College of Law

Moscow

uilaw@uidaho.edu
Administration Office: 208-885-2255
Dean’s Office: 208-885-4977
fax: 208-885-5709
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Boise

phone: 208-364-4074
fax: 208-334-2176
322 E. Front St., Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

Pre-approved Placements

As long as the work being performed is otherwise appropriate pro bono legal work under the Program Rules, the following placements are considered pre-approved for pro bono work. Students must still submit the project for approval via Symplicity, thus creating a project within which to report hours. Pre-approval means the student can, absent unusual circumstances, assume approval via Symplicity will be forthcoming, but the electronic creation of the project for approval is a necessary step."

College of Law Externship Placements

Katherine Ball, Externship Coordinator
Trapper Stewart, Interim Director of Externships and Pro Bono Programs

All externship placements that are currently approved are pre-approved for pro bono placements (consult Symplicity or the relevant Externship Director/Coordinator if you are unsure). Students may fulfill the pro bono requirement by working additional hours after they have completely and satisfactorily fulfilled all the requirements of the externship. Simultaneous externship and pro bono service for the same supervisor or agency is not allowed.

Magistrate Judge Distance Clerk Project

Professor Katie Ball directs a special program of training and service as distance law clerks for magistrate judges in Idaho. Please consult Prof. Ball and watch for announcements regarding requirements and details for participation

College of Law Clinics

Students may not receive pro bono credit for any hours worked toward fulfillment of clinical work for which they are receiving credit. Pro bono work is not always available to students, whether or not enrolled in clinic, and any desired pro bono work in the clinic must be approved by the relevant clinical faculty member in advance.

Faculty

College of Law Student Organization Projects*

*Note: Not all proposed student group projects are pre-approved. Student group leaders seek approval from the Director. Once group approval is given, participating students do not need to individually seek pre-approval, and they may participate according to the approval parameters given to the group. The following are examples of past group projects that received approval; HOWEVER, future pre-approval is not guaranteed. Consult with the relevant group leader to ensure group approval for the particular project and particular year.

Public Interest Law Group (PILG)

  • Law-in-the-Classroom. Students make presentations at Moscow and Lewiston high schools. Orofino High uses students to work on mock legislature.
  • CASA. Students work as guardians ad litem for children who are abused, abandoned or neglected. (Note: work in the Second Judicial District CASA Program required individual student approval - no group approval is currently given.)
  • Alternative Spring Break. PILG sponsors numerous placements for students who wish to provide pro bono legal service in Idaho and elsewhere during Spring Break.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Students review complaints from schools, prisons and others regarding denial of civil rights and liberties. They work up cases and make recommendations to the ACLU statewide board of attorneys who decide which cases to pursue. Work is also needed on a “Know Your Rights” pamphlet for high schools.

Environmental Law Society (ELS)

Students work on issues identified locally for Friends of the Clearwater, or elsewhere in Idaho and in the region. For example, for the Hells Canyon Protection Council or for Advocates for the West.

J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS)

  • The organization works on publications for use in classrooms and universities in Idaho. More than 44,000 copies have been distributed. 
  • Students provide legal assistance, mostly to other university students, on landlord-tenant problems.

Latino Law Cacus

  • Students assist at Citizenship Days to help permanent alien residents to apply for naturalization 
  • Students assist in Immigration Law Clinic by taking on work over and above course requirements, or by serving as translators in clinic situations.
  • Students attend “charla” gatherings in Boise to do intake or to assist pro bono attorneys helping those with a “notice to appear” at a deportation hearing.

Law Students for Appropriate Dispute Resolution

Students who are credentialed mediators seek opportunities to provide mediation services.

Native American Law Students Association

Students serve at guardians ad litem for the Coeur d’Alene tribal judicial system.

OutLaws

Students sponsor wills clinics in Moscow and in Boise for same-sex couples according to parameters and procedures developed in consultation with and by approval of the Director of the Pro Bono Program.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Students provide income tax assistance throughout the local community, at the reservation in Plummer, and to native peoples in Alaska over Spring Break.

Women’s Law Caucus

Members volunteer time to assist students taking the Domestic Violence Clinic.

Presumptively Pre-approved - General

It is presumed that certain types of placements are pre-approved even if they are out-of-state and even if they have not previously had a University of Idaho law school extern. These include:

Federal Government

  • Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, Office of Staff Attorneys

State Governments

  • Capital Habeas Unit, Federal Defenders of Eastern WA and ID
  • State of Idaho
  • State of Idaho, Governor’s Office
  • State of Idaho, Attorney General’s Office
  • Idaho Court of Appeals
  • Idaho Supreme Court
  • State of Washington
  • State of Washington, Attorney General’s Office
  • WSU, Attorney General’s Office Division

Local Government

  • City Attorney Offices
  • City Public Defender Offices
  • County Prosecuting Attorney Offices
  • County Public Defender Offices
  • Court Assistance Program, Ada County/Latah County

Magistrate and District Courts

  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Washington

Other Pre-approved Pro Bono Placements

AARP Idaho
3080 E Gentry Way - Suite 100
Meridian, Idaho 83642
208-885-4001
aarpid@aarp.org
Annual Legislative Package: e.g., assist in developing consumer protection legislation regarding predatory lending practices of pay day loan companies; create brochures: e.g., legal rights of grandparents raising grandchildren protecting end-of-life rights.

ACLU of Idaho
Monica Hopkins, Executive Director
Lea Cooper, Staff Attorney
P.O. Box 1897
Boise, ID 83701
208-344-9750
208-344-7201
Review case files on behalf of statewide Board that chooses which cases to litigate.
Address prison inmate grievances.
Provide legislative assistance: analyze legislation; research alternative approaches in other states; draft briefing papers for legislature and for testimony at hearings.

Ada County Public Defender
Alan Trimming
Ann Cosho
200 W. Front St.
Boise, ID 83702
208-287-7400 (7438 - Cosho)
On-site assistance in Boise. Long-distance research on motions, or recurring issues of importance to the office.

Advocates for the West
Laird Lucas
1320 W. Franklin
P.O. Box 1612
Boise, ID 83702
208-342-7024
208-342-8286 Fax
llucas@rmci.net
Litigation: caseload of over 200 cases in environmental litigation, on behalf of twenty-five public interest conservation groups.
Seeking candidates of “intensity, zeal and passion” for the causes they represent.
Work can lead to a “Note” for law review.

Catholic Charities of Idaho
Starr Shepard
4202 W. Emerald St.
Boise, ID 83706
208-345-6031
Catholic Charities runs an extensive program of immigration services throughout the state. The office focus is on VAWA and UVISA cases. Staff members are certified to appear at Immigration Court. Private attorneys supervise the work.

Co-Ad, Inc., Boise
Mary Jo Butler
4477 Emerald Ave.
Boise, ID 83706
208-336-5353
208-336-5396 Fax
jbutler@sbc-attorneys.com
Co-Ad’s mission is to defend the rights of the disabled, through litigation, mediation, compliance monitoring, and legislation. Examples include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in access to buildings; employment discrimination; and legislative research.

Idaho Coalition against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Kelly Miller, Director
300 E. Mallard Dr.
Boise, ID 83706
208-384-0419
The Coalition is a group of 30 organizations seeking to provide relief to victims of domestic/sexual violence. Projects include issues regarding workplace violence, protective orders. Develop legal materials for curriculum in domestic violence “Academy.” Assist in Idaho’s campaign against dating violence.

Idaho Conservation League
Courtney Washburn
710 W. 6th St.
Boise, ID 83702
208-345-6933
Major presence in Idaho Legislature. ICL can use help from students who have background in biology, engineering, etc., to analyze/comment on Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documents on controversial project proposals. ICL is in the process of opening an office in Northern Idaho. Focus: e.g., impact of growth on the aquifer.

Idaho Innocence Project
Greg Hampikian, PhD, Professor of Biology and Criminal Justice
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1515
208-426-4992
The Idaho Innocence Project reviews criminal convictions of prisoners --those on death row or serving life sentences -- to determine, by DNA analysis, whether the prisoner is the one who committed the crime. The Project needs a summer intern to review case files to determine if cases have arguable merit. The student does a case summary for review by the Legal Advisory Board.

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) – Boise Office
Rod Gere
Jim Cook
Ritchie Eppink
310 N. 5th St.
Boise, ID 83702
208-345-0106
208-342-2561 (FAX)
ilasboise@rmci.net
Direct client service in summer: intake; interview clients; staff senior Hotline.

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) - Lewiston Office
Jeannine Ferguson, Lead Attorney
633 Main St. Ste 103
P.O. Box 973
Lewiston, ID 83501
208-743-1256
208-743-3261 (FAX)
legalaid@lewiston.com
Litigation: draft pleadings, subpoena witnesses, get statements. Prepare clients for small claims court: interview; get facts; help with affidavits; get documentation; identify elements of case needed to prevail; prove damages. Office intake and interviews. Presentations on fair housing and domestic violence.

Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program (IVLP)
Mary Hobson, Director
Idaho State Bar
525 W. Jefferson
Boise, ID 83702
208-334-4510
On-site work in summer and during spring break.

Latah County - Court Assistance Program
Frances Thompson
P.O. Box 8068
Moscow, Idaho
208-883-7221
courtassistance@latah.id.us
Program helps walk-in pro se clients navigate interactive court forms.

Law-Related Education - High Schools in Moscow, Lewiston and Orofino

  • Students help Government teachers by making a class presentation, or engaging in a debate on a constitutional law issue for high school seniors.
  • Orofino High School has won national recognition for its mock legislature program. Law students assist the high school students. See Pat Costello, who has assisted in this program for many years.

Nez Perce County - Court Assistance Program
Steve Larsen
1230 Main St
Lewiston, ID 83501
208-799-3191
Help navigate pro se clients through interactive computer-based assistance forms. Proceed gradually from no fault divorce through more complex cases where property and child custody disputes are involved. Mr. Larsen will train and serve as mentor/supervisor.

Nez Perce County Prosecuting Attorney
Dan Spickler, P.A.
1109 F. St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
208-799-3078
Various projects in civil law division.

Nez Perce County Public Defender
William J. Fitzgerald
504 Main St. Ste 480
Lewiston, ID 83501
208-743-6100
wfitzgerald@cableone.net
Lewiston/Nez Perce City/County Misdemeanors: represent clients at plea bargain sessions on Friday mornings; put plea on record in open court. Juvenile cases. Research on motions to suppress, etc.

Nez Perce Tribe
Julie Kane, Managing Attorney
Office of Legal Counsel
P.O. Box 305
Lapwai, ID 83540
208-843-7355
The law school has worked with the Nez Perce Tribe for many years. Work includes litigation, domestic cases, juvenile crimes, public defender work.

Molly Huskey, Director
3647 Lake Harbor Dr.
Boise, ID 83703
208-334-2712
Appellate work on cases. Summer, spring break and school year work available.

United States District Court Pro Bono Assistance Office
Federal Building
Boise, ID
555 W. Fort St.
Boise, ID 83724-0039
Assist pro bono attorneys on federal cases. E.g., prisoner cases (religious discrimination; medical care access; sexual assaults). Non-criminal cases: e.g., denial of Social Security benefits.

Washington State University
Center for Human Rights
Raul Sanchez, Director
French Administration Building 225
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-8388
raulmsanchez@wsu.edu
Investigate complaints of discrimination against minority/diversity populations. Research program compliance with WSU anti-affirmative-action laws. Serve as presenters for WSU personnel on topics such as sexual harassment, diversity training, etc.

Whitman County Public Defender
John S. Snyder
155 SE Kamiaken St.
Pullman, WA 99163
509-332-9810
Work closely with 3L paid intern on general criminal defense matters.