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Deans eNews July 2016

From the Desk of Dean Jilma L. Meneses


We are pleased to announce that Elena Langan will join Concordia University and its law school as the new Dean. Elena Langan currently serves as the associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Previously she had served as the director of their first-year lawyering skills and values program and was appointed the law school's interim dean during the 2013-14 academic year. Prior to joining NSU in 2007, she practiced law for 25 years, primarily in Miami-Dade County, Florida. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a juris doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law.  She is an active member of the Florida Bar and was admitted to practice before the Maryland bar, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland and the Southern District of Florida. 


Since Dean Langan will not officially commence her new role until January 2017, I will serve as interim dean of the school as we await Dean Langan's arrival. As a member of President Schlimpert's cabinet, I bring the Portland support and presence to the Boise campus. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and, most importantly, the students at the law school.  In addition, I look forward to meeting the Boise community members and Concordia University supporters. Lastly, We feel honored and privileged that founding Dean Silak will continue to be present in our law school community as Vice President of Community Engagement.



Faculty Members Receive Rank Advancement

Please join me in congratulating Ning Han, Andrew Kim and Jodi Nafzger on their rank advancement from Associate Professors to Assistant Professors.



Concordia Professor's Publishes in the Arkansas Law Review

Concordia Professor McKay Cunningham's article, Free Expression, Privacy, and Diminishing Sovereignty in the Information Age, has been published in the Arkansas Law Review.

The right to be forgotten" is a new right that allows European citizens to delete information about themselves from the Internet.  Upon a legitimate request, Internet search engines - like Google - and other search engines must erase links and content from the Internet, raising serious censorship questions. Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have already deleted over 475,000 links as of the date of this article. Of those requests, one source report that approximately 33% related to accusations of fraud, 20% to other serious crimes, and a further 12% to child pornography. Public figures and celebrities have successfully erased content from Internet searches by leveraging the right to be forgotten, and several news agencies have seen their stories disappear from Internet searches.

The censorship effect of this newly conferred right is not limited to the European Union, generating renewed conflict with free speech principles embedded in U.S. law. European legislation set to become effective in 2017 would extend the application of the right to be forgotten globally. The Article published by the Arkansas Law Review analyzes the conflict between free speech and the right to be forgotten, highlights the extraterritoriality and concomitant censorship implications of European privacy law, and articulates alternative regulatory frameworks that better balance free speech with informational privacy in the digital age.  Read more. 



Concordia Professors Present at Idaho State Bar Annual Conference

Professors Latonia Haney Keith and Jodi Nafzger taught lawyers how to recognize their unconscious biases and implement techniques to mitigate or override them at the 2016 Idaho State Bar Annual Conference. As our profession is grounded in principles of integrity and objectivity, it can be challenging to accept that implicit bias plays a role in legal practice. 



Upcoming Events

New Student Information Session - Wed., July 20, 2016  ~ Sign Up

Life's Kitchen Legal Education Program Workshop - Fri., July 22, 2016 ~ Sign Up

New Student Orientation - Wed., August 10 - 13, 2016

Fall Semester Begins - Monday, August 15, 2016



I encourage you to visit the Concordia University School of Law and learn more about our forward-thinking vision of legal education. For more information, visit



Jilma L. Meneses, Executive Vice President and Dean, School of Law