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College of Law

Physical Address:
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Main Office: 208-885-2255
Admissions: 208-885-2300
Legal Clinic: 208-885-6541
Office of the Dean: 208-885-4977

Administration Office Fax: 208-885-5708
Office of the Dean Fax: 208-885-0979

Fax: 208-885-5709

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu

Physical Address:
514 W Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83720

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720-0051
Boise, ID 83720-0051

Phone: 208-364-4560

Fax: 208-334-2176

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu

Shaakirrah Sanders

Shaakirrah Sanders

Professor of Law

Office

ILJLC 311

Phone

208-364-4070

Mailing Address

College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0015

  • J.D., 2001 (cum laude), Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans
  • B.S., 1997, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Shaakirrah R. Sanders became the first African-American and second person of color to achieve the rank of full professor at the University of Idaho College of Law in 2018. Professor Sanders teaches courses related to U.S. constitutional law and criminal procedure. She previously co-coached the National Moot Court Competition teams in Boise and Moscow. She also served as faculty advisor for the Idaho Critical Legal Studies Journal from 2014-18.

Professor Sanders has published scholarship on felony sentencing reform; civil and criminal jury trial rights; religious freedom; and agriculture security or “ag-gag” legislation. Her work has or will appear in Irvine Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform among other publications. She also contributed commentary for edited collections, including Idaho Media Law Handbook; Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court; and The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law.

 Professor Sanders enjoys presenting at legal scholarship conferences in her areas of law teaching. She occasionally testifies before the Idaho Legislature and regularly gives CLE, university, and public service presentations. She sometimes blogs on Casetext and has appeared in Idaho related news stories in The New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and Al Jazeera America. She has also provided legal commentary for Excited Utterance: The Evidence Law and Proof Podcast, as well many of local and regional radio and television news broadcasts and publications.

Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Sanders served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Honorable Lavenski R. Smith, current Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She practiced in Seattle, Washington at K&L Gates and the Public Defender Association. She also practiced in New Orleans, Louisiana at Locke Lord.

 Professor Sanders attended Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she served as Index/Casenote Editor on the Loyola Law Review and was a William Crowe Scholar upon graduation. In 2004, Professor Sanders was a Pegasus Scholar, a legal exchange program sponsored by the American Inns of Court and the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple in London, England. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and recently served a five-year term as president of her class’s 20th Reunion Committee.

 Professor Sanders has bar admission in Louisiana, New York, and Washington, as well as various federal district and circuit courts. She has served as a board officer for the ACLU of Idaho and the Richard C. Fields American Inns of Court. She currently chairs the AALS Section on Constitutional Law and the Idaho State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights.

  • Confrontation rights at felony sentencing
  • Criminal and civil jury trial rights
  • Equal protection: race, gender, and sexuality
  • Substantive due process: marriage, family autonomy, and reproductive freedom
  • First Amendment: speech, press, association and religious freedom
  • Voting rights

Criminal Procedure

First Amendment

  • Religious Healing Exemptions and the Jurisprudential Gap between Substantive Due Process and the Free Exercise Clause, 8 Irvine L. Rev. ___ (2018).
  • By Faith Alone: When Religious Beliefs and Child Welfare Collide, in The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law 308 (Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2018) (co-authored with Robin Fretwell Wilson)
  • Mass Communication Law In Idaho 51-96, 153-96 (Rebecca Tallent et aleds., New Forums State Law Series 2017)
  • Ag-Gag Free Detroit, 93 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 669 (2016) (centennial symposium on the past, present, and future of the City of Detroit)

Jury Trial Rights

  • Simpkins v. Grace Brethren Church, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Torts Opinions (Cambridge University Press forthcoming)
  • Deconstructing Juryless Fact-Finding in Civil Cases, 25 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 235 (2016) (featured on Juries Blog)
  • Uncapping Compensation in the Gore Due Process Analysis, 24 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 37 (2015)
  • Note, Putting an End to the Speculative Jury: Louisiana v. Haddad, 45 Loy. L. Rev. 783 (1999)

Miscellaneous

  • Commentary on United States v. Morrison, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court 447 (Cambridge University Press 2016)
  • Michigan’s Duty to Provide Access to Health Care, 6 J.L. Soc’y 1 (2005)
  • The Cyclical Nature of Divorce in the Western Legal Tradition, 50 Loy. L. Rev. 407 (2004)
  • Twenty-Five Years of a Divided Court and Nation: Conflicting Views of Affirmative Action and Reverse Discrimination, 26 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 61 (2003)

  • Loyola Law Review Faculty Advisor of the Year (2014)
  • Loren Miller Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year Award (2008)
  • American Inn of Court/Honorable Society of the Inner Temple Pegasus Scholar (2004)
  • Loyola University School of Law William Crowe Scholar (2001)
  • Loyola Law Review Editorial Board Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service (1999-2000)

Recent Blog Posts

Scholarship by Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Cited by the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Posted Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700

On April 6, 2017, the Wisconsin Supreme Court in State v. Zamzow cited scholarship by Professor Sanders entitled Unbranding Confrontation as Only a Trial Right, 65 Hastings L.J. 1257 (2014). Read more

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents at Faculty Workshop Series at University of Toledo College of Law

Posted Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700

On Thursday, March 23, 2016, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented her recent work-in-progress, The Gay Divorcee, at University of Toledo College of Law. Read more

Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders Presents at Wayne Law Review Symposium on Drug Policy and Sentencing

Posted Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700

On Friday, March 24, 2017, Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders presented at the Wayne Law Review Symposium The Changing Face of the War on Drugs: Mass Incarceration, Overcriminalization, and Evolving Drug Policy. Read more

College of Law

Physical Address:
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Main Office: 208-885-2255
Admissions: 208-885-2300
Legal Clinic: 208-885-6541
Office of the Dean: 208-885-4977

Administration Office Fax: 208-885-5708
Office of the Dean Fax: 208-885-0979

Fax: 208-885-5709

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu

Physical Address:
514 W Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83720

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720-0051
Boise, ID 83720-0051

Phone: 208-364-4560

Fax: 208-334-2176

Email: uilaw@uidaho.edu