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Pursuing Justice. Finding Solutions.

The Gonzaga Journal of International Law 
Annual Symposium

Across Borders: International Law Issues in Northwest Family Law

2015 Speaker Biographies

Gail Hammer 

Gail Hammer teaches primarily in the Legal Clinic, where she directs a General Public Interest Practice Clinic for University Legal Assistance. She has taught in the classroom and the clinic at the University of Montana, Washington University in St. Louis, and Gonzaga. Her classroom teaching focuses on pretrial and trial practice and on children’s law. Prof. Hammer is a member of the Washington and Montana state bars. Before and while teaching, she represented indigent people in civil cases in Idaho, Washington, Missouri, and Montana, and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana. She has significant volunteer experience with community agencies dedicated to ending interpersonal violence. Prof. Hammer served as a consultant on teaching methods in Croatia, Serbia, and Brazil; in Croatia for the ABA CEELI program; in Serbia for the National Center for State Courts Serbia Rule of Law project; and in Brazil for South American law professors, and for law professors and graduate students at São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas (Direito GV). She served as legal consultant for Same Page, a project working to improve parenting evaluations and treatment and to raise the standard for expert testimony on parenting issues.

Mary Schultz, Esq. 

Gonzaga Law School Graduate Mary Schultz is an experienced litigator, author and consultant. Based in Spokane, her practice includes civil rights, personal injury and employment. She represented the respondent in Tsarbopolous v. Tsarbopolous, 176 F. Supp. 1045 (E.D. Wash. 2001).

Kim Pearson

Prior to joining the faculty at Gonzaga University School of Law, Professor Kim Pearson was the 2008-2010 Law Teaching Fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. At UCLA, she taught courses in Sexuality and the Law, Legal Scholarship, Family Law and Inequality. From 2005 to 2008, Professor Pearson was an associate in a law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she handled matters ranging from family law and guardianships to small business contracts and wills and trusts. Professor Pearson holds a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and served as a senior editor on the BYU Law Review.

John Meske

John Meske is the founder and director of Faith International Adoptions, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating adoptions of children from third world countries. He is regarded as a Washington state expert in the immigration aspects of international adoptions. Mr. Meske is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound Law School.

Mary Pat Treuthart

Professor Treuthart began her law teaching career after serving a judicial clerkship and working at Warren County Legal Services in New Jersey as a staff attorney and the program director where her primary caseload consisted of civil cases including family law, domestic violence, housing, consumer, public entitlements, and civil commitment matters. Prof. Treuthart joined the Gonzaga law faculty in 1989. Prof. Treuthart was a Fulbright Scholar and Lecturer at Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland (spring 2002) and served as a Legal Specialist for the ABA-CEELI program in Pristina, Kosovo (fall 2006). She has a long-standing commitment to social justice and human rights issues, particularly those that affect women and people with disabilities.

Elizabeth Brandt

Elizabeth Barker Brandt is the James E. Wilson Distinguished Professor at the University of Idaho College of Law. She received her B.A. from the College of Wooster and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Brandt teaches Community Property, Family Law, Children & the Law, Domestic Violence & the Law, and Wills and Trusts, . She is a past Alan G. Shepard Distinguished Professor and is a recipient of the University of Idaho Award for Teaching Excellence. Brandt an editor and contributor for the Idaho Child Protection Manual and the Idaho Annotated Child Protection Forms. She is also the editor of and a contributor to Protecting Children of High Conflict Divorce: An Idaho Benchbook, She has written in the areas of child custody, domestic violence, family court organization and reform, community property, U.S. Terrorism policy, the first amendment and academic freedom.

Judge Mark Pouley

Judge Mark Pouley was appointed as Chief Judge of the Swinomish Tribal Court in March 2004 and to the Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Court in 2006. In October 2013 he was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Colville Court of Appeals. He also serves as a pro tem judge and appellate justice for the Northwest Intertribal Court System. Judge Pouley has been a pro tem judge for the Lummi Tribal Court and Court of appeals since 1996. In 2012 he began a four year appointed term as a member on the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission. Judge Pouley is a member of the Board of Directors of the National American Indian Court Judges Association and a member of the Northwest Tribal Court Judges Association. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Pouley was in private practice as a partner in the law firm of Cole & Cole in Stanwood, WA. Judge Pouley earned a J.D. degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan and his undergraduate degrees in political science and speech communication from Gonzaga University.

Judge Pouley is a part-time instructor at Everett Community College teaching Tribal Governance.

Judge Tom Tremaine

Tom Tremaine is the Presiding Judge of the Kalispel Tribal Court and also serves as a pro tem judge in the Colville Tribal Court and on the Spokane Tribal Court of Appeals. Prior to his appointment to the court, Tom served for 15 years as the senior attorney in the Spokane office of Northwest Justice Project (NJP) and as part of NJP’s statewide Native American Unit. Tom has represented the interests of children, parents, and tribes in federal and state court and in tribal courts Washington, Idaho and Oregon since 1985. Tom is the President of the Northwest Tribal Court Judges’ Association and serves on the board of directors for the National American Indian Court Judges’ Association.  Tom is also a member of the Washington Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission.

Commissioner Michelle Ressa

Michelle Ressa was appointed to the Spokane County Superior Court bench in May 2007. Before that, she spent a year as the Superior Court Commissioner in Grant County. Commissioner Ressa was born and raised in Spokane and graduated from the University of Washington in 1992 with a degree in Political Science. She graduated, cum laude, in 1996 from Gonzaga University School of Law. Currently Commissioner Ressa is the judicial officer assigned to the Indian Child Welfare Team in Spokane County Juvenile Court. Her dependency caseload consists only of Native American children and their families.

Lisa Brewer

Lisa Brewer is a Spokane attorney with over twenty years’ experience in family law, much of it involving military families. Over the years she has assisted clients facing parental abductions, domestic violence and divorce in international and military contexts.

Capt. Justin Rossi

Captain Justin Rossi is the Chief of Military Justice at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA. He has worked on family law issues with servicemen and servicewomen during numerous overseas deployments. He has also assisted the Afghan government to develop its legal system, including courts and prisons.

Prof. Mark DeForrest

A member of the Washington State Bar, Professor DeForrest was born and raised on a small farm outside of Anacortes, Washington. He graduated from Western Washington University in 1992 with a degree in history. He attended Gonzaga University School of Law as a Thomas More Scholar, and was a member of the Moot Court Council and an associated editor of the Gonzaga Law Review. After graduation from law school, Professor DeForrest sat for the Washington State Bar Exam and then clerked for the judges of the Superior Court of the State of Washington for Chelan County. In the late 1990s he was appointed as a full-time lecturer at Central Washington University’s Department of Law & Justice, where he taught criminal procedure, family law, correctional law and legal research to undergraduate students. In the fall of 2001 Professor DeForrest began teaching legal research & writing at Gonzaga University School of Law, where he is now an associate professor in the legal research & writing program. He has also taught First Amendment, professional responsibility, sentencing & corrections, and jurisprudence at the law school. Professor DeForrest’s interest in international law stems from a childhood where trips to British Columbia, Canada were a regular part of his family’s life.