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Then and Now: The Community Building

The transformation from a nondescript 1908 retail building on West Main Avenue to a state-of-the-art center based on lifestyle and social justice started in 1999 when attorney Jim Sheehan purchased the Community Building.

Shawn Vestal: Eichstaedt steps down, but leaves a legacy of civic improvements

Try and picture the legal and political landscape of Spokane without the Center for Justice. On issue after issue, it is almost impossible to imagine the same results without the involvement of the center, its clients and the man who’s led it for the past six years, Rick Eichstaedt. Whether or not you share the center’s progressive vision, you can’t dispute that it’s been woven durably into the city’s civic life.

Attorney Rick Eichstaedt to step down as Center for Justice director this month

Eichstaedt, 45, has led the nonprofit legal team since 2012. He created a legal defense for the Spokane River in his 13 years with the Center for Justice, and also took several local cases involving reforms at Spokane City Hall and opposing a ballot measure regarding local policing of immigration laws.

Racist flyers posted in downtown Spokane

Posters from a prominent white nationalist group with a history of posting material in the Spokane area were recently discovered and removed from a downtown intersection.

Center for Justice holds clinic to help people remove criminal convictions

Justin Petrilli signed a guilty plea for a misdemeanor assault in 2015 because he didn’t want to leave his disabled wife alone at home while he spent time in jail. He maintains he never assaulted anyone and said his public defender discouraged him from going to trial even though he had a witness who was with him at the time of the alleged assault.

Controversial immigration initiative could be headed to the ballot in Spokane

Spokane voters may see a controversial immigration initiative on ballots in November 2017, but not before a promised challenge in the courts. On Monday, the Spokane City Council reversed course and put the “sanctuary city” initiative on the next municipal ballot after receiving an opinion from the city attorney’s office that council members say gave them little choice.

No police chief search in works; Dobrow named as interim

City leaders have no plans to begin a search for a permanent police chief after the Tuesday ouster of Frank Straub, a move police reform advocates say is a mistake. Assistant Chief Rick Dobrow, a 21-year veteran of the Spokane Police Department, was appointed interim chief Tuesday. Though he doesn’t meet the minimum qualifications for the chief job, city officials say he’s well-positioned to rebuild trust with officers after Straub’s divisive management.