We would appreciate the opportunity to
work with you to help your client.
of lost opportunity cost. You can get out
into the market . . . find a job and earn a
Which leads me to the last topic, that
it’s been a tough job market for the last
few years for a lot of law students. What
kind of advice do you give to students,
not just when they’re leaving Gonzaga,
but when they’re here and choosing
courses and doing things to be sure that
they’re increasing their odds of getting
a good job?
Laurie Powers, who is the director for
the Center for Professional Develop-
ment, gives that advice. So starting in
about November of their first year, she
starts meeting with them and has them
start thinking now about what it is that
they want to do when they graduate and
what they need to do to get to that point.
So, if you think you want to do crimi-
nal law, then maybe this summer you
should be thinking about an externship
in the public defender’s or the prosecu-
tor’s office . . . and it is required now that
they meet with the Center for Profes-
sional Development to have someone
go over their résumé and cover letter.
We don’t dictate what it should be. It is
still theirs to send, but we want them
to have the feedback [that] maybe this
isn’t the best idea to have it be on pink
stationery with green ink.
You mentioned how much you enjoy interacting with alums. From my experience, Gonzaga does a good job of matching students to alums for career advice.
In your contact with alums, is that part
of the conversation?
I always ask them [if] they are interested in our mentorship program — no
matter where they are. So, we have a 1L
mentoring program and that’s basically
with more recent grads and talking to
our first-year students about surviving
their first year of law school. But we
also have a 2L and 3L mentoring program that is primarily done by email
and then we match people up . . . we
have alums in every state, except Arkansas. Now, maybe when this article
comes out, someone in Arkansas will
contact us and say, “I’m here, I’m here!”
But as far as we know, we have no alums
practicing in Arkansas. But every place
else. We can hook somebody up.
That’s terrific. Was there anything else
you wanted to get in?
Just that this is a terrific place and a terrific law school. I’m very happy I’m here.
And I feel it’s a real privilege to be the
dean at Gonzaga in its 101st year!
Be sure to catch interviews with Dean
Annette Clark of Seattle University School
of Law and Dean Kellye Testy of the University of Washington School of Law in
upcoming issues of N WLawyer. N WL
Leland is a principal at Winston &
in Spokane, where
focuses on commercial litigation,
criminal defense, and appeals. She
can be reached at ccl@winston