Professor Cheryl A. Beckett has been on the faculty of Gonzaga Law School since 1991, where she has taught legal research and writing, private and public sector labor law, employment law, employment discrimination, as well as comparative labor and employment law in the school’s summer abroad program in Florence, Italy. She has been the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program since 1992 and has also served as Director of the Summer Florence Program in past years.
Before joining the Gonzaga faculty, she practiced labor and employment law for ten years in various positions in Washington and Alaska, including in-house union counsel, private practice, and trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. Professor Beckett currently serves as a Chair of the City of Spokane Civil Service Commission, and continues to serve as arbitrator and mediator on both public and private labor issues.
She has presented at various seminars, workshops, and conferences on both labor and employment issues, as well as on legal writing topics.
In recent years, Professor Beckett has also spent time in Rwanda, where she was a member of a rule of law delegation of lawyers in 2011. As a result of that trip, Professor Beckett then worked closely with the Ministry of Justice in 2013 to develop a first-of-its-kind, one-week continuing legal education program on contract drafting. That program involved eight U.S. lawyers, who traveled to Rwanda at their own expense, presenting material in plenary sessions and working individually with 38 Rwandan attorneys from both the public and private sectors.