Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 17, 2003

Chief Judge of Washington Court of Appeals to Speak to Whitworth Business Law Class

Acting Chief Judge of the Washington Court of Appeals Kenneth H. Kato will speak to a Whitworth business law class at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Alder Hall room 101. Kato will discuss current issues related to international and business law.

"Judge Kato's experience and insights as a lawyer, former commissioner, ex-superior court judge, and now as acting chief judge on the Court of Appeals, will be invaluable to our students," said Kyle Usrey, dean of Whitworth's School of Global Commerce and Management and instructor for the business law class. "As we try to provide students with opportunities to learn practical aspects of business and law, this experience of getting to know Judge Kato up close and personal will be something that all of us will remember and find rewarding."

Kato was born in Spokane and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School before completing a bachelor's degree in psychology and a law degree at the University of Washington. He returned to Spokane in 1975 and joined the Huppin Ewing law firm, where he was an associate and principal. He was appointed a commissioner of the Washington Court of Appeals, Division III, in 1988 and a Spokane County Superior Court judge in 1996. He was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeals in 1997 and was elected to the position in 1998.

Kato is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Spokane County Bar Association, the Asian Bar Association of Washington and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission and is chairperson of its research subcommittee. Kato was honored as the Asian Bar Association of Washington's 1998 Judge of the Year and was one of the recipients of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Trailblazer Award in 2000.

Whitworth launched the School of Global Commerce and Management to reinforce the college's commitment to equipping students with cross-cultural skills, character, and tools for managing change and collaboration to serve an increasingly global marketplace. Under the leadership of Dean Kyle Usrey, an attorney with extensive international experience in academia and business, the school is positioning itself as a leading economic and educational resource for a region increasingly dependent on international trade. Graduates from the school's Department of Economics and Business, and from the Organizational Management and Master of International Management programs, are in high demand. In addition, a new program in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies, funded by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, is creating exciting partnerships between Whitworth and the regional business community.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Kyle Usrey, dean of the school of global commerce and management, (509) 777-4585 or kusrey@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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