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

Benji Cover

Benjamin Plener Cover

Office: 127
Phone: (208) 885-6792

College of Law
University of Idaho
Visiting Associate Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Property
    • Land Use
    • Legislation
    • Local Government
    • Law of Democracy
    • Economic Regulation
  • Biography
    Benjamin Plener Cover studied engineering, mathematics, and economics at the University of Toronto; international development at the London School of Economics; and law at Yale. During law school, he was a submissions editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, a student director of the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, and a participant in the Prisoner Legal Services Clinic. He also founded a nonprofit organization called 24 Hours for Darfur. Upon graduation, he joined the public defender’s office in New Orleans, where he handled misdemeanor and felony cases in municipal and state court, developed a client services division, and worked on special litigation. He then served as the legislative director for New Orleans City Councilmember LaToya Cantrell, focusing on policy issues including neighborhood revitalization, land use, economic development, immigration, health, education, criminal justice reform, and political reform.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Commonwealth Scholar, 2004-2005
    • John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy, 2005-2006 
    • Arthur P. Liman Public Interest Fellow, 2009-2011
    • Vital Projects Fund Grant Recipient, 2011-2012

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