UIdaho expands, Widener led by women

It was a GOOD WEEK for…

Getting approval to expand, after The University of Idaho College of Law won an endorsement from Governor Butch Otter to add a second year to the University of Idaho’s law school program in Boise. The main law school is located in rural Moscow. The Boise program currently only includes the third year of law school, and accommodates 40 students. The expansion will double the number of students. The school hopes to expand the program to first years in the future. The school was rebuffed in 2008 when it sought a full campus in Boise. But legislators are more agreeable to approving in smaller pieces.

Female leadership, after it was announced that for the first time, the leadership of the Widener University School of Law student government is comprised entirely of women. The elected Student Bar Association (SBA) executive board didn’t anticipate making history at the law school. “It didn’t click until everyone was elected,” Liya Groysman, president of the SBA at the law school said. The board exemplifies the progress women have made in the male-dominated field. In 2012, two out of three attorneys were men, according to a January 2013 report from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession. Widener Law School is one of only a few law schools led by a woman. In 2006, Dean Linda Ammons became the first woman, as well as the first African American, to lead the law school. Only 20 percent of law school deans are women nationally. Women make up less than half of the entire law student body at Widener University.