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April 1-15, 2019

Holocaust Art Contest: “Speaking Up for the Other”
3rd Floor of the Law School

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is co-hosting the 2019 Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust Art Contest: “Speaking Up for the Other.” Following lessons on the Holocaust, Spokane middle school and high school students created works of art addressing the meaning of “the other,” both historically and today. Their work will be displayed on the 3rd Floor of the Law School, and will include a reception for students and guests on the evening of April 15th from 7:00-8:00pm.

This event is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Shalom and Gonzaga’s Institute for Hate Studies.


April 2-4, 2019

Building Peace through Kindness, Dialogue, and Forgiveness
Gonzaga University

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is participating in the Fifth International Conference on Hate Studies at Gonzaga University, one of the leading interdisciplinary academic forums on hate, related social problems, and ways to create socially just and inclusive communities.

This event is sponsored by the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies. Proposal submissions accepted until February 1. Sponsorships are available. Community non-profits and volunteers can register at a discounted rate. Students welcome. Register at


Monday, April 8, 2019

What It Takes to Become a Citizen
Noon, Room 226

Join Professor Megan Ballard to learn more about the naturalization process. Participants can test their knowledge of US government and history by taking part of the citizenship exam. Attendance is not required for involvement in other parts of the Citizenship Week.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Student Training for Citizenship Advocacy and Immigrant Consultation Clinic
5 - 6:30 P.M., Room 226

Following the Oath Ceremony on April 9, student volunteers will help counsel immigrants interested in pursuing citizenship. This evening session is required if you would like to volunteer as a Citizenship Advocate. It will prepare you to help prospective applicants understand the eligibility requirements for naturalization. This training will also help to prepare students to volunteer with an immigrant Consultation Clinic, tentatively planned for this summer. Immigration attorneys Megan Case (Catholic Charities), Alycia Moss (Moss Immigration Law), and Vanessa Mathisen (World Relief) will co-teach this evening session.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Citizenship Oath Ceremony
Noon, Barbieri Courtroom

Help friends and families celebrate as Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington administers the oath of citizenship to new Americans.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Citizenship Advocacy
1-2:30 P.M., Barbieri Courtroom

Counsel immigrants on the eligibility requirements for naturalization. To volunteer as a Citizenship Advocate, you must attend the evening training session on April 8. This work will count toward your community service hours.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Representing People with Mental Disabilities
Noon, Gonzaga Law Barbieri Courtroom

Join us for a panel discussion of topics in the recently published book: Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Criminal Lawyers. Discussion facilitated by Elizabeth Kelley, Editor and Criminal Defense Attorney.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Fourth Amendment in the Age of Trump
Noon, Gonzaga Law School

John Kroger of Harvard Law will speak about the evolving interpretation of the 4th Amendment, with a focus on immigration and searches in public and private spaces. Kroger has had a long and distinguished career in education and public service as a United States Marine, federal prosecutor, law professor, Oregon Attorney General, and college president.


June 2-3, 2019

Gonzaga University School of Law’s Third Annual Human Rights Symposium
Freedom of Expression as a Human Right

Florence, Italy

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is partnering with the Gonzaga in Florence program to hold a Human Rights Symposium on June 2-3, 2019. The Center is sponsoring University of Virginia President Emerita Teresa A. Sullivan, who led UVA for eight years and was the University’s first woman president, to give the evening keynote.

This event is co-sponsored with Gonzaga University’s Center for Global Engagement and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Italia.


Friday, September 20, 2019 

2nd Annual Center for Civil and Human Rights Conference

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Justice Steven González Spends Week with Gonzaga Law Community

Jurist-in-Residence John Charles Thomas
Law School

The 2019 Jurist-in-Residence, Justice John Charles Thomas, will be on campus the week of March 18 to teach a one-credit short course titled “Civil Rights Lawyering.” Justice Thomas was the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia, in 1983. After 7 years, Justice Thomas retired from the Supreme Court and he is now a senior partner at the Virginia firm of Hunton Andrews Kurthwhere he focuses on appellate practice, general litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. In addition to teaching his course, Justice Thomas will also be delivering the annual William O. Douglas lecture.


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