Celebrating 100 Years of Law Education in Idaho, and a Vision for Its Future

Friday, September 18 2009 at 1:30 PM

College of Law Centennial Gathering Set for Sept.18 in Moscow

Written by Donna Emert

MOSCOW, Idaho – Since its founding in 1909, the University of Idaho College of Law has produced more than 4,500 graduates. Their impact has been far-reaching, but is particularly resonant in the state of Idaho.

"Fulfilling our statewide mission is the key to securing the future strength of the College of Law's legal education program, which is – and shall remain – anchored in Moscow," said College of Law Dean Don Burnett. "The University of Idaho must maintain its land-grant leadership by serving the needs of the entire state with high-quality, affordable and accessible public legal education.”

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter proclaimed 2009 to be "University of Idaho College of Law Recognition Year." Last March, the Honorable John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, joined the university for centennial events in Moscow and Boise. This summer and fall, additional centennial observances have been held in Coeur d’Alene and Pocatello, and more are scheduled in Moscow, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, Caldwell and Lewiston.

A centennial event in Moscow on Friday, Sept. 18, celebrates the college’s first century, which officially comes to a conclusion on Sunday, Sept. 20. Members of the College of Law community, as well as alumni and friends in the region, are cordially invited to a centennial program on Friday from 1:30-2:30 p.m., at the College of Law Courtroom, located in the Menard Law Building at 711 Rayburn St, on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow. A reception will follow.

The event will feature a multimedia presentation of highlights in the college’s 100-year history, with special remarks by University of Idaho Board of Regents/State Board of Education President Paul Agidius as well as University of Idaho President Duane Nellis. Burnett will provide an update on the college’s strategic planning for its second century, in light of the statewide mission bestowed upon it by the Board of Regents/State Board of Education.

The College of Law has been recognized by National Jurist magazine in its September 2009 issue as one of the nation’s top 10 values in legal education, based upon cost of attendance, employment opportunities and bar examination pass rate. The college also is nationally known for its clinical legal education, pro bono service, diversity initiatives and cross-disciplinary fields of study, including environmental and natural resources law, business law and entrepreneurship, advocacy and dispute resolution, and Native American law.

For more information about the College of Law and its legacy, visit www.law.uidaho.edu, e-mail uilaw@uidaho.edu or call (208) 885-4977.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 130 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.  

Note to Media: College of Law Dean Don Burnett is available for interview prior to the event. To schedule an interview, contact Tania Thompson at (208) 885-6567.

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu.