College of Law Accomplishments

Professor David Pimentel presents at Family Law Conference in Poland

In July 2017, Professor Pimentel spoke at the Annual Symposium of the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family (IASJF), in Białystok, Poland. He addressed the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell, finding a constitutional right to marriage for same-sex couples. In his presentation, he disputed the conclusion of conservatives who […]

Professor David Pimentel testifies before legislative committee on forfeiture reform

On Monday, February 27, 2017, Professor Pimentel testified before the Idaho House Committee on Judiciary, Rules and Administration in favor of House Bill 202, which would reform civil asset forfeiture procedure in the state of Idaho. Specifically, the law imposes a number of limitations on law enforcement, to ensure that property owners are not too […]

Prof. Macfarlane’s Health Law Essay Featured In Health Policy Blog, Listed as Top Ten SSRN Download

Prof. Macfarlane’s health law essay, Camouflaging State Biosimilar Laws as Pro-Patient Legislation, was recently featured on the Health Policy Skeptic blog, edited by Duke University Health Policy Law Professor Conover. The essay examines whether state legislation regulating new medication used to treat autoimmune diseases may limit patient access to the same. The essay was also […]

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ACS Idaho in Boise hosts Boston College law prof Kent Greenfield

On January 31, 2017, the University of Idaho College of Law’s chapter of the American Constitution Society hosted Kent Greenfield, Professor and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston College Law, in Boise.  Professor Greenfield gave a talk entitled, “The Irony of Corporate ‘Citizenship’ in Trump’s America: How Citizens United Got Us Into this Mess and How […]

Professor David Pimentel Publishes on Parents’ Rights

Prof. Pimentel’s new article,  Protecting the Free-Range Kid: Recalibrating Parents’ Rights and the Best Interest of the Child, has been published as the lead article in Volume 38 of the Cardozo Law Review. The article challenges the notion that the issues should be framed in terms of parents’ rights v. children’s rights, suggesting instead that […]

Prof. Kate Evans publishes article on the role of duress in applying bars to asylum

Professor Kate Evans’s recent article, Drawing Lines Among the Persecuted, was recently published in the Minnesota Law review, available here. The piece was also highlighted in Larry Solum’s Legal Theory Blog in November.  On November 9, her article was the “Immigration Article of the Day” on ImmigrationProf Blog. This research served as the basis for […]

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Prof. Aliza Cover selected as a finalist for scholarship award

Professor Aliza Plener Cover’s article, The Eighth Amendment’s Lost Jurors: Death Qualification and Evolving Standards of Decency, was selected as a finalist for the AALS Criminal Justice Section’s Junior Scholars Paper Competition.  The finalists will be recognized at the AALS Annual Meeting this January.  The paper presents the results of an empirical study of death […]

Professor Rumel Presents Paper at Education Law Association Annual Conference

Professor John Rumel presented a paper entitled “Teacher and Other Political Speech in the K-12 Setting: Rights and Permissible Regulation” at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Education Law Association in Orlando, Florida on November 3, 2016. Based on the ELA Conference occurring at the height of this election season, the paper addressed legal issues […]

Prof. Macfarlane Presents at Loyola Chicago’s Beazley Health Law Symposium

Professor Katherine Macfarlane participated in the “Innovation and Patient Access” panel at the Tenth Annual Symposium on Health Law & Policy, presented by the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy and Annals of Health Law at Loyola Law School Chicago. The symposium focused on innovations and incentives in life sciences. Other speakers included Rebecca […]

Prof. Rumel’s Article on Public Employment Law and the First Amendment has Been Accepted for Publication

Professor John Rumel has placed his article, “Public Employee Speech:  Answering the Unanswered and Related Questions in Lane v. Frank,”   in an upcoming volume of the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal (“HLELJ”) at Hofstra University School of Law.  The article analyzes and answers a number of questions either expressly left open or raised by the […]

Professor Benjamin Cover presents paper at national conference on State & Local Government Law

On October 7, Visiting Associate Professor Benjamin Cover presented a paper at the Fifth Annual State & Local Government Works-in-Progress Conference. The conference was held at the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas. The paper, entitled “Soft Electoral Districting,” proposes a new legal mechanism to address the problem of political gerrymandering.

Professor David Pimentel presents at Blues Conference

Professor Pimentel presented his paper yesterday at the International Conference on the Blues in Cleveland, Mississippi, on “The Rule of Law and the Blues: Musical Expressions of the Failure of Justice and of Extra-legal Recourse.” The conference, hosted by Delta State University and held in conjunction with the Grammy Museum, also in Mississippi Delta country, featured scholars […]


On September 15-16, the College of Law joined with the Idaho State Bar Diversity Section in commemorating Constitution Day 2016 and celebrating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. The celebratory program, titled “Civics in Action” and presented in Moscow and Boise on successive days, featured the following law faculty: Dean […]

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Professor Jack Miller co-authors a new book on the Federal Income Tax

Professor Jack Miller and his long time co-author, Professor Jeffrey A. Maine, have published a new book with Carolina Academic Press (CAP) entitled Problems and Solutions for Federal Taxation.  The book contains over 400 hypothetical problems with their answers.  It is available directly from CAP ( as well as Amazon. Problems and Solutions for Federal […]

Professor Cosens leads a chapter in Water Policy and Planning in a Variable and Changing Climate

Professor Barbara Cosens is lead author along with Alex Fremier, Ecologist WSU, Nigel Bankes, Legal Scholar, U. Calgary and John Abatzoglou, Climate Scientists, UI on The Columbia River Treaty and the Dynamics of Transboundary Water Negotiations in a Changing Environment: How Might Climate Change Alter the Game? The chapter is in Water Policy and Planning […]

Professor Jerrold Long teaches field course in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

For the third consecutive year, Professor Jerrold Long spent the week before the fall semester leading a group of law and water resources graduate students on the College’s Natural Resources and Environmental Law Field Course. This year, the course explored legal issues affecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Upper Snake River Basin. The students interacted […]

UI Law Faculty Speak at 2016 Idaho State Bar Annual Meeting

College of Law faculty were featured in two continuing legal education programs at the Idaho State Bar Annual Meeting on July 13-15, 2006, in Boise. Professor Maureen Laflin, Director of Clinical Programs at the College of Law, was co-principal presenter of the program titled, “Settler’s Remorse: Challenges in Rescinding a Mediated Settlement Agreement.”  She collaborated with Boise attorney (and UI Law alumnus) Merlyn Clark in discussing legal, ethical, […]

Professor David Pimentel elected to the executive board of int’l family law academy; he and Professor Shaakirrah Sanders present in Arequipa, Peru

At its annual meeting in Arequipa Peru last week, the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family elected Professor Pimentel to its Executive Board. Professor Pimentel has presented papers at Academy conferences in recent years (in Tel Aviv and New York City), and was inducted as a member of the Academy […]

Professor David Pimentel cited by Maryland Court of Appeals

Yesterday the Maryland Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of Beverly Annetta Hall for child neglect, relying on the scholarship of Professor David Pimentel in reaching its decision.  Hall v. Maryland, (Md. Ct. of Appeals, No. 50, June 23, 2016). Ms. Hall had left her 3-year-old—admittedly a difficult child—in the care of the child’s 14-year-old sister. In […]

Schoolteachers Praise Program at Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center

On June 9-10, 2016, more than two dozen secondary school teachers from around Idaho received special training on civic education and the judiciary at the Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center in Boise. Sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Law, Idaho Supreme Court, and the Idaho federal courts.  The program was titled “2016 Idaho Teachers’ Institute: […]

2L Jonathan Shirts Selected for ABA Student Leadership Position

The American Bar Association has selected rising 2L Jonathan Shirts to serve as the ABA Student Liaison to the ABA’s Judicial Division Council. Student liaisons serve as the point of contact between law students and the ABA’s many components. The Judicial Division Council operates within the Judicial Division, a component of the ABA that has […]

University of Idaho College of Law Co-sponsors Severe Mental Illness Conference with the American Bar Association

On Monday, May 16, 2016, the University of Idaho co-sponsored a severe mental illness (SMI) conference with the American Bar Association (ABA) at the Idaho Water Center in Boise. This conference focused on SMI and the Death Penalty. Speakers included Aurelie Tabuteau Mangels, ABA Mental Illness Initiative Fellow; Dr. Camille LaCrois, MD, Forensic Psychiatry Services of Idaho; […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller’s talk on the sharing economy is now available online

Prof. Stephen R. Miller’s TED Talk on “Four Ways the Sharing Economy is Changing Us” is now available for viewing.  The talk is available here.  More about the talk: Not long ago, it would have seemed unimaginable that millions of people would invite strangers to rent their homes, hail their private cars for a ride […]

Professor David Pimentel quoted in Reader’s Digest

The May 2016 issue of Reader’s Digest includes an article entitled “When Good Parents Get Arrested,” that draws both on Prof. Pimentel’s scholarship on parental liability for long-leash (or free-range) parenting practices, and on personal interviews the authors of the article conducted with him when drafting the article. His articles on this topic appear in […]

College of Law Hosts UI Diverse Faculty, Staff, and Allies Reception

At the conclusion of the 2nd Annual Cultural Literacy and Cultural Competency Symposium, the College of Law continued the tradition as sponsor of the 7th Annual UI Diverse Faculty, Staff and Allies reception. The purpose of the reception, held this year on April 20, is to allow for networking across departments and provide a space […]

College of Law Makes List of Top Law Schools for Trial Ad and Alternative Dispute Resolution

In the spring 2016 issue of preLaw magazine, the University of Idaho College of Law made the list of Top Law Schools for Trial Advocacy and its Alternative Dispute Resolution program, receiving an A- for both. Law schools were judged on providing students practical, live client experience. Instead of reading how to practice law in […]

2016 Idaho Law Review Symposium Receives Rave Reviews

On Friday, April 1, the University of Idaho College of Law held its 2016 Idaho Law Review Symposium, “Equality in Employment,” at the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center in Boise. This year’s keynote speaker was the Honorable Candy Dale ’82, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Idaho. The symposium was enormously successful, in […]

Congratulations to the New Board of Student Advocates

The Board of Student Advocates is a student organization that provides courtroom and appellate argument training and experience. Membership is open to all second- and third-year law students. And the UI College of Law fields teams from Moscow and Boise. Learn more. Below is the list of this year’s representatives. Sarah Hugues – President Dani […]

Professor Anastasia Telesetsky Publishes Article in Global Trade Magazine

The University of Idaho College of Law proudly announces that Professor Anastasia Telesetsky’s article “Trans-Pacific Partnership: Leading the Way to an Environmentally Sustainable Global Economy” appears online in the March 24, 2016 issue of Global Trade Magazine. Professor Telesetsky specializes in research areas that involve fisheries and oceans, and is one of our Natural Resources […]

Professor Angelique EagleWoman to Receive 2016 Excellence in Diversity Award

The University of Idaho College of Law wishes to congratulate Professor Angelique EagleWoman who’s been selected as the 2016 Dr. Arthur Maxwell Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award recipient. This award exemplifies Professor EagleWoman’s contributions in affirming an inclusive and diverse community at the college, university and beyond. Please join us at the University Awards for […]

College of Law Leaps 16 Spots in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

The University of Idaho College of Law climbed 16 spots on the U.S. News & World Report rankings of best law schools in the nation, up to position 111. This significant rise is one of the highest in the country and puts the college ahead of other law schools in Eastern Washington, Montana, Wyoming, North […]

Congratulations to the Idaho Law Review 2016-17 Leadership Team

It is with much honor and pride that the University of Idaho College of Law announces the 2016-17 Idaho Law Review leadership team: Executive Board Chief Managing Editor – Jamie Bjorklund Executive Editor – Brianna Espeland Chief Articles Editor – Henry Stegner Chief Research Editor – Joe Dallas Chief Boise Editor – Emily Joyce Chief […]

Congratulations to 3L Bonnie Groller on her American Law Institute Award

Every year, the American Law Institute awards the CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award to a graduating law student chosen by faculty for his or her combination of top scholarship and leadership demonstrated while they attend law school. The recipient receives free tuition to American Law Institute CLE webcasts and on-location courses, and a free one-year […]

University of Idaho College of Law Hosts Criminal Justice Reform Discussion Featuring Congressman Raúl Labrador

On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, the University of Idaho College of Law in Moscow and Boise hosted a panel discussion of diverse stakeholders who engaged in a lively and informative conversation on issues related to criminal sentencing reform at the federal level and in Idaho. The panel included Congressman Raúl Labrador, a three term member […]

College of Law Faculty Attend AALS Annual Meeting

The 2016 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting, “From Challenge to Innovation: Legal Education” was held Jan. 06-10 in New York City. It was the 110th Annual Meeting of the AALS and provided numerous programs for the more than 3,000 law school faculty, deans, and staff who attended. This year’s programs focused on […]

2016 Winners of Martin Luther King Jr. Art & Essay Contest Announced

The 2016 winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Art & Essay Contest have been announced. The winner in each category receives $500, and each honorable mention submission receives $100. Graduate Essay Winner: Maria Florentina Mejia – “¡Viva la Revolución!” (Long Live the Revolution) Honorable Mention: Evy Sotelo – “Indulging the Diversity of Beautiful Minds” […]

Professor David Pimentel inducted into the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family

Based on his scholarship on parental liability and juvenile justice, Professor Pimentel was nominated for membership in the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family in late 2015. He joins a distinguished body of scholars from all over the world (Argentina, Austria, Canada, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Poland, Russia, Serbia, […]

Professor David Pimentel presents his research on the constitutional rights of parents

Professor Pimentel had an opportunity to present his scholarship on “Parental Rights and the Best Interest of The Child: Rebalancing the Roles of State and Family in Protecting the Free-Range Kid” to the J. Reuben Clark Law Society in New York City on January 6. The event was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American […]

Professor David Pimentel’s paper on same-sex marriage accepted for publication

Professor Pimentel has written a paper about the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision last June in Obergefell v. Hodges.  The paper was presented at a symposium at Brigham Young University in October, and it has now been accepted for publication in the BYU Journal of Public Law. The paper, entitled “The Impact of Obergefell: Traditional […]

Professor David Pimentel presents on judicial independence and accountability at Law and Economics Workshop

Professor Pimentel participated in a three-day workshop on “The Economics of the Rule of Law” in Aventura Florida, December 11-13.  His presentation drew on his scholarship about developing and post-conflict countries, and how the ideal “balance” between judicial independence and judicial accountability is necessarily context- and culture-specific. His work in this area, inspired by judicial […]

Professor EagleWoman Quoted in Indian Country Today on Mass Execution of Dakota in 1862

On December 26, 1862, the largest mass execution in the United States took place at Mankato, Minnesota. Thirty-eight Dakota men were publicly hung on a specially built scaffold. The national source on Indigenous news in the United States, Indian Country Today, published a story on this event written by Konnie May – Sham Trials: The […]

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Alum Charles P. Reyes Jr. Admitted to Practice in NMI District Court

Congratulations to University of Idaho College of Law alum Charles P. Reyes Jr., private-sector attorney, who was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, Tuesday, Nov. 24. Attorney Reyes places a high value on legal ethics and scored just above 130 out of a possible 150 on the […]

College of Law Annual Food Drive Surpasses Last Year’s Donations

The University of Idaho College of Law held its annual food drive for the Moscow Food Bank. The contributions from 2015 surpassed all the groups’ efforts from last year. The donations totaled 600 food items and $3,648 in cash. The College of Law wishes to recognize Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), the Black Law Student Association […]