Idaho State Bar & Idaho Law Foundation Announcements

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


Comments Sought on Proposed Amendment of Discretionary Jail Time

The court will be considering a proposed amendment to Idaho Criminal Rule 33 that addresses the imposition of discretionary jail time.

To view the proposed rule, select ISC PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO CRIMINAL RULE 33. Please send comments and suggestions to Cathy Derden by May 5, 2014. Committee minutes may be found following the proposed amendment. 

Support Civic Education through Idaho Gives - May 1

On Thursday, May 1st, the Law Related Education Program will be participating in Idaho Gives to help raise funds for mock trial and other important Law Related Education Programs. This is your opportunity to help Law Related Education and make a difference for civic education and the Idaho students who participate. Visit the Law Related Education's Idaho Gives page, become a fan, consider supporting LRE’s work statewide, and tell others why you support us in the comments section.

2014 Mock Trial Courtroom Artist Contest Results

The following students received top honors in the Second Annual Mock Trial Courtroom Artist Contest:

  • First Place - Autumn Cole, Lewiston High School
  • Second Place - Irene Hong, Logos School (Moscow)
  • Third Place - Chloe Mashburn, Firth High School

The Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program awarded a total of $175 in prize money to the three artists - donated by an anonymous donor to the Idaho Law Foundation - to recognize the accomplishments of the top three courtroom artist entries.

The Courtroom Artist Contest is open to students in grades 9 to 12, to allow artistically talented students the opportunity to participate in the mock trial program. Artists observe trials and submit sketches that depict actual courtroom scenes. Participants can be part of a team or enter on their own. The top six finishers from regional contests are invited to participate in the state mock trial competition.

Winning drawings will be displayed at the offices of the Idaho Law Foundation in Boise and reproduced for inclusion in the State Bar’s magazine, The Advocate, as well as on the Law Foundation website.

For more information about the Mock Trial Program or the Courtroom Artist Contest, contact Carey Shoufler, Law Related Education Director, at 208.334.4500.

February 2014 Bar Exam Successful Applicants

The list of Successful Applicants from the February 2014 bar examination was released on April 10, 2014. The Admission Ceremony will be held on May 1, 2014 in Boise.

Nominations Sought for 25th Annual Family Law Section Award of Distinction

Twenty-five years ago, just after the Family Law Section was reorganized, the newly revitalized Family Law Section inaugurated the Family Law Section Award of Distinction, to be presented to a member of the bar, the judiciary, or the public who has provided outstanding service in the realm of family law.

Twenty-five years later, nominations are currently being sought for the 2014 award, which will be presented at a reception to be held in conjunction with the ISB Annual Meeting. The reception will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Pocatello.

The Family Law Section is pleased to accept your letter of nomination of a lawyer, judge, or citizen connected with family law who has distinguished themselves during their career in the advancement of family law in Idaho. Section membership is not a requirement to nominate or to receive the award, though support of the Family Law Section might well be one of the elements of the nominee's distinction on behalf of family law.

Please review the Family Law Award of Distinction Recipients List to avoid nominating someone who has previously received the award. If you would like to nominate someone for the award, please email a short letter of nomination to Mahmood Sheikh at the Idaho State Bar, which will them be forwarded to the committee for consideration. If you have questions, please email Committee members Tom Dial, Michael Kraynick, or Linda Pall.

All nominations must be received on or before Monday, April 28 at 5:00 P.M. MDT.

Idaho Supreme Court Seeks Letters of Interest for Public Defense Commission - Due April 30

The Supreme Court is accepting letters of interest for appointment to the newly established Public Defense Commission. Pursuant to HB 542 relating to the Idaho Public Defense Act, the Supreme Court shall appoint one member to the seven member State Public Defense Commission, established by I.C. § 19-849. No one who is currently employed as a prosecuting attorney or who is a current employee of a law enforcement agency may be a member of the Commission. The member appointed by the Supreme Court shall serve a term of two (2) years. The members of the Commission shall be compensated as provided for in I.C. § 59-509(b). The powers and duties of the State Public Defense Commission are set forth in I.C. § 19-850.

Please submit your letter of interest to: Patricia Tobias, Administrative Director of the Courts, Idaho Supreme Court, PO Box 83720, Boise, ID  83720-0101 or


Appellate Practice Section Organizational Meeting

The ISB Board of Commissioners approved the petition submitted to form an Appellate Practice SectionAn organizational meeting of the section will take place on Monday, April 7 at 12:00 p.m. Noon (MT) at the Law Center, 525 W. Jefferson in Boise. Agenda items include: selection of officers and discussion of membership dues, composition of the governing board, and the design and development of Section activities.

All Bar members are invited to participate.  Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend in person with 24-hour notice. You may also participate via telephonic conferencing by dialing (888) 706-6468 and using participant code 4121520. If you are planning to participate (either in-person or via telephone), please RSVP via email to Dayna Ferrero. For more information, please contact ISB Deputy Executive Director Mahmood Sheikh at (208) 334-4500.


Spring Case Review - Sponsored by the Fourth District

Tuesday April 1, 2014
Red Lion Downtowner, 1800 Fairview Avenue - Boise
2.75 CLE Credits (Pending Approval)
FREE Program
5:00 p.m. - Social (No Host Bar/ Hosted Appetizers)
5:30 p.m. - Fourth District Bar Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
5:45 p.m. - CLE Program/Spring Case Review (Topics will include real estate law, estate planning and probate, ethics, business and corporate law, evidence and procedure, tort law, employment law, criminal law, bankruptcy, workers compensation and family law)

Pre-registration is requested, but not required. RSVP to

Board of Commissioners Election Notice - Nominations Due April 1

Attorneys in the 3rd, 4th and 5th district will be electing new representatives to the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners this Spring. The new commissioners will replace William H. Wellman (Nampa) and Robert T. Wetherell (Boise). Pursuant to Idaho Bar Commission Rule 900, the new commissioner representing the 3rd and 5th districts must reside or maintain an office in the 5th district. Commissioners of the Idaho State Bar - the elected governing body of the Bar - serve for three (3) years, beginning on the last day of the ISB Annual Meeting following their elections. The Board of Commissioners is charged with regulating the legal profession in Idaho, which includes the testing, admission, and licensing of attorneys, overseeing disciplinary functions and administering mandatory continuing legal education requirements.

Nominations must be in writing and signed by at least five (5) members of the ISB in good standing and eligible to vote in the districts. The Executive Director must receive nominations no later than the close of business on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A nominating petition form may be obtained by calling the office of Executive Director at (208) 334-4500 or by selecting one of the following options:

Ballots will be mailed to all members eligible to vote in the 3rd, 4th and 5th districts on Monday, April 21, 2014. All ballots properly cast and returned to the ISB office will be counted by a board of canvassers at the close of business on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.


Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to ICAR 32 and ICR 46

The Rule 32 Committee is seeking comments on proposed amendments to Idaho Court Administrative Rule 32, Records of the judicial department--Examination and copying—Exemptions from and limitations on disclosure. In addition, the Bail Bonds Guidelines Committee is seeking comments on its proposed amendments to Idaho Criminal Rule 46, Bail or release on own recognizance. Both sets of proposed amendments can be found at with comments due by March 13, 2014.

Domestic Violence Training FREE CLEs

You are invited to attend a FREE domestic violence training program – available in Nampa or Pocatello.  If you are interested in attending, please register prior to Friday, February 21st.

Domestic Violence Training: A Coordinated Effort
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (MDT) – Registration at 8:00 a.m.
Hispanic Cultural Center, 315 Stampede Drive – Nampa

To view the program agenda, select:  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING AGENDA - Nampa

Domestic Violence Training
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m. (MDT) – Registration at 12:30 p.m.
Red Lion Hotel, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road – Pocatello

To view the program agenda, select:  DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING AGENDA - Pocatello

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to ICRP, including Rule 26(b)(4)

The Civil Rules Advisory Committee is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the Idaho Civil Rules of Procedure, especially Rule 26(b)(4), Trial Preparation-Experts. The committee minutes offering explanations for the proposals may be found at under the Idaho Rules of Civil Procedure.  In addition, the Advancing Justice Committee is seeking comments on its proposed amendments to I.R.C.P. 16 and 56.  Both sets of proposed amendments can be found at with comments due by February 26, 2014.

2014 Licensing Deadline

The licensing deadline is February 1, 2014.  Since the 1st is a Saturday, we will accept payments through February 3, 2014 as timely.  Payments not physically received in the Idaho State Bar Office by the deadline must be accompanied by the licensing late fee:  $100 for active and house counsel members; $25 for inactive, senior and emeritus members.  Note: postmarks do not qualify as meeting the deadline.  Our street address for overnight deliveries is 525 W. Jefferson Street, Boise, Idaho 83702. The final licensing deadline with late fee is March 1, 2014.


Comments Sought on Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure

The Children and Families in the Courts Committee will soon be considering a recommendation to the Idaho Supreme Court on whether to adopt for statewide use the Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure that are currently being piloted in the Fourth District.  A copy of these rules can be found on the court’s website at   The Committee is seeking comments on whether the rules should be implemented statewide.   Comments may be sent via email to Deena Layne by January 24, 2014. 


Idaho Supreme Court Signs Rule Amendments Effective January 1

The Supreme Court has entered several orders amending rules, some of which are effective January 1, 2014, and some of which are effective immediately.  The Pilot Rules of Family Law Procedure that are effective in only the Fourth District have been amended effective January 1.   In addition, there are amendments to I.R.C.P. 3(a), and  I.C.A.R. 32, the  Idaho Criminal Misdemeanor Rules and the Idaho Appellate Rules.  For the text of these amendments and the effective dates please go to


Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to I.R.C.P. 3(a) and I.C.A.R. 32

The Guardianship and Conservatorship Committee has recommended a requirement that all petitioners file a case information sheet in guardianship, conservatorship and involuntary mental health commitment cases that provides contact information and necessary personal identifying information for the proposed ward/patient and the proposed guardian or conservator. This cover sheet will provide the Court and the Idaho State Police with the necessary data to ensure individuals who are prohibited from buying firearms are identified, will enable courts to have the contact information needed for monitoring, and will facilitate the background check required for all proposed guardians in adult cases.  The sheet will be exempt from disclosure. The proposed amendments are on the court’s web page at are due by November 22.

Attorneys Sought for Med-Mal Panel

The Idaho State Bar seeks attorneys interested in serving as panelists for medical malpractice hearing panels. Pursuant to Idaho Code Section 6-1002, the Board of Commissioners appoints attorney panelists to the medical malpractice pre-litigation hearing panels. Preferably, candidates should not practice in the area of medical malpractice. Positions are open for two in the Idaho Falls area; two in the Lewiston area, and one in the Pocatello area. For information about the time commitment, duties, etc. contact the the Board of Medicine at (208) 327-7000. If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please email Diane Minnich.


Welcome New Members!

On October 2 and 3, 2013, the Idaho State Bar welcomed 113 New Members.


July 2013 Bar Exam Successful Applicants

The list of Successful Applicants from the July 2013 bar examination was released on September 12, 2013. The Admission Ceremony will be held on October 2, 2013 in Boise.

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