Board of Advisors

The Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors plays an important advisory role in assisting the dean of the law school as he/she navigates the challenges of legal education. Members of the Board are appointed by the dean and are selected for their distinction as leaders in law, business, service to the public, and demonstrated commitment to the school.

Board members represent a diversity of experiences, interests and geographic regions across the country. The group meets twice a year to discuss a wide range of issues including the legal profession, legal education, short-term and long-term plans for Gonzaga School of Law, and ongoing concerns in areas related to student admissions and careers, alumni and constituent development, and resource needs. The Board’s input, expertise and energy are critical to maintaining the school’s long standing tradition of excellence.

"The Board of Advisors provides an opportunity to combine passion for the law with passion for Gonzaga by interacting with the current generation of law students and educators.  We have the chance to share our experience, contribute our time/talent/treasure and be inspired by the ideals of GU's current attendees in ways that help to continue building Zag lawyers." - The Hon. Timothy B. Fennessy, ’83

Member Expectations

  • To attend and actively participate in the bi- annual meetings of the Board of Advisors.
  • To represent the law school actively, visibly, and consistently by providing thoughtful counsel to the dean, faculty, and administrators to ensure the law school’s continued growth and development.
  • To act as ambassadors and advocates of the law school with its graduates and friends.
  • To strengthen and develop graduates’ and friends’ ties to the law school through local and regional activities, annual reunions and other involvement opportunities.
  • To provide and inspire financial support to the law school to the best of one’s ability and in a way that will set an example and benchmark for other alumni and friends.


The Hon. Timothy B. Fennessy

The Hon. Timothy B. Fennessy, ’83

Board President
Spokane County Superior Court
Spokane, WA

Ms. Cristine Beckwith

Ms. Cristine Beckwith, ‘04

Board Vice President
Beckwith Law Group
Seattle, WA

Mr. Jefferson Boswell, '09

Peel Brimley
Las Vegas, NV

Ms. Catherine C. Clark, ’91

Law Office of Catherine Clark
Seattle, WA

Mr. Jaime Cuevas Jr., '16

Ramsey Companies, Inc.
White Swan, WA

Mrs. Va Lena Curran

Mrs. Va Lena Curran, ’58

Delay Curran Thompson Pontarolo et al
Spokane, WA

Mr. John Dippold, '95

Carney Badley Spellman
Seattle, WA 

Mr. Travis Downs

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
San Diego, CA

Ms. Colleen Durkin

Ms. Colleen Durkin, ’12

Associate Attorney
Holman Law PLLC
Tacoma, WA

Ms. Dawn Emery, ’03

Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office
Salt Lake City, UT

Kelly Folger, 07

Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell
Spokane, WA

Mr. Paul Greeley, ’82

Ohlandt Greeley Ruggiero Perle
Stamford, CT

Mr. Patrick Hanis, ’01

Hanis Irvine Prothero PLLC
Kent, WA

Mr. Daniel Hulsizer

Mr. Daniel Hulsizer, ‘02

Attorney/ CPA
Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek
Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Steve Jager

Mr. Steve Jager, ’80

Lead Attorney
Jager Clark PLLC
Seattle, WA

Ms. Maureen McGuire

Ms. Maureen McGuire, ’81

General Counsel
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

Mr. Ryan McNeice

Mr. Ryan McNeice, ’05

Founding Partner
McNeice Wheeler
Spokane Valley, WA

Mr. Jim Parke, '06

Otter Products LLC
Fort Collins, CO

Ms. Sheila Ridgway, ’84

Founding Partner
Ridgway Law Group
Seattle, WA

Mr. Joe Sullivan

Mr. Joe Sullivan, ’85

Davis, Hatley, Haffeman, & Tighe, P.C.
Great Falls, MT

Mr. David Torres

Mr. David Torres, ‘86

Founding Attorney
David A. Torres & Asso.
Bakersfield, CA 

Ms. Shannon Votava

Ms. Shannon Votava, ’85

General Counsel
Itron, Inc.
Liberty Lake, WA

Mr. Patrick Walsh, ’10

Spokane, WA

Emeritus Members

Mr. Fred Aronow, '81

The Hon. Paul A. Bastine, ’64

Mr. John Durkin, '80

The Hon. Tari S. Eitzen, ’82

Mr. Richard C. Eymann, ’76

Mr. John W. Holleran, ’79

Mr. Jerry Jager, ’57

Ms. Mary Lou Johnson, ’92

Mr. Steven M. Kaufman, ’77

Mr. J. Richard Manning, ’60

The Hon. Jim Murphy, '73

The Hon. Jackl Nevin, '78

Mr. Ron. K Nichols, ’93

Mr. Michael Pontarolo, ’73

The Hon. Richard J. Schroeder, ’63

Mr. John G. Schultz, ’63

Mr. Guy Testini ’00

Mr. Patrick A. Trudell, ’80