College of Law Accomplishments

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 […]

Students and Faculty Participate in Idaho Women Lawyers Retreat

On April 28-30, students Ruth Nistico, Shelby Owens, Anja Rodriguez, and Courtney Softich and Professors Katherine Ball and Wendy Couture participated in a retreat, organized by Idaho Women Lawyers, with the theme “Fostering Success for Women in the Law.” The retreat featured a series of national and local speakers on gender gaps in confidence, using […]

Coeur d’Alene Tribe Provides $2,500 to NALSA and Law Student Christine Miller Named Region 7 National NALSA Representative

On April 12, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe announced that as part of its annual education donation the University of Idaho Native American Law Student Association would receive $2,500.  With this donation, the Native American Law Program has received to date $20,000 over the previous five years from the annual education donations of the Coeur d’Alene […]

Congratulations to 3L Ammon Judy on Receiving a Scholarship for His Article “Class Action Killers: Don’t Hate, Arbitrate”

The Idaho State Bar’s Business & Corporate Law Section generously funded a $500 scholarship, to be awarded to the 3L with the best paper related to business and corporate law. A panel, composed of members of the College of Law Faculty and the Section’s Governing Council, reviewed the many excellent submissions and selected Ammon’s article, […]

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Congratulations to the Winners of the Student Bar Association Election

Congratulations to the newest elected representatives of the University of Idaho College of Law Student Bar Association. Best of luck in the coming year! President: Safa Riadh Vice President: Alex Hayes Boise Vice President: Patrick Shearer Treasurer: Lisa Moline Boise Commissioner of Students: Jessalyn Hopkin Sergeant at Arms: Benny Robbins   3L Council: Joe Dallas […]

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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 […]

Congratulations to 3L Patrick Johnson Who Successfully Defended His Master’s Thesis

The University of Idaho College of Law wishes to congratulate 3L Patrick Johnson, who is working toward a concurrent degree: a Juris Doctor in law and a Master of Science in water resources. Tuesday, March 29, 2016, Johnson successfully defended his master’s thesis, “A Comprehensive Integrated Water Resource Assessment of Potential Changes to Columbia River […]

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UIdaho College of Law Students Compete in the Big Apple, Win Best Brief Award

Two teams from UI College of Law recently competed at the Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition in Queens, New York. With over 50 teams competing, the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, jointly sponsored by St. John’s University School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute, is described as one of the nation’s preeminent moot […]

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 […]

3L Chad Johnson’s Article on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Accepted for Publication

3L Chad Johnson’s article, titled “Use Restrictions & Terms of Service: A Call to Reform the Overly Broad CFAA,” has been accepted for forthcoming publication in the Holy Cross Journal of Law and Public Policy. The article, which Chad wrote for the College of Law’s White Collar Crime course, demonstrates that the Computer Fraud and […]

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Wash. State Senator John McCoy encouraged law students as part of Native American Heritage Month

  On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, Washington state Senator John McCoy “The Real McCoy” provided remarks and spoke with law students on the Moscow campus in the student lounge.  He offered encouragement to the law students to make a difference and support rural and tribal communities.  On a part-time basis, he serves as an adjunct […]

College of Law Announces 2015 Mediation Competition Winners

The results of the 2015 Mediation Competition are in: Kaycee Royer and Blake Harris: First Place Katy DeVries and Jessica Fernandez: Second Place Lauren Mooring and Patxi Larrocea-Phillips: Third Place Sinan Nadarevic and Connor Callahan: Fourth Place Congratulations to everyone who participated and a big Thank You to the LSADR board members for making it […]

Annual Tribal Judge Panel and Luncheon–a Success!

The Native American Law Program, Native American Law Student Association and UI Native American Student Center partnered for the Annual Tribal Judge Panel held on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 in the Menard Law Courtroom. The event was a success with many law students, undergraduate students and community members in attendance. The panel consisted of the: […]

UI Native Law Program and NALSA Receive Generous Donations From Coeur d’Alene Tribe

On July 10, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe donated $2,000 to the University of Idaho College of Law Native Law Program, which is directed by Professor Angelique EagleWoman. To date, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has donated a total of $19,500 to both the Native Law Program and the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA). The most […]

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 […]

Rising 3L Patrick Johnson wins collegiate student paper competition

Rising 3L Patrick Johnson recently won the 5th Annual Association for State Flood Plain Managers collegiate student competition with his presentation entitled Salmon Refuge: The Endangered Species Act and FEMA’s NFIP. Students from around the country submitted abstracts, and three finalists were selected to present their research at the Association’s national conference in Atlanta, GA. […]

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NALSA Receives $500 Donation from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe!

The Native American Law Student Association(NALSA)  is thankful for the contribution of five hundred dollars from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.  The donation will assist in the efforts of the NALSA to continue to participate on the local and national level.   The Idaho Chapter of the Native American Law Student Association […]

College of Law Announces Four IBR Award Winners

The College of Law is proud to announce the following award winners of Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 for 2015. Jared Hight ’16 – Pets Best Insurance Services LLC Brian C. Wonderlich ’07 – Holland & Hart LLP Nikeela Black ’11 – Arkoosh Law Offices PLLC/Idaho Mediation Center LLC Jeremy Ladle ’04 – Potandon Produce […]

Experts from the Idaho Department of Finance Present a Guest Lecture on Securities Regulation

On April 21, two experts from the Idaho Department of Finance – Coleen Hodson, Supervisor Investigations & Examinations, and Kurt Merritt, Securities Analyst – presented a guest lecture in Professor Couture’s Securities Regulation course.  In their well-received lecture, they discussed various components of securities regulation from the state perspective, including how to seek a no-action […]

UI NALSA Moot Court Team Had a Great Experience in the 2015 National NALSA Competition!

For the sixth year, the UI Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) has entered a team in the National NALSA Moot Court Competition. This year the largest number of teams participated in the Competition held at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law March 6-7, 2015. The UI team consisting of 2L […]

Supervisory Special Agent Jason Bell Presents Guest Lecture on Tax Crime to Joint Class

On March 3, Jason Bell, Supervisory Special Agent in the IRS’s Criminal Investigations Division, presented a guest lecture in a joint class combining students in Professor Barbara Lock’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and in Professor Couture’s White Collar Crime class.  Special Agent Bell discussed the role of the Criminal Investigations Division within the IRS, when […]

Brian Buckham Presents Guest Lecture in Securities Regulation Class

On February 17, Brian Buckham, who graduated summa cum laude from the College of Law in 2005 and who currently serves as Lead Counsel at Idaho Power Company, presented a well-received guest lecture in Professor Couture’s Securities Regulation course.  This was Mr. Buckham’s fifth year serving as a guest lecturer in this class.  He discussed the various options […]

Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Lectures on State Prosecution of White Collar Crime

On February 12, Jonathan Medema, an Ada County Deputy Prosecutor and the chief white collar crime prosecutor for Ada County, presented a guest lecture in Professor Couture’s White Collar Crime class.  Mr. Medema discussed his role in deciding whether conduct falls within the scope of Idaho’s criminal statutes, the key Idaho statutes used to charge […]

Federal Prosecutors Present a Guest Lecture on White Collar Crime

On February 10, Wendy Olson, U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho, and Ray Patricco, Assistant U.S. Attorney, presented a guest lecture in Professor Couture’s White Collar Crime class.  In the well-received lecture, they discussed Department of Justice priorities, key federal statutes, charging decisions, common types of federal fraud, steps for proving fraud to a […]

FBI Special Agent Presents Guest Lecture in White Collar Crime Class

On January 27, Drew McCandless, Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, presented a guest lecture in Professor Couture’s White Collar Crime class.  Drawing on his 18 years of experience investigating white collar crime, Special Agent McCandless explained how the FBI investigates alleged criminal conduct, identifies whether any relevant federal criminal statutes are implicated, […]

Indian Child Welfare Panel as part of Native American Heritage Month

On Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, the Native American Law Student Association held a panel of experts on the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq.  The panel included Julie Kane (Eastern Band of Cherokee member, Class of 1991) in-house tribal attorney for the Nez Perce Tribe, Brandelle Whitworth (Shoshone-Bannock Tribes member) in-house general […]

John Runft Presents Guest Lecture on Letters of Credit

On April 17, John Runft, managing member of Runft & Steele Law Offices, PLLC, presented a guest lecture on letters of credit in Professor Couture’s Negotiable Instruments class.  A natural teacher, Mr. Runft created a diagram demonstrating how letters of credit are used to effectuate commercial transactions between distant parties by ensuring certainty and finality.  […]

Kurt Merritt Presents Guest Lecture on Recent Amendments to Securities Laws

On April 17, Kurt Merritt, a Securities Analyst with Idaho’s Department of Finance, presented a guest lecture in Professor Couture’s Securities Regulation class.  Mr. Merritt discussed recent changes in federal and state law affecting Idaho’s issuers, including federal amendments to Rule 506.  The students appreciated Mr. Merritt’s practical advice, as well as his sense of […]

Professor Angelique EagleWoman and Four Law Students in the Native Law Program attend the 39th Annual FBA Indian Law Conference

With fundraising efforts, an educational donation from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and funding from the Dean’s office, four Native Law Emphasis students attended the 39th Annual Indian Law Conference hosted by the Federal Bar Association on April 10-11, 2014.  The conference was titled: “Practicing Indian Law in the Digital Age.”  The students networked, attended career […]

Thomas Dvorak Presents Guest Lecture on Negotiable Instruments in Action

On April 11, 2014, Thomas E. Dvorak, a partner at Givens Pursley LLP and a 1994 graduate of the College of Law, presented a guest lecture in Professor Couture’s Negotiable Instruments class.  Mr. Dvorak represented Deljack, Inc. in the recent negotiable instruments case, Deljack, Inc. v. U.S. Bank National Association, No. 1-11-CV-65 (D. Idaho).  After a […]

Alan Conilogue Presents Guest Lecture on Idaho Securities Enforcement

On April 10, Deputy Attorney General Alan Conilogue presented a guest lecture in Professor Couture’s Securities Regulation class on Idaho’s enforcement of state securities laws.  He discussed Idaho’s unique statutory enforcement provisions, gave examples of the types of securities fraud most prevalent in Idaho, and discussed how the State builds a case, from investigation through […]

College of Law Celebrates the Class of 2014

Saturday, March 29, the College of Law held a Celebration of the Class of 2014. After a welcome from Dean Michael A. Satz, a brief keynote was given by College alumnus (and former president of the Idaho State Bar) Douglas L. Mushlitz.  Following the keynote, Professor Sunil Ramalingam presented the Pro Bono: Above and Beyond […]

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Alumnus Brian Buckham Guest Lectures on Securities Regulation

On March 6, 2014, Brian Buckham gave a guest lecture in Professor Couture’s Securities Regulation class.  Mr. Buckham, a 2005 graduate of the College of Law, has worked as a corporate attorney at several national law firms and now serves as Senior Counsel at Idaho Power Company.  He explained the fifteen questions that you should […]

Paul Boyd Serves as Guest Lecturer in Securities Regulation Class

On February 25, 2014, Paul M. Boyd, a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, presented a guest lecture in Professor Couture’s Securities Regulation class.   The students have spent the past month studying various exemptions from registration, and Mr. Boyd placed that course material in context by walking the students through the anatomy of a start-up […]

NALSA receives Educational Donation from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe

The UI College of Law Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) chapter has been named a recipient of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s Education Donation program for 2014 in the amount of $2,500.The Native Law Program and NALSA have been Education Donation recipients in 2012 and 2013.  The funds will assist in the travel costs for […]

Christine Dodd and Dee Sonntag Take First Place in ABA Region 10 Competition!

Congratulations to 1Ls Christine Dodd and Dee Sonntag who won 1st place in the American Bar Association’s Representation in Mediation Region 10 Competition over the weekend. The team now advances to the national competition coming up in April. The University of Idaho College of Law is so proud! Way to go!

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Economic Development Clinic presents at public hearing on agritourism sponsored by Canyon County

Students in the University of Idaho College of Law’s Economic Development Clinic presented at a public hearing on agritourism sponsored by Canyon County on January 29, 2014.  Students presenting were Tyler Beck, Caitlin Fuller, and Alexandra Grande.  Agritourism presents a powerful alternative use of agricultural lands at the rural-urban interface that assists small- and mid-sized […]

3Ls Inspire Timberline High School Students

On February 3, 2014, Boise 3Ls Danielle Davidson, Michelle Dorsett, Joseph Dragon, Rodger Fisher, James Herring, Jason Lloyd, and Corey Smith and Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture gave an hour-long presentation to 43 Timberline High School students.  Professor Couture presented data about the lifelong impact of going to college, guidance about how to pick a major, and […]

Congratulations 3L Amy Hernandez–2014 LBAW Award Recipient

Congratulations, 3L Amy Hernandez–recipient of the 2014 Latino/Latina Bar Association of Washington Award. Amy is Co-President of the Latino/a Law Caucus where she coordinates legal events for the Latino/a community in Moscow and the surrounding area. After graduation, Amy hopes to practice criminal law in Washington. Great job, Amy!

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3L Ashley Ray Earns Recognition for Article Published in American Indian Law Journal

Congratulations to 3L Ashley Ray whose article “Preservation Over Profits: The Conflicting Interests of Hickory Ground” was selected for publication in Seattle University’s American Indian Law Journal. This recognition reflects not only Ashley’s hard work and diligence but the high quality of our Native American Law program, which is led by Professor Angelique EagleWoman.

Law Students and Faculty Selected for Alumni Awards for Excellence

Congratulations to the following awardees and their mentors, who received the 2013 Alumni Awards for Excellence, which recognizes graduate and law students who have achieved outstanding academic success and have demonstrated career and professional preparation. This years winners are Kendra Lotstein (Native American Law emphasis), and mentor, Annemarie Bridy; Matt Bennett, and mentor, Mark Anderson; […]

First Year Students Dee Sonntag and Christine Dodd Win Mediation Competition

If the Law Students for Appropriate Dispute Resolution had a rookie-of-the-year, then natural mediators Dee Sonntag and Christine Dodd would have the award in the bag. Despite their status as first-year law students, Sonntag and Dodd went 4-0 with the judges and trounced a pair of LSADR elected officers on their way to a narrow […]

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College of Law Hosts Panel on Proposed U.S. Military Intervention in Syria

On September 25, 2013, the International Law Student Association in partnership with the Veteran Law Association hosted an evening panel on the legality of U.S. Military Intervention in Syria. Facilitated by 3L Brenna Bowman and 3L Angel Betancourt , the panel brought together a diversity of legal and experiential viewpoints on whether the United States […]

Five law students sworn in for the Coeur d’Alene Tribal CASA program as part of the Native Law Program

On Monday, October 21st, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Court Judge Eva White administered the oath for the newly trained law students who successfully completed the Coeur d’Alene Tribal CASA training over six weeks at the University of Idaho College of Law.  The training program has been offered over the previous seven years as needed by the […]