SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University School of Law will honor distinguished alumnus and Seattle attorney J. Richard “Dick” Manning (’60) with the Gonzaga Law Medal at its commencement ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14 in the McCarthey Athletic Center. King County Superior Court Judge Steven González will be the keynote speaker, and will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Law School.
Gonzaga honored Manning in 2005 with its Distinguished Alumni Merit Award for service to the community, his profession and Gonzaga. The American Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association jointly honored him in 1988 with the Whitney North Seymour National Award for outstanding mediation and arbitration.
Spending much of his time as a mediator, Manning’s legal contributions over the past half-century are legendary. Manning has specialized in transactions and litigation in construction, small business, real estate, estates and probate, and employment terminations. Manning has always found time to give back to the community through prolific service, including as president of the Washington State Bar Association (2002-03), president of the Law Fund Board since 2008, and as chair of the Equal Justice Coalition of the Washington State Access to Justice Board (2004-06). The latter two organizations are dedicated to funding legal services for the poor, allowing Manning to actively support the poor, a longtime focus of the Society of Jesus.
Manning’s service also includes: chair of the first statewide Bar Leaders’ Conference; chair, Advisory Council Regional Office of American Arbitration Association (1985-96); member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Board of Governors (1997-2002) and chair of WSBA Legislative Committee and Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee; co-Chair of the WSBA Discipline 2001 Task Force; president King County Bar Foundation (1991-93; Trustee 1989-91); and trustee and officer of the King County Dispute Resolution Center (1991-2001). In addition to these serious commitments, Manning has served his own community with stints as chair of the Queen Anne Community Council and president of the St. Anne’s Parents’ Club. A loyal alumnus, Manning has served since 1988 on the Gonzaga Law School’s Board of Advisors.
Judge González has dedicated his life and his career to justice for the poor and under-represented citizens. In a career that has included private practice in San Francisco and Seattle, González has distinguished himself as a brilliant attorney, a committed public servant, and an aggressive proponent of citizens’ rights. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, González was recognized in 2001 as the Washington State Hispanic Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year for extraordinary efforts on behalf of a wide range of clients, including immigrants and targeted minorities.
González served as Seattle’s city prosecutor and as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Department of Justice. His exemplary performance in the latter capacity earned him the U.S. Department of Justice Superior Performance Award in 2001, and the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2002. In 2009, Judge González received the Vanguard Award from the King County division of the Washington Women Lawyers, and was named the Latino Judge of the Year by the National Hispanic Bar Association.