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Task Force on Race and Justice Presents Findings on Unequal Treatment in WA Criminal Justice System

Washington Courts Press Release, September 30, 2021
The Task Force 2.0: Race and Washington’s Criminal Justice System released its report and findings on September 29, 2021 in a presentation to the Washington Supreme Court.  The report finds that bias and a history of racist laws continue to contribute to racially disproportionate treatment and outcomes in the Washington criminal justice system. 

In WA's history of interracial marriage, pride and prejudice

Crosscut, June 11, 2021
"The Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia ended anti-miscegenation laws in the U.S. long after our state had done the same. But history is complicated." Professor Jason Gillmer, director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, comments on Washington's early rollback of bans on interracial marriage.

The Supreme Court blocked New York’s COVID-19 restrictions for places of worship. What does that mean for Washington?

Spokesman Review, November 28, 2020
The Supreme Court recently blocked New York’s COVID-19 restrictions for places of worship. Professor Mary Pat Treuthart comments on how these restrictions affect Washington, and how effective Governor Inslee's new restrictions will be.

Spokane LGBTQ community has mixed feelings on pope's support on same sex civil unions

Spokesman Review, October 22, 2020
After Pope Francis made comments in support of same-sex civil unions, members of the Spokane LGBTQ community weigh in on its impact. Two faculty members of Gonzaga's Law School, Bryan Pham and Gail Hammer, speak on the relationship between the Pope's comments and its effect on law.

Local law professors react to SCOTUS nomination hearings

Spokesman Review, October 13, 2020
Professor Mary Pat Treuhart comments on the inclusion of Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Criminal justice reform in the time of COVID

Spokesman Review, July 5, 2020
Michele Fukawa, assistant director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga, writes this opinion piece on what can be done for criminal justice reform in a difficult time.

Washington’s Three Law Schools Announce Task Force on Race & State’s Criminal Justice System

Gonzaga Law News Service, June 25, 2020
Answering the Washington State Supreme Court’s call to address systemic discrimination in the criminal justice system, the deans of Washington’s three law schools, Mario Barnes (University of Washington), Annette Clark (Seattle University), and Jacob Rooksby (Gonzaga) have agreed to serve as co-chairs to re-launch an ad hoc Task Force on Race and Washington’s Criminal Justice System.

Jason A. Gillmer weighs in on Qualified Immunity

Spokesman Review, June 16, 2020
Jason A. Gillmer spoke on the current movement to end qualified immunity. 

Gonzaga Law in Action: Seattle

Gonzaga Law News Service, April 7, 2020
This spring break, Gonzaga Law students put their legal talents towards advocating for one of the most marginalized populations in society: incarcerated individuals.

Gonzaga Law students assist asylum seekers in Nogales, Mexico

Gonzaga Law News Service, March 20, 2020
Five students spent their Spring Break at the Mexican Border assisting asylum seekers hoping to enter the US. 

The Gonzaga Bulletin, March 4, 2020
The Gonzaga Bulletin highlighted our students' dedication to pro bono work in the Spokane community.

Gonzaga Law brings Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors to campus

Gonzaga News Service, February 27, 2020
The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law featured Black Lives Matters co-founder Patrisse Cullors as the speaker for the Center's second annual Spring Lecture.

Gonzaga Law Center for Civil and Human Rights launches the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Clinic

Gonzaga News Service, February 14, 2020.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law School is launching the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Clinic.

Gonzaga Law welcomes new Visiting Professor

Gonzaga News Service, February 12, 2020.
Gonzaga University’s School of Law is pleased to welcome Dr. Danielle Wingfield-Smith as a visiting assistant professor with the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Gonzaga's School of Law Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

KXLY, April 10, 2019.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights hosted a naturalization ceremony for 60 new citizens at Gonzaga Law.

Former Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas visits Gonzaga Law as the 2019 Jurist-in-Residence

Gonzaga News Service, April 3, 2019.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights brought the Hon. John Charles Thomas to Gonzaga Law as its 2019 Jurist-in-Residence.

The Spokesman Review, March 30, 2019.
Professor Gillmer reflects on the need for intersectionality and on the wonderful speech given by Kimberlé Crenshaw at Gonzaga Law on this topic.

Famed Civil Rights Scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw speaks at Gonzaga University 

Gonzaga News Service, February 15, 2019.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law School co-sponsored a Spring Lecture featuring civil rights scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw. 

KHQ, January 29, 2019.
Gonzaga Law Professor Megan Ballard gave an interview to KHQ Local News as part of a news story about the act of Border Patrol agents boarding buses at a station.

9 Law Experts on What Brett Kavanaugh Means for the Future of America 

KUOW, October 9, 2018.
“With Kavanaugh’s recent display, the people have the right to question whether cases will be decided by the partisan views of individual members of the Court.”

First Annual Conference Marks the Launch of The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law. 

Gonzaga News Service, October 23, 2018.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law held its formal launch on September 28, 2018, when it hosted the all-day conference: The Pursuit of Justice: Law, Leadership, and the Role of the Civil Rights Activist

Gonzaga Launches New Civil Rights Center

Spokane Public Radio, October 1, 2018.
“Gonzaga University has formally launched a new Center for Civil and Human Rights. The center is affiliated with the law school [and] was announced during a conference about the legal profession’s role in civil rights activism last Friday.”

Justice Steven González Spends Week with Gonzaga Law Community

Gonzaga News Service, May 4, 2018.
“The Center for Civil and Human Rights brought the Honorable Justice Steven C. González of the Washington State Supreme Court to [teach] a course on Washington State Constitutional Law. While he was here, Justice Gonzalez whole-heartedly became part of the Gonzaga community, teaching and mentoring students.”

Gonzaga Law Students to Serve at International Criminal Court 

Gonzaga News Service, April 25, 2018.
In a remarkable new opportunity, Gonzaga University School of Law students will travel to The Hague, Netherlands in June to spend two weeks working with prosecutors in pending cases at the International Criminal Court.

Seattle Lawyer-Photographer Calls Attention To Debilitating Post-Prison Debt

Spokane Public Radio, March 23, 2018.
“Often, [people leaving prison] enter civilian life thousands of dollars in debt due to court costs and interest. It’s an issue that Gonzaga Law School is highlighting with a new photo exhibit.”

Professor Gillmer Discusses Dr. King 

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018, local TV affiliate Fox News 28 interviewed Professor Jason Gillmer about Dr. King’s lasting impact on civil rights and the Law School’s new Center for Civil and Human Rights. Gillmer stated that Dr. King’s lasting impact comes down to his vision of hope. “He imagined what this country could be and I think that’s something that speaks to many of us still today,” Gillmer said. “Keep in mind that the civil rights movement was a movement made of hundreds, thousands of people.”

Gonzaga Law School Launches The Center for Civil and Human Rights 

Gonzaga News Service, August 31, 2017.
The Center will provide students and scholars with opportunities to explore and address issues relating to civil rights and civil liberties, social and criminal justice, public interest law, immigration, Native American law, and international human rights. 





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