Recipient Group is Largest in Seven Years
On Friday, November 2, six Gonzaga Law students were honored by the Spokane County Bar Association Diversity Section. These students represent the largest scholarship recipient group in the history of the Carl Maxey memorial Scholarship Foundation.
The six recipients for 2012 are: (pictured left to right, above) Courtney Miller, Silvia Irimescu (also a Thomas More scholar), Renee Hemmansi, Alain Huynh, SaeRom Konecky and Barbie Chang. The recipients are pictured with Bill Maxey, Dean of Gonzaga Law Jane Korn, and Judge Sypolt.
Supporting the Spokane Community
The Foundation was established by the Spokane County Bar Association Diversity Section as a way to support a Gonzaga law student who intends to stay in the Spokane area to further issues of diversity within Spokane’s legal community.
About Carl Maxey
Carl Maxey is considered one of the most influential legal leaders in Washington state. Maxey was the first African American to pass the Bar in Eastern Washington, after serving four years in the military, winning the NCAA boxing championship, and graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1951.
Almost immediately after graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, Maxey took up a case that effectively desegregated the hiring of teachers by the Spokane school district. Throughout his career, Maxey took on case after case that helped end racial discrimination across the board in Washington state. He was also named by five Presidents as state chairman for the United States Civil Rights Commission
You can read more about how Carl Maxey made a difference on the Gonzaga Law Centennial Site.