College of Law Accomplishments

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents at Wayne Law Review Symposium on Drug Policy and Sentencing

On Friday, March 24, 2017, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented at the Wayne Law Review Symposium The Changing Face of the War on Drugs: Mass Incarceration, Overcriminalization, and Evolving Drug Policy. The symposium addressed mass incarceration, overcriminalization, evolving drug policies, and sentencing decisions. The Honorable Denise Page Hood, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents at Faculty Workshop Series at University of Toledo College of Law

On Thursday, March 23, 2016, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented her recent work-in-progress, The Gay Divorcee, at University of Toledo College of Law. The Gay Divorcee ponders the Court’s failure to discuss divorce in Obergefell v. Hodges. In The Gay Divorcee, Professor Sanders argues that divorce fatally undermined the state’s procreative justification for same-sex marriage and recognition bans. Professor Sanders concluded […]

Scholarship by Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Cited by the Wisconsin Supreme Court

On April 6, 2017, the Wisconsin Supreme Court in State v. Zamzow cited scholarship by Professor Sanders entitled Unbranding Confrontation as Only a Trial Right, 65 Hastings L.J. 1257 (2014).  State v. Zamzow involves whether the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause applies at pretrial motion to suppress hearings. The Wisconsin Supreme Court cited Unbranding Confrontation as additional historical […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents at Annual Fraud Conference in Spokane, Washington

On October 26, 2016, Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented, The Fourth Amendment Implications of Compelled Decryption, at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Fraud Conference in Spokane, Washington. In this presentation, Professor Sanders discussed a federal magistrate order that Apple, Inc. assist the FBI in a search of an iPhone. Professor Sanders explored whether […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents on Religious Shield Laws in Idaho

October 25, 2016, Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented on religious shield laws in Idaho at a forum sponsored by the Human Rights Commission for the City of Moscow, Idaho. The Commission aims to eliminate discrimination, improve human relations, and effectuate the spirit and intent of applicable human rights legislation in Moscow, Idaho. The Commission enlists the […]

Professor Sanders Presents at the Idaho State Bar Association’s 225th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Bill of Rights

On September 15, 2016, Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented at the Idaho State Bar Association’s Symposium on the 225th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Bill of Rights in Moscow, Idaho. Professor Sanders presented on a panel entitled Racial Justice Under the Bill of Rights: Violence in Minority America. Associate Professor Katherine MacFarlane joined Professor […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Moderates Panel at 2017 AALS Annual Meeting Pretenured People of Color Workshop

On Friday, January 6, 2016, Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders moderated a panel entitled, Navigating the Path to Tenure and Promotion (Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started), at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting Pretenured People of Color Workshop. Professor Sanders also served as a member of the workshop planning committee. The Pretenured People […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents at Eighth Annual Loyola University Chicago Constitutional Law Colloquium

On Friday, November 4, 2016, Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented The Gay Divorcee at the Eighth Annual Loyola University Constitutional Law Colloquium. In The Gay Divorcee, Professor Sanders discusses U.S. Supreme Court’s failure to to recognize the importance of divorce in general, and no-fault divorce in particular, to the issue of marriage equality in Obergefell v. […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents at University of Idaho Malcom Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium

On December 6, 2016, Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented Age-Old Truths at the University of Idaho Malcom Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium. In Age-Old Truths, Professor Sanders discussed Williams v. New York, a 1949 U.S. Supreme Court case that held un-cross-examined evidence could be considered when fixing felony sentences. The Williams Court theorized that sentencing judges have […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Serves as Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Constitutional Law

At the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting, Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders became Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Constitutional Law for 2018. Thus, in 2019, Professor Sanders will serve as chair of the Section. The Section on Constitutional Law presents a program of interest to Constitutional Law teachers at the Annual Meeting of the AALS.  

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Publishes Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil Cases

Recent scholarship by Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders, Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil Cases, has been published in the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal. In Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil Case, Professor Sanders investigates compensatory damage caps as an impermissible and ill-advised legislative mandate of juryless fact-finding. Professor Sanders explores juryless fact-finding in civil […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Appears on Excited Utterance

Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders discusses The Value of Confrontation as a Felony Sentencing Right on the February 13, 2017 broadcast of Excited Utterance: The Evidence and Proof Podcast. In The Value of Confrontation as a Felony Sentencing Right, Professor Sanders advocates for confrontation rights at felony sentencing and provides a framework for deciding when sentencing evidence should […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Helps Kicks Off 2016-17 Faculty Workshop Series at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented her recent scholarship, Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil Cases, at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Professor Sanders’s presentation was the first of Case Western’s 2016-17 Faculty Workshop Series. In Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil Cases, Professor Sanders explores tort law compensatory damage caps by turning to […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents at American Legal Fictions Colloquium at Savannah Law School

On Friday, September 16, 2016, Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented at the Savannah Law Review American Legal Fictions Colloquium. Professor Sanders presented Age-Old Truths: Williams v. New York and the Legal Fiction Against Confrontation at Felony Sentencing, which she has begun to research for her upcoming book project. In Age-Old Truths, Professor Sanders explored the Williams rule that the […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Appears in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court

Associate Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders contributed to Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court, which has recently published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Sanders’ commentary on United States v. Morrison, 529 U.S. 598 (2000), discusses how the Morrison majority rejects jurisprudential precedent in it’s interpretation of the Commerce Clause but accepts jurisprudential […]

College of Law Students to Participate in National Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to the following students chosen to participate in this year’s National Moot Court teams:  Andrew Haws, Wendell Lemond and Jennifer Winters (Boise Team) and Justin Bowles, Annie Henderson, Kaycee Royer (Moscow Team). Both teams will participate in the National Moot Court regional competition in Portland, held November 17-19.  Professor Sanders coaches the Boise Team and Professor […]

Recent Scholarship by Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Notably Recognized

Professor Sanders’ most recent scholarship, The Value of Confrontation as a Felony Sentencing Right, 25 WIDENER L.J. 103 (2016), has recently received notable attention. In this Article, Professor Sanders advocates for recognition of the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause at felony sentencing — a conversation she began in Making the Right Call for Confrontation at Felony […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders participates in the 10th Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop at the University of Iowa College of Law

On July 7-12, 2016, Professor Sanders participated in the Tenth Annual Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop at the University of Iowa College of Law. Professor Sanders gave two presentations at this conference. The first was a work-in-progress entitled The Gay Divorcee. The second was an incubator project entitled Getting Ahead of […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appointed to the Idaho Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) appointed Professor Sanders to its Idaho Advisory Committee. The  Commission was created by the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and acts as an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency. The Commission’s mission is to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Participates in the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family Ninth Annual Symposium in Arequipa, Peru

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders participated in the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family’s ninth international symposium on the topic of “Family and Human Rights” at San Pablo Catholic University School of Law, located in Arequipa, Peru. Professor Sanders presented on a panel that also featured Dr. Carlos […]

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 […]

Associate Professors Shaakirrah R. Sanders and Katherine Macfarlane Present at the 2016 Idaho Trial Lawyers Association’s (ITLA) Annual Meeting, Conference and Seminar in Sun Valley, Idaho

On Friday, June 17, 2016, College of Law associate professors Shaakirrah R. Sanders and Katherine Macfarlane presented CLE presentations at the 2016 Idaho Trial Lawyers Association’s (ITLA) annual meeting, conference and seminar in Sun Valley, Idaho. Professor Sanders moderated a panel entitled “Diversity at the Table.” This panel featured Julie Braman Kane, a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson in Miami Florida;  Karen Koehler, a […]

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 […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents Scholarship at the International Society of Family Law North American Regional Conference

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Professor Sanders presented The Gay Divorcee at the International Society of Family Law North American Regional Conference at Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming. In The Gay Divorcee, Professor Sanders examines the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Professor Sanders ponders the Obergefell Court’s failure to […]

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; […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders joins planning committee for AALS 2017 Workshop for Pretenured Law School Teachers of Color

Professor Sanders has accepted an invitation to join the planning committee for the American Association of Law Schools Planning Committee for the 2017 Workshop for Pretenured Law School Teachers of Color. The AALS Workshop for Pretenured Law School Teachers of Color is a one-day workshop that focuses on the special challenges minority law teachers face […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Joins the Board of Family Advocates

Professor Sanders has accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors of Family Advocates. Family Advocates is a private, independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency that works to strengthen families ​​and keep kids safe by empowering everyday people to protect and enrich the lives of youth. Family Advocates was founded in 1978 and currently serves 10 counties […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presents at UD Mercy Centennial Symposium

On Friday, March 4, 2016, Professor Sanders presented at the University of Detroit Mercy Centennial Symposium on the Past, Present, and Future of the City of Detroit. Professor Sanders discussed Detroit’s future, in specific recently announced plans to provide city-owned land for purposes of urban farming. Professor Sanders argued that “ag-gag” litigation in neighboring states […]

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 […]

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 […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents CLE in Caldwell, Idaho

On Friday, February 5, Professor Sanders presented a CLE entitled “Recent Trends in Criminal Sentencing Reform.” In this program, Professor Sanders examined current legislative trends in criminal sentencing reform and discussed recent United States Supreme Court jurisprudence on the issue of sentencing procedure in felony cases in state and federal courts.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Contributes to Story in the Boise Weekly about a First Amendment Lawsuit filed by Meridian Cinemas

On January 27, 2016, Professor Sanders appeared in the Boise Weekly to discuss a federal lawsuit filed by Meridian Cinemas, who accuses members of the Idaho State Police of violating the theater’s constitutionally protected right to freedom of speech. You can find the story here.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Contributes to a Story in the Idaho Statesman about the First Amendment Lawsuit Filed by Meridian Cinemas

On January 22, 2014, Professor Sanders appeared in a story in the Idaho Statesman regarding a federal lawsuit filed by Meridian Cinemas, who accuses members of the Idaho State Police of violating the theater’s constitutionally protected right to freedom of speech. You can find the story here.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders joins AALS Scholarly Papers Committee

Professor Sanders has recently accepted an invitation to join the AALS Scholarly Papers Committee. The AALS Scholarly Papers Committee recognizes legal scholarship and seeks to broaden participation by new law teachers in the Annual Meeting program. The competition is open to those who will have been full-time law teachers at an AALS member or fee-paid […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presents at Duke Law School

On November 21, 2015, Professor Sanders participated in The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America, which was held at Duke Law School and sponsored by the law school and the Duke Center on Law, Race, and Politics. Professor Sanders presented on a panel entitled The Omnipresence of Race and Inequality in […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders to participate in the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review Centennial Symposium on the Past, Present, and Future of the City of Detroit

Professor Sanders has been invited to participate in the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review’s 100th anniversary academic symposium on March 4, 2016. The subject of the symposium is the Past, Present, and Future of the City of Detroit. Professor Sanders will present The Impacts of Ag-Gag Legislation on the Detroit Urban Farmer, which has been solicited for […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presents scholarship at the Sixth Annual Loyola University Chicago Constitutional Law Colloquium

On November 6, 2015, Professor Sanders presented a manuscript entitled Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil and Criminal Cases, at the Sixth Annual Loyola University Chicago Constitutional Law Colloquium. In this article, Professor Sanders examines legislative measures to cap compensatory damages in certain categories of common law-based tort cases. Professor Sanders argues that such measures lessen the jury’s […]

Idaho Law & Justice Learning Center hosts Idaho State Bar Love the Law! event

On November 4th, the ILJLC hosted the Idaho State Bar Diversity Section’s Love the Law! program for a series of events. Love the Law! is a pipeline program for high school and college students interested in attending law school and pursuing a career as a legal professional. Over 70 students attended from high schools in […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders publishes article in the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal

Professor Sanders’s latest publication, Uncapping Compensation in the Gore Punitive Damage Analysis, is now in print in the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal. In this piece, Professor Sanders explores the effect of compensatory damage caps on the three part analysis announced in BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore, 517 U.S. 559 (1996). Professor […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders participates in the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Academic Roundtable

The ABA Criminal Justice Section Academics Committee invited Professor Sanders to present scholarship during a Roundtable Workshop at the ABA Criminal Justice Section’s Annual Fall Institute in Washington, DC. On October 22, 2015, Professor Sanders presented an article entitled The Value of Confrontation at Felony Sentencing. In this article, Professor Sanders advocated for recognition of the right to […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presents CLE at the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting in Sun Valley

On June 6, 2015, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented a CLE at the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Meeting, Conference, and Seminar in Sun Valley. Professor Sanders’s presentation provided an update on recent developments in compensatory damage cap litigation. Professor Sanders’s CLE presentation was well received by members of the ITLA.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presents CLE at the Idaho State Bar Association Annual Meeting in Sun Valley

On July 24, 2015, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented a CLE at the Idaho State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Sun Valley. The topic of Professor Sanders’s presentation was an analysis and discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which struck down same-sex marriage and recognition bans nationwide. Professor Sanders’s CLE […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presents at the AALS New Law Teacher’s Conference in Washington D.C.

On June 5, 2015, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented at the Association of American Law School’s New Teacher’s Conference in Washington D.C.   Professor Sanders presented at a breakfast held by the Section on Women in Legal Education and at an evening reception held by the Section on Sexual Orientation.  Professor Sanders’s presentations were well received by those in […]