College of Law Centennial Reception to be Held Oct. 23 at Caldwell

Friday, October 9 2009

Written by Donna Emert

BOISE, 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.

A Luncheon and Centennial Presentation is set for noon, Friday, Oct. 23, in the Public Meeting Room on the first floor of the Canyon County Courthouse, at 1115 Albany St. in Caldwell. All law practitioners in the 3rd Judicial District and all College of Law alumni are invited to attend. The event is free of charge. Please R.S.V.P. to Elaine Kempton at (208) 364-4074 or by Tuesday, Oct. 20.

At the event, 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, and the University of Idaho must expand its presence there."

"The University of Idaho must maintain its statewide leadership by providing affordable public legal education in the Treasure Valley 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. The program in the Treasure Valley will include specialized emphases in business and commercial law, entrepreneurship, regulatory law, and intellectual property."

The College of Law was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top ten values in legal education by National Jurist magazine, in its September 2009 edition. The ranking is 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, 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  

Note to Media: College of Law Dean Don Burnett is available for interview prior to the event. 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