NWLawyer: Does any person deserve
special recognition for their involve-
McAvoy: GSA should be recognized for
allowing the installation of the exhibits in
its public lobbies. The Federal Bar for the
Eastern District of Washington should
also be recognized, as it is through the
payment of their attorney admission fees
that these displays were possible.
NWLawyer: How were the exhibits
McAvoy: No appropriated funds were
used for the design or installation of
these historical exhibits. Rather, the
Eastern District turned to its attorney
admission fund, comprised of pro hac
vice and standing attorney admission
fees. The attorney admission fund may
only be used for purposes that benefit
the members of the bench and the bar
in the administration of justice, and
clearly judicial and historical education
of the citizens (and potential future
lawyers and litigants) in this district
advances that purpose.
NWLawyer: Could you explain the
process by which the subjects of the
exhibits were chosen?
McAvoy: Working in partnership with
the exhibit design firm, Sea Reach Ltd.
of Sheridan, Oregon, the Historical
Exhibit Committee identified a “places,
cases, and faces” approach to historical
education for the displays. With that as
a starting point, the committee and firm
researched and integrated the formation of the district, its U.S. courthouse
locations, the judges who have served
since formation, and those cases having
significant impact on both the district
and federal law. Additionally, the exhibits explore the different roles included
in the federal judicial process, ranging
from bankruptcy case administrators to
U.S. probation officers.
NWLawyer: Of the cases you profiled,
which do you find the most interesting?
McAvoy: Alvarez et al. v. IBP (1999).
As a part of their skilled and dangerous
Above: Educational panel depicting “Courtroom Architecture and Layout,” Thomas S. Foley United States
Courthouse, Spokane; courtesy WAED.
Below: Lobby, Thomas S. Foley United States Courthouse, Spokane, with educational panels and interactive
touchscreen display; courtesy WAED.