Gonzaga Law Review has been blessed with the support of three extraordinary families: the Messinas, the Orlands, and the Roberts.

Their generosity has made it possible for Gonzaga Law Review to secure its own space within the new law school building, housing both the Law Review Editorial Board and the Production Manager’s offices. Their support has also provided ample areas for the members of Law Review to work on upcoming publications. None of this would have been possible without their tremendous support. We encourage you to read the short biographies below to learn more about these extraordinary people.

Dean Lewis Orland and Family

Dean Lewis Orland has served the law in theory and practice for more than sixty years.

    • He is an extraordinarily talented lawyer, scholar and teacher of the law, upholding the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, exemplified in his distinguised personal and professional life.
    • He was born in Moscow, Idaho in 1915.
    • His father ran a hardware store and his grandfather was one of the few practicing lawyers in town.
    • He was a graduate from University of Idaho in 1937, Phi Beta Kappa, before going on to study law.
    • After receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School, he was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1940.
    • In 1950, he was admitted to the Washington State Bar; and in 1967, he received his LL.D. from Gonzaga University.
    • As a distinguished professor he saw his students become officers of the courts throughout the nation.
    • Since 1950, he served as Professor, Dean (1968-1973) and Associate Dean at Gonzaga Law. As Dean, he helped guide the University’s School of Law to levels of academic distinction.
    • Dean Orland also served on numerous law-related committees, including 35 years on the Supreme Court’s Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee and more than 25 years on the WSBA Court Rules and Procedures Committee.
    • He is the author or co-author of Washington Trial Practice, First through the Fifth Editions; Washington Procedural Forms, First Edition; and Washington Rules Practice, First through the Fifth Editions.

Norm Roberts and Family

Norman L. Roberts grew up in Auburn, Washington.

    • Norm Roberts often expressed a sense of pride on being a Gonzaga University graduate. Important to him is the Gonzaga education he received in ethics and natural law subjects, which served him well throughout his professional career.
    • After graduating in 1959 from Gonzaga University School of Law, he married Rita Rushton, also a Gonzaga student.
    • Once admitted to practice law in the state of Washington, he applied for and was awarded a commission in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. For the next nine years, Norm served in a variety of positions including being named as Chief Legal Counsel for U.S. Army Procurement in Europe and the Middle East.
    • He was subsequently appointed as one of three Administrative Law Judges for the U.S. Army Europe Board of Contract Appeals, which exercised jurisdiction for all disputes arising from U.S. Army contracts in Europe and the Middle East.
    • In 1968, Norm left the U.S. Army to join Litton Industries, a multi-national Fortune 500 Company, where he rose to become Senior Vice President and General Counsel. He later held the same positions with Western Atlas and UNOVA, Inc., both spin-offs from Litton. He retired in February 2000.
    • In 1999, he was the recipient of the Los Angeles Bar Association, Corporate Law Department Section’s, Outstanding Corporate Counsel of the Year award. Norm is currently a member of the Gonzaga Board of Regents.

John Messina and Family

John Messina was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1939.

    • He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Puget Sound in 1961, and graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1969, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Gonzaga Law Review (1968-1969).
    • While working on the law review, he explored his passion for writing, which evolved into a lifetime commitment of support of Gonzaga’s law review.
    • Gonzaga Law’s public service component helped set the stage for John’s legal career of advocating for those whose lives have been affected by the negligence or misconduct of others.
    • His many writings focused on personal injury litigation, highway design liability and consumer product safety.
    • He was recognized in 1979 as Washington State Trial Lawyer of the Year; a tribute to his many contributions in the field of civil trial advocacy.