A Million Reasons to Renovate the Historic Ada County Courthouse


The crossroads of Sixth and Jefferson streets in downtown Boise became the center of Idaho's legal community on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Attorneys, lawmakers, enforcers and justices held a makeshift University of Idaho alumni rally to boost their alma mater's law school program.

The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation announced a $1 million commitment to for the U of I's new law center. The third-year law school program and a new state law library will be housed in a soon-to-be renovated Ada County Courthouse. Appropriately, the historic courthouse stands right between the Idaho Supreme Court and the State Capitol. Directly across the street are the offices of the State Bar Association.


On Monday, 30 students began classes at the inaugural third-year law program for the U of I's Boise program, currently housed at the Water Center building at Broadway Avenue and Front Street.

U of I alum, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter reminded attendees that the historic courthouse had recently housed the Idaho Legislature for two sessions, "but a full and official exorcism has been performed, and I'm assured the building has a clean bill of health."