John Morey Maurice

Professor Emeritus



  • J.D. New York University School of Law, 1964, Phi Beta Kappa
  • B.A. University of Colorado, magna cum laude, 1961


Professor Maurice grew up on a ranch in Colorado where his family raised registered Black Angus cattle. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder with a major in American history and a minor in southwestern archeology.

For five consecutive summers he worked in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, as a seasonal ranger for the National Park Service on the interpretative staff . On his days off he traveled extensively in Four Corners Country and began putting together his recognized collection of Navajo rugs and Pueblo Indian pottery.

Active in student government at the University of Colorado he was the recipient of the Dunklee Award, the leadership award given to the outstanding senior man. In his senior year Professor Maurice was the recipient of Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship in American diplomatic history at Stanford University which he declined in order to attend the New York University School of Law on Elihu T. Root-Samuel J. Tilden Scholarship.

Following graduation from law school, he accepted a Fulbright Fellowship in comparative law in New Delhi, India. He was assigned to The Indian Law Institute which is affiliated with the Supreme Court of India . During the year and a half that he spent in India and in addition to his work at the institute Professor Maurice was able to travel extensively throughout the subcontinent from Kerala in the south to Kashmir and Nepal in the north and from Goa and Bombay in the West to Madras in the East.

Upon his return to the United States, Professor Maurice entered into the practice of corporate law in Boise, Idaho. After several years with a private firm he was named associate general counsel for Boise Cascade Corporation, a multi-national wood products company which maintains its headquarters in Boise. In that capacity he had lead legal responsibility for the corporation’s extensive international operations in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia.

In 1971 following a national competition, Professor Maurice was one of 22 Americans who were awarded White House Fellowships. As a White House Fellow he served for one year as a special assistant to the Secretary Agriculture in Washington, D.C. where he was involved in negotiating grain sales between the United States and the former Soviet Union. At the conclusion of his fellowship year, Professor Maurice accepted a position as an international management consultant with the Chicago-based consulting firm of Booz-Allen & Hamilton at its newly opened offices in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He worked three years in Brazil before joining the Gonzaga University School of Law faculty. Professor Maurice is a member of the Colorado, Washington, Idaho, and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been a a full-time member of the Gonzaga University School of Law faculty since 1975.

For his contributions to the law school in 2013 he received his Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Public Service

Professor Maurice served from its inception for fifteen years as the president and a member of the board of directors of Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, a community defender organization formed under the federal Criminal Justice Act with the constitutional responsibility of representing indigent criminal defendants in federal court.

He served as member and and then the chair of the Spokane Civil Service Commission for sixteen years representing the non- uniformed employees of the City of Spokane. He has served from its inception as a member of the board of the Jundt Art Museum, which is located on the Gonzaga campus.


  • A New Personal Limited Liability Shield for General Partners: But Not All Partners are Treated the Same, Gonzaga Law Review, 2007
  • On Justice, Gonzaga Law Review, 2003, Volume 38, Number 2
  • Overview of the 1998 Washington Revised Uniform Partnership Act, Gonzaga University School of Law, Continuing Legal Education, 1999.
  • Operational Overview of the Washington Limited Liability Company Act, Gonzaga Law Review, 1995, Volume 2, Number 3
  • The 1990 Washington Business Corporation Act”, Gonzaga Law Review, 1989/90, Volume 25, Number 3
  • Condominiums and Securities Law Problems, Gonzaga University School of Law, Continuing Legal Education, 1991
  • Avoiding the Storm: Securities Law for Nonsecurities Lawyers and Other Professionals
  • Federal Tax Considerations in the Formation of Closely Held Corporations, Gonzaga University School of Law, Continuing Legal Education, 1989
  • Questionable Overseas Payments: Going Around One More Time, Gonzaga Law Review, Spring 1980, Volume 15, Number 2
  • John Morey Maurice: Portfolio of Drawings, published in a limited and signed edition, 1971, Gonzaga University School of Law, Continuing Legal Education, 1991

Teaching Areas

  • Agency and Partnership
  • Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Business Planning
  • Justice & Society