Associate Professor of Law
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0015
- J.D., 2001 (cum laude), Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans
- B.S., 1997, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Shaakirrah R. Sanders joined the University of Idaho College of Law as an Associate Professor in June 2011. Professor Sanders teaches subjects related to government structure and individual rights and liberties under the United States Constitution, including Constitutional Law I & 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 or will appear 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 will also 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 similar 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.
Recently, Professor Sanders participated in the Widener Law Journal’s symposium on the death penalty and criminal sentencing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Professor Sanders has also participated in faculty colloquia at the University of Washington School of Law and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Professor Sanders has presented scholarship at the Annual Constitutional Law Colloquium at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Sanders has also participated in various CLE, university, and public service presentations related to her areas of law teaching and scholarly interests.
Professor Sanders has appeared on national, regional, and local broadcast and print news media outlets, including Boise’s KTVB News 7, Boise’s KITV News 9, Boise’s KBOI News 2, Northwest Public Radio, Boise State Public Radio, The New York Times, the Associated Press, Aljazeera America, The Idaho Statesman, The Spokane Review, the Lewiston Tribune, the Moscow/Pullman Daily News, The Coeur d'Alene Press, The Daily Evergreen, and The Pacific Northwest Inlander. Additionally, Professor Sanders appeared in the film, Barzan, which was produced in 2013 by Last Quest and The Seattle Globalist.
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 named a Pegasus Scholar 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 federal district and circuit courts around the nation.
- Confrontation rights and criminal sentencing reform
- Criminal and civil jury trial rights
- Equal protection: race, gender, and sexuality
- Substantive due process: marriage, family autonomy, and reproductive freedom
- First Amendment: speech, press, and religion
- Voting Rights
- Commentary on United States v. Morrison, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court, (forthcoming Cambridge University Press)
- (Re)Forming Confrontation Rights at Criminal Sentencing, 25 Widener L.J. (2015-16) (symposium on death penalty and criminal sentencing) (solicited)
- Uncapping Compensation in the Gore Due Process Analysis, 24 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. (2015)
- Unbranding Confrontation as Only a Trial Right, 65 Hastings L.J. 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 L. Rev. 61 (2003)
- Casenote, Putting an End to the Speculative Jury: Louisiana v. Haddad, 45 Loy. L. Rev. 783 (1999)
- Loyola 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)
- Loyola Law Review Editorial Board Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service (1999-2000)