College of Law Centennial Reception Set for Aug. 28 in Pocatello

Thursday, August 20 2009

Aug. 20, 2009

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.

Earlier this year, Governor Butch Otter proclaimed 2009 "University of Idaho College of Law Recognition Year." Accordingly, the college has scheduled centennial receptions throughout the state to celebrate the contributions law alumni, faculty and students have made in the development of the State of Idaho, and those contributions that reverberate beyond its borders.

The region’s University of Idaho College of Law alumni and all members of the Sixth District Bar Association and other area legal professionals are invited to celebrate the College of Law Centennial at a luncheon/reception to be held at noon Friday, Aug. 28, at the Juniper Hills Country Club, 6600 Bannock Highway. The cost of the luncheon is $12, payable at the door. RSVPs may be sent by e-mail to

At the event, College of Law Dean Don Burnett will summarize the college’s 100-year history and share a brief update on the latest news, including discussion of the college’s bold plan to fulfill the statewide mission bestowed upon it by the Idaho State Board of Education.

"Fulfilling our statewide mission is the only way to secure the future viability of our legal education program in Moscow," said Burnett. "Legal education in Idaho’s capital city is inevitable."

"The University of Idaho must maintain its statewide leadership by providing affordable public legal education in Boise as an extension of our program anchored in Moscow," said Burnett. "The Moscow program will continue to provide a general legal education and will draw upon its connections with the rest of the university to provide specialized instruction in natural resources and environmental law, Native American law, public lands, and water law – topics of vital importance to Idaho’s future."

In academic year 2009-10, the University of Idaho College of Law celebrates its centennial. The college has been recognized nationally for its distinct programs, including 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, e-mail 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  

Media Contact: Joni Kirk, University Communications, (208) 885-7725,  

Note to Media: College of Law Dean Don Burnett is available for interview prior to the event. Burnett is a Pocatello native and recent recipient of the Idaho State Bar’s Distinguished Lawyer Award. To schedule an interview, contact Joni Kirk.

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