Dean, College of Law - Finalist, Brian Kane
Brian P. Kane graduated from the University of Idaho in 1997, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. Brian graduated from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon, in 2000, with a Juris Doctorate degree. Following a year of private practice, in 2001, Brian joined the Office of the Idaho Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General in the Intergovernmental and Fiscal Law Division, later becoming the Lead Deputy Attorney General of the division.
In 2005, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden appointed Brian the Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General, the role in which he serves today. In this capacity, he provides legal counsel to the Idaho Legislature, the Idaho Secretary of State, and other elected officials and acts as a liaison between the Idaho Attorney General’s Office and local, state and federal governments. Brian authors legislation, constitutional amendments, amicus curiae and appellate briefs, and has appeared before the Idaho Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Brian is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Idaho College of Law, and formerly with Concordia University School of Law, teaching administrative law, legislative process, and legislative drafting. Brian is a member of the faculty of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, providing legal education and training for offices of attorneys general throughout the country. He has been named Faculty of the Year for this work. He has also been recognized by the Idaho State Bar, with the Outstanding Service Award; by the Conference of Western Attorneys General, with the Kempsky Award for Management and Leadership and by the National Association of Attorneys General, with the Attorney General Senior Staff of the Year Award and as an International Fellow.
Brian is a leading expert in the field of government law, with a focus on transparent and ethical government. He has published numerous articles for law reviews and other periodicals, and is invited to present throughout the nation. Brian recently co-created “Counsel for the State,” a podcast offering an inside view of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office and its work in state and federal law.
Brian is a member of the Law Advisory Council for the University of Idaho College of Law. He also serves on the IDeal Idaho College Savings Plan Board, the government and membership subcommittees of the Idaho Pro Bono Commission, and as the chair of the editorial board of the Idaho State Bar publication The Advocate.
Prior to attending the University of Idaho, Brian served for four years in the United States Army, primarily with the 312th Military Intelligence Battalion in the First Cavalry Division. Brian is an avid runner, and has completed three marathons and twelve consecutive Race to Robie Creek Half Marathons. Brian’s youth sport coaching career includes soccer, volleyball, and basketball, and he volunteers as a church lector and with a local food pantry. He and his wife, Emily, have two dynamic and energetic children.
The search advisory committee and Provost and Executive Vice President Torrey Lawrence are pleased to announce that Brian Kane has been selected to interview for the dean position in the College of Law. The open session was held via zoom.