Creating the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center

If current schedules hold, the former Ada County Courthouse in Boise will be occupied by the University of Idaho College of Law and the Idaho Supreme Court by the fall of 2015.

Lee Dillion, Associate Dean for Boise Programs with the College of Law, says the fourth phase of the project is winding down, with windows currently being installed on the south and east sides of the building, with the north and east sides still to be completed.



(Courtesy photos, dated 10/29/2014)

Dillion says the fifth phase includes “the Department of Administration’s final phase, the tenant improvements funded by the College of Law (through private donations), and our support budget.” Phase five has the following schedule:

  • DPW will hold the pre- bid meeting on November 4th  at 2:00
  • DPW/Design team will provide two weeks for changes and answering bidder questions, and last addendum goes out about November 13th
  • Bids opened on November 18th at 2:00

It’s hoped that construction on phase five can begin on January 5th, with occupancy by the UI College of Law and the Idaho Supreme Court by the fall of 2015.

Dillion says that when the work is complete, the Center will house  the legal education program of the College of Law, as well as four distance education classrooms, space for the College’s three clinics (Economic Development Clinic, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, and the Small Business Legal Clinic), student study and co-curricular spaces, faculty offices, and other support space.

In addition, Dillion says the Center will also house the State Law Library, the Judicial Education program of the Judiciary, and public legal education and outreach, performed by both the Judiciary and the College of Law.

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(Idaho Public Radio photo, dated 10/25/2014)

Preservation Idaho, the Idaho Historic Preservation Council, says the courthouse was built in 1938- 39 by the Public Works Administration, and was used as  the courthouse for Ada County until 2002, “when support for a new building resulted in a separate complex on Front Street.”

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

On the web:

University of Idaho 2012 statement on the project:

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Posted November 3, 2014


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