Idaho State Bar & Idaho Law Foundation Announcements

The following announcements have been published within the past six (6) months.


CLE on Application for Naturalization

How to Help Your Client Become a Naturalized Citizen: Sept. 8 in Boise
The Idaho Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association presents “The Attorney’s Roll in preparing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization to U.S. Citizenship”  on Tuesday, September 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Law Center in Boise.  There will also be a pro bono opportunity for attorneys to participate in AILA’s National Citizenship Day, Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nampa’s Hispanic Cultural Center. 2 CLE credits. To register or for more information, contact Nicole Derden at

2015 Attorneys Against Hunger

Please join us September 3rd at Boise Brewing (521 W Broad St., Boise) from 4-7pm to raise money for this great cause. Flyer and contact information here.

Idaho Civil Rules Update Open for Review

Idaho Court Rules & Amendments Available for Public Comment on the Idaho Supreme Court website

2015 Citizen's Law Academy

Application deadline September 1

2015-2016 Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Class Announced

IALL Class of 2015-16



Casemaker's Premium Services Are Free

The Idaho State Bar is proud to announce the addition of Casemaker’s suite of premium services at no additional cost to our members (a value of $450 per year).  Now you have access to not only Casemaker’s broad and comprehensive libraries which cover all 50 states and Federal level materials, but you also have access to a suite of tools that make research faster and easier.  These premium services include Casecheck+, CiteCheck  and CasemakerDigest .
Casecheck+ works like Shephard’s® and KeyCite® to notify you instantly of negative treatment, identifying whether your case law citations are still good law.  Casecheck+ returns both positive and negative treatments instantly as you research. It also links to negative treatments so you can quickly review the citation history for both state and federal cases. It works seamlessly inside the new Casemaker and doesn’t require any extra steps for use.
Members also have access to CiteCheck, which analyzes every citation in your brief (or your opponent’s) and provides you with a report of good law, negative treatments and potential citation format errors. In just moments, you have this critical information.
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To learn more about Casemaker and the tools available to you as an Idaho State Bar member, call Casemaker customer support at (877) 659-0801, Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. (MT).  

Bureau of Vital Records Announces New Fee Schedule and Revised Forms

Notice of Vital Records Fees Effective July 1, 2015

Comments Sought on Amendments to the Idaho Rules of Evidence

Idaho court rules and amendments available for public comment

2015 Citizens' Law Academy Starting in Boise

CLA is an adult education program offered free of charge to help non-attorneys appreciate the laws affecting their daily lives and understand how the judicial system works. Classes will be held in Boise at the Law Center on 5th and Jefferson as well as at area courthouses, and will meet one evening a week from September 15 through December 1. More detailed information about the program as well as applications are available at the Idaho Law Foundation’s website. Completed applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 1 at the close of business.  For more information, contact Carey Shoufler at 208.334.4500 or

Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted by the Idaho State Bar for the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (IALL). Now in its fifth year, IALL aims to promote diversity and inspire leadership qualities in the legal profession by presenting proven leadership skills. The program features professional development for a small group of Idaho’s most promising lawyers. IALL brings together lawyers from different practice areas with a variety of backgrounds from all across the Gem State. The deadline for application submission is Friday, July 10. For more information regarding the program, select: Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers To obtain an application, select: IALL Brochure and Application 2015-2016

Call for Nominations: Richard C. Fields Civility Award

The Idaho State Bar Professionalism & Ethics Section and Concordia University School of Law are honored to invite nominations for the Richard C. Fields Civility Award. Dick Fields was consistently recognized for his service, professionalism, and leadership within the Idaho State Bar and was known in the legal community as an advocate for civility in the practice of law. Dick received the Idaho State Bar’s Distinguished Lawyer award in 2000 and chaired the Dean’s Advisory Council at Concordia Law since its inception in 2009, until his passing in April, 2014. In honor of Dick’s memory and the legacy he left for future generations of lawyers in Idaho, we invite you to nominate an Idaho lawyer who demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and civility in the profession. To do so, please send an email to Dean Cathy R. Silak ( and Sherry A. Morgan ( with the name of the attorney and a paragraph describing the attorney’s commitment to civility in the profession by June 30, 2015. The Richard C. Fields Civility Award will be presented at Concordia Law’s Professionalism & Ethics Orientation, a program Dick helped create, on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 12:00 pm. Cathy R. Silak, J.D., LL.M. Sherry A. Morgan Dean, School of Law Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Concordia University School of Law Chair, Professionalism & Ethics Section

Amendments to Family Law Rules on Judgments

Idaho Court Rules- Recent Amendments

U.S. Court Seeks Lawyer Representatives from 4th District

The Judges of the United States District and Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho intend to appoint a Lawyer Representative to serve on the Ninth Circuit Conference of the United States Courts for a three-year term to replace Walter Sinclair. In addition to Walter Sinclair, the District of Idaho’s current Lawyer Representatives are Howard Burnett and Lori Nakaoka. Information here


Welcome New Members!

On May 7, 2015, the Idaho State Bar welcomed 45 New Members.


February 2015Bar Exam Successful Applicants

The list of Successful Applicants from the February 2015 bar examination was released on April 16, 2015. The Admission Ceremony will be held on May 7, 2015 in Boise.

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