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Ladies and Gentlemen: The Supremes; State Supreme Court Justices Interact with Students, Hear Cases

The Washington State Supreme Court (seated from left): Justice Richard B. Sanders; Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson; Chief Justice Barbara Madsen; Justice Gerry L. Alexander; Justice Tom Chambers.  (Standing from left): Justice James M. Johnson; Justice Susan Owens; Justice Mary E. Fairhurst;  Justice Debra L. Stephens.

The Washington State Supreme Court (seated from left): Justice Richard B. Sanders; Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson; Chief Justice Barbara Madsen; Justice Gerry L. Alexander; Justice Tom Chambers. (Standing from left): Justice James M. Johnson; Justice Susan Owens; Justice Mary E. Fairhurst; Justice Debra L. Stephens.

Events are Free, Open to Public

SPOKANE, Wash. – The nine justices of the Washington State Supreme Court travel to Gonzaga University this week to interact with Gonzaga students and the public at forums and to hear arguments in three cases. The forums Wednesday (Oct. 20) and the oral arguments Thursday (Oct. 21) are free and open to the public.

The state’s highest court will interact with Gonzaga undergraduate and law students by participating in classes, hosting forums on law as a vocation, and at informal lunches. The forums, titled “Law as a Vocation: A Discussion with Washington State Supreme Court Justices,” will be excellent opportunities for students and the public to see the justices and learn more about the state court system and the law, especially as a profession. The first forum, from 1:10-2 p.m., will be moderated by Gonzaga political science Professor Emerita Michael Leiserson. The second forum, 2:10-3 p.m., will be moderated by Laura Brunell, associate professor of political science at Gonzaga. Both forums will be held in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

The Court will hear arguments Oct. 21 in three cases in the Law School’s Barbieri Courtroom beginning at 9 a.m., 9:50 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. For more information on those cases, click the following link.

Three of the justices are Gonzaga Law School alumnae: Chief Justice Barbara Madsen (’77), and Justices Mary E. Fairhurst (’79) and Debra L. Stephens (’93).

For more information, contact Angela Ruff at (509) 313-3572 or via e-mail.  For information about the Supreme Court, contact Wendy K. Ferrell at (360) 705-5331 or via e-mail.

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