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Contact & Location

Moscow

Philosophy Department

Physical Address:
332 Administration Building
PHONE: (208) 885-7107
FAX: (208) 885-5102
E-MAIL: phil@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Philosophy Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3173, 83844-3173
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Douglas Lind


Office: Administration Room 322A
Phone: (208) 885-5761
Email: dlind@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Philosophy Department - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443173
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3173

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Philosophy Department
Professor of Philosophy

Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Philosophy of Law
    • Pragmatism
    • Later Philosophy of Wittgenstein
    • Indigenous Law
    • Philosophy, Literature, and Law
    • Professional Ethics
  • Biography
    Douglas Lind specializes in philosophy of law, professional ethics, the philosophy of pragmatism, and the later philosophy of Wittgenstein.  Before joining the University of Idaho, he practiced law for a number of years, specializing in environmental law, as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, and in private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation to create the Tribal Law Exchange, an online library focused on American Indian law and tribal justice systems.  He is also the founder and co-director of the Idaho Initiative on Ethics, Culture, & Global Justice.  Beyond his teaching at the University of Idaho, Lind regularly offers programs, short courses, and workshops on logic, decision-making, and ethics for judges and lawyers.  His programs are sponsored by courts, judicial institutes, and bar associations, nationally and internationally.  He has taught or lectured throughout the United States and in Armenia, Australia, Chile, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, and South Africa.
  • Selected Publications
    • "The Mismeasurement of Legal Pragmatism," forthcoming Washington University Jurisprudence Review 3 (2011).
    • "Book Review: Thomas D. Eisele, Bitter Knowledge: Learning Socratic Lessons of Disillusion and Renewal," Journal of Legal Education, 60 (2011), 705-732.
    • "Indigenous and State Law," Harvard International Review, 32, no. 3 (2010), 5. 
    • “Pragmatism and Anthropomorphism: Reconceiving the Doctrine of the Personality of the Ship,” University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, 22 (2009), 39-121.
    • “The Crane, the Swamp, and the Melancholy: Nature and Nihilism in Soviet Environmental Literature and Law,” Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, 23 (2009), 381-427.
    • Logic and Legal Reasoning, 2d ed. (The National Judicial College Press, 2007).           
    • “Reason and Justice: Tribal Courts, the Internet, and the Promotion of American Indian Sovereignty,” Sovereignty Symposium, 19 (2006), V19-35.
    • “Restoring the Fallen Blue Sky: Management Issues and Environmental Legislation for Lake Sevan, Armenia”, with L. Taslakyan, Environs: Environmental Law and Policy Journal, 29 (2005), 29-103.
    • “Introduction: Wittgenstein and Legal Theory,” in Law and Social Justice, eds. J. K. Campbell,  M. O’Rourke, and D. Shier (MIT Press, 2005), 213-215.
    • “Constitutional Adjudication as a Craft-Bound Excellence,” in Wittgenstein and Law, ed. D. Patterson (Ashgate Pub., 2004), 179-221 [reprint from Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, 6 (1994), 353-395].
    • “Azdak, the Rascal Judge,” Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 12 (2000), 223-252.
    • “Free Legal Decision and the Interpretive Re-Turn in Modern Legal Theory,” American Journal of Jurisprudence, 38 (1993), 159-188.
  • Outreach Projects

    Selected Recent Talks, Professional Seminars, & Workshops

    • "Reasoning and Logic in Agency Decision Writing," 8-hour programme for the New Zealand Office of the Chief Tax Counsel, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND, September 16, 2011.
    • "Logic and Opinion Writing," 4-day seminar at The National Judicial College (co-presenter: Ronald Hofer, Esq.), Reno, NV, May 23-26, 2011.
    • "When Justice Fails," 2-day programme sponsored by the New Zealand Institute of Judicial Studies, (co-presenters: Hon Justice Joseph Williams, High Court of NZ; Judge Carrie Wainwright, Waitangi Tribunal), Wellington, NEW ZEALAND, March 10-11, 2011.
    • "Critical Reasoning: An Introduction," 2-hour presentation at the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales Annual Conference, sponsored by the Judicial Commission of New South Wales, Kiama, NSW AUSTRALIA, October 22, 2010.
    • "Ethics & Obligations in Decision Making: An Exploration through Literature, Philosophy, and Case Law," three 16-hour programs sponsored by the Family Court of Australia & the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia, Canberra, ACT AUSTRALIA, October 14-20, 2010. 
    • "The Use of Formal Logic for Effective Advocacy," three 8-hour programmes sponsored by the New Zealand Law Society, Auckland & Wellington, NEW ZEALAND, October 7, 8, & 11, 2010.
    • "The Art of Legal Reasoning," 6-hour seminar sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Raleigh, North Carolina, April 30, 2010.
    • "Logic in Appellate Adjudication," 8-hour seminar offered as part of week-long course, 'Essential Skills for Appellate Judges', The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, April 27, 2010.
    • "Legal Reasoning for Judges,” 2-hour presentation to appellate and trial judges from Thailand, sponsored by The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, April 26, 2010.
    • “The Art of Legal Reasoning,” two 6-hour seminars sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association CLE Institute, Columbus & Cleveland, Ohio, November 11 & 12, 2009.
    • “Ethics & Obligation in Judicial Decision Making -- An Exploration through Literature, Philosophy & Caselaw,” 16-hour program sponsored by the Judicial College of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA, September 21-22, 2009.
    • “Logic & Legal Reasoning in Judicial Decision Making,” 16-hour program sponsored by the Judicial College of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA, September 17-18, 2009.
    • “The Use of Formal Logic for Effective Advocacy,” three 8-hour programmes sponsored by the New Zealand Law Society, Auckland & Wellington, NEW ZEALAND, September 7, 8 & 14, 2009.
    • “Ethics & Obligation in Judicial Decision Making -- An Exploration through Literature, Philosophy & Caselaw,” 16-hour programme sponsored by the New Zealand Institute of Judicial Studies, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND, September 10-11, 2009.
    • “Logic & Legal Reasoning in Judicial Decision Making,” 16-hour programme sponsored by the New Zealand Institute of Judicial Studies, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND, September 3-4, 2009.
    • “The Real World Hits Judicial Reasoning and Writing,” Illinois Advanced Judicial Academy, 1-hour presentation sponsored by Illinois Judicial Conference, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, June 17, 2009.
    • “Judicial Reasoning and Logic,” Illinois Advanced Judicial Academy, 3-hour session sponsored by Illinois Judicial Conference, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, June 16, 2009.
    • “Logic for Judges,” 16-hour seminar at The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, April 27-28, 2009.
    • "The Environment Mindset and Legacy of the Soviet Union," invited talk, Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, March 25, 2009.
    • “The Art of Legal Reasoning,” two 6-hour seminars sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Raleigh & Charlotte, North Carolina, December 10 & 11, 2008.
    • “Logic and Opinion Writing – Ohio Office of Medicare Hearings & Appeals,” 14-hour seminar for Medicare administrative law judges, staff attorneys, and paralegals, Cleveland, Ohio, November 4-5, 2008.
    • "Teaching Legal Ethics through Literature and Philosophy," invited talk, Faculty of Law, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND, September 17, 2008.
    • “Logic & Legal Reasoning in Judicial Decision Making,” 16-hour programme sponsored by the New Zealand Institute of Judicial Studies, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND, September 15-16, 2008.
    • “Ethics & Obligation in Judicial Decision Making -- An Exploration through Literature, Philosophy & Caselaw,” 16-hour program sponsored by the Judicial College of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA, September 11-12, 2008.
    • “The Use of Formal Logic for Effective Advocacy,” three 8-hour programmes sponsored by the New Zealand Law Society, Auckland & Wellington, NEW ZEALAND, September 1, 2 & 8, 2008.
    • “Ethics & Obligation in Judicial Decision Making -- An Exploration through Literature, Philosophy & Caselaw,” 16-hour programme sponsored by the New Zealand Institute of Judicial Studies, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND, September 4-5, 2008.
    • “Logic for Judges,” 16-hour seminar at The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, August 18-19, 2008.
    • “Logic for Judges,” 16-hour seminar, sponsored by The National Judicial College, Orlando, Florida, February 20-21, 2008.
    • “Logic and Legal Reasoning,” 3.5-hour seminar at the Appellate Judicial Attorneys Institute, sponsored by the California Administrative Office of the Courts, Industry Hills, California, November 8, 2007.
    • “Ethics & Obligation in Judicial Decision Making -- An Exploration through Literature, Philosophy & Caselaw,” 16-hour programme sponsored by the New Zealand Institute of Judicial Studies, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND, September 20-21, 2007.
    • “The Use of Formal Logic for Effective Advocacy,” two 8-hour programmes sponsored by the New Zealand Law Society, Auckland & Wellington, NEW ZEALAND, September 11 & 18, 2007.
    • “Law, Logic and Jury Trials,” 4-hour programme at the Criminal Jury Trial Judges’ Conference, sponsored by the New Zealand Institute of Judicial Studies, Nelson, NEW ZEALAND, September 13, 2007.
    • “The Logical Construct of Appellate Arguments and Opinions,” Keynote Address at the 3d Annual Judicial Symposium of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence, Chicago, Illinois, June 30, 2007.
    • “Logic for Judges,” 16-hour seminar at The National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, April 30-May 1, 2007.
    • “Logic and Decision Making for Appellate Hearing Officers,” 10-hour seminar offered as part of week-long course, Essential Skills for the Appellate Hearing Officer, sponsored by The National Judicial College, Olympia, Washington, April 23-24, 2007.
    • “Decision Drafting and Legal Analysis,” 16-hour seminar for roughly 80 Kazakh judges, law professors, and law students, Kazakhstan Institute of Justice of the Academy of Public Administration, Astana, KAZAKHSTAN, November 16-17, 2006.
    • “Tribal Law Exchange,” invited workshop, National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 31, 2006.
    • “The Tribal Law Exchange,” invited conference presentation, Sovereignty Symposium, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 2, 2005.
    • “ley ambiental y tribus indigenas en los estados unidos: poderes, problemas, promesas,” colloquium sponsored by the Programa Honor and the Facultad de Ciencias Juridicas y Sociales, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, CHILE, November 2, 2004.
    • “ley patentado y la appropiacción de conocimiento indigenas,” invited presentation at the School for Sustainable Development for Cordillera de Piuchén, Cucao, Chiloé, CHILE, October 29, 2004.
    • “la pertinecia de ética para tomar unas decisión ambiental,” colloquium sponsored by the Programa Honor, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, CHILE, October 26, 2004.
    • “Foundations of Legal Pragmatism,” invited colloquium paper, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA, November 21, 2002.
    • “The Forms and Limits of Ecofeminism,” invited presentation, The Grail Centre, Kleinmond, SOUTH AFRICA, September 22, 2002.
    • “The Use of Case Law and Precedent at the European Court of Human Rights,” two 2-day seminars for Armenian judges, procurators, and advocates (co-presenter: Judge Willi Fuhrmann, European Court of Human Rights), Lake Sevan, ARMENIA, June 29-30, July 1-2, 2001.

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