College of Law Accomplishments

Professor David Pimentel named Managing Editor of the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family

Professor Pimentel has been named Managing Editor — a position he now shares with Robin Fretwell Wilson, internationally renowned professor of family law at the University of Illinois College of Law — of the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family. The Editor in Chief is Professor Scott Fitzgibbon at Boston College Law School. The […]

Professor David Pimentel publishes on Forfeitures and the Eighth Amendment

Professor Pimentel’s new article is out in the Summer 2017 issue of the Harvard Law and Policy Review. In it, he sets forth a proposed Eighth Amendment analysis, for when government seizures of property, under forfeiture laws, run afoul of the “Excessive Fines” clause in the Constitution. Eighth Amendment jurisprudence usually focuses on the “Cruel […]

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 […]

Professor David Pimentel quoted on forfeiture reform

Professor Pimentel, who has written several articles advocating reform of civil forfeiture laws, was quoted in a Huffington Post article yesterday (“More Than A Dozen States Are Trying To Stop Cops From Taking Innocent People’s Stuff“) discussing state-level reform reform initiatives. A number of states, as well as the federal government, have made attempts at forfeiture reform, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

College of Law Faculty Present at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans

On June 2-5, 2016, several College of Law faculty members presented at the Law and Society Annual Meeting, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Associate Professor Wendy Couture served as chair and presenter on a panel entitled “Rulemaking, National and International.” Professor Couture discussed her article A Glass-Half-Empty Approach to Securities Regulation, which is […]

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 […]

Professor David Pimentel’s paper on judicial independence and accountability in transitional states accepted for publication

In late September, Professor Pimentel accepted an invitation from the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) to conduct an all-day seminar in Bangkok on Judicial Independence and Accountability. In conjunction with that seminar, and drawing on data and information collected while in Thailand, he has written an article applying those principles to contemporary Thailand, which remains […]

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 David Pimentel addresses the AAPWA in Seattle

The American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys invited Professor Pimentel to address them at their annual conference in Seattle on November 9.  The panel, which included Prof. Doriane Coleman from Duke University and Prof. Joshua Gupta-Kagan from University of South Carolina, addressed constitutional boundaries for Child Protective Services’ interventions into the family. Professor Pimentel addressed […]

Professor David Pimentel’s article on “Legal Education and the Rule of Law” accepted for publication

Professor David Pimentel’s newest article,  Legal Education as a Rule of Law Strategy: Problems and Opportunities with U.S.-based Programs has been accepted for publication by the UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy. In this piece, Prof. Pimentel explores the often neglected role of legal education reform in promoting the rule of law abroad, particularly in developing […]

Professor David Pimentel presents paper at BYU Law School Symposium

Professor David Pimentel was invited to write and present a paper at BYU’s “Symposium on the Implications of Obergefell v. Hodges” referencing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last June that recognized same-sex couples’ constitutional right to marriage. The symposium, on October 12, 2015, featured speakers from around the world, including Israel and Spain, who have […]

Professor David Pimentel Conducts Judicial Independence Seminar in Thailand

Professor David Pimentel was invited by the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) to give an all-day seminar on Judicial Independence and Accountability on September 29, 2015, in Bangkok. TIJ based the invitation on the strength of Prof. Pimentel’s scholarship and reputation in the area, which includes a series of articles on judicial reform in Nepal, […]

Professor David Pimentel Publishes Book Review

Professor David Pimentel, new to the University of Idaho faculty, has just published “Rule of Law Reform in Transitional States: Bringing Method to the Madness” in the Santa Clara Journal of International Law. The piece is styled as a book review of Rachel Kleinfeld’s pathbreaking book “Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform,” […]