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Deans eNews August 2016


Welcome back students! The fall semester classes began on August 15th.  We are excited for the upcoming year.  The incoming 2016-2017 1L class brings a wealth of diverse experiences to Concordia Law.  A total of 50 students began their law school career this week. The average age is 30, 68%/32% are male/female, 86%/14% are full time/part time, 26% are ethnically diverse and the 1L student body represents 16 states and 2 countries.  


Richard C. Fields Civility Award Student


We were honored to present the Richard C. Fields Civility Award to third-year law student Katelyn Mitchell during the Professionalism & Ethics Orientation for 

new students on August 13th. Katelyn was recognized by her law student peers for her kindness, leadership, and civility. The Idaho State Bar and Concordia Law present this award each year to a student at Concordia and a lawyer or judge who demonstrate civility in the practice of law. The award is named in memory of Dick Fields and the legacy he left for future generations of lawyers in Idaho. To nominate a lawyer or judge for this award, email Cathy Silak and Sherry Morgan with the name and a paragraph describing the individual's commitment to civility by September 1, 2016. The intent is to present the Richard C. Fields Civility Award at the Idaho State Bar's 2016 Resolution Meeting (aka The Roadshow) in the district of the awardee's residence upon receiving confirmation from the respective local district bar officers.   



Faculty and Staff Updates

Welcome Professor Ryan Stoa


Concordia Law is pleased to welcome Professor Ryan B. Stoa to the Law Faculty. Professor Stoa was most recently a Senior Scholar at Florida International University, where he held a joint appointment with the College of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences and served as the co-Director of the International Water Group of the Institute for Water and the Environment. His scholarly interests are in the field of environmental and natural resources law and his work has been featured in the Florida Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal, the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the Georgetown Environmental Law Review, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and the Natural Resources Journal, among others. Professor Stoa will be on campus August 29th.  


Welcome Pastor Rich Davis

Pastor Rich will now be serving as our Concordia Law Pastor and engaging students, staff and faculty.  He will be present part time.  Pastor Bo is sending devotional words of hope every week.  Faculty, Staff and Administrative meetings will now start with prayer.


Welcome Nichole Doering

Nichole Doering will serve as our Senior Financial Aid Counselor & Records Specialist at the School of Law.  Nichole has more than a decade of experience in Financial Aid, as well as expertise with student registration, Veterans certification, and student billing.  We are very excited to have Nichole join our team, and we are confident that she will be a great addition to the law school. 


Director of Academic Success Appointed


We are also excited to announce that Professor Emily Carter has agreed to serve as the Director of the Academic Success Program for the 2016-2017 academic year.   In addition to this new role, Professor Carter continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor for the Legal Research and Writing program at Concordia University School of Law.  Prior to joining Concordia Law, Professor Carter served as a Law Clerk for Justice Petra Jimenez Maes of the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe, N.M.  Ms. Carter received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Spanish from the University of Michigan in 2005. She earned her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2010. During her legal studies, Ms. Carter served as the Executive Managing editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. While in law school, she was awarded the William T. Kirby Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and the Farabaugh Prize for High Scholarship in Law.



An Evening at the Ballpark with Concordia University


Concordia University School of Law students, alumni, mentors, faculty, staff, and families, enjoyed watching the Boise Hawks game. The group included Professor Jodi Nafzgers' two sons, both Little League players. This summer Concordia Law is sponsoring veterans and their families to attend Hawks games and we were all delighted to hear one of the veterans interviewed during the game.  Our Concordia group had a great time, but the Hawks lost to the Tri-City Dust Devils 10-6.  



2016 Fall On-Campus Interviews

Concordia Law's Career Services is excited to announce the firms 

Boise City Attorney's Office, Ada County Prosecutor's Office, 

U.S. Army JAG, Yturri Rose LLP and Elam and Burke 

are participating in the upcoming On-Campus Interviews.  For more information or if you are an employer, please contact Karrie Hitchcock, 



Concordia Library Professor Ning Han


Professor Ning Han presented on Librarianship Across Asia and How it Impacts Us at American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Conference in Chicago, July 2016 (with Avery Le from UF Law and Pushya Veeramachaneni from FIU Law). This is a program sponsored by the Asian American Law Librarians Caucus of AALL. 


Prof. Han was also nominated to serve as member to the Executive Board of Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries (CAFLL) in addition to her continuous service to the Education & Conference Planning Committee and Membership & Public Relations Committee since 2013. 



Law Professor Publishes

Law Professor Joseph Isanga accepted not one, but two separate offers to publish his cutting edge research in international law.  The first, Rule of Law and African Development will be published in the University of North Carolina Journal of International Law. The second, Judicial Review and the Use of African Comparative Jurisprudence was accepted by George Washington International Law Review.

Please join me in congratulating Prof. Isanga on such remarkable accomplishments!




All faculty are expected to serve on committees.  Review the roster showing the committee membership here.


In Fall 2016, the Dean established a management team, inclusive of the academic dean and all the directors of programs.  This team will collaborate with the dean on programmatic and operational issues at the Law School.


Faculty Servant Leadership 

The faculty at Concordia are involved in a variety of community service projects and activities.  Some faculty members are extremely active within the churches, while others are active through service with local non-profit organizations, bar association committee work, or writing on topics of relevance to the public interest arena. 


Further, the pro bono program and clinics at Concordia are directed by faculty members. Though these programs may offer academic components, these programs also offer pro bono o that afford an opportunity for faculty involvement.  Faculty members volunteer at the Idaho Trial Lawyers Street Law Clinic, a walk-in Legal advice clinic for persons of limited means.  Faculty and staff also volunteer at the Idaho Military Legal Alliance Estate Planning Clinics drafting estate planning documents for veterans and military service members.  Faculty members are working with the Idaho State Bar Appellate Section to develop an Appellate Clinic for pro se litigants who appear before the Idaho Court of Appeals.  Others have been very involved in work for homeless populations in the Boise area by helping craft rental agreements for low-income tenants. Concordia Law is currently engaged in the planning phase of a project to benefit homeless veterans, a partnership with the Mayor's Office and the Veterans Administration.


Student Servant Leadership

Students are not only encouraged to provide numerous hours of pro bono work, it's mandatory. And while the requirement is for each student to complete 50 hours of law-related public service prior to graduation, the vast majority go well past that minimum number of hours. Through community service, students hone their skills by giving back to people in need. Serving the underserved is what Concordia University School of Law is all about.


Project Laura

In Fall 2016, Concordia Law established an immigration clinic in collaboration with an entity called Project Laura, founded by pro-bono attorneys. Beginning in the Fall 2016 semester, Concordia's Director of Experiential Learning will recruit Concordia law students to inspire them to serve in the clinic. Actual enrollment into the program will commence in spring 2017 with a maximum of 8 second year or third year law students participating. The Director of Experiential Learning will supervise their pro bono work, and certify and evaluate their performance toward their pro-bono service requirement.


Housing Clinic

Concordia Law's Housing Clinic is staffed by law students who are precipitating in a specialized course on tenant rights, laws, and protections. Students are responsible for intake and screening, interviewing and representing clients, as well as handling mediations and hearings in housing court.


Student Engagement

Moot Court

Moot court competition provides second and third year students a valuable experience and opportunity to improve their written and oral advocacy skills in a competitive field. Students receive case problem for competition, and training on verbal and written appellate advocacy. The experience also makes them more marketable in the legal profession.


A group of Concordia Law students requested to compete in the National Advanced Appellate Advocacy competition. The cost can vary up to $3,000 per student (to include travel and registration) depending how far they get in the national competition. Students agreed to fundraise in order to cover their cost. Concordia Law agreed to endorse their fundraiser and request the foundation for guidance.  The Moot Court Competition Team is now a recognized co-curricular organization. 


Dean's Law Student Ambassador Program

Concordia Law would like to recognize all students who volunteer at our various events, including graduation, donor engagements, award ceremonies, law school tours, and recruitment efforts. We have started the Dean's Law Student Ambassador Program.  These law student ambassadors will receive some training and represent the school in a professional light. They will be instrumental in follow up with admitted and prospective students. The privileges for students who participate in the program follow:

Opportunity for networking.
Opportunity to share personal law experiences with prospective students.
Official recognition for service.
If students receive a minimum of 50 hours of service, they will receive recognition at graduation.
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Fall Course Schedule  

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Commencement May 6, 2017






Jilma L. Meneses, Executive Vice President

Dean, School of Law

Concordia University