental and physical strain law school can have. Having a life outside of the law school is also important to not get too caught up with everything.

 

Sydney Furth 

 

Name: Sydney Furth

Hometown: Battle Ground, WA

Undergraduate Education: Washington State University

Undergraduate Major: Political Science Pre-Law

Email Address: sfurth@lawschool.gonzaga.edu

Areas of Interest: Environmental and Public Interest Law

Favorite Class: Property, Kiser is amazing!

Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: Gonzaga Law is a great community. The professors and deans are welcoming and helpful.  Students are very friendly!

Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: I chose Gonzaga because they created an environment that I knew I would thrive in. Small class sizes, professors that cared about my success, awesome students, and a relaxed environment drove my decision to attend Gonzaga.

Legal Jobs/Internships: I interned with an in-house counsel at a development firm.  This summer I am going to be an intern with Spokane County Public Defenders Office.

Law School Activities: Women’s Law Caucus

Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Trying new restaurants!

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: I wish I would have known/had a better understanding about how law school grading works. Going from undergrad grading systems to law school grading was a really big shock and I wish I had been better prepared for that.

 

Jalen Garza 

 

Name: Jalen Garza

Hometown: Moses Lake, WA

Undergraduate Education: University of Washington

Undergraduate Major: Political Science and Human Rights

Email Address: jgarza3@lawschool.gonzaga.edu

Areas of Interest: Litigation

Favorite Class: Torts

Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The comradery between students

Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: The support from the staff and faculty who want to see students succeed

Legal Jobs/Internships: Legal Intern for the Civil Department at Cooney Law Offices

Law School Activities: Family Law, Women’s Law Caucus

Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Trying new restaurants, hiking, trivia nights

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: I wish I knew that law school is not as daunting as it seems and that not every professor loves the Socratic method

 

Noelle Green 

Name: Noelle Green

Hometown: Belfair, WA

Undergraduate Education: Pacific Lutheran University

Undergraduate Major: Sociology

Email Address: ngreen3@lawschool.gonzaga.edu

Areas of Interest: Public Service, Civil Rights

Favorite Class: Civil Procedure with Professor Murphy

Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The Community. I love the people and the willingness to better the people around you.

Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: I felt that I would gain a legal education that was not just about grades but helping me become a great attorney.

Legal Jobs/Internships: Attorney Generals Office, Spokane

Law School Activities: Moderate Means Program, Street Law, Women’s Law Caucus, GPILP, and Juvenile Records Sealing Project.

Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Try fun new restaurants

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: Find a group of people who you can study with but also remind each other about life outside of law school. 

 

Name:  Hanna Harrison

Hometown: Helena, MT

Undergraduate Education:  University of Oregon

Undergraduate Major: Sociology

Email Address: hharrison3@lawschool.gonzaga.edu

Areas of Interest: Public interest/international/criminal/medical

Favorite Class:  Torts/property

Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law:  The community!

Why did you choose Gonzaga Law:  Study abroad/community/interest areas

Legal Jobs/Internships:  King County Prosecutor’s Office

Law School Activities:  Health Law, Women’s Law Caucus, Juvenile Records Sealing Project

Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Be outdoors! Eat good food

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: Don’t be nervous! Everyone is.  Get ahead early in the semester!

 

Name: Andrew Newman

Hometown: Shoreline, Washington

Undergraduate Education: Gonzaga University

Undergraduate Major: Political Science

Email Address: anewman2@lawschool.gonzaga.edu

Areas of Interest: Public Interest, Civil Litigation

Favorite Class: Torts

Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: The community

Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: The sense of community and Jesuit values

Legal Jobs/Internships: Washington State Attorney’s General Office Law Clerk, United States Attorney for Eastern Washington Law Clerk

Law School Activities: Thomas More Scholar, Legal Competitions, Street Law

Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Explore the different dining options and spend the summer enjoying the beautiful weather.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: I wish I knew how important the community that you form in law school is. I was lucky to know how wonderful the Gonzaga community is, but I underestimated how important it was to find a community that you enjoy and how that can impact your law school experience.

 

Katrina Manis 

 

Name: Katrina Manis

Hometown: Encinitas, CA

Undergraduate Education: Amherst College

Undergraduate Major: Environmental studies

Email Address: kmanis@lawschool.gonzaga.edu

Areas of Interest: Land Use

Favorite Class: Civil Procedure

Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: Camaraderie and supportive environment

Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: I didn’t want to leave Spokane, and I was really drawn to the commitment to public service.

Legal Jobs/Internships: US Attorney’s Office

Law School Activities: Street Law, Women’s Law Caucus

Favorite thing to do in Spokane: Walk/Run/Hike along the river

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: It’s okay to feel like you don’t know what’s going on! We’re learning so much completely new information and it is a little disorientating. Even when facing all the things I don’t know, it’s satisfying to reflect on all the things I do know now that I didn’t know a few months ago.

 

Alicia W 

 

Name:  Alicia Wasisco

Hometown: Renton, Washington

Undergraduate Education: Washington State University

Undergraduate Major: Sociology and Criminal Justice

Email Address: awasisco@lawschool.gonzaga.edu

Areas of Interest: Public Interest Law

Favorite Class: Torts

Favorite Aspect of Gonzaga Law: Being surrounded by other students with similar interests.  Law students are friendly and professors want you to succeed. 

Why did you choose Gonzaga Law: When I took my school tour a year ago, I noticed Gonzaga’s atmosphere was family-oriented.  My undergrad was community-oriented and I wanted to continue to thrive in a similar environment.  Gonzaga offers this environment.  On my tour, everyone in the hallways greeted each other in a positive demeanor.  I knew this place was for me. 

Legal Jobs/Internships: LexisNexis Representative, interning at the Unemployment Law Project this summer in Seattle

Law School Activities: Health Law Club, Women’s Law Caucus, Family Law Club

Favorite thing to do in Spokane: walking on the trail, and trying new local restaurants

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time: I wish I would’ve taken more writing classes in my undergrad like journalism.  Students in journalism or some kind of English-oriented major have been proven to be more successful in law school classes.