The Gonzaga University School of Law presented Hon. Cynthia Imbrogno, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, with the 2006 Distinguished Judicial Service Award during the Red Mass for the Legal Profession last month at St. Aloysius Church.
Imbrogno received a bachelor’s degree in biology and a chemistry concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1970 before graduating cum laude from the Gonzaga School of Law in 1979. The Red Mass was held Sept. 12, 2006.
Imbrogno, a member of the Magistrate Judge Executive Board for the 9th U.S. Circuit, has served president of both the Legal Foundation of Washington and the Federal Bar Association in the Eastern District of Washington. Also, she has chaired several committees, including the Systems Impediments to Access to Justice Committee for the Washington State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Board; the 9th U.S. Circuit Task Force on Prisoner Remedy Procedures; and the Lawyer Representatives for the Eastern District of Washington to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference.
Imbrogno is a former trustee of the Spokane County Bar Association and a former co-chair of its Law Day/Liberty Bell Award Committees.
Imbrogno has worked in both private and public practice. In private practice, she has worked as a litigator for the law firms Perkins Coie and Preston Thorgrimson Shidler Gates and Ellis. She has worked for the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Washington as a complex litigation staff attorney and civil rights staff attorney, and as a clerk for Hon. Justin L. Quackenbush and the Washington State Court of Appeals.
Imbrogno’s honors include the highest rating (from the State Judicial Evaluation Committee for Washington Women Lawyers) of, “Exceptionally Well Qualified” to sit on the federal bench; the Myra Bradwell Professionalism Award from the Gonzaga Women’s Law Caucus; and a certificate of appreciation from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association for teaching continuing legal education seminars. In addition, Imbrogno was recognized by the Washington Women Lawyers with its Award of Appreciation in both 1992 and 1996.
Imbrogno also has volunteered for extensive community service, including service work for Habitat for Humanity, Good Shepherd Girls’ Home, and Boys State . She is a volunteer server of meals for the homeless, a member of the Rotary Club, and a former co-chair of United Way for Spokane County Attorneys.