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First Monday - November 4, 2013

In this Issue:

Faculty Book Publications

The College of Law is proud of the outstanding scholarship produced by our faculty. Three members of the faculty have book publications out this fall.

Mastering American Indian Law

Angelique EagleWomanAssociate Professor Angelique Townsend EagleWoman published Mastering American Indian Law, which she co-authored with University of Arkansas School of Law Professor Stacy L. Leeds. This book provides readers with a comprehensive overview of the field generally covering both Tribal Law and U.S. Federal Indian law. The text frames the important eras of U.S. Indian policy in its introductory chapter, covering historical through contemporary developments in American Indian Law. This book supplements classroom instruction by covering Tribal Law, Federal Indian Law and Tribal-State relations. It also includes full discussions on topics such as American Indian Property Law; Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country; Tribal Government, Civil Jurisdiction and Regulation; Tribal-State Relations; and Sacred Sites and Cultural Property Protection. Mastering American Indian Law serves as a useful supplement in the classroom.

Angelique EagleWoman is an associate professor of law and a James E. Rogers Fellow. Professor EagleWoman brings a diverse background that includes tribal economic development, legal code development, litigation, criminal law and scholarly interest in international Indigenous Law. She joined the University of Idaho faculty in 2008. Professor EagleWoman received her LL.M. in American Indian and Indigenous Studies from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She teaches in the areas of Native American Law, Native American Natural Resources Law, Tribal Economics & Law, and Civil Procedure.

The Fundamentals of Federal Taxation, Problems and Materials, Third Edition

John MillerProfessor John A. "Jack" Miller has published The Fundamentals of Federal Taxation, Problems and Materials, Third Edition, co-authored with Jeffrey Maine from the University of Maine School of Law. This text features a balanced approach to tax planning and tax policy. The first half provides students an understanding of the overall structure of the federal income tax. Two major review problems assist students in integrating their new knowledge. The book also covers various taxation topics, including real estate taxation, intellectual property taxation, family taxation, tax consequences of litigation, and deferred compensation, with an emphasis on tax planning. The book is structured for easy accessibility, and each chapter can be covered in one, or occasionally two, class sessions. This current edition incorporates the changes that arose from the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 or “'fiscal cliff'” legislation. Every August, the authors prepare an annual supplement.

Professor Miller is the Weldon Schimke Distinguished Professor of Law and is an accomplished tax scholar who has authored more than a dozen law review articles. He holds law degrees from the University of Kentucky and the University of Florida. He has taught at six law schools including the College of William & Mary, the University of Florida, and the University of Western Australia. Professor Miller served as dean of the College of Law from 1995 to 2002.

Administrative Law: A Context and Practice Casebook

Richard SeamonProfessor Richard Henry Seamon published Administrative Law: A Context and Practice Casebook. This book is part of the Context and Practice Series, edited by Michael Hunter Schwartz, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Development, Washburn University School of Law. Administrative Law: A Context and Practice Casebook helps students learn how to think and act like administrative lawyers. The book reflects that most law school graduates do not become appellate judges. Instead, they have actual clients with matters before administrative agencies or who are administrative agencies themselves on whose behalf the graduates must identify the relevant law, learn the applicable agency procedures, and build a favorable record. The book introduces the components of administrative law and shows students how to acquaint themselves with an unfamiliar agency, how to analyze and research various types of agency actions, e.g., agency rulemaking and adjudication, and how to obtain a review of agency actions at the administrative and judicial levels. The text uses problems to provide a practitioner-focused approach to administrative law. It includes learning tools, such as checklists and graphics, and provides excerpts of the major judicial opinions that make up the administrative-law canon.

Richard Seamon joined the University of Idaho in 2004, having previously taught at the University of South Carolina School of Law and Washington and Lee Law School. He currently teaches Administrative Law and Constitutional Law and serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. In the past, he has taught courses on civil procedure, criminal procedure, federal courts, and U.S. Supreme Court practice. He also served as the Associate Dean for Administration and Students from 2006-2009.

Several College of Law Faculty and Alums Selected as Idaho Leaders in the Law

College of Law faculty and alumni will be honored as Leaders in Law by the Idaho Business Review at an event on November 14th at the College of Law Boise campus. The College of Law is the lead sponsor of the inaugural event by the Idaho Business Review established to recognize an individual in the Idaho legal community whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Idaho. This year among the 21 individuals who will be honored are five from our College of Law family.

Donald Burnett PhotoInterim President Donald Burnett will receive the lifetime achievement award which recognizes a lawyer who has represented the legal profession by exemplifying performance, leadership, integrity, and mentoring throughout his or her career while bettering the legal profession overall. Don Burnett had an impressive career as a practicing lawyer; member of the Idaho Court of Appeals; reserve officer in the Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps; dean of two law schools, University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law and the University of Idaho College of Law; and most recently as the Interim Dean of the University of Idaho.

Michael SatzInterim Dean and Associate Professor of Law Michael Satz will receive the outstanding educator award which honors professionals who teach the practice of law and who provide a model of professionalism that prepares students for success in the practice of law, business, public service, teaching and more, and whose performance and dedication is considered exemplary by their students and peers. Mike Satz joined the University of Idaho College of Law in 2006 and teaches consumer law, critical legal studies, contracts and property securities. He became the Interim Dean of the College of Law in May 2013.

Richard SeamonProfessor Richard Seamon will also receive the outstanding educator award. Rich Seamon joined the College of Law in 2004, having previously taught at the University of South Carolina School of Law and Washington and Lee Law School. He teaches administrative law and constitutional law, and serves as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. He has been selected by the graduating law class on multiple occasions for the Peter Heiser Award for Teaching Excellence, an award that recognizes outstanding dedication to students.

Kinzo H. Mahara ’08 will receive the firm associate award that honors associate attorneys whose legal contributions lead to the success of their client; service to the legal profession and improvement of the legal system through practice innovation, legal scholarship, advancing diversity within the profession; participation in professional associations; mentoring or serving as a role model; and volunteer and/or pro bono activities. Mr. Mahara is an associate attorney at Howard Funke & Associates, P.C. in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Richard W. Mollerup ’93 will receive the firm partner award which, similar to the firm associate award, honors attorneys at the partner level for their professional achievement and whose legal contributions lead to the success of their client; service to the legal profession and improvement of the legal system through practice innovation, legal scholarship, advancing diversity within the profession; participation in professional associations; mentoring or serving as a role model; and volunteer and/or pro bono activities. Mr. Mollerup is a partner with the Boise firm of Meuleman Mollerup, LLP.

For more information on Leaders in Law or to register to attend the event go to: Leaders in the Law

College of Law Holds Native American Pipeline Recruitment Event

Tuesday, October 15th, Native Americans interested in the law participated in a day-long event at the University of Idaho College of Law. The Native Law Recruitment Event included a full agenda with Professor Angelique EagleWoman delivering a mock law class on the basic legal principles of Tribal land ownership. Admissions Director Carole Wells presented information on the law school application process and financing a legal education. Interim Dean of the College of Law Michael Satz followed with remarks on the importance of graduate education and the value of a law degree from the University of Idaho.

The panel and Dean Satz and Prpfessor Eaglewoman Townsend during the Native American Pipeline Recruitment eventThe day included a panel of four current law students—Adam Harper (3L); Neomi Gilmore (Navajo Nation)(3L); Ashley Ray (Muscogee Creek Nation)(3L), and Rhylee Marchand (Colville Tribes)(2L)—who discussed their experiences and offered encouraging words about entering law school. There was a tour of the law school followed by a luncheon where faculty members interacted with the participants, who included high school and college students, and people interested in pursuing second careers.

The final panel included law school alumni who work in Indian Country: Dylan Hedden-Nicely, Julie Kane, Helo Hancock, and Gloria Ochoa.

The program evaluations showed that the students gave the presentations high marks. Overall, it was a very successful event.

This event is partially funded by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe 2013 Education Donation to the Native Law Program and by LSAC Discover Law funding.

Love the Law!

Who doesn’t love the law? For many Idaho high school students, especially those from underrepresented populations, careers in the legal profession seem far out of reach. With the two-year old Love the Law! pipeline program, the Idaho State Bar Diversity Section is lifting the veil on the legal profession through events, classes, videoconferencing and discussions.

Love the Law! has a mission: to develop and maintain a pipeline program that exposes Idaho high school, college, and university students from diverse, minority, and low-income backgrounds and underrepresented populations to the legal profession and encourage those students to consider pursuing a career in law.

Love the Law! seeks to expand student knowledge about legal careers and pathways to the profession and to provide social support and professional role models. Through these efforts, Love the Law! will promote diversity, equality, and cultural understanding throughout the Idaho State Bar to better serve the State’s diverse citizenry.

Last month, on Monday, October, 7, three Love the Law! students attended the Bellwood Lecture Series luncheon and sat with noted civil rights advocate Morris Dees and Interim Dean Michael Satz.

Two of the students also met with Associate Law Librarian Michael Greenlee for the evening Bellwood lecture in Boise and had the opportunity to speak with other members of the Boise Law Program faculty, including professors Wendy Couture, Stephen Miller, and Barbara Lock. It is no surprise that students who attend Love the Law! events show an increased interest in seeking careers in the law.

Here is the Fall 2013 event outline for Love the Law! Wednesday, October 23, Kootenai County Law & Motion Day; Monday, November 4, Latah County Law & Motion Day; November 5, Ada County Law & Motion Day; Thursday, November 7, Lewis County Law & Motion Day. Seventy students have already committed to attending the Ada County Law & Motion Day, according to Jana Gomez, chair of the Love the Law! Committee and UI 2004 College of Law graduate.

At the Moscow Bellwood Lecture Series, attorney and retired professor Linda Pall accompanied UI CAMP students to a luncheon with Mr. Dees, where they met with Tony Stewart (retired professor from North Idaho College) and Marshall Mend (a CDA realtor), both of who were part of the original Kootenai County Task Force for Human Rights.

For more information on Love the Law! contact, Jana Gomez at 208-287-7700.