University of Idaho to Showcase Legal History Exhibit

Friday, March 1 2013


BOISE, Idaho – The University of Idaho College of Law and the Idaho State Law Library will sponsor the Idaho Legal History Exhibit honoring Sen. William E. Borah. The exhibit opens at the Idaho State Law Library at the Idaho Water Center in Boise on Tuesday, March 5 and will be on permanent display.

The exhibit will include photos, documents and other historical artifacts related to Sen. Borah. It will introduce the public to Borah and showcase his accomplishments as an attorney and as an Idaho state senator.

“The Borah exhibit is an example of how the state law library, now operated by the University of Idaho, can enhance the public’s appreciation of legal history and its relevance to issues of today,” said Don Burnett, dean of the University of Idaho College of Law.

A part of the exhibit will concentrate on his body of work during his career and will provide case studies of his influence on national and Idaho law. It will also show the role Sen. Borah’s life has played on current events in Idaho and the nation, including the naming of the highest mountain in Idaho, an elementary school and a high school in his honor.

The late Sen.Borah was a prominent Idaho attorney and senator who had tremendous influence on national and Idaho law during his life when the nation was young and the Idaho territory was becoming a state in the Union.

The exhibit is on loan from the personal collection of former attorney general and Idaho Legal Historian, David LeRoy.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.
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