17
autumn
2013
arches
A
quasquicentennial
look at territorial justice
On September 19 the Washington State Supreme Court came to
the campus and heard, in open sessions, appeals to three criminal
convictions. These were actual cases, with defendants present and
lawyers making the arguments. This “traveling court” is part of the
court’s policy of providing local access so the public can observe
the legal process at work.
It’s been 125 years since the college was founded, and 124
years sinceWashington became a state. As the Supreme Court’s visit
approached,
Professor Lisa Johnson
wondered about the court
of a century and a quarter ago. Who were the justices back then,
and how did their court differ from our modern court? What she
found is that social equity has come a long way, but some political
issues seem perpetual.