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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

May 5, 2014 - First Monday

In this issue:

Interim Dean Helps College of Law Through Time of Transition

Michael Satz“Fair winds and following seas” is a phrase often used to wish good luck to sailors on their next journey, and one that seems fitting to Interim Dean of the College of Law for the past year and navy veteran Michael A. Satz. Dean Satz took over as Interim Dean June 3, 2013, succeeding Don Burnett who had served as Dean of the College since 2002. Satz had joined the law faculty at University of Idaho as an associate professor in 2006, serving as the associate dean for faculty affairs in 2012. He will remain a member of the faculty and return to full-time teaching in the fall.

Dean Satz received a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He then served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, completing two overseas tours of duty in Japan aboard the amphibious assault ships USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) and USS Dubuque (LPD-8). Satz received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Before coming to UI, he worked as corporate counsel for Nissan North American, Inc.

While serving as Interim Dean, Satz helped the College through a time of transition, which included the following: he secured approval from the State Board of Education to begin a second year program in Boise and also facilitated the authorization process of the ABA and AALS. In addition, Satz secured an appropriation from the Idaho State Legislature and Governor of $400,000 to fund the second year program.

Satz led the “Focus for the Future” planning process for the College of Law as part of the University-wide initiative. He welcomed our 50- and 40-year class reunion attendees to the Moscow campus in 2013. He saw the College of Law jump 16 spots in the U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings—the 7th highest gain out of 200 ranked law schools. Satz participated in the “bucking the trend” as the College of Law saw an 11.9 percent increase in applications for fall 2013 and a 7.8 percent increase in enrollment, when most law schools saw decreases. And Satz welcomed noted civil rights lawyer and guest lecturer Morris Dees to the 2013 Bellwood Lecture in Boise and Moscow. “It has been a great year at the College of Law and I am happy that we were able to accomplish so much during my time as Interim Dean” said Satz, “and I am looking forward to working on the continued success of the College of Law and the University into the future.”

Dean Satz has taught courses in consumer law, creditors’ rights and secured transactions, contracts, property security, and critical legal studies, as well as a special team-taught course in architecture and the law. He received tenure in 2011 and was appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for the College of Law in 2012.

College of Law Exceeds National Average for Grads Finding Full-Time Long-Term Work

The University of Idaho College of Law saw 62.4 percent of its 2013 graduates finding full-time long-term jobs that required bar passage, exceeding the national average of 57 percent.

Read more about this success

Treasure Valley Alumni and Friends Reception May 8

Mark AdamsOn Thursday May 8, the College of Law will host an alumni and friends reception in Boise at the Idaho Water Center. New College of Law Dean Mark Adams, along with members of the Law Advisory Council, Moscow and Boise faculty, and 2014 law graduates will attend. Area alumni and friends are invited to visit with our leaders and faculty to learn about current College of Law initiatives. Hosted hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and a no-host bar will be provided. The reception will be held in the Boise Legacy Point Room on the first floor of the Idaho Water Center at 322 E. Front Street. RSVP requested, but not required to, Eric White at or (208) 364-4560.

College of Law to Co-Sponsor “The Gem State Tax Symposium” June 12‒13, 2014

Barbara LockThe College of Law is co-sponsoring, along with Boise State University Department of Accountancy, the first annual Gem State Tax Symposium scheduled for June 12‒13 at Boise State University. The program brings top national and Idaho speakers together to discuss current tax issues, law changes and policy issues related to taxation issues. Topics will include the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and current tax issues, and updates, net investment income tax final regulations and planning opportunities, and advanced estate/gift issues. CPE and CLE credits are available. Further details and registration information.

Questions may be directed to Barbara Lock, College of Law Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Director and Instructor of Law at

The 18th Annual Northwest Institute Offers Mediation Training in Moscow and Boise

The University of Idaho College of Law is holding the 18th Annual Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution May 19−23 in Moscow and May 20−21 in Boise.

The UI College of Law established the NWI Dispute Resolution in 1997 to meet the growing demand for high-quality resolution training in the Northwest at a reasonable price. Each year the Institute features nationally recognized faculty.

This year’s faculty include: Bob Collins, Lela Porter Love, Donna Silverberg, and Karen Engro.

This year’s topics include: Basic Family Mediation, Basic Civil Mediation, Facilitating Agreements, and Making Magic: Advancing Your Mediation Practice.

For more information, contact Cindy Maylott at 208-885-6541 or 1-877-200-4455.