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College of Law
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Moscow, ID 83844-2321


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

Shaakirrah Sanders

Shaakirrah Sanders

Office: IWC 568
Phone: (208) 364-4070

College of Law
Associate Professor of Law

Home Town: Detroit, Michigan
Campus Locations: Boise

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Criminal sentencing
    • Criminal and civil jury trial rights
    • Marriage equality
    • Freedom of speech and press
    • Voting rights
    • Equal protection
  • Biography

    Shaakirrah R. Sanders joined the University of Idaho College of Law as an Associate Professor in June of 2011. Professor Sanders teaches subjects related to government structure and individual rights and liberties under the United States Constitution, including Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Criminal Procedure, Freedom of Speech and Press, and Advanced Criminal Procedure. Professor Sanders also co-coaches the National Moot Court Competition Boise Team and serves as faculty advisor for the crit, a student-edited critical legal studies journal published by the College of Law.

    Professor Sanders’ scholarship has appeared in the Hastings Law Journal and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Professor Sanders recently accepted an invitation to become part of the U.S. Feminist Judgments Project and will contribute commentary for an edited collection entitled Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court. The U.S. Feminist Judgments Project joins law professors to rewrite, from a feminist perspective, key Supreme Court decisions relevant to gender issues and was inspired by a successful and well received collection in Britain.

    Professor Sanders has participated in numerous legal scholarship conferences as a presenter, commenter, or observer, including the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference at the University of San Diego School of Law; the Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop; the Rocky Mountain Junior Scholars Conference; the LatCrit/SALT Faculty Development Workshop; the Inland Northwest Junior Scholars Workshop; and the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. In the fall of 2014, Professor Sanders presented scholarship at the Fifth Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Sanders participated in faculty colloquium at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in the spring of 2014 and will participate in faculty colloquium at the University of Washington in the spring of 2015.

    Professor Sanders has appeared on local and regional broadcast and print news media outlets, including Boise’s KTVB News 7, Boise’s KITV News 9, Northwest Public Radio, Boise State Public Radio, the Associated Press, the Idaho Statesman, the Lewiston Morning Tribune, the Moscow/Pullman Daily News, and the Inlander. Additionally, Professor Sanders appeared in the film, Barzan, which was produced in 2013 by Last Quest and The Seattle Globalist. Professor Sanders has also participated in various CLE, university, and public service presentations related to her areas of law teaching.

    Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Sanders taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills at Seattle University School of Law and as an Adjunct Professor at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas—Little Rock. Professor Sanders also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Honorable Lavenski R. Smith in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Additionally, Professor Sanders practiced as a staff attorney with the Public Defender Association in Seattle, Washington, as an associate attorney in the Seattle office of K&L Gates, and as an associate attorney in the New Orleans office of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell.

    Professor Sanders earned a BS in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Professor Sanders also earned a JD from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she served as Index/Casenote Editor on the Loyola Law Review and was named a William Crowe Scholar upon graduation. Professor Sanders was also awarded a Pegasus Scholarship by the American Inns of Court and the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple in London, England.

    Professor Sanders is admitted to practice in the state courts of Louisiana, New York, and Washington, as well as various federal district and circuit courts around the nation.

  • Selected Publications
    • Unbranding Confrontation as Only a Trial Right, 65 HASTINGS LAW JOURNAL 1257 (2014).
    • Making the Right Call for Confrontation at Felony Sentencing, 47 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 791 (2014).
    • Michigan's Duty to Provide Access to Health Care, 6 WAYNE J.L. SOC’Y 1 (2005).
    • The Cyclical Nature of Divorce in the Western Legal Tradition, 50 LOY. L. REV. 407 (2004).
    • Twenty-Five Years of a Divided Court and Nation: Conflicting Views of Affirmative Action and Reverse Discrimination, 26 U. ARK. LITTLE ROCK REV. 61 (2003).
    • Casenote, Putting an End to the Speculative Jury: Louisiana v. Haddad, 45 LOY. L. REV. 783 (1999).
  • Awards and Honors
    • Idaho Law Review Faculty Advisor of the Year (2014)
    • Loren Miller Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2008)
    • American Inn of Court/Honorable Society of the Inner Temple Pegasus Scholar (2004)
    • Loyola University School of Law William Crowe Scholar (2001)
    • Warren E. Mouledoux Award for Excellence on the Loyola Law Review (2000)

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