Businesses need legal advice and services that assist them in complying with the law and in pursuing their legitimate interest in enriching owners and investors. They also need legal advice and services that guide them into ethical practices that further the common good. Gonzaga's School of Law, through its Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce, helps train lawyers and law students to provide such advice and services, thereby extending the School of Law's commitment to furthering social justice in all dimensions of society.
About the Center
The Center for Law, Ethics & Commerce was established in 2006 and has been one of the nation’s leaders in providing both law students and lawyers with the skills they need to be effective business-minded advocates. Substantially expanded in 2019, the Center now offers students interdisciplinary programming in business, technology, and innovation – all with an eye toward the public good.
The Center engages in a variety of cutting-edge programs and initiatives. The Center:
- Hosts events that bring national experts to speak on law, ethics, and business topics;
- Sponsors clinical legal education;
- Sponsors the Gonzaga University Wine Institute, which offers a first-of-its-kind certificate in the business and legal aspects of the wine industry;
- Coordinates interdisciplinary programming across campus, including with Gonzaga’s School of Business Administration and School of Leadership Studies;
- Supports and promotes faculty scholarship, conferences, and presentations, particularly among junior scholars;
- Serves as a research hub for faculty, students, and scholars interested in business and technology;
- Promotes curricular offerings on experimental, creative, and cutting-edge topics in business, leadership, and new technology; and
- Fosters community and alumni relationships at the intersection of law, ethics, and commerce.
The Center works closely with the Executive JD Program, the Gonzaga University Wine Institute, the Clarke Prize Program, and the Commercial Law Amicus Initiative. It is affiliated with the Tax Law Clinic and Business Innovation Clinic.
Jessica M. KiserCo-Director for the Center of Law, Ethics, and Commerce, Co-Director for the Gonzaga University Wine Institute, & Associate Professor of Law
Professor Kiser teaches various courses including Property, Business Associations, Agency and Noncorporate Entities, Advanced Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law, Intellectual Property, and International and Comparative Intellectual Property. Her research focuses on intellectual property law, especially as it relates to trademarks, brand development and contractual relationships. Before joining the Gonzaga faculty, Professor Kiser practiced law as a member of the Transactional Intellectual Property group in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s New York City office. This work focused on transactions involving intellectual property and technology, including licensing, settlement, development, manufacturing, and distribution agreements, as well as product acquisitions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and restructuring matters where intellectual property and technology were of significant importance.
Co-Director for the Center of Law, Ethics, and Commerce, Co-Director for the Gonzaga University Wine Institute, & Assistant Professor of Law
Angela Aneiros is an Assistant Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Center for Law, Ethics, and Commerce, and the Co-Director of the Gonzaga University Wine Institute at Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to joining Gonzaga Law, she was a Lecturer of Business Law & Ethics at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Professor Aneiros earned her J.D. from IU Maurer School of Law and her B.A. in Business Administrations-Prelaw from Michigan State University.
Drawing on more than a decade-long experience as a practitioner and as a scholar of business law and ethics, Professor Aneiros’ research focuses on the intersection of law and corporate governance. In particular, how recent social unrest and social movements influence diversity, equity, inclusions and justice in corporations. This includes both how social movements impact corporate America and corporate law and how stakeholders influence corporate behavior through legal avenues.
Prior to transitioning to academia, Professor Aneiros spent over a decade as a trial attorney in Illinois and Indiana. She spent six years in private practice representing individuals, businesses, and government entities in federal, district and state courts. She then transition of practice, she served as a supervising attorney at IU Student Legal Services, a clinical program for IU Maurer School of Law students, representing and advising IUB students.
Gonzaga Law's unique Executive-in-Residence program allows faculty and students to work with and learn from an experienced business expert who will lend their specialized industry knowledge to our learning community. The Executive-in-Residence delivers and attends CLEC-related lectures, is available for student consultation, and otherwise enriches the programming and student support offered in the areas of business, technology, and innovation. The role is a part-time affiliation without a faculty designation with a one-year renewable appointment.
Paul Swegle2022 Executive-in-Residence
Paul has served as general counsel to numerous tech companies across many industries, including fintech, financial services, health and medical devices, telehealth, and marketing technology. He has helped build and sell companies to Abbott Laboratories, Capital One, ING, and Nortek. Paul has been involved in more than $13 billion of financings and M&A deals, and recently helped Porch.com through a successful SPAC IPO. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Paul began his legal career with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
He is an adjunct law professor at both Gonzaga University School of Law and Seattle University School of Law and has written two best-selling books that are used widely in law and MBA schools, “Startup Law and Fundraising for Entrepreneurs and Startup Advisors” and “Contract Drafting and Negotiation for Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals.” Paul recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar Association, and in 2019 he was elected to serve on a workgroup led by former Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst to evaluate and make recommendations on the structure, governance, and role of the Washington State Bar Association.
Paul lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with his wife of thirty years, Serena, and their son Matthew, who attends Bishop Blanchet High School. Their daughter Stephanie is pursuing a degree in neuroscience at the University of Notre Dame.