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U of I College of Law Honors Boise Mayor David Bieter

May 09, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — May 9, 2019 — The University of Idaho College of Law will recognize Boise Mayor David H. Bieter ’86 with its 2019 Award of Legal Merit. Bieter will receive the award at a dinner today, May 9, as part of U of I’s Moscow commencement ceremonies.

The Award of Legal Merit recognizes the outstanding contribution of an Idaho law graduate whose career exemplifies the best in the legal profession. This annual award is determined by a vote of the law faculty and is based on demonstrated standards of integrity, competence, service and leadership through work as a legal practitioner, service to the legal profession, service to the community or service to business/state/national interests.

“Mayor Bieter’s contributions to the public welfare of Boise and the state are too numerous to name,” said Jerrold Long, dean of the College of Law. “He represents the best attributes of a lawyer, public servant, and alum of the law school. Our faculty is honored to recognize him with the Award of Legal Merit.”

Bieter was elected the 54th mayor of Boise in 2003, fulfilling a dream he's had since he was a boy growing up in the city's North End. Now serving his fourth four-year term, Bieter is the longest-serving mayor in Boise’s 150-year history.

From the beginning, Bieter’s mission has been to make Boise the most livable city in the country — a goal that continues to transform the city government’s culture, drive its strategic direction, and build Boise’s reputation as a welcoming city and a center for business, culture, education and outdoor recreation.

Bieter was born in Boise, attended Bishop Kelly High School and received a degree in international studies from The College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his law degree from the University of Idaho and gained experience in municipal government as civil counsel to Bonner County in North Idaho. He later served as a land-use specialist in the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office before opening a private practice in Boise.

Bieter was appointed to his father’s seat in the Idaho Legislature following the tragic death of his parents, Pat and Eloise Bieter, in a car accident in 1999. He was re-elected to the District 19 House seat in 2000 and 2002. After his election as mayor in 2003, he was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

“I owe every single good thing that has happened to me in my professional life to the University of Idaho,” Bieter said. “This recognition is humbling and means more than anyone could ever know. Thank you to the university, the law school and its faculty for this great honor.”

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Jeffrey A. Dodge
Associate Dean
U of I College of Law

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