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Shaakirrah Sanders

Visiting Professor of Law Shaakirrah Sanders

Visiting Professor of Law


J.D., Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
B.S., Trinity College

Visiting Professor Shaakirrah R. Sanders has published scholarship on felony sentencing reform; civil and criminal jury trial rights; religious freedom; and agriculture security or “ag-gag” legislation. Her work has or will appear in Wake Forest Law Review, Irvine Law ReviewHastings Law Journal, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform among other publications. She also contributed commentary for edited collections, including The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law; Mass Media Law in Idaho; Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court; and Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Torts Opinions.

Professor Sanders enjoys presenting at legal scholarship conferences in her areas of law teaching. She occasionally testifies before the Idaho Legislature and regularly gives CLE, university, and public service presentations. She sometimes blogs on Casetext and has appeared in Idaho related news stories in The New York TimesWashington PostAssociated Press, and Al Jazeera America. She has also provided legal commentary for Excited Utterance: The Evidence Law and Proof Podcast, as well many of local and regional radio and television news broadcasts and publications.

Prior to joining the College of Law, Professor Sanders served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Honorable Lavenski R. Smith, current Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She practiced in Seattle, Washington at K&L Gates and the Public Defender Association. She also practiced in New Orleans, Louisiana at Locke Lord.

Professor Sanders attended Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she served as Index/Casenote Editor on the Loyola Law Review and was a William Crowe Scholar upon graduation. In 2004, Professor Sanders was a Pegasus Scholar, a legal exchange program sponsored by the American Inns of Court and the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple in London, England. She received a B.S. in psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and recently served a five-year term as president of her class’s 20th Reunion Committee.

Professor Sanders has bar admission in Louisiana, New York, and Washington, as well as various federal district and circuit courts. She has served as a board officer for the ACLU of Idaho and the Richard C. Fields American Inns of Court. She currently chairs the AALS Section on Constitutional Law and the Idaho State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights.