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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

January 6, 2014 - First Monday

In this Issue:

College of Law Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Makes Front Page of Idaho Statesman

Barbara LockThe College of Law Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, directed by Barbara Lock, was profiled in a front page story in the Idaho Statesman on November 29, 2013. The article featured stories about some of the clients helped by the clinic, students, and Professor Lock. The clinic provides help to taxpayers who find themselves in a difficult situation with the IRS but without the money to hire a lawyer. One client featured in the article was a woman whose husband had abandoned the family. The client filed her taxes as head of household claiming the earned income tax credit. She was unaware that her husband had also filed as head of household. The clinic helped her successfully claim the exemption. Read the full Idaho Statesman article Tax clinic a godsend when IRS is calling.

Students in the Tax Clinic represent low-income taxpayers from Idaho, Washington, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada with the Internal Revenue Service in a wide range of controversies, ranging from initial notices and problems receiving refunds, appeals, Tax Court litigation, and offers in compromise. This clinic is funded by a matching grant from the IRS and has been in operation at the College of Law for eight years. For more information about the clinic, contact Barbara Lock, Director Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, at

College of Law Receives Alumni Major Gifts from Law Advisory Council Members in 2013

Donald Burnett PhotoSpecial thanks go out to the College of Law Advisory Council (LAC) current and emeritus members for their support in 2013. Not only do these alumni and friends give of their time and talent, but many also made significant gifts to the College of Law in 2013. The LAC collectively contributed to establish the Donald L. Burnett, Jr. Law Scholarship Endowment. This fund will provide scholarships for the College of Law to recruit the best and brightest students to our law school. The LAC created this scholarship fund to honor the service and commitment made by Don Burnett during his tenure as dean of the College of Law.

We also received major gifts to the College of Law at year’s end by members of the LAC. Ed Ahrens ‘71 and Ed’s firm Ahrens DeAngeli Law Group made a $125,000 gift to support the College of Law program in Boise. This gift will help us move our program forward in the Treasure Valley and to complete work on the Idaho Law Learning Center tenant specific renovation. This gift will help us as we move closer to our anticipated occupancy of the building in fall 2015.

Tore Beal ’93 and Mike Gwartney ’63 (Business) made a $50,000 gift to benefit the College of Business and Economics and the College of Law. The gift to the College of Law will also support our program in Boise. We thank Tore for her service as the chair of the Law Advisory Council for the past two years and for her support to the College of Law in so many ways.

We thank all of our current and emeritus members of the Law Advisory Council for their advocacy, advice, and support.

University of Idaho Prepares to Celebrate the 125th

181 PromoIn 2014, the University of Idaho will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its founding. Since 1889 when our land-grant university was established as Idaho’s flagship educational and research institution, the University of Idaho has continued to bring insight and innovation to the citizens of the state, the nation, and the world.

Celebration events will be held throughout the year in Moscow, Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Idaho Falls. Be sure to save the dates for these exciting events and watch for an invitation in the mail to your regional event:


January 22, 2014
There will be a celebration of the University of Idaho’s rich history at the Grove Hotel in Boise on January 22, 2014. Request the University of Idaho hotel block at the Grove Hotel: (888) 961-5000.


January 30, 2014
125th University Anniversary Day!
On January 30, 1889, the University of Idaho was established as a university. Please join us for a birthday celebration in Moscow with live streams and social gatherings across the state to UI Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls centers.

Coeur d'Alene

July 24, 2014
125th anniversary celebration–social and dinner cruise.

Idaho Falls

September 24, 2014
125th anniversary celebration reception.

Find out more at 125th Anniversary

Students Honored With 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence

Every year, the Alumni Award for Excellence is presented to approximately 40 undergraduate senior level students and an additional 15 graduate and law students who have achieved outstanding academic success and have demonstrated career and professional preparation—campus and community leadership and involvement, or “leaders in the classroom, laboratory, campus and community.”

The law students selected for this award must be in their third year of law school, ranked in the top-ten percent of the class, and participate in extracurricular activities and campus or community activities, leadership or service. Students are nominated by a professor or professors. The University of Idaho College of Law is proud to announce that the following students were honored with the 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence.

Matt Bennett

Matt Bennett
Mentor: Professor Mark Anderson

Alex Grande

Alexandra Grande
Mentor: Professor Stephen Miller

Kendra Lotstein

Kendra Lotstein
Mentor: Professor Annemarie Bridy