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College of Law

Administration Office: 208-885-2255
Dean’s Office: 208-885-4977
fax: 208-885-5709
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321


phone: 208-364-4074
fax: 208-334-2176
322 E. Front St., Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

First Monday - July 1, 2013

In thie Issue:

Message from Interim Law Dean Michael Satz

Michael SatzI am excited to start my term as Interim Dean and I look forward to working with our outstanding faculty, staff, students, and with our tremendous alumni at the College of Law as we move the college in exciting new directions.  While my name may be new to some of you, I have been a member of the faculty at the College since 2006 teaching critical legal studies and various commercial law subjects.  Additionally, this past year I served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

The College is in a time of great transition that also provides great opportunities to continue the work at the College of Law led so successfully by Dean Don Burnett during his tenure as dean to deliver legal education statewide and to strengthen and support the work of our faculty and staff in Moscow and Boise. There is much work to be done in steering the College towards a bright future. My goals include assessing our curriculum to make sure students receive the training necessary to become successful members of the legal community, enhancing the College of Law’s presence in the Treasure Valley, and ensuring that our graduates are meeting the legal needs of Idaho and its citizens – needs that are evidenced by the Legal Needs Assessment commissioned by the College of Law and described in more detail below.

I am very much looking forward to meeting with our wonderful alumni, donors, and friends during my time as interim dean.  Watch your mail and email for “Meet Dean Satz” events in your communities over the coming months.

- Mike Satz

Sunil Ramalingam joins College of Law Faculty as Externship and Pro Bono Program Coordinator

SunilSunil Ramalingam will join the faculty this fall as an assistant professor overseeing the externship and pro bono programs. 

Prior to joining the college’s faculty he was the university’s Contract Review Officer in the Office of Research and Economic Development where he negotiated grants and contracts for research at the university and also worked on export control issues.

Mr. Ramalingam earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Idaho in 1997. For several years he was a solo practitioner in Moscow specializing in criminal defense and was one of Latah County’s public defenders. His professional experience also includes three years as a deputy prosecutor for Nez Perce County and five years as an associate in a small Lewiston law firm.

Prior to moving to Idaho, Mr. Ramalingam lived in Malaysia, India, and California, where he completed bachelor degrees at the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento. Before and during his law school years he was a smokejumper for the BLM based out of Boise. He lives in Moscow with his wife and two children.

College of Law Alumni honored by the Idaho State Bar

At the upcoming Idaho State Bar Annual Meeting July 17-19 in Coeur d’Alene, 13 University of Idaho College of Law alumni will be recognized with prestigious honors from the Idaho State Bar including Distinguished Lawyer of the Year, Idaho State Bar/Idaho Law Foundation Service Award, and recognition for 60 and 50 years of Admission to the Idaho Bar.  In addition, all three of the “Lessons from the Masters” presenters this year are also College of Law graduates:  Bob Alexander, Mike McMichols, and Craig Meadows. 

The College of Law salutes the accomplishments, professionalism, and commitment to service to the legal profession given by these individuals.   We are proud that they are a part of our College of Law community.

Distinguished Lawyer 2013

  • Dwight Baker ‘71
  • Walt Bithell ‘68

ISB/ILF Service Awards

  • Ernest Hoidal ‘74
  • Thomas Vasseur ‘71
  • Jonathan Volyn ‘01

60 and 50 Years of Admission to the Idaho Bar

  • Thomas Mitchell ‘53
  • William Roden ‘53
  • Archibald Service ‘53
  • James Bennett ‘62
  • Craig Marcus ‘63
  • Michael McMichols ‘63
  • W. Anthony Park ‘63
  • Hon. Jesse Walters ‘63

Further information about the Idaho State Bar Annual Meeting