Idaho State Bar Volunteer Opportunities

Member participation is vital to the success of the Idaho State Bar and Idaho Law Foundation. Lawyers can and do make a difference by participating in one of the many volunteer opportunities available. Time commitments vary with each activity or committee depending upon its function and meeting schedule. Committee assignments are three-year terms. In the selection process, consideration is given to geographic representation, areas of practice and other committee assignments of ISB/ILF involvement. Both ISB/ILF Committees are selected by their respective Boards in July of each year. To view a full listing of available opportunities, click here: ISB & ILF Volunteer Opportunities.

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Idaho State Bar Committees

Committee Chairperson(s) Staff Liaison(s)

Advocate Editorial Advisory Board
Determines the theme, selects and recruits authors for lead articles, and reviews the contents of each issue of The Advocate. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month; subcommittees meet as required; 10-12 members.

Brian Patrick Kane
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0010
(208) 334-4523 
Fax:  (208) 854-8071

Dan Black

Bar Exam Preparation
Gathers and reviews questions and analyses for each bar exam. Recruits question writers to prepare questions and analyses. Meets 4-6 times per year; 5 members.

Lane V. Erickson
PO Box 1391
Pocatello, ID 83204-1391
(208) 232-6101
Fax: (208) 232-6109

Maureen Braley

Character and Fitness
Reviews applicants for admission with character or fitness issues. Makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on whether such applicants should be allowed to sit for the bar exam or be admitted to the bar. Meets 5-6 times a year; 7 members (2 non-lawyers).

S. Kay Christensen 
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0010
(208) 334-4111
Fax:  (208) 854-8070

Maureen Braley
Brad Andrews

Client Assistance Fund
Reviews claims against Client Assistance Fund for attorney misappropriation of funds due to dishonesty. Meets as required; 5 members (2 non-lawyers).

Hon. Scott Leonard Wayman
PO Box 9000
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816-9000
(208) 446-1108
Fax: (208) 446-1121

Julia Crossland
Deanna Tollefson

Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers
Promotes diversity and inspires the development of leadership within the legal profession. Meets regularly throughout the year; 5 members (1 of which must be a past IALL participant).


Gene A. Petty
Ada County Prosecutor’s Office
200 W. Front Street, Room 3191
Boise, ID 83702

Mahmood Sheikh

Judicial Fairness Committee
Studies judicial elections in Idaho.

Craig L. Meadows
PO Box 1617
Boise, ID  83701
(208) 344-6000
Fax: (208) 954-5238

Brad Andrews

Lawyer Assistance Program
Helps and supports lawyers who are experiencing problems associated with alcohol and/or drug use, and educate legal professionals - as well as their family and friends - about alcohol and drug dependency. Meets quarterly; up to 25 members.

Jamie Christine Shropshire
PO Box 617
Lewiston, ID  83501
(208) 746-7948
Fax:  (208) 746-7952

Mahmood Sheikh

Lawyer Referral Service
Reviews policies for and operation of the Lawyer Referral Service. Works with Executive Director and LRS Coordinator in operating the Lawyer Referral Service. Committee meets the first Wednesday of every other month; 5-7 members.

Ralph Reed Blount
Boise City Attorney's Office
PO Box 500
Boise, ID 83701
(208) 433-5615
Fax: (208) 384-4454

Jay Q. Sturgell
PO Box 9000
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816-9000
(208) 446-9420
Fax: (208) 666-8970

Dan Black

Professional Conduct Board
Exercises general control over attorney discipline. Acts as an "intermediate appellate court." Receives briefs and makes recommendations for disposition to the Idaho Supreme Court. Meets as needed; 3 members (1 non-lawyer).

Karen E. Gowland
913 Parkhill Court
Boise, ID  83702

Sue Nelson

Reasonable Accommodations
Reviews applicants for the bar exam with specific accommodations requests. Makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on the accommodations. Meets as needed; 3 members (1 non-lawyer).

Kimberly D. Evans Ross
PO Box 1625, MS 3899
Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3899
(208) 526-6250

Maureen Braley
Brad Andrews

Unauthorized Practice of Law
Supervises local committees on unauthorized practice of law, receives reports concerning investigations and makes recommendations for disposition to the Board of Commissioners. Meets as needed; 3 members.

Richard Kent Lierz
11700 Franklin Road
Boise, ID  83709
(208) 322-4567

Brad Andrews
Al Gill

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