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First Class Law School, or None at All: GU Law School Turns 100: Student Activities

Case 6: Student Activities Over the Years

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Invitation for a Law School Student Party, April 19, 1941

Invitation for a Law School Student Party, April 19, 1941  Written in as a Case File, this invitation included the plaintiff as “Law School Student Body” and the defendants as “Dull, Care & Worry”, the menu as “Exhibit A”; “Amici Curiae” (Friends of the Court) were honored guests; and the senior list of candidates.   The back cover read:  “The Department of Law, Gonzaga University: Order Removing Clouds court held at Spokane, Washington, Saturday Evening, April 19, 1941, Elizabethan Room, Davenport Hotel.”  List of seniors includes George Nethercutt, former congressman George Nethercutt, Jr.’s father.

U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley at Law School Heidelburg Night, October 12, 1950

U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley at Law School Heidelburg Night, October 12, 1950 

U.S Vice President Alben Barkley attended Law School’s Heidelburg Night on October 12, 1950. Left to right front: Law Dean Norman de Pender, Law Regent Fr. James Linden, S. J., U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley, and Senator Warren Magnuson, WA. Back row left to right: Leslie Carroll, Fred Duggan, E.C. Prestbye, unidentified, and R. Dellwo.

The Red Mass, Program, September 18, 1959

The Red Mass, Program, September 18, 1959 

  The English tradition of the Red Mass began in 1310. The Red Mass received its nickname from the red vestments worn by the Twelve Judges, also called Doctors of the Law, of the High Court. The Red Mass was held for the first time in Spokane in 1959 at St. Aloysius Church. It continues today during the fall semester.

The Class of 1951 Presents Its Senior Dinner Dance, December 11, 1950

The Class of 1951 Presents Its Senior Dinner Dance, December 11, 1950 

The Senior Dance was held at the Silver Banquet and Ball Room in the Spokane Hotel on December 11, 1950. Guests included Hon. Ralph E. Foley and Hon. Carl C. Quackenbush; law faculty such as Norman de Pender, Dean of the School of Law; Very Rev. Francis E. Corkery, S. J., the President of Gonzaga University; the class officers, and the student body officers.

Heidelberg Design, 1966

 Heidelberg Design, 1966 

The caption on the original design reads “Get your stein for Heidelberg”.

Heidelberg Mug, 1966

Heidelberg Mug, 1966

Wailing Wall, 1970s

Wailing Wall, 1970s

 Students look at grades posted on the “Wailing Wall”.  Due to privacy concerns grades are no longer posted publicly.

Law Students and Faculty at a Social Gathering, 1970s

Law Students and Faculty at a Social Gathering, 1970s

Phi Alpha Delta Chapter, 1978

Phi Alpha Delta Chapter, 1978

Phi Alpha Delta is a professional law fraternity composed of law students, attorneys, judges, and educators.  Phi Alpha Delta sponsors public service projects, professional programs, and educational assistance, as well as social activities. The Connelly Chapter of Pi Alpha Delta at Gonzaga honors Edward Connelly, President of GU Law’s first class. The club was founded in 1965.

Heidelberg: The Tradition, Program, April 4, 1998

Heidelberg: The Tradition, Program, April 4, 1998

 This Heidelberg occurred on April 4, 1998 at Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park.  Distinguished guests included Justice Richard P. Guy, Justice Barbara Madsen, and Justice Richard B. Sanders.  Lifetime achievement award went to law professor Vern Davidson.

Heidelberg was founded by Fr. James Linden, S. J. in 1935. It traditionally takes place the evening after the final round of the Linden Cup Competition, also founded by Fr. Linden. The night is spent honoring the Linden Cup and other Moot Court competition winners and teams. Appreciation is expressed to the faculty and staff and are conferred special awards honoring their contributions.

The Red Mass, October 2012

The Red Mass, October 2012

Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence

Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence

The Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence is awarded at Commencement to the graduate who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average during her or his three years’ legal studies at the School of Law, based on all work up to but excluding the semester immediately prior to Commencement.

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