The Center pursues its mission through three pillars of excellence: research, education, and community engagement.
The Center provides an institutional framework to promote the work of faculty and its partners in the area of civil and human rights.
• Sponsors a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law to teach two courses a year and pursue a scholarly agenda, while assisting with the development of the Center,
• Puts on an annual conference on the pursuit of justice, attracting national and international audiences interested in civil and human rights, including scholars, judges, practitioners, and activists,
• Offers a series of workshops and presentations where faculty from Gonzaga and other institutions share ideas and works-in-progress on topics related to the Center’s goals,
• Hosts an annual speaker series, bringing nationally recognized scholars for public forums regarding civil and human rights.
As an interdisciplinary project, the Center also works with other schools and departments, both within Gonzaga and beyond, to raise awareness about the ways in which the law can promote civil and human rights and serve the public good.
• Become a Center for Civil and Human Rights Thomas More Scholar and receive full tuition,
• Pursue a Certificate in Civil and Human Rights through courses, clinic and externship opportunities, and extracurricular activities,
• Participate on the Civil Rights Moot Court team,
• Receive Summer Fellowships to pursue opportunities with agencies dedicated to social and criminal justice.
The Center also sponsors a jurist-in-residence program, where a distinguished judge or accomplished practitioner teaches a condensed course for credit on a topic related to the Center’s mission.
• Offers CLE programs on topics related to civil and human rights,
• Houses the statewide Moderate Means Program,
• Oversees Gonzaga’s participation in the Juvenile Records Sealing Project,
• Partners with legal and community-based organizations working on related issues,
• Sponsors events on topics consistent with the vision of the Center.
As the Center develops, its goals also include expanding clinic and externship opportunities to provide direct assistance to members of the public, as well as engaging in high impact litigation and policy-making.