Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff joined The University of Idaho College of Law as a Lecturer for the 2020-2021 academic year. Prior to joining U of I, she was the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and an Associate Professor of Law at Concordia University, School of Law. She has also served as a Visiting Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the University of Oregon School of Law.
Professor Fordyce-Ruff earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law in May 2004. During law school, she served as Managing Editor for the Oregon Law Review and worked as a teaching assistant in the Legal Research and Writing Program. After law school, she clerked for Joel D. Horton in the Fourth Judicial District in Idaho and then Roger S. Burdick on the Idaho Supreme Court.
Prof. Fordyce-Ruff serves as the series editor for Carolina Academic Press' state legal research textbook series and wrote Idaho Legal Research, a textbook designed to help legal professionals and students in the state and now in its third edition. She authors a monthly column on legal writing for The Advocate, the Idaho State Bar's monthly publication. Prof. Fordyce-Ruff is also active in the national legal writing community; she currently sits on the executive board for the Association of Legal Writing Directors and serves as its secretary.
She lives in Boise with her husband and loves to hike and snowshoe with their dog and teach yoga.