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Mark DeForrest
Works at Gonzaga University School of Law
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Some good advice -- one point worth stressing is that to become a good writer it is important to read good writing. Unfortunately, much of what lawyers read on a regular basis is not well written. 
By and large, lawyers fall into two camps: those who loathe admitting that their writing needs help and, worse, those who do not even realize it. Set aside your ego. It’s time for some introspection and, hopefully, action.
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I had a blast today serving as a judge on a moot court panel for the final round of the Clarke Cup Competition at Gonzaga Law School. The student teams did a magnificent job arguing their cases and it was fun working with my co-judges on the final round: Amy Kelley, Heidi Holland, Kim Pearson & Pat Fanin. Great work by the competition organizers and the Gonzaga Moot Court Council on the Clarke Cup Competition as a whole. 
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Happy birthday President Lincoln!
 
On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Although Illinois is "the land of Lincoln," he was actually born in Kentucky: http://go.usa.gov/tKDF
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Some reading for Lincoln's Birthday, traditionally celebrated on February 12. 
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A brief review of the life and work of the Roman stoic Seneca, one of the great Latin writers of the Silver Age of Roman letters.
Seneca was venerated as a moral thinker; he was also one of Nero’s closest advisers. Credit Photograph from AISA / Everett
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Elena Kagan's early scholarship is increasingly relevant now that she's a Supreme Court justice. 
As a law professor, Justice Elena Kagan wrote an article about the First Amendment that has become a touchstone in recent cases.
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One of the most insightful historians of the founding period on the one man who more than any was responsible both for the success of the Revolution and the creation of our current constitutional & political order.
 
George Washington was the Indispensable Man of the epoch. By sheer force of character he created the Continental Army and held it together under adverse circumstances. (essay by Forrest McDonald) http://ow.ly/GFjHp
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I'm looking forward to the upcoming conference on international family law hosted by the Gonzaga Journal of International Law.  Great topics by great speakers, plus it is geared towards practical information that attorneys who practice family law can actually use. Great thinking by the students on the journal who thought up the idea for this conference. Just another example of the good work being done by the students at Gonzaga Law School. 
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Some good advice for those of us fortunate enough to be able to work from home.
 
Working from home today? These tips will help you stay #productive from home http://blck.by/1AjaDmy
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More thoughts from the late Russell Kirk on Abraham Lincoln, something to ponder on this holiday celebrating the birth of our nation's second greatest president.
 
“From a disaster greater still, we were saved by the presidential dignity of Lincoln, from whom few had expected any dignity at all.” (essay by Russell Kirik) http://ow.ly/IUNCz
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It was a quiet afternoon in the library at Gonzaga Law School today.
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Reflections on the work of a Christian law teacher.
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Associate Professor of Legal Research & Writing
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Licensed attorney in Washington State, legal research & writing
Employment
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    Associate Professor of Law / Legal Research & Writing, 2010 - present
    Teach legal process, analysis, research methodology and persuasive advocacy to first and second year law students.
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    Assistant Professor of Law / Legal Research & Writing, 2004 - 2010
    Taught legal process, analysis, research methodology and persuasive advocacy to first and second year law students.
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    Legal Research & Writing Instructor, 2001 - 2004
    Taught legal process, analysis, research methodology and persuasive advocacy to first and second year law students.
  • Central Washington University
    Instructor, 1999 - 2001
    Taught undergraduate courses as a full-time, non-tenure track professor in the Department of Law & Justice. Courses taught included prisons & corrections, arrest & evidence, criminal law, legal research and family law.
  • Chelan County Superior Court
    Law Clerk, 1998 - 1999
    Judical law clerk for the three judges and one court commissioner in the Chelan County, Washington Superior Court. Duties included preparing research and analysis for the full range of cases on the civil and criminal docket, including major civil litigation, felony criminal cases (including homicide cases) and appeals from district court. Also served as a bailiff for the court in trial cases.
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"My thoughts do not aim for your assent - just place them alongside your own reflections for a while" -- Robert Nozick (1938-2002).
Introduction
Legal writing teacher | Tech & Tolkien fan | Opinions expressed here are entirely my own | +1s and sharing posts do not = endorsement.
Education
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    Law, 1994 - 1997
    Earned a Juris Doctor degree and was a Thomas More Scholar and George Washington Fellow while in law school.
  • Western Washington University
    History, 1990 - 1992
    Earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, with a minor in political science.
  • Skagit Valley College
    Political Science, 1988 - 1990
    Earned an Associate of Arts degree for university transfer with a concentration in political science.
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A very nice hotel with helpful and outgoing staff. The accommodations were quite nice, with clean and comfortable rooms and a very good on-site restaurant (we ate breakfast there twice and were quite impressed). The roof-top seating area has great views of Lawrence, Kansas. The staff went out of their way to be of assistance and did a great job making us feel welcome and comfortable. Next time we are in Lawrence, we will definitely be staying at The Oread Hotel.
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