College of Law Accomplishments

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 […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders participates in a roundtable discussion at the Applied Storytelling Conference in Seattle, Washington

On July 23, 2015, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders participated in a roundtable discussion at the Legal Writing Institute’s Applied Storytelling Conference in Seattle, Washington. The subject of the roundtable discussion was feminist judgments and storytelling. The presentation was described as follows: What difference would feminist judging make? In Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise’s KIVI News 9

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Professor Sanders appeared on Boise’s KIVI News 9 to discuss a lawsuit that has been filed against the Boise School District. The link to the story can be found at: http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kivitv/news/Lawsuit-filed-against-the-Boise-School-District-324245291.html.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders joins Casetext as blogger

Professor Sanders has joined Casetext as a blogger. Her first blog post explains Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s ruling that Idaho’s Agricultural Security Act was unconstitutional. The blog post can be found here: https://casetext.com/posts/idaho-ag-gag-law-found-unconstitutional-by-chief-judge-of-idahos-federal-district-court.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders discusses SCOTUS Marriage Equality Opinion in Boise Weekly

On Friday, June 26, 2015, Professor Sanders appeared in a Boise Weekly story about Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the United States Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage bans nationwide. The story can be found at: http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/idaho-legal-scholar-scotus-same-sex-ruling-earns-its-place-in-history-books/Content?oid=3517901.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders discusses SCOTUS Marriage Equality Opinion on Idaho Public Radio

On Friday, June 26, 2015, Professor Sanders appeared on Idaho Public Radio to provide analysis of Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the United States Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage bans nationwide. The interviews can be found at: https://idahopublicradio.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/podcast-same-sex-marriage-ruling-and-states-rights/ and https://idahopublicradio.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/analysis-supreme-court-decision-on-same-sex-marriage/.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders discusses SCOTUS Marriage Equality Opinion on Boise State Public Radio

On Friday, June 26, 2015, Professor Sanders appeared on Boise State Public Radio to discuss Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the United States Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage bans nationwide. The story can be found at: http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-same-sex-marriage-ruling-changes-nothing-idaho.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise’s KIVI News 9

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Professor Sanders appeared on Boise’s KIVI News 9 to discuss oral arguments in the United States Supreme Court on the issue of same sex marriage. The link to the story can be found at: http://www.scrippsmedia.com/kivitv/news/U-of-I-law-professor-breaks-down-Supreme-Court-hearing-on-same-sex-marriage-301648181.html

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise’s KBOI News 2

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Professor Sanders appeared on Boise’s KBOI News 2 to discuss oral arguments held at the United States Supreme Court on the issue of same sex marriage. The link to the story can be found at: http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Idaho-native-watches-gay-marriage-case-from-front-lines-boise-washington-DC-news-301621531.html?tab=video&c=y.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise State Public Radio

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Professor Sanders appeared on Boise State Public Radio to discuss oral arguments held at the United States Supreme Court on the issue of same sex marriage. The link to the story can be found at: http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/what-supreme-court-s-gay-marriage-case-means-idaho.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders quoted in The Spokane Review

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Professor Sanders was quoted in a story in The Spokane Review on the issue of Idaho’s federal judicial selection process. The link to the story can be found at: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/apr/28/women-shut-out-of-idaho-judge-selection/.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders participates in Symposium on Criminal Sentencing Reform at Widener University’s Harrisburg Campus

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders participated in The Widener Law Journal’s annual symposium, which was entitled Halt & Reform?: Death Penalty & Criminal Sentencing Guidelines Reform. The symposium focused on the administrative, constitutional, and policy considerations in state and federal criminal sentencing guidelines. Opening remarks were delivered by H. Geoffry Moulton, Jr., who […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears in The New York Times

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Professor Sanders contributed to a news story published by The New York Times regarding Idaho’s failure to ratify a multinational treaty on child support that would make it easier to track delinquent parents around the world. The link to the story can be found at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/us/negotiated-at-the-hague-a-child-support-treaty-falters-in-boise.html?_r=0.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders hosts discussion of “The Loving Story”

On February 13, 2015, Professor Sanders hosted a discussion of the film The Loving Story, which documented the love story of Mildred and Richard Loving. The Loving Story, as well as the Lovings’ story, was set during the U.S. Civil Rights Era of the mid-1900s. The Lovings courageously married against a backdrop of anti-miscegenation sentiments and a state law that denied them the right to […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders participates in Brown Bag Lucheon Series sponsored by the University of Idaho Women’s Center and Women and Gender Studies

On January 30, 2015, Professor Sanders participated in the University of Idaho Women & Gender Brown Bag Series. Professor Sanders’ remarks were entitled:  Marriage Equality Watch: 2014 in Review and What’s Ahead in 2015. A description of Professor Sanders’ remarks can be found here: http://www.uidaho.edu/studentaffairs/womenscenter/programsandevents/Monthly-Weekly-Events/Women-and-Gender-Brown-Bag-Series.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders cited in Ninth Circuit brief

Two articles published by Professor Sanders were discussed in a reply brief recently filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Case No. 13-10479) by Appellant, Abel Montoya-Gaxiola, who is represented by Jon Sands, Jamiel Allen, and Lee Tucker of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona. The articles were Making the […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders testifies before Idaho State Legislature in support of HB2

On Monday, January 26, 2015, Professor Sanders testified before the Idaho State Legislature in Support of HB2, which proposed a statewide ban against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment, and places of public accommodation. A excerpt of Professor Sanders’ testimony can be found at: http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2015/jan/26/testimony-right-side-history-decades-civil-rights-movement-what-religious-freedom-about/.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders to participate in a symposium on criminal sentencing reform at Widener University’s Harrisburg campus

Professor Sanders has been invited to participate in the 2015 Widener Law Journal Symposium at Widener University’s Harrisburg campus on April 20, 2015. The subject of the symposium is criminal sentencing reform. Professor Sanders will present (Re)forming Confrontation Rights at Criminal Sentencing, which has been solicited for publication in Volume 25 of the Widener Law Journal.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise’s KIVI News 9 to discuss lawsuit filed against President Obama’s immigration policy

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Professor Sanders visited Boise’s KIVI News 9 to discuss a lawsuit filed by Texas and 16 other states that seeks to block President Obama’s proposed immigration policy. The link to the interview can be found at: http://www.jrn.com/kivitv/news/Analyzing-Idahos-decision-to-sue-the-feds-over-immigration-284708961.html?lc=Smart.

Law Faculty Members and Alumni Speak about 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

On October 30, 2014, members of the law school community were featured in an Idaho State Bar Continuing Legal Education program titled “The 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Widening the Circle.”  The program, conducted in Boise, was sponsored by the Diversity Section of the Idaho State Bar.  The College of Law is one of […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise’s KTVB News 7

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Professor Sanders appeared on Boise’s KTVB News 7 to discuss a federal lawsuit filed by a wedding chapel in Idaho that has refused to perform same-sex marriages based on religious freedom. The link to the interview can be found at: http://www.ktvb.com/media/cinematic/video/15984214/idaho-chapel-not-performing-same-sex-weddings/.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders has been invited to join the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project

The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project has invited Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders to contribute to Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court. This edited volume is a collaborative project among feminist law professors and others to rewrite, from a feminist perspective, twenty-four key Supreme Court decisions relevant to gender. These rewritten Supreme Court […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise’s KTVB News 7

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Professor Sanders appeared on Boise’s KTVB News 7 to clarify the day’s marriage equality developments in Idaho. The link to the interview can be found at: http://www.ktvb.com/media/cinematic/video/15215570/supreme-court-halts-same-sex-marriage-in-idaho/.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears in Associated Press article

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Professor Sanders appeared in an Associated Press article to discuss the day’s marriage equality developments in Idaho. The link to the article can be found at: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Celebration-becomes-sadness-as-gay-weddings-stall-5809020.php.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise’s KIVI News 9

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Professor Sanders was invited to join Boise’s KIVI News 9 for a live interview to clarify the day’s marriage equality developments in Idaho. The link to the interview can be found at: http://www.jrn.com/kivitv/news/Clarifying-Wednesdays-gay-marriage-developments-278614981.html.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Northwest Public Radio

On Monday, October 6, 2014, Professor Sanders contributed to a story on Northwest Public Radio entitled: The Supreme Court Didn’t Take On Same-Sex Marriage. What Does That Mean For Idaho?. The story is available at http://nwpr.org/post/supreme-court-didnt-take-same-sex-marriage-what-does-mean-idaho.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise State Public Radio

On Monday, October 6, 2014, Professor Sanders contributed to a story on Boise State Public Radio entitled: U.S. Supreme Court Effectively Makes Gay Marriage Legal In 30 States, Not Idaho. The story is available at http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-effectively-makes-gay-marriage-legal-30-states-not-idaho.

Law Students See Cutting-Edge Constitutional Law Arguments Take Shape

In honor of Constitution Day, September 17, attorneys from both sides of Idaho’s same-sex marriage case gathered at University of Idaho Boise. Students, lawyers and other interested parties participated from Boise, Moscow and Coeur d’Alene. Shaakirrah Sanders, U-Idaho law professor, said, “Our goal is to help provide a broader understanding both for the public and for […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Guest Opinion appears in Idaho Statesman

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, a Guest Opinion written by Professor Sanders appeared in The Idaho Statesman. The piece was entitled: Idaho’s ‘crystal ball’ hazy in case against gay marriage and is available at http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/09/17/3379038/idahos-crystal-ball-hazy-in-case.html?sp=/99/106/.  

Professors Sanders and Park to Moderate Constitution Day Panel

In honor of Constitution Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the University of Idaho College of Law will sponsor a statewide panel discussion on constitutional questions involving same-sex marriage. Speakers will include Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham, attorneys for four Idaho gay couples who successfully sued to overturn Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, and Tom Perry, […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise State Public Radio

On Monday September 6, 2014, Professor Sanders contributed to a story on Boise State Public Radio entitled: Federal Appeals Court Hears Idaho’s Same-Sex Marriage Case Monday. The story is available at http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-appeals-court-hears-idahos-same-sex-marriage-case-monday.

Faculty Meet for Inland Northwest Scholars Forum

Faculty from the University of Idaho College of Law and Gonzaga Law School met on July 14, 2014 for the second annual Inland Northwest Scholars Forum. They presented drafts and plans for articles in progress to exchange constructive feedback and discuss their projects. In addition, they were able to network with colleagues at the other universities. The […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presents paper at The Eighth Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop

On June 27, 2014, Professor Sanders attended The Eighth Annual Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop which was hosted by the University of Wisconsin Law School. Professor Sanders presented her most recent manuscript entitled: Lochnerian Values, Mandatory Caps Against Compensatory Damage Awards, and Lessons from the Sixth Amendment Criminal Jury Trial Clause. Professor […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders appears on Boise State Public Radio

On May 2, 2014, Professor Sanders contributed to a story on Boise State Public Radio entitled: National Group Fighting Idaho’s Gay Marriage Ban Is High Influence, Low Profile. This story is available at: http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/national-group-fighting-idaho-s-gay-marriage-ban-high-influence-low-profile. Additionally on May 5, 2014, Professor Sanders contributed to a story on Boise State Public Radio entitled: Idaho’s Gay Marriage Lawsuit Could Make History. […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presents CLE in Sun Valley

On June 13, 2014, Professor Sanders presented a CLE to the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) entitled: Busting the Caps II: Why Noneconomic Damage Caps Fatally Flaw Federal Due Process Jurisprudence.  In this presentation, Professor Sanders discussed the whether state law mandatory caps against noneconomic damage awards caused a defect in BMW North America v. Gore‘s due […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders participates in faculty colloquia at Loyola University (New Orleans) College of Law

On April 10, 2014, Professor Sanders participated in a faculty colloquia Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. Professor Sanders presented her most recent manuscript entitled: When It’s Broken, Don’t ‘Fix’ It: Why Noneconomic Damage Caps Fatally Flaw Federal Due Process Jurisprudence.

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders to present at Fifth Annual Loyola (Chicago) Constitutional Law Colloquium

Professor Sanders has been invited to participate in the Fifth Annual Loyola Constitutional Law Colloquium which will be held on November 7-8, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Sanders will present her most recent scholarship entitled: Lochnerian Values, Mandatory Caps Against Compensatory Damage Awards, and Lessons from the Sixth Amendment Jury Trial Clause.

Professor Angelique EagleWoman Holds Native American Pipeline Recruitment Event

With a daylong agenda, Native Americans interested in the law participated in the University of Idaho College of Law Native Law Recruitment Event in the law school courtroom on Tuesday, Oct. 15th.  Professor EagleWoman delivered a mock law class on Tribal land ownership basic legal principles.  Admissions Director Carole Wells presented on the law school […]

Faculty Participate in Love the Law

University of Idaho College of Law faculty members participated in the Idaho State Bar’s Love the Law program, by welcoming local high school students to various events related to the Bellwood speaker, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Dean Jeff Dodge hosted a lunch for the students and for University of Idaho CAMP […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents CLE in CdA

On September 13, 2013, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented a CLE to the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) entitled: Busting the Caps! How Idaho Stacks Up.  In this presentation, Professor Sanders discussed the modern tort reform movement and whether state law caps against noneconomic damages violate state or federal civil jury trial rights. At the […]

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents Paper at LatCrit Faculty Development Conference in Chicago, Illinois

On October 4, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented Unbranding Confrontation as Only a Trial Right as part of the 2013 LatCrit Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The forthcoming paper has been accepted for publication in the Hastings Law Journal at the University of California, Hastings College of Law. In this work, Professor Sanders challenges the oft-cited […]

College of Law Faculty Organize Constitution Day Panel

On September 17, the College of Law celebrated Constitution Day with the panel “Sex, Drugs, Guns and Spies.”  Professors Richard Seamon, Shaakirrah Sanders, and Michael Park were speakers and organizers.  Political Science faculty member Don Crowley also participated.  The panel discussed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay marriage, the federal government’s decision to […]

Professors Angelique EagleWoman and Shaakirrah Sanders Attending CLEO’s 45th Anniversary

Professor Angelique EagleWoman and Shaakirrah Sanders are representing the University of Idaho College of Law at the Council on Legal Education Opportunity’s 45th Anniversary Celebration.  Our College is being recognized for being one of the 45 law schools who have played a critical role in the financial viability of CLEO since 2000.