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State Board votes 4-3 for second year of UI law program in Boise

The Idaho State Board of Education, meeting in Lewiston today, voted 4-3 in favor of offering a second year of law school in Boise through the University of Idaho; currently, the UI College of Law offers just one year - the third year - of its law program in Boise. Under the proposal, if lawmakers in their session that starts in January approve, the second year of law school also would be offered in Boise, starting in the fall of 2013. That would require lawmakers approving a $400,000 appropriation for the program.

If they do, law students still would go to Moscow for the first year of the program, but would have the option of learning in Boise for the second and third years. Here's the vote breakdown in today's board vote:

Voting in favor: Board members Emma Atchley of Ashton, Bill Goesling of Moscow, Tom Luna and Don Soltman of Twin Lakes.
Voting against: Board members Rod Lewis of Boise, Richard Westerberg of Preston, and Ken Edmunds of Twin Falls.

Board member Milford Terrell was absent.

UI Law School Boise Expansion OK’d

The University of Idaho's plan to seek state funding to expand its Boise law program won approval Thursday rom the Board of Education, but not without concerns from one trustee that the cart was getting ahead of the horse. The Moscow university is now offering third-year law courses in Boise and school officials ask the board at a meeting in Pocatello to request $400,000 from the state in 2013 to grow the program to include second-year classes. The expansion of the law program in the state capital has so far been "a great success," said Don Burnett, the dean of the university's College of Law. Burnett noted that board members were convened in Pocatello exactly four years ago when giving the university permission to bring a portion of its law program to Boise/Jessie L. Bonner, AP. More here.

Question: Did someone in your family graduate with a law degree from University of Idaho?

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/08/16/2234233/board-approves-ui-law-program.html#storylink=cpy

Woman finishes bar exam while in labor

CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant suburban Chicago woman was so determined to finish the Illinois bar exam that she completed the test even after going into labor.

The Chicago Tribune reports 29-year-old Elana Nightingale Dawson had started the final portion of the exam last week when the Northwestern Law School graduate went into labor. The exam must be finished to be valid.

Nightingale Dawson says her goal was "to get through the exam as fast as I could and leave" unless anything more serious happened. Her contractions were about 15 minutes apart.

After finishing, she walked with the proctor about one block to a downtown Chicago hospital. The Downers Grove woman's son, Wilson, was delivered by C-section about two hours later.

She'll find out in October if she passed the bar.

Edit: Law School Should Be In Boise

When the University of Idaho decided to develop a livestock research center, it never considered building it on the campus in Moscow. That would be silly. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, there were fewer than 1,000 milk cows in the 10 counties of the Idaho Panhandle. In 2009, there were 286,700 dairy cattle in Gooding, Jerome and Twin Falls counties alone. So now that the university’s third-year law program in Boise is up and running — classes started this week — why not gradually transition the whole law school from Moscow to the state capital? Ada and Canyon counties are home of more than half of the practicing attorneys in Idaho — a large percentage of them graduates of the U of I law school. The demand for a southern Idaho law school is obvious/Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Do you think the University of Idaho Law School should be moved to Boise, where most of the state’s lawyers are, or remain in Moscow?

IB: End Is Near for UI Law School?

The University of Idaho announced that they received a $1 million grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, to help start a U of I Law School in Boise. … The plan is to eventually be housed in a remodeled Ada County Courthouse, and to be co-located with the Idaho Supreme Court Library. They still need to raise another $6 million to achieve that dream. I dunno about all this, though I’m not sure the U of I has much choice. If they don’t get a Boise presence, the new Concordia Law School is going to siphon off a bunch of their students. And if they do get a three year Boise program, it will pull students from the Moscow campus. Either way, it’s difficult to see how the Moscow law school stays viable, or at least, stays in anything like its current configuration/IdaBlue. More here.

Question: Do you agree with IdaBlue that a law school branch in Boise eventually will undercut that main one at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow?

UI law classes in Boise start in two weeks

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The University of Idaho says the American Bar Association has signed off on the school’s proposal for a third-year law program in the state’s capital city. The university announced Monday that classes will start in two weeks. The Moscow-based school in northern Idaho had previously hoped to expand and open a full three-year law school branch in Boise, but the State Board of Education rejected the proposal as too expensive and approved a scaled-down version. As of mid-March, University of Idaho President Duane Nellis said donors had pledged $425,000 toward the project. The school says donations have since increased to $500,000. Concordia University, based in Portland, Ore., also plans to offer law classes in Boise, with classes starting in 2011.