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, Advanced Criminal Procedure, and the First Amendment. 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, the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and the Widener Law Journal. 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 key Supreme Court decisions relevant to gender issues and was inspired by a successful and well received collection in Britain. The collection will be published by the Cambridge University Press.
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 spring of 2014, Professor Sanders participated in faculty colloquium at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. 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. In the spring of 2015, Professor Sanders will participate in faculty colloquium at the University of Washington School of Law and will also participate in the Widener Law Journal’s symposium on the death penalty and criminal sentencing in at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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, Aljazeera America, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Idaho Statesman, the Lewiston Morning Tribune, the Moscow/Pullman Daily News, the Coeur d'Alene Press, 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 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. In 2004, Professor Sanders was 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.