Eight years after announcing that it would open a law school in Boise and three years after swinging open its door, Concordia University announced Monday morning that it had earned provisional approval from the American Bar Association, following a lengthy process that left more than a few existing and potential students wondering when they might be able to take the Bar Exam.
“Congratulations to Concordia on receiving its provisional accreditation,” said Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “I appreciate the positive impact Concordia has made in Idaho’s legal community thus far and look forward to great things from its faculty and graduates in the future.”
Concordia officials said they needed to follow the ABA's required two-year waiting period before applying for provisional approval, triggering the multi-year process. At its most recent meeting this past weekend, the ABA gave the green light for Concordia graduates to take any state's bar exam, "and are treated the same as graduates of all ABA approved law schools," according to a statement from Concordia.
“In our third year of operation, we continue to achieve the key milestones we set out to accomplish for our students and for the greater community," said Concordia Law's Dean Cathy Silak.
Concordia Law's inaugural graduates will be able to take the Idaho State Bar exam in July and will celebrate commencement ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 8.
The arrest came after election auditors in Nez Perce County and Asotin County in Washington discovered Christopher Billups, 62, of Lapwai, appeared to have voted at a polling site on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation after already mailing in a ballot to Washington.
"When a girl has gone through what my client went through, standard operating procedure for a case like this could have seen all of her medical records of the past five years put into the public record. That's a horrifying prospect for anybody, particularly a 20-year-old girl."