The American Legacy Foundation, a national anti-smoking group founded as part of a nationwide tobacco settlement, has donated $350,000 to the University of Idaho to establish a scholarship program at the College of Law in honor of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. The new Lawrence G. Wasden Scholars Program will benefit law students interested in legal and policy dimensions of public health issues related to tobacco and substance abuse; the first scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2015.
Wasden, who is Idaho’s longest-serving attorney general, has served on the board of the foundation and has been active with the National Association of Attorneys General in its work on the tobacco settlement, including chairing its tobacco committee. Robin Koval, CEO and president of the foundation, said, “We’re proud that this program will carry on General Wasden’s tireless anti-tobacco work and create a legacy of longer, healthier lives as a result.”
Mark Adams, dean and professor at the UI College of Law, called Wasden’s work on the national tobacco settlement issue “incredible,” and said the college is “honored” to recognize Wasden, a UI law grad. “Generations of law students and the communities they serve will benefit from the educational opportunities available as a result of this new program,” Adams said. He said the Wasden Scholars Program will be the “cornerstone” of the law school's educational offerings in public health.