Red Mass Oct. 9 will honor Justice González

September 28, 2012

Seattle University School of Law's 2012 Red Mass will honor Washington Supreme Court Justice Steven González, an advocate for equal justice.

The annual Red Mass hosted by the university in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Seattle honors the contributions of our alumni, the bench, bar, and the legal community who foster a more just and humane world. The Mass is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Chapel of St. Ignatius. A reception honoring Justice Gonzalez will follow at Sullivan Hall.

Steve GonzalezAs a Justice, Superior Court judge, federal prosecutor, local domestic violence prosecutor, and civil lawyer, González has worked to keep the doors of justice open to all Washingtonians. He was appointed to the high court in January and elected in August. He previously served for 10 years as a King County Superior Court judge and as an assistant United States attorney.

He is passionate about providing open access to the justice system for all. He served for seven years on the Washington State Access to Justice Board, including the last two years as its chair. He and Seattle University School of Law Professor Bob Chang co-chaired the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System, which was formed to address racial disparity in Washington's criminal justice system.

Members of the judiciary are invited to process in their robes from the law school to the chapel. Get more information or RSVP.

At last year's Red Mass, the law school announced the formation of the Justice Mary E. Fairhurst Public Interest Law Foundation Grant. Mina Shahin '13 was named the first recipient of the Fairhurst PILF Grant; read more about her summer experience at the Unemployment Law Project on the PILF Journal site. Please visit our secure giving page to make your contribution to this named grant.