Telephone: (509) 313-5790

URL: http://www.law.gonzaga.edu


ABA Approved Since 1951

Gonzaga University School of Law belongs to a long and distinguished tradition of humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit education. It is an integral part of Gonzaga University which was founded in 1887. The School of Law continues to maintain the tradition of academic excellence in education, which is the heart of the mission of the 400-year-old Jesuit order. The School of Law, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on the bank of the Spokane River. This riverside setting provides a stunning atmosphere for research and learning.


The School of Law’s 550 students bring a rich mixture of backgrounds and perspectives to their legal studies. Each fall approximately 175 entering scholars from across the nation are met by a talented and dedicated law faculty. The faculty share a commitment to teaching excellence and scholastic endeavors, and are readily accessible to the students on a personal and professional level.


For more than two decades, Gonzaga law students have contributed to the development of the law through scholarly criticism and analysis in the highly regarded Gonzaga Law Review. Gonzaga’s International Law Journal, an online law review, was created in 1999 to serve the international community. Gonzaga’s moot court teams have a long-standing reputation for excellence.


A pro-active Career Services office assists students in their professional job search and in finding internships during law school. Each year law firms, government agencies, and businesses conduct on-campus interviews. Supported by a state work-study program, intern experiences are financially and educationally profitable for the law students and their employers. Rule 9 of Washington State law enhances the educational value of these internships by providing third-year students the opportunity to try cases in Washington courts.


At Gonzaga, students have an opportunity to construct a personal framework upon which to build a productive future legal career--a framework based on a foundation of a solid theoretical curriculum and extensive practical experience gained through the School of Law’s award-winning, multi-faceted clinical program and community internship program. Appropriate to its Inland Northwest setting, the School of Law offers many courses that address natural resource issues. Other outstanding features of the curriculum include an intensive two-year legal research and writing program, private and public sector labor law courses, and joint JD/MBA, JD/MACC, and JD/MSW degree programs.


The law library plays an integral role in the educational pursuits of the students by sustaining and supporting the curriculum, and student and faculty instructional and research needs. Students have access to an array of software applications and databases, including LexisNexis and WESTLAW.


The legal training and experience provided to Gonzaga students has facilitated their success in finding employment in a wide variety of legal positions throughout the United States and internationally. Other graduates have gone on to play key roles in the judiciary, business, politics, and public service.


Dean and Professor of Law: Earl F. Martin III (509) 313-3700

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Amy Kelley (509) 313-3720

Assistant Dean for Students Affairs: John D. Sklut (509) 313-3715

Registrar: Sharon Day (509) 313-3731

Coordinator, Financial Aid: Joan Henning (509) 313-3859

Director, Law Library: Linda Kawaguchi McLane (509) 313-3782

Director, Admissions: Susan Lee (509) 313-5532

Director, Career Services: Holly Brajcich (509) 313-6122

Director, Development and Alumni Relations: Nancy Fikc (509) 313-3605




EARL F. MARTIN, III, (Law Professor), born Lexington, Kentucky, December 16, 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, Kentucky. Education: University of Kentucky College of Communications (B.A., 1984); University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D., 1987); Yale Law School (LL.M., 1996). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts. Email: emartin @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


UPENDRA D. ACHARYA, (Law Professor), born Chudi, Tanahu, Nepal, November 12, 1962; Education: Tribhuvan University, Nepal Law Campus (B.L., 1985); University of Delhi, Faculty of Law (M.C.L., 1990); University of Utah, College of Law (LL.M., 1996); University of Wisconsin Madison Law School (S.J.D., 2002). COURSES: International Environmental Law, International Human Rights, International Law, International Organizations. Email: uacharya @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


MEGAN J. BALLARD, (Law Professor), Education: Lewis and Clark College (B.A., 1984); University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., 1987; J.D., cum laude, 1994; LL.M., 1999). COURSES: Property, Estates and Trusts, Civil Procedure. Email: mballard @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


CHERYL A. BECKETT, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 17, 1952; admitted to bar, 1981, Washington. Education: Rutgers University (A.B., 1974); Gonzaga University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Labor Law, Employment Law. Email: cbeckett @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


MARY LISA BRADLEY, (Law Professor), born Billings, Montana, May 31, 1957; admitted to bar, 1991, Washington. Education: University of Montana (E.D.U.C., 1980); Gonzaga (J.D., 1991, magna cum laude). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Academic Resource Program. Email: lbradley @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


JAMES M. CELTO-VACHE, (Law Professor), born Richland, Washington, April 17, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, Washington. Education: Washington State University (B.A., 1969, Phi Beta Kappa); University of Washington (J.D., 1972, order of the Coif). COURSES: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Jurisprudence, Professional Responsibility. Email: jvache @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


PATRICK J. CHARLES, (Law Professor), born Utica, New York, 1965; admitted to bar, 1992, Oregon. Education: Loyola University of New Orleans (B.A., History, 1987); University of Washington Library School (M.L.L., 1994); University of Idaho College of Law (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Advanced Legal Research. Email: pcharles @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


JOHN E. CLUTE, (Law Professor), born Kooskia, Idaho, October 28, 1934; admitted to bar, 1965, Washington. Education: Gonzaga University (B.A., 1960; J.D., 1963). COURSES: Contracts.


GEORGE A. CRITCHLOW, (Law Professor), born Spokane, Washington, April 4, 1949; admitted to bar, 1977, Washington. Education: University of Washington (B.A., 1972); Gonzaga University (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Clinical Law. Email: gcritchlow @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


LYNN M. DAGGETT, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, April 7, 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, Connecticut. Education: The Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1980); Duke University (Ph.D., 1984); University of Connecticut (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Torts (25&percent,), Education Law (25&percent,), Labor Law (25&percent,). Email: ldaggett @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


VERN G. DAVIDSON, (Law Professor), born California, August 6, 1929; admitted to bar, 1963, California. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1959; J.D., 1962). COURSES: Contract, Conflict of Laws, Wills, Trusts.


MARK EDWARD DEFORREST, (Law Professor), born Anacortes, Washington, November 26, 1969; admitted to bar, 1997, Washington. Education: Western Washington University (B.A., 1992); Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: mdeforrest @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


DAVID K. DEWOLF, (Law Professor), born Oakland, California, August 23, 1949; admitted to bar, 1980, Washington; 1987, California. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1971); Yale University (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Torts, Product Liability. Email: ddewolf @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


HELEN DONIGAN, (Law Professor), born Nebraska, October 13, 1942; admitted to bar, 1976, Washington. Education: University of Nebraska (B.S., 1963); Gonzaga University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Family Law, Uniform Commercial Code. Email: hdonigan @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


SHERI J. ENGELKEN, (Law Professor), Education: University of Missouri-Kansas City (B.A., 1980); University of Chicago (J.D., cum laude, 1983). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Intellectual Property, Constitutional Law. Email: sengelken @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


GAIL ANNE HAMMER, (Law Professor), born Minot, North Dakota, July 17, 1953; admitted to bar, 1989, Idaho; 1990, Washington; 1993, Montana. Education: The University of Montana (B.A., 1978; J.D., 1988). COURSES: Clinical Law, Trial Practice, Pretrial Practice, Dispute Resolution, Children and the Law, Coach Client Counseling Team. Email: ghammer @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


GERALD F. HESS, (Law Professor), born Two Rivers, Wisconsin, May 6, 1952; admitted to bar, 1982, Wisconsin. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1975; J.D., 1982). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Remedies. Email: ghess @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


BROOKS HOLLAND, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., February 6, 1968; admitted to bar, 1995, New York. Education: San Francisco State University (B.A., 1991); Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility. Email: bholland @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


HEIDI S. HOLLAND, (Law Professor), born Honolulu, Hawaii, 1964; admitted to bar, 1992, South Carolina; 1997, Washington. Education: Virginia Tech (B.S., 1986); University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: hholland @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


LINDA KAWAGUCHI MCLANE, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, April 21, 1963; admitted to bar, 1991, Idaho. Education: University of Idaho (B.A., 1986; J.D., 1990); University of Washington (M.L.L., 1992). COURSES: Advanced Legal Research. Email: lmclane @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


AMY KELLEY, (Law Professor), born Wausau, Wisconsin, June 4, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, South Dakota. Education: College of St. Catherine (B.A., 1973); University of South Dakota (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Property, Water, Mining, Constitutional Law. Email: akelley @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


JOHN MOREY MAURICE, (Law Professor), born Fort Collins, Colorado, April 12, 1939; admitted to bar, 1966, Colorado and Idaho. Education: University of Colorado (B.A., 1961); New York University (J.D., 1964). COURSES: Corporations, Securities, Regulation, Corporate Taxation. Email: jmaurice @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


MICHAEL C. MCCLINTOCK, (Law Professor), born March 28, 1939; admitted to bar, 1969, Oklahoma; 1978, Washington. Education: University of Tulsa (B.A., 1965; J.D., 1969); Southern Methodist University (LL.M., 1972; S.J.D., 1975). COURSES: International Business Transactions, NAFTA Law and Business Associations 1 (Agency and Partnership). Email: mmcclintock @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


JAMES R. MCCURDY, (Law Professor), born Dallas, Texas, January 11, 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, South Dakota. Education: University of Houston (B.B.A., 1970); University of Texas (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation, Environmental Mediation and Negotiation, Environmental Clinic, Sports Law, Oil and Gas, Indian Law. Email: jmccurdy @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


ALAN MCNEIL, (Law Professor), born Dayton, Ohio, July 25, 1947; admitted to bar, 1977, Washington. Education: Ohio University (B.A., 1970); Gonzaga University (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Clinical Law Supervising Attorney. Email: amcneil @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


DANIEL J. MORRISSEY, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, September 14, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, Illinois; 1979, California; 2000, Florida. Education: Georgetown University Law Center (A.B., 1971; J.D., 1974). COURSES: Corporations, Contracts, Securities Regulation, Jurisprudence. Email: dmorrissey @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


ANN MARIE MURPHY, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, January 28, 1958; admitted to bar, 1985, Illinois. Education: Western Illinois University (B.A.S., 1979; M.S., 1980); DePaul University (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Taxation, Evidence, Wills and Trusts. Email: amurphy @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


LEWIS H. ORLAND, (Law Professor), born Moscow, Idaho, September 12, 1915; admitted to bar, 1940, Idaho; 1950, Washington. Education: University of Idaho (A.B., 1937); Harvard University (J.D., 1940); Gonzaga University (LL.D., 1967); Post-graduate studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 1947-49. COURSES: Civil Procedure, Contracts, Environmental Law, Evidence, Future Interests, International Transactions, Introduction to Law, Law and Psychiatry, Pleadings and Procedures, Real Property.


ROSANNA M. PETERSON, (Law Professor), born Salt Lake City, Utah, April 12, 1951; admitted to bar, 1991, Washington. Education: University of North Dakota (B.A., 1977; M.A., 1983); University of North Dakota School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Evidence, Federal Jurisdiction, Trial Advocacy, Externship.


LINDA J. RUSCH, (Law Professor), born Algona, Iowa, July 22, 1959; admitted to bar, 1983, Minnesota. Education: Augustana College (B.A., 1980); University of Iowa (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Uniform Commercial Code, Secured Transactions, Sale, Payments, Bankruptcy, Contracts. Email: lrusch @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


STEPHEN L. SEPINUCK, (Law Professor), born Boston, Massachusetts, September 14, 1959; admitted to bar, 1984, Florida; 1985, Massachusetts. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1981); Boston University (J.D., 1984); New York University (LL.M., 1987). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Contracts, Creditors Rights (aka Secured Transactions), Moot Court, Sales. Email: ssepinuck @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


KEVIN GENE SHELLEY, (Law Professor), born Dothan, Alabama, June 3, 1961; admitted to bar, 1986, Alabama; 1993, Georgia. Education: Auburn University (B.A., 1983); University of Alabama (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: kshelley @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


SANDRA L. SIMPSON, (Law Professor), born Newark, Delaware, June 4, 1966; admitted to bar, 1992, Iowa; 1995, Washington. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1989); University of Iowa School of Law (J.D., 1992); Whitworth College (M.I.T., 1999). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: slsimpson @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


W. CLINTON STERLING, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, July 3, 1959; admitted to bar, 1992, California; 1994, District of Columbia. Education: George Washington University (B.A., 1983); University of Pittsburgh (M.L.S., 1995); The American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Research. Email: wsterling @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


MARY PATRICIA TREUTHART, (Law Professor), born Peoria, Illinois, December 9, 1952; admitted to bar, 1978, Pennsylvania and New York. Education: Douglass College of Rutgers University (A.B., 1975); Rutgers University School of Law, Camden (J.D., 1978); Columbia Law School (LL.M., 1989). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Foundations of Law, Clinical, Women in the Law. Email: mtreuthart @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


LARRY A. WEISER, (Law Professor), born Fall River, Massachusetts, February 8, 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, Washington. Education: Boston University (B.A., 1971); Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Elder Law, Negotiation and Mediation, Clinical Law. Email: lweiser @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


VICKIE J. WILLIAMS, (Law Professor), born Queens, New York, September 12, 1964; Education: Tufts University (B.S., 1985); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Health Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law. Email: vwilliams @ lawschool.gonzaga.edu


MARK E. WILSON, (Law Professor), born North Platte, Nebraska, August 10, 1938; admitted to bar, 1967, Minnesota; 1970, Wisconsin; 1975, Washington. Education: University of South Dakota (A.B., 1960); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1967). COURSES: Clinic, Advocacy, Legal Writing, Professional Responsibility, Comparative Law.