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Seattle University School of Law


Red Mass honors the legal profession and judiciary

If you were on campus late in the afternoon on October 7, you witnessed judges running with their black robes slung over their shoulders, heading to Sullivan Hall to join the procession for Red Mass. As it happened, the state judicial conference was also that Wednesday so many members of the judiciary had driven back to Seattle from the Peninsula to attend Red Mass at Seattle University.


Red Mass is a traditional annual blessing of the compelling work lawyers are called to do in society. This tradition proudly honors the contributions of our alumni, the bench, bar, legislators, law students and other members of the legal and legislative communities. The Most Reverend Alexander J. Brunett, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle, concelebrated with Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.; Father Peter Ely, Vice President of Mission and Ministry; and Father Frank Case, the Jesuit Assistant to the School of Law.


President Sundborg and Annette Clark ’89, interim dean, welcomed nearly 250 judges, attorneys, law students, and members of the greater legal community and university community to St. Ignatius Chapel on the Seattle University campus.


The Mass was followed by a special ceremony and reception in Sullivan Hall featuring Robert Lasnik, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington. Judge Lasnik was introduced by Professor from Practice John McKay, and he spoke with fondness in remembering his friend and mentor, colleague and role model, the late Norm Maleng. Judge Lasnik also spoke pointedly about the importance of standing up for what is right, what is just, and reminded those gathered of the importance to serve with this duty in mind.


Prosecutor Maleng's legacy was honored with a portrait of St. Thomas More, given to the School of Law by the firm McKay Chadwell PLLC. Founding partners Mike McKay and Bob Chadwell both shared personal remembrances of Norm Maleng before Judy Maleng, his widow, and Mark, their son, unveiled the print.


Dean Clark offered her appreciation and thanks to everyone present for their support of the School of Law’s students and mission.


We hope you will join us for Red Mass Celebration 2010.

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