College of Law Accomplishments

ACS Idaho in Boise hosts Boston College law prof Kent Greenfield

On January 31, 2017, the University of Idaho College of Law’s chapter of the American Constitution Society hosted Kent Greenfield, Professor and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston College Law, in Boise.  Professor Greenfield gave a talk entitled, “The Irony of Corporate ‘Citizenship’ in Trump’s America: How Citizens United Got Us Into this Mess and How […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2016 Idaho Law Review Symposium Receives Rave Reviews

On Friday, April 1, the University of Idaho College of Law held its 2016 Idaho Law Review Symposium, “Equality in Employment,” at the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center in Boise. This year’s keynote speaker was the Honorable Candy Dale ’82, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Idaho. The symposium was enormously successful, in […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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2016 Winners of Martin Luther King Jr. Art & Essay Contest Announced

The 2016 winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Art & Essay Contest have been announced. The winner in each category receives $500, and each honorable mention submission receives $100. Graduate Essay Winner: Maria Florentina Mejia – “¡Viva la Revolución!” (Long Live the Revolution) Honorable Mention: Evy Sotelo – “Indulging the Diversity of Beautiful Minds” […]

College of Law Annual Food Drive Surpasses Last Year’s Donations

The University of Idaho College of Law held its annual food drive for the Moscow Food Bank. The contributions from 2015 surpassed all the groups’ efforts from last year. The donations totaled 600 food items and $3,648 in cash. The College of Law wishes to recognize Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), the Black Law Student Association […]

UI College of Law Students Help Low-Income Residents With Tax Issues

The UI College of Law Tax Clinic, staffed by law students, offers free legal services for people who have issues with the IRS. With tax season looming, Barb Lock, professor of law and program director of the Tax Clinic, wants to remind community members of the service, available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers.  Under Lock’s […]

Congratulations, Sarah Hugues and Justin Bowles, 2015 McNichol’s Moot Court Finalists

Congratulations to this year’s McNichols Moot Court finalists: Sarah Hugues and Justin Bowles. The final argument will take place in the Idaho Supreme Court Courtroom Saturday, Nov. 14, at 5:00 p.m. We hope you can attend. Come show your support and watch what we are sure will be a high-quality argument. This year’s issues involve […]

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 […]

Idaho Law Review will Publish Miller and Roepke’s Medicaid Planning in Idaho

Professor Jack Miller and Aaron Roepke have accepted an offer from the Idaho Law Review to publish their article, Medicaid Planning in Idaho. Miller is Idaho’s Weldon Schimke Professor of Law, and Roepke is a recent Idaho Law graduate and newly admitted Idaho attorney practicing in Moscow. Their article addresses Idaho’s unique approach toward Medicaid […]

Professor Cosens speaks at a workshop convened by the Canadian Water Resources Association and Simon Frasier University

Professor Barbara Cosens spoke on An Analysis of US Perspectives on the Columbia River Treaty and Its Potential Future on October 7, 2015, at a workshop convened by the Canadian Water Resources Association and the Adaptation to Climate Change Team from Simon Frasier University. The workshop focused on the Columbia River Treaty: Past, Present and […]

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: […]

Professor Jerrold Long teaches Natural Resources Law Field Course in McCall

The week before classes started in August, Professor Long led thirteen students on an exploration of the natural resources and environmental issues experienced on the land, and by the people, in the McCall, Idaho area. For the second year, the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Field Course visited salmon and bull trout habitat, toured a […]

College of Law Welcomes Three Tribal Judges to Hold Panel in September

Friday, Sept. 25, the University of Idaho College of Law will welcome a distinguished Tribal Judge Panel to discuss issues of justice and jurisdiction. The three panelists bring a wealth of experience from the bench and bar. The panelists will present from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Pacific Time/10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Mountain Time […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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2L and Water Resources Concurrent Degree Student Patrick Johnson Receives RMMLF Scholarship

Patrick Johnson, a 2L JD student and concurrent degree student in the Water Resources Program, has been awarded a scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.  RMMLF seeks competitive proposals from law students each year for this award.  Patrick is active in both the Native Law and Natural Resources and Environmental Law Programs.  Next […]

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 […]

Professor Cosens receives grant funding for study of the economics of flood control on the Columbia River

As part of a larger USGS grant through the Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, co-PI Professor Barbara Cosens has received funding for a graduate assistantship and travel for research on the economics of flood risk management in the Columbia River.  The funding will go to JD/MS student Patrick Johnson.  Patrick’s MS work in Water Resources […]

Natural Resources and Environmental Law Edition of the Idaho Law Review: Adaptive Governance and Adaptive Management

The University of Idaho College of Law just released the first annual Natural Resources and Environmental Law Edition of the Idaho Law Review (NREL-ILR). With this release, we join the ranks of the small but growing number of peer reviewed law journals. The NREL-ILR seeks an interdisciplinary focus and encourages articles of shorter length than […]

Conversations with Claire: Conjunctive Management Down Under

In both the United States and Australia, the intersection of the development of drilling technology, the conversion of a pump used in the oil field for use in water wells, and the post-World War II availability of rural electricity, led to rapid development of groundwater for irrigation beginning in the 1950’s.  The ability to tap […]

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 […]

Conversations with Claire Down Under: Indigenous Rights to Water and Capacity Building

This week Claire and I explored the differences in Indigenous rights to water in the U.S. and Australia. The colonial and frontier history of both the United States and Australia had devastating impacts on Indigenous populations.  Similar to other areas of law, both countries began with a basis in the laws and approach to colonization […]