College of Law

Administration Office: 208-885-2255
Dean’s Office: 208-885-4977
fax: 208-885-5709
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Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321


phone: 208-364-4074
fax: 208-334-2176
322 E. Front St., Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

John Rumel

John Rumel

Office: Room 581
Phone: (208) 364-4576

College of Law
University of Idaho
Associate Professor of Law

Campus Locations: Boise

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Education Law
    • Employment and Labor Law
    • Civil Procedure
  • Biography
    John Rumel grew up in Southern California, studied, practiced and taught law in Northern California, and, for over twenty years, has practiced and taught law in Idaho.

    John received his bachelor's degree in history and politics from the University of California Santa Cruz and received his J.D. from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, having been selected as an editor on the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. He then served as a law clerk to federal Judges William T. Sweigert and Robert P. Aguilar in the Northern District of California. After his clerkship, John practiced law in San Jose, emphasizing general civil, commercial and real property litigation, and in San Francisco, where he was a partner in a law firm specializing in antitrust and unfair competition law. While in San Francisco, John taught Legal Writing and Research at Hastings and also presided over cases as an arbitrator.

    John served as a Visiting Assistant and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. While at Santa Clara, John taught Civil Procedure, Remedies, Constitutional Law and Legal Writing and Analysis and also served as an on-site director of the Law School's International and Comparative Law Institute's (now the Center for Global Law and Policy's) Summer Study Programs in Singapore and Hong Kong. He also served as a volunteer attorney in the San Francisco Bar Association's Homeless Advocacy Project.

    John then moved with his family to Idaho where he initially practiced law with a firm emphasizing products liability, professional malpractice, education and employment law. For the next sixteen years, he served as in-house General Counsel for the Idaho Education Association, the statewide teachers union. John represented the IEA, its local education associations and members in fora ranging from local school board hearings to the United States Supreme Court. His practice predominantly involved employment and labor law litigation and appeals in state and federal court. During that time, John lectured and wrote extensively on topics related to his practice and served as an adjunct instructor in both the University of Idaho's College of Law and College of Education.

    John joined the College of Law as a full-time faculty member in Fall 2011. Initially, he primarily taught dispute resolution subjects, including Civil Procedure and Evidence. Since moving to the Boise Campus in Fall 2014, John will continue to teach Evidence and will also teach Workplace Law, Education Law, Remedies and Lawyering Process.
  • Selected Publications
    • Beyond Nexus: A Framework for Evaluating K-12 Teacher Off-Duty Conduct and Speech in Adverse Employment or Licensure Proceedings, 83 U. Cin. L. Rev. 685 (2015)
    • Toward an “Unqualified” Otherwise Qualified Standard: Job Prerequisites and Reasonable Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 18 Employee Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 35 (2014)
    • Back to the Future: The In Loco Parentis Doctrine and Its Impact on Whether K-12 Schools and Teachers Owe a Fiduciary Duty to Students, 46 Indiana L. Rev. 711 (2013)
    • Federal Disability Discrimination Law and the Toxic Workplace: A Critique of ADA and Section 504 Case Law Addressing Impairments Caused or Exacerbated by the Work Environment, 51 Santa Clara L. Rev. 515 (2011)
    • A Question of Fairness: The Proper Standard of Review of School Board Just and Reasonable Cause Determinations in Teacher Termination Proceedings in Idaho, 41 Idaho L. Rev. 253 (2005)
  • Awards and Honors
    • Idaho Distinguished Lawyer Award, 2015
    • Alumni Award for Excellence, University of Idaho, 2014
    • Alumni Award for Excellence, University of Idaho, 2012
    • 1066 Club Scholarship, 1980-81
    • Honors in History, 1977
    • Honors on the Oral Comprehensive Exam in History, 1977
    • Honors on the Oral Comprehensive Exam in Politics, 1977

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