College of Law Accomplishments

Professor Couture Quoted in Bloomberg News Article About the Supreme Court’s Halliburton Decision

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, No. 13-317.  The Court upheld the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance in securities fraud cases but permitted defendants to present evidence rebutting that presumption at the class certification stage.  Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture was quoted in a […]

Professor Couture Writes Essay on the PSLRA Discovery Stay in Complex Securities Litigation

Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture’s essay, “The PSLRA Discovery Stay Meets Complex Litigation: Five Questions Answered,” has been accepted for publication in the Securities Regulation Law Journal and is publicly available on SSRN.  The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (“PSLRA”) was enacted nearly 20 years ago in order to combat perceived abuses in private securities litigation. […]

Professors Couture and Haan Present Papers at National Business Law Scholars Conference

On June 19 and 20, Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture [http://www.uidaho.edu/law/faculty/wendycouture] and Professor Sarah Haan [http://www.uidaho.edu/law/faculty/shaan] presented papers at the National Business Law Scholars Conference at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in Los Angeles, California. Professor Couture participated in the Securities Litigation panel.  She discussed her article, “Materiality and a Theory of Legal Circularity,” which is […]

Professors Couture and Haan Present Papers at Law and Society Annual Meeting

On May 29 and 30, Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture and Professor Sarah Haan presented papers at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Both papers were included in the programming organized by the “Corporate and Securities Law in Society” Collaborative Research Network.  Professor Couture participated on the “Market Information and Mandatory Disclosures” panel.  […]

Professor Couture Presents on the “Top 10 Business Cases of the Year”

On May 9, Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture gave a presentation on the “Top 10 Business Cases of the Year” at the Idaho State Bar Business & Corporate Law Section’s Annual CLE.  She chose 10 interesting (and sometimes surprising) cases from the Idaho, Delaware, and federal courts, and gave tips about how business attorneys should incorporate […]

Professor Couture’s Article on the Circularity of Materiality Accepted for Publication

Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture is pleased to announce that her article, “Circularity and a Theory of Legal Circularity” has been accepted for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law. The article, which is publicly available on SSRN, was also recently featured on the Legal Theory Blog as a “Recommended!” read and on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Professor Couture Publishes Essay on Emerging Issues in Securities Fraud Class Actions

Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of an essay titled, “Around the World of Securities Fraud in 80 Motions to Dismiss,” in the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.  The essay discusses emerging issues in courts’ rulings on motions to dismiss securities fraud class actions, drawn from Professor Couture’s analysis of a data […]

Professor Couture Presents on Shareholder Proposals

On November 1, Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture served as a presenter at Gonzaga University School of Law’s Annual Business Law Symposium, titled “Shareholder Rights: An Idea Whose Time Has Come.”  This year’s symposium featured as speakers 14 business law scholars and practitioners, including Daniel J. Morrissey, Professor of Law at Gonzaga University, and Richard A. […]

Professor Couture Presents on Investor Protection at Conference in Chicago

On October 25, Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture spoke at the Third Annual Institute for Investor Protection Conference at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  This year’s conference was titled “Strategies for Investigating and Pleading Securities Fraud Claims” and featured whistleblower Mark Whitacre (subject of the best-selling book The Informant) as the Keynote Speaker.  Professor Couture […]

Professor Couture Presents Paper at Pacific West Business Law Scholars Colloquium

On October 4, 2013, Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture participated in the Pacific West Business Law Scholars Colloquium (PWBLSC), organized by Professor Mohsen Manesh and hosted by the University of Oregon School of Law.  The PWBLSC brought together business law scholars from 10 western law schools to discuss six papers, which were chosen from a call […]

Professor Couture Featured as Guest Contributor on Litigation Finance Contract Blog

Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture is contributing a three-part series of posts to the Litigation Finance Contract blog.  The blog, edited by Professor Maya Steinitz and Abigail Field, is a forum for scholarly discussion about the burgeoning industry of litigation finance.  In short, litigation finance allows third-party funders to invest in the outcome of litigation.  Professor […]

Professor Couture Writes Essay on the Securities Regulation of Alternative Litigation Finance

Professor Wendy Gerwick Couture’s Essay, “Securities Regulation of Alternative Litigation Finance,” has been accepted for forthcoming publication in the Securities Regulation Law Journal.  The abstract reads: Alternative Litigation Finance – or ALF – is a rapidly growing, largely unregulated industry, which poses myriad potential benefits and problems. Although ALF has attracted significant scholarly attention, the […]