When the 2013 graduates of Gonzaga University School of Law walk across the stage at Commencement, two beloved long-time professors will also be retiring from full-time teaching. Professor Maurice will also be receiving an honorary degree during Commencement ceremonies on May 11.
Professor John Maurice
Professor John Maurice’s academic journey began with an undergraduate history degree cum laude at the University of Colorado and was completed with a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. John’s accomplishments as a student have been recognized in prestigious scholarships; Fulbright, Wilson and White House Fellowships; and Phi Beta Kappa membership.
John Maurice’s life reflects the many ways he, in turn, rewarded society through his public service as a member of the Spokane Civil Service Commission; President of the Board of Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, as well as of The Inland Empire Association of Phi Beta Kappa. John’s contributions demonstrate the truth of Lee F. Hamilton’s observation that public service “is not just a way of life; it is a way to live life fully.”
Maurice has spent nearly four decades teaching generations of Gonzaga law students. Maurice created both the Thomas More Scholarship Program and the Florence Summer Program. The former, which he directed for twenty five years, has provided a unique educational experience for more than 200 Gonzaga Law School graduates committed to the law through public service. The latter, begun with his colleague Mary Pat Treuthart, has given Gonzaga law students the opportunity to become familiar with international legal issues directly in Italy. John created (and for twenty-seven years directed) Gonzaga’s Continuing Legal Education program, and, as chair of the Building Committee, oversaw the design and construction of Gonzaga’s law school building. His career has been marked by numerous awards that acknowledge his excellence as a teacher.
Professor Alan McNeil
Alan McNeil has been teaching clinical law at Gonzaga for over 35 years. His areas of focus have included general civil litigation, criminal law, disabilities law, and domestic relations. For the past 10 years, McNeil has involved the clinic in a variety of consumer protection issues including predatory mortgage lending practice, usury, fraud, insurance claims credit issues, and pay day loans. McNeil graduated from Ohio University in 1970 and taught special education until he entered law school in 1974. While teaching at Gonzaga Law, McNeil supervised full time in the general clinical program and created the Consumer Law Clinic. He has taught a survey course on consumer law and courses on wrongful convictions.
Mr. McNeil has served in various capacities for 25 years on the Board of Directors of Skils’kin, a local non-profit agency that provides employment opportunities for the developmentally disabled. McNeil is also a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyer’s Association, National Association of Consumer Advocates, National Consumer Law Center and American Motorcycle Association.