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Gonzaga Law Hosts Public Forum Feb. 19: ‘Civil Rights in Washington: The Post-Maxey Era’

Posted on February 4, 2016 in: Events, Law Alumni, Law School, Lectures, Spotlight
The event is part of a program sponsored by KSPS Public Television.

The event is part of a program sponsored by KSPS Public Television.

SPOKANE, Wash. – As part of a program sponsored by KSPS Public Television honoring the life and legacy of renowned civil rights leader and Gonzaga Law School alumnus Carl Maxey, Gonzaga Law will host the public forum, “Civil Rights in Washington: The Post-Maxey Era” at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19 in the Barbieri Courtroom.

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Jim Kershner, author of the biography “Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life,” and includes as panelists Emily Chiang, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State; GU Law Professor Jason Gillmer, associate dean for faculty research and development and the John J. Hemmingson chair in civil liberties; Raymond Reyes, GU chief diversity officer; Dwayne A. Mack, Carter G. Woodson chair in African American history at Berea College and author of “Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest.”

Gonzaga Law is proud to be a partner in helping to tell the story of Maxey, who overcame enormous odds to change attitudes about civil and gender rights in Eastern Washington and a tireless fighter for racial equality and justice at the state and national level. Co-sponsors include ACLU of Washington state, Humanities Washington, KSPS, Loren Miller Bar Association, NAACP Spokane, Spokane County Bar Association-Diversity Section, Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, and the YWCA of Spokane.

The forum will follow a reception and premiere screening event at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 at the Bing Crosby Theater ($50 per person). The documentary will air on KSPS at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 and will be available for online viewing Feb. 19 at

The documentary is produced by the Emmy Award-winning KSPS production team of Mary DeCesare and Jim Zimmer. View the documentary trailer. For more information, visit KSPS online or contact Sandra Kernerman at KSPS

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