Ms. Merkel is a 2L at Gonzaga University School of Law. Brooke is a Spokane native and attended Ferris High School. Brooke graduated from the University of Idaho in 2016 earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. She then returned to Spokane and worked for two years before starting Gonzaga University School of Law in 2019. Brooke enjoys spending time outdoors and likes to go kayaking whenever she is able. Brooke is currently a member of the Gonzaga Law Review, mentors first-year law students as a Smitty Teaching Fellow and volunteers with the local Girl Scouts where she has attained the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.