Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Sept. 3, 2008

Whitworth to Host Constitution Day Lecture Sept. 17

The Whitworth University 2008 Constitution Day Lecture will feature a lecture by Michele E. Storms, executive director of the William H. Gates Public Service Law Program for the University of Washington Law School. Storms will present "What Does it Take to Guarantee Access to Justice for All?" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4263.

After graduating from the Gonzaga University School of Law, Storms began her legal career in 1988 as a staff attorney at Evergreen Legal Services, where she focused on family law, custody and domestic violence. She served for eight years as a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law, where she founded the Child Advocacy Clinic. At the UWLS Storms taught child advocacy, family law and interviewing and counseling for lawyers. She went on to serve as a statewide advocacy coordinator at both the Northwest Justice Project and Columbia Legal Services, where she coordinated civil legal-aid advocacy in the areas of family law, youth and education, housing, elder law, Native American and right-to-counsel issues. Storms rejoined the UWLS in 2006 as the executive director of the William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholarship program.

In addition to serving on numerous boards and guilds both locally and nationally, Storms served on the Washington State Access to Justice Board for six years; she is currently a Management Information Exchange board member and is the elected secretary of that body. In 1998, Storms was honored by Washington Women Lawyers with a Special Contribution to the Judiciary Award; in 1992, she was named the recipient of the King County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Throughout her career, Storms has provided training and has written on topics including leadership and diversity, and has served as a facilitator for meetings and retreats for non- profit organizations.

Constitution Day is a federally recognized national celebration of the signing of the United States' government's founding document. The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, by the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

Contacts:

Julie Shanholtzer, program assistant, Speakers & Artists Series and psychology department, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4263 or jshanholtzer@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, senior writer for marketing and development, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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