College of Law

Administration Office: 208-885-2255
Dean’s Office: 208-885-4977
fax: 208-885-5709
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

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

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Wendy Gerwick Couture

Office: IWC 580
Phone: (208) 364-4547
Fax: (208) 334-2176


College of Law
University of Idaho
Associate Professor of Law

Campus Locations: Boise

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Securities Regulation
    • White Collar Crime
  • Biography

    Wendy Gerwick Couture is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho, where she teaches Securities Regulation, White Collar Crime, Property Security, and Negotiable Instruments.

    Professor Couture is committed to academic excellence. She received her B.A. from Duke University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Professor Couture earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University, graduating first in her class. She also served as Texas Survey Editor of the SMU Law Review and was elected to membership in the Order of the Coif.

    Professor Couture brings diverse legal experience to the classroom. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She then practiced business and commercial law at a large firm in Dallas, Texas, and at a boutique firm in Olympia, Washington. Finally, she served as an Assistant Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

    Professor Couture enjoys contributing to legal scholarship. Her articles have been published in the Alabama Law Review, Louisiana Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, Baylor Law Review, Seattle University Law Review, Albany Law Review, Penn State Law Review Penn Statim, Pepperdine Law Review, and Securities Regulation Law Journal. Professor Couture's scholarship is available on the Social Science Research Network: Wendy Gerwick Couture. Slides from her presentations are available on SlideShare: Wendy Couture.

  • Selected Publications
    • Materiality and a Theory of Legal Circularity, 17 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. __ (forthcoming 2015).
    • The PSLRA Discovery Stay Meets Complex Litigation: Five Questions Answered, 42 Sec. Reg. L.J. 243 (2014)
    • The Collision Between the First Amendment and Securities Fraud, 65 Ala. L. Rev. 903 (2014).
    • Securities Regulation of Alternative Litigation Finance, 42 Sec. Reg. L.J. 5 (2014).
    • Around the World of Securities Fraud in 80 Motions to Dismiss, 45 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 553 (2014).
    • Opinions Actionable As Securities Fraud, 73 La. L. Rev. 381 (2013).
    • The End of the Vexatiousness Rationale, 41 Sec. Reg. L.J. 301 (2013).
    • Criminal Securities Fraud and the Lower Materiality Standard, 41 Sec. Reg. L.J. 77 (2013).
    • The Falsity-Scienter Inference, 40 Sec. Reg. L.J. 303 (2012).
    • Mixed Statements:  The Safe Harbor’s Rocky Shore, 39 Sec. Reg. L.J. 257 (2011).
  • Outreach Projects
    • Board of Directors, Federal Defender Services of Idaho.
    • Governing Council, Business and Corporate Law Section of the Idaho State Bar.
    • Board of Directors, Idaho Women Lawyers.
    • Columnist, Business Insider (published by the Idaho Statesman)
    • Speaker, “Top 10 Business Cases From the Past Year,” Balancing Precision and Flexibility: Advanced Contracting Techniques, Idaho State Bar Business and Corporate Law Section Annual CLE, Boise, Idaho, May 9, 2014.

  • Awards and Honors
    • Peter E. Heiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014.
    • Recipient, “Women of the Year,” awarded by the Idaho Business Review, 2013.
    • Recipient, “Idaho Accomplished Under 40,” awarded by the Idaho Business Review, 2012.