College of Law

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


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

Benjamin Beard

D. Benjamin Beard

Phone: (208) 885-6747

College of Law
University of Idaho
Professor of Law

Campus Locations: Moscow

  • Biography
    D. Benjamin Beard received his B.A. with high honors, magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He worked as a paralegal for a year and a half before attending law school. He graduated first in his class from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1982, where he was inducted into the Order of Coif. He practiced commercial and corporate law for five years with the Cleveland firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold.

    Professor Beard joined the College of Law faculty at the University of Idaho in 1987. He received tenure in 1991 and was promoted to full professor in 1993. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of commercial and property law, with a focus on electronic commerce issues.

    Professor Beard was the Reporter for the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, which has been adopted in 48 jurisdictions and served as the model for the federal e-sign legislation adopted in June 2000. Professor Beard is an active member of numerous committees and subcommittees of the American Bar Association, and is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

    Professor Beard received the University of Idaho Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence in 1991, 1993, 2000 and 2001, and the Peter E. Heiser Teaching Award in 2002. He was Associate Dean from 2000-2006.

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