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Mark DeForrest
Worked at Gonzaga University School of Law
Attended Gonzaga University School of Law
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A winter view of the Spokane County Courthouse in Spokane, Washington. One of the most majestic courthouses in the Evergreen State. 
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I had a wonderful time leading a session on jurisprudence as part of the incoming 1L student orientation at Gonzaga Law School this afternoon. The students were sharp, had some great comments on the topic, and were eager to jump into their legal studies. I am looking forward to the coming academic year!
Expect Excellence. Gonzaga University School of Law is a private, professional, Jesuit law school in Spokane, WA.
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Legal research and writing professor, legal practice consultant, attorney
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Legal research, analysis and advocacy; motion and appellate drafting; transactional drafting; judicial opinion writing; professional responsibility/ethics
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  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    Legal Reserch & Writing Professor, 2001 - 2016
  • Central Washington University
    Instructor in the Dept. of Law & Justice, 1999 - 2001
  • Chelan County Superior Court
    Judicial Clerk, 1998 - 1999
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Happy resident of the Inland Northwest, lawyer & Gonzaga legal writing professor focused on excellence in client representation.  I have worked as a law clerk, attorney, and legal research & writing professor since graduating from law school in 1997. 

I develop effective, efficient and comprehensive solutions in contemporary legal practice. In my work with law firms, I provide research and strategy consulting services that empower lawyers to optimize results for their clients. In my work with students, I provide individualized feedback and group instruction designed to provide the tools necessary for them to develop skills as autonomous legal researchers, analysts and advocates. 

My scholarship addresses topics in criminal law, religion & the First Amendment, teaching persuasive legal rhetoric, and the use of legislative history in constitutional & statutory construction. My articles have been published by the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Gonzaga Law Review, the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, the Dayton Law Review, the Regent Law Review, the Tulsa Law Review, the Utah Law Review, and the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. 

My work describing and analyizing state Blaine Amendments has been cited by the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Florida Court of Appeals. I have been interviewed on school vouchers by the New York Times and the Seattle Times. I have also been interviewed on legal topics by the local ABC news affiliate. 

I am an active member of the Washington State Bar Association. I am available to consult on cases and provide research and writing assistance for law firms on a contract basis. In my work with law firms, I am committed to providing quality, cost-effective advice and research to help legal practioners find practical solutions for their clients.
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Education
  • Gonzaga University School of Law
    Law, J.D. degree, 1994 - 1997
  • Western Washington University
    History, B.A. degree, 1990 - 1992