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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 - October 7, 2013

In this Issue:

Economic Development Clinic Award

Students and faculty from the Economic Development Clinic inspecting property.Professor Stephen R. Miller and the Economic Development Clinic at the University of Idaho College of Law received notice that their 2012 report, Area of City Impact Agreements in Idaho, has been awarded the American Planning Association, Idaho Chapter’s 2013 “Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice.”

According to APA Idaho, “[t]his award honors a specific planning tool, practice, program, or process. Eligible projects should have transferability and may include regulation, codes, design guidelines, growth management guidelines, public/private partnerships, [or] applications of technology. . . .” The award is given to just one project each year.

» Read more about the Economic Development Clinic award

College of Law Dean Search

A tile mosaic of the University of Idaho seal.The search advisory committee is recruiting and accepting applications for College of Law Dean.

» Find out more about College of Law Dean Search

"With Justice for All in a Changing America" Bellwood Lecture

Sherman J. Bellwood Lectures logo over U.S. flagMorris Dees will present "With Justice for All in a Changing America" at the Bellwood Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom at the University of Idaho, Moscow Idaho. A live broadcast is available for those unable to attend.

» Read more about Morris Dees and the Bellwood Lecture

Distinguished Members of the Idaho Supreme Court and 9th Circuit Visit the College of Law

On Friday, September 13, 2013, the Idaho Supreme Court visited the College of Law, and on Tuesday, October 1, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held a special appellate panel in the College of Law courtroom.

The Idaho Supreme court heard Dennis Lyle Akers v. D.L. White Construction and Dennis Lyle Akers v. Marti Mortensen. The court and members of the faculty enjoyed dinner together the evening before the hearings.

The appellate panel from the 9th Circuit included Circuit Judges Sidney R. Thomas of Billings, Montana; N. Randy Smith of Pocatello; and Senior Circuit Judge Mary M. Schroeder of Phoenix and heard appeals of decisions by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. The following three cases were on the docket: Dixon v. City of Coeur d’Alene, Wood v. Yordy, and Wood v. Beauclair.

The 9th Circuit hears appeals of cases decided by executive branch agencies and federal trial courts in nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions. The court normally meets monthly in Seattle, San Francisco and Pasadena, Calif.; every other month in Portland, Oregon; three times per year in Honolulu, Hawaii; and twice a year in Anchorage, Alaska.

The courtrooms were full for both visits with students and members of the public attending. The Supreme Court Justices and Judges from the 9th Circuit were available to meet with students and answer questions. The College of Law is unique in this opportunity to have these higher courts on campus and offer this experience to our students.

Sex, Drugs, Guns, and Spies

graphic text with the words Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. We observe this on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.

In celebration of this year’s Constitution Day, the College of Law celebrated Constitution Day with the panel “Sex, Drugs, Guns and Spies.” Professors Richard Seamon, Shaakirrah Sanders, and Michael Park were speakers and organizers. Political science faculty member Don Crowley also participated.

The panel discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay marriage, the federal government’s decision to allow Colorado and Washington to permit recreational marijuana use, the constitutionality of firearm restrictions, and whether the Constitution permits whistleblowers to leak information about possible government misconduct in the course of surveillance.

There was a 90-minute program that included brief presentations by the professors and an audience Q&A. A reception followed, and both events were open to the public. Students from across the University attended.

Class of 1963 Reunion

The College of Law Class of 1963 reunion participantsMembers of the Class of 1963, accompanied by their spouses, were in Moscow on September 20–21 for their 50 year class reunion. In attendance were Mike and Katie McNichols of Lewiston; Hon. Jesse and Harriet Walters of Boise; Tony Park and Gail Chaloupka of Boise; Charles and Betty Wendtland of Sheridan, Wyoming; and Richard DeJean from Sumner, Washington.

The group enjoyed dinner together on Friday evening and were joined by Interim President Don Burnett, Interim Dean Mike Satz, and Director of Development Terri Muse.

On Saturday they took a tour of their old law school location, the current Administration Building, hosted by Interim Provost Kathy Aiken. They moved over to the “new” law school, the Menard Building, for a tour hosted by the Director of the Law Library, John Hasko.

2013 Reunions

Upcoming reunions for 2013 include the Class of 1973 in Moscow on October 4–5 and the Class of 1988 in Boise on October 12. For more information or to register for the Class of 1988 event, contact Eric White at or (208) 364-4560.