College of Law Accomplishments

Prof. Stephen R. Miller speaks at Harvard Kennedy School on the sharing economy

On March 30, 2017, Professor Stephen R. Miller was the guest speaker at the Spring Convening of the Civic Analytics Network (CAN), a program of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center.  CAN is comprised of the chief data officers of the largest American cities and operates programs in partnership with the Ash Center.  Prof. Miller […]

Citizens Planning Academy, co-sponsored by the College of Law’s Economic Development Clinic, UI Bioregional Planning, and Idaho Smart Growth, begins February 1 with free sessions

The Economic Development Clinic, located at the University of Idaho College of Law in Boise and directed by Prof. Stephen R. Miller, is co-sponsoring the new Citizens Planning Academy with the University of Idaho’s Bioregional Planning Program and Idaho Smart Growth. The first event is this Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  The series is free and seeks […]

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Wildfire planning guide drafted by College of Law faculty and students garners media attention

In September, 2016, a collaboration of scholars and students led by Professor Stephen R. Miller published Planning for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface:  A Resource Guide for Idaho Communities.  The 167-page publication provides a unique four-step approach to wildfire planning that integrates the best planning methods from throughout the West into an approach applicable to Idaho […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller’s article addressing local officials’ response to climate change re-published in Environmental Law Reporter

Earlier this year, Professor Stephen R. Miller’s co-edited book, Contemporary Issues in Climate Change Law and Policy: Essays Inspired by the IPCC, was published by the Environmental Law Institute.  His essay included in that volume, The Local Official and Climate Change,  was recently selected for re-publication in the most recent edition of the Environmental Law Reporter.  Here is […]

Professor Stephen R. Miller releases ground-breaking wildfire planning guide featured in Boise Weekly

Professor Stephen R. Miller and a team of colleagues from the University of Idaho Bioregional Planning Program and the Boise State University Public Policy Research Center have released a ground-breaking, 167-page report on wildfire planning for Idaho’s local communities.  The guide, Planning for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface:  A Resource Guide for Idaho Communities, was […]

Professor Stephen R. Miller’s article named an “All Time Top Paper” on SSRN’s State & Local Government eJournal

On October 4, 2016, Professor Stephen R. Miller’s article, “First Principles for Regulating the Sharing Economy,” which was published earlier this year by the Harvard Journal on Legislation, became one of the top-10 most-downloaded articles ever on the SSRN State & Local Government eJournal.  As of this writing, the article has been downloaded 1,296 times.

Professor Stephen R. Miller participates in ABA-sponsored webinar on the sharing economy

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, Professor Stephen R. Miller participated in an ABA-sponsored webinar, Emerging Legal Issues in the Sharing Economy: Regulating Short-Term Rentals, which was attended by over 75 online attendees.  Prof. Miller was also joined by Prof. Jamila Jefferson-Jones, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and moderator Christopher Odinet, Horatio C. Thompson […]

James Corless of Transportation for America to speak at Citizens Planning Academy co-sponsored by Idaho Law

James Corless, Director of Transportation for America, will speak about Acting Locally to Gain Funding for Transit and How to Use State and Federal Policy to Support Local Change at the September Citizens Planning Academy session on Wednesday, September 7th, from 6 – 7:30 PM (last half hour for discussion). The session will be held at the […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller helps launch Citizens Planning Academy with Idaho Smart Growth

Boise and the surrounding Treasure Valley rank as one of the 20 fastest growing American regions. To facilitate better planning of this rapid growth, Professor Stephen R. Miller at the University of Idaho College of Law and Idaho Smart Growth are teaming up to create the Citizens Planning Academy, an effort to build planning and […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller and students in the Economic Development Clinic publish article on wildfire planning for the wildland-urban interface

Prof. Stephen R. Miller, along with two students in the Economic Development Clinic, Brian Stephens and Alexander Grad, published an article in the June/July 2016 edition of The Advocate entitled, “Planning for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface.”  Here is the abstract: This article provides a basic review of planning mechanisms to address wildfire at the wildland-urban […]

Idaho Law students attend American Constitution Society National Convention keynoted by Vice President Biden and Senator Warren

Arielle Collins and Justine Groome, students at the University of Idaho College of Law, recently attended this year’s American Constitution Society National Convention, which was held in Washington, D.C. on June 9-11. 2016.   Both students received full scholarships to the event courtesy of ACS and the Idaho Law Student Bar Association.  The students described […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller named to board of directors of the Montana and Idaho Community Development Corporation

Prof. Stephen R. Miller has been named to the Board of Directors of the Montana and Idaho Community Development Corporation.  The Montana and Idaho CDC, which originally worked only in Montana, began working in Idaho, in part, through discussions with Prof. Miller and his Economic Development Clinic, which were previously profiled by the university.  More […]

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 […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller publishes new book, “Contemporary Issues in Climate Change Law and Policy”

Prof. Stephen R. Miller published a new book titled, “Contemporary Issues in Climate Change Law and Policy: Essays Inspired by the IPCC.” The work is co-authored by Robin Kundis Craig. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s most recent set of reports, generally referred to collectively as the Fifth Assessment Report, present significant data and findings […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller gives TED Talk on the sharing economy

On April 2, 2016, Prof. Stephen R. Miller gave a “TED Talk” entitled, “Four Ways the Sharing Economy is Changing Us.”  The talk was a part of the second-annual TEDx Boise held this year at the Egyptian Theater.  Prof. Miller’s TED Talk will be available online within several weeks.

Prof. Stephen R. Miller makes presentation on legal aspects of wildfire to NASA earth sciences group

Prof. Stephen R. Miller made a presentation, Wildfire and Law in the WUI, to researchers at the NASA Applied Earth Sciences Annual Workshop, which was held in Boise in March.  He presented along with Eric Lindquist, Director of the Public Policy Research Center at Boise State University, who is a partner with Prof. Miller on a […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller’s article on land use law and food safety select for “best of” collection

Prof. Stephen R. Miller’s article, A Coordinated Approach to Food Safety and Land Use Law at the Urban Fringe, 41 Am. J.L. & Med. 422 (2015), has been selected for publication in the 2016 edition of the Zoning and Planning Law Handbook, an annual publication of law review articles published in the preceding year that “represent important contributions […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller moderates two panels at the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute’s annual conference

Prof. Stephen R. Miller moderated two panels at this year’s Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute conference, which was held March 10-11, 2016.  The conference brings together 400-500 participants from around the Mountain West and throughout the country.  Prof. Miller’s panels were:  The Sharing Economy Matures:  How the On-Demand Marketplace is Evolving, How Cities will Respond; […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller presents at the University of Utah’s annual Stegner Symposium on resilience and the law

Prof. Stephen R. Miller gave a presentation, The Local Official and Resilience:  General Principles and a Case Study in Wildfire, at the University of Utah College of Law’s Stegner Symposium on April 2, 2016.  The theme for this year’s symposium was Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities:  New Challenges, New Solutions.

Prof. Stephen R. Miller named to the board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

Prof. Stephen R. Miller has been named to the board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, which is headquartered at the University of Denver.  Arguably the leading institution for land use governance in the Mountain West, RMLUI has a mission described as follows: The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute seeks to elevate the law, […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller publishes response article on sharing economy

Prof. Stephen R. Miller has published Decentralized, Disruptive, and On-Demand:  Opportunities for Local Government in the Sharing Economy, 77 Ohio State Law Journal Furthermore 47 (2016).  The article is an invited response to Yale Law School professor David Schleicher’s Like Uber, but for Local Government Policy: The Future of Local Regulation of the Sharing Economy.  Here is […]

College of Law Recognizes Faculty on Recent Success

The University of Idaho College of Law wishes to congratulate the following faculty on their recent success: Anastasia Telesetsky who was promoted to professor Shaakirrah Sanders who received tenure Stephen Miller who received tenure John Rumel who received tenure Dean of the College of Law Mark L. Adams said: “The path to tenure and promotion […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller and members of the Economic Development Clinic give presentation on wildfire planning

Prof. Stephen R. Miller and members of the Economic Development Clinic, Brian Stephens and Alexander Grad, gave a presentation on planning for wildfire in exurban communities at the Idaho State Bar’s environmental law section meeting on February 24, 2016.  The presentation was the Clinic’s first public discussion of its three-year $240,000 grant from the U.S. […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller serves as consultant to OECD on U.S. land use governance

Prof. Stephen R. Miller recently served as a consultant on United States’ land use governance to the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  The OECD is analyzing the effects of different approaches to land use governance in its member countries.  As part of this work, OECD invited scholars from its member nations to […]

The Atlantic’s CityLab features Prof. Stephen R. Miller’s work on sharing economy

The Atlantic’s CityLab has done a profile of several computer science researchers working to apply concepts pioneered by Prof. Stephen R. Miller for regulating the sharing economy to the London short-term rental market.  The CityLab article is available here.  The computer scientists are led by Daniele Quercia at Bell Labs UK.  View his other work here. […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller presents at Tulsa Law faculty colloquy

On February 5, 2016, Prof. Stephen R. Miller presented the faculty colloquy at the University of Tulsa College of Law.  His presentation focused on his two recent papers regarding the sharing economy.  The first, “First Principles for Regulating the Sharing Economy,” is forthcoming from the Harvard Journal on Legislation.  The second, “Decentralized, Disruptive, and On-Demand: […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller appears on Bloomberg Radio to discuss Sierra Club’s latest fracking lawsuit

Prof. Stephen R. Miller was an invited guest on the Bloomberg Law Radio Show this afternoon.  Here is a description of the program: Stephen R. Miller, a law professor at the University of Idaho College of Law, Brandon Barnes, a litigation analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, and Deborah Sivas, a professor of environmental Law at the […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller publishes op-ed on integrating land use and transportation planning in Boise

Prof. Stephen R. Miller published an op-ed, “ACHD, Boise can fix ‘broken system,'” in the January 14, 2016 edition of the Idaho Statesman.  The article notes: Here is the crux of the problem. ACHD purports to have “exclusive jurisdiction” over all the roads. However, when ACHD does its transportation analysis, all it considers is how […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller speaks on sharing economy at AALS

Prof. Stephen R. Miller participated on a cross-cutting panel at the American Association of Law Schools’ annual conference in New York City on January 10, 2016.  The panel, “Peer-to-Peer Consumption: Emerging Legal Issues in the New Sharing Economy” was described in the program as follows: The past few years have seen the rise of a […]

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Prof. Stephen R. Miller to serve as principal investigator on $240,000 grant to address wildfire’s effects on the built environment

MOSCOW, Idaho – Oct. 22, 2015 — Wildfire’s threat to homes, property and livelihoods is growing rapidly as urbanized areas in Idaho develop into the wildland-urban interface (WUI).   University of Idaho faculty members will contribute to wildfire hazard planning in the WUI with a $240,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service’s Landscape Scale Restoration Project […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller speaks on sharing economy at American Planning Association’s Planning and Advocacy conference in Washington, D.C.

On September 28, 2015, Prof. Stephen R. Miller spoke on a panel entitled, “Leading and Sharing in the Planning Economy,” at the American Planning Association’s (APA) annual Planning & Advocacy Conference held in Washington, D.C.  Prof. Miller presented his paper, “First Principles for Regulating the Sharing Economy,” which will be published in the Winter, 2016 […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller to participate in two webinars on the sharing economy hosted by the American Bar Association

Prof. Stephen R. Miller will be a panelist on two upcoming webinars on the sharing economy hosted by the American Bar Association. The first webinar, Is Sharing Really Caring? Part I: The Law of Transportation Sharing: Uber, Lyft, and the Sharing Economy, will be held on October 16, 2015 and will offer 1.50 CLEs.  Here is the […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller named to advisory board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

Prof. Stephen R. Miller has been invited to join the advisory board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute.  The Institute is located at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.  More about the Institute below: The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute seeks to elevate the law, policy and practice of sustainable development in the […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller publishes “Community Rights and the Municipal Police Power” in Santa Clara Law Review

Prof. Stephen R. Miller’s article “Community Rights and the Municipal Police Power,” has just been published in the latest issue of the Santa Clara Law Review.  The article is available here, and the abstract is below: From small New England hamlets to major mid-Atlantic cities to sea-side California counties — in largely unnoticed fashion — […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller speaks on sharing economy at ABA Annual Meeting

Prof. Stephen R. Miller was an invited speaker on the sharing economy at the 2015 American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago.  On July 30, 2015, Prof. Miller spoke on two panels, the first of which was entitled Is Sharing Really Caring?, Part 1: The Laws of Transportation Sharing, and the second of which was entitled […]

Three articles from Idaho Law Review’s Resilient Cities symposium edition reprinted in compendium of best articles on zoning and planning law

The 2015 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook has re-published three articles from the 2014 Idaho Law Review Resilient Cities symposium edition.  The three articles re-published are Andrea McArdle‘s Imagining a Resilient New York After Superstorm Sandy; John Travis Marshall & Ryan Rowberry‘s Urban Wreckage and Resiliency:  Articulating a Practical Framework for Preserving, Reconstructing, and Building Cities; and […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller’s article selected for annual survey of land use and environmental law articles

Prof. Stephen R. Miller’s article, Legal Neighborhoods, originally published in the Harvard Environmental Law Review in 2013, was just selected as one of twelve articles to be re-published in Land Use & Environment Law Review 2014-2015, an annual compendium of the best articles in the respective fields.

UI Law Economic Development Clinic and Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts release guide to funding private land conservation in Idaho

The University of Idaho College of Law’s Economic Development Clinic announces the publication of Funding Conservation in Idaho: A Survey of Federal, State & Local Resources Assisting Conservation on Private Lands.  The Clinic is directed by Prof. Stephen R. Miller. Funding Conservation in Idaho, which was written in association with the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts, is […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller discusses landmark sign regulation case on Bloomberg Radio

Prof. Stephen R. Miller was a guest on Bloomberg Radio’s Bloomberg Law, along with Prof. Mark Graber, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, discussing the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark sign regulation case, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, which was issued today.  Bloomberg’s interview with Prof. Miller may be downloaded as a podcast […]

Dave Glaser, President of Montana CDC, speaks at UI Law’s Boise Campus

Dave Glaser, President of the Montana Community Development Corporation, spoke to a community group of 30 lawyers, bankers, and community representatives about New Markets Tax Credits financing, as well as other financing tools, for low income communities.  Mr. Glaser also spoke with students and provided information about legal careers associated with these aspects of community […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller speaks at American Journal of Law & Medicine symposium held at Boston University School of Law

On January 30, 2015, Prof. Stephen R. Miller spoke at The American Journal of Law & Medicine symposium, The Iron Triangle of Food Policy, at Boston University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.   While there, Prof. Miller presented his paper, A Coordinated Approach to Food Safety and Land Use Law at the Urban Fringe, which will also be […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller speaks on sharing economy at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

On January 24, 2015, Prof. Stephen R. Miller spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on regulating the sharing economy.  Panelists included: Evan Baehr, Co-founder, Outbox and Co-founder, Able Lending Katie Biber Chen, Senior Counsel, Airbnb Andrea Ambrose Lobato, Policy Counsel, Lyft Stephen R. Miller, University of Idaho College of Law Moderator: Hon. Carlos Bea, U.S. […]

Kudos to Professors Barb Cosens and Stephen Miller on the Idaho Symposium on Energy in the West

The University of Idaho College of Law wishes to thank Professor Barb Cosens and Professor Stephen Miller for their months of hard work in planning and executing the inaugural Idaho Symposium on Energy in the West, which brought experts from five states together in a robust conversation about energy infrastructure choices and regional energy planning. […]

Ombudsman Cally Younger lectures on Idaho public records laws at UI Law’s Boise campus

Ombudsman Cally Younger ’12 was a guest lecturer at the  College of Law’s Boise campus today, where she spoke on recent changes in public records law in Idaho.  Earlier this year, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter issued an executive order naming Ms. Younger the State’s first Ombudsman for Public Records.  The position resides in the […]

Economic Development Clinic agritourism report featured in regional agricultural newspaper

The Economic Development Clinic’s recent report, Agritourism at the Rural-Urban Interface:  A National Overview of Legal Issues with 20 Proposals for Idaho, was recently highlighted in an article by Capital Press, a weekly agricultural newspaper with a circulation of approximately 35,000 throughout the west.  The report received substantial praise from leading local agricultural figures.  From the […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller publishes op-ed on community-owned stores based on work of Economic Development Clinic

On July 16, 2014, the Idaho Statesman Business Insider published an op-ed by Prof. Stephen R. Miller entitled, “Community-owned stores could help rural Idaho towns.”  The op-ed was based on pro-bono work conducted by students in Prof. Miller’s 2013-14 Economic Development Clinic for an Idaho state agency and several local governments.  Recent graduates of the […]

Prof. Stephen R. Miller convenes and presents at Second Meeting of the Environmental Law Collaborative in Jackson, Wyoming

The Second Meeting of the Environmental Law Collaborative was held in Jackson, Wyoming July 10-12, 2014.  Prof. Stephen R. Miller was one of the Meeting’s four co-conveners, along with Robin Craig (Utah), Jessica Owley (Buffalo), and Keith Hirokawa (Albany).  The Meeting focused on reading the three climate change reports of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment and […]

Economic Development Clinic releases Agritourism at the Rural-Urban Interface: A National Overview with 20 Proposals for Idaho

The Economic Development Clinic at the University of Idaho College of Law’s Boise campus has just released its 184-page report, Agritourism at the Rural-Urban Interface:  A National Overview with 20 Proposals for Idaho, which provides a detailed look at legal issues arising from the rapid growth of agritourism.  Moreover, the report provides 20 proposals for […]