Boise Third-Year Law Program Nears Reality
The University of Idaho College of Law is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 best values in legal education. Now, thanks to the support of donors Frank ’54 and Harriet ’54 Shrontz, Idaho law students are soon to see even more value.
The Shrontzes recently pledged a $300,000 gift to advance the college’s success and reputation as it enters its second century of service to Idaho. Part of the college’s strategic plan to strengthen statewide legal education is to offer more instruction in Boise. A third-year program, authorized by the Board of Regents, will allow 25 or more law students each year to complete their professional training in Boise. This expanded presence in the state capital will make the law school more attractive to prospective applicants and will benefit students in both Moscow and Boise by providing additional employment, externship and professional networking opportunities, as well as an enriched curriculum – particularly in the fields of business and commercial law.
The effort to garner the private support necessary to establish the third-year program has been challenged in recent months by economic conditions. The Shrontzes’ gift comes at a pivotal time, and makes it possible for the college to launch the third-year program this fall, subject to the approval of the American Bar Association.
“I have always been proud of my legal education,” said Frank, a graduate of the College of Law and former chief executive officer of The Boeing Company. He and Harriet also have supported student scholarships at the University of Idaho. “I believe the Boise initiative will strengthen the overall success and reputation of the College of Law.”
Their latest gift has helped the College of Law move forward with the hiring of the first full-time, tenure-track faculty member in Boise. Professor Wendy Couture, who served as a visiting faculty member at the College of Law from 2008 to 2009, will return to Idaho to join Lee Dillion, instructor and associate dean for Boise programs, and Katherine (Katie) Ball, instructor and externship coordinator. The law school’s pro bono program also is administered from the Boise office.
“We are profoundly grateful for Frank and Harriet’s philanthropic leadership,” said Don Burnett, dean of the College of Law. “We hope their gift inspires others to step forward with investments in the law school’s statewide future.”
To learn more about giving, contact the College of Law at (208) 885-4977 or firstname.lastname@example.org