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Boise, ID 83702

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Wendy Gerwick Couture

Office: 322 E Front St, Suite 590, Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 364-4547
Fax: (208) 334-2176

Email: wgcouture@uidaho.edu

College of Law
University of Idaho
Associate Professor of Law

Campus Locations: Boise

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Securities Regulation
    • White Collar Crime
  • Biography
    Wendy Gerwick Couture is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho, where she teaches Securities Regulation, White Collar Crime, Property Security, and Negotiable Instruments.

    Professor Couture is committed to academic excellence. She received her B.A. from Duke University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Professor Couture earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, graduating first in her class. She also served as Texas Survey Editor of the SMU Law Review and was elected to membership in the Order of the Coif.

    Professor Couture brings diverse legal experience to the classroom. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She then practiced business and commercial law at a large firm in Dallas, Texas, and at a boutique firm in Olympia, Washington. Finally, she served as an Assistant Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

    Professor Couture enjoys contributing to legal scholarship. Her articles have been published in the Baylor Law ReviewSeattle University Law Review, Albany Law Review, Penn State Law Review Penn Statim, Pepperdine Law Review, and Securities Regulation Law Journal. Professor Couture's scholarship is available on the Social Science Research Network:  http://ssrn.com/author=1070964
  • Selected Publications
    • Mixed Statements:  The Safe Harbor's Rocky Shore, 39 SEC. REG. L.J. 257 (2011).
    • Price Fraud, 63 BAYLOR L. REV. 1 (2011).
    • Conley v. Gibson’s “No Set of Facts” Test: Neither Cancer Nor Cure, 114 PENN STATE L. REV. PENN STATIM 19 (2010), available at http://www.pennstatelawreview.org/authors/wendy-couture/.
    • The Bank Bailout: A License for Sovereign Securities Fraud, 33 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1 (2009).
    • White Collar Crime’s Gray Area: The Anomaly of Criminalizing Conduct Not Civilly Actionable, 72 ALB. L. REV. 1 (2009).
  • Outreach Projects
    • Speaker, "How the Dodd-Frank Act Affects Practice in Idaho," Idaho State Bar Business & Corporate Section, Boise, Idaho, January 11, 2012.
    • Founder and Editor in Chief of Business Law Gems, at www.businesslawgems.com, an online publication providing timely summaries of business law opinions issued by federal and state courts in Idaho.
    • Speaker, "The Dodd-Frank Act:  A 'Nip and Tuck' Approach to Credit Rating Agency Liability," The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Symposium, Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington, November 4, 2011.
    • Speaker, "Is My LLC Interest A Security?," Idaho State Bar Business and Corporate Law Section, Boise, Idaho, January 12, 2011. 
    • Presenter, “Using Visual Aids to Demonstrate Legal Analysis,” Poster Presentation sponsored by the AALS Section on Teaching Methods, AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, January 6-10, 2009. A copy of the poster is available at http://www.aals.org/events_2009posters.php.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Outstanding Faculty Advisor, presented by the University of Idaho Law Review, 2009. This award honored my mentoring of and support for the members of the law review.
    • Subcommittee Chair of the Year, presented by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. This award recognized my contributions to the Expert Witnesses Committee, including my work editing a book about expert witness practice, my service as an editor of the committee’s annual newsletter, and my efforts as co-chair and moderator of a program at the 2010 Section Annual Conference.

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