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The Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (IALL) is a highly selective and well-regarded leadership training program for lawyers from across the State of Idaho.  It brings together some of the best and brightest attorneys in Idaho and teaches them leadership skills that they can use to improve the legal profession and transform their communities. 

Qualified applicants will have been admitted to practice law for a minimum of five (5) years, or have practiced law and have a total of five (5) years' professional experience. The training involves an initial two-day session followed by four one-day sessions and a graduation. Each class consists of a diverse group of 12-16 members of the Idaho State Bar. Each participant must commit to the five scheduled IALL sessions. Qualified applicants will have been admitted to practice law for at least five years. At the completion of the first year program, IALL graduates will be asked to develop, implement, and evaluate a legacy project the following year to benefit their local legal community and/or their community as a whole.

The mission of the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (IALL) is to promote diversity and inspire the development of leadership within the legal profession. IALL will bring together lawyers from different practice areas with a variety of backgrounds from all across Idaho. IALL will build upon the participant’s leadership skills and promote leadership experiences by:

  • Teaching accepted and recognized leadership skills and philosophies;
  • Fostering professional relationships within the Idaho legal community and the greater community;
  • Promoting professional obligations and community service; and
  • Raising awareness among lawyers of the broad range of issues and challenges facing leaders today.

For additional information regarding IALL, please contact Mahmood Sheikh, (208) 334-4500.

Participant Comments

"What a fantastic opportunity! IALL has been an invaluable experience for me in my career. From team building to discussions with great leaders (in law as well as other fields), this academy has given me tools to be a better person – both as an attorney and in my personal life. As an added benefit, we get to associate with Judges and attorneys [from] across the State of Idaho!! I would highly recommend IALL to any attorney looking to gain leadership skills and advance their career."
- Paul Arrington, Twin Falls

“Little did I appreciate when I was accepted into the IALL program how truly inspiring and beneficial this experience would be to me both professionally and personally. Through the IALL, I have been introduced to and developed lasting friendships with some of the finest attorneys and individuals I have ever met. The IALL seminars and assignments have inspired me to raise the bar in my professional practice and in my personal involvement in the community. I now look for opportunities to be involved in the community and to share the wonderful things I have learned through the IALL. I doubt that I would have had the confidence to take these steps without the wonderful program developed and presented by the IALL committee.”
- Bill Hancock, Pocatello

“IALL exposed me to a variety of successful leadership styles and skills. This enabled me to determine how to best put my skill set to work to be an effective part of the leadership team in our firm."
- Danielle Quade, Coeur d'Alene

“Participation in the IALL has been a transformative experience, personally and as an attorney,which has left me with a new-found sense of possibility and optimism. The IALL created a great environment in which to increase self-awareness and identify my strengths and unique characteristics. This self-awareness, I consider to be the cornerstone towards my continued development as a servant lawyer. The IALL has increased my arsenal of tools with which I can better serve clients, the Bar and my community at large. Through the IALL, I have benefi ted from the countless years of experience, knowledge and wisdom of numerous outstanding speakers and I have built lasting relationships with other great lawyers.”
- Monica Salazar, Nampa

“The curriculum that the IALL steering committee put together for our class was phenomenal, including presentations by Idaho state and federal judges, local political and government leaders and numerous inspirational coaches. All the members of my class and the steering committee now have a unique and benefi cial bond with each other that we could never have obtained had we continued in our respective practices doing ‘business as usual’. The important thing is that IALL requires its members to give back to the community in our unique way by creating legacy projects. I am certain we will have learned not only how to be effective leaders in our profession, but also how to be contributing members of our local communities.”
- Christine M. Salmi, Boise

How to Apply

Please complete and return the IALL application, a cover letter providing information about yourself and two (2) reference letters to: Idaho State Bar, Attn: Mahmood Sheikh, PO Box 895, Boise, ID 83701 or hand-delivered to The Law Center, 525 W. Jefferson, Boise, ID, by 4:30 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, August 1, 2014. Selected applicants will be notified on August 29, 2014.

The tuition for participating in IALL is $750, payable in three equal installments by December 31, 2014. The fee covers costs associated with speaker fees, course materials, group meals and activities. IALL will provide a travel stipend to participants from the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Districts to defray travel expenses, as its budget allows.

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Scholarship Information

IALL seeks to create a diverse and dynamic class each year.  If financial constraints would prevent you from applying for IALL, please apply and request a scholarship as scholarship funda are available.

Steering Committee

Current Committee Members

Deborah A. Ferguson (Steering Committee Chair)
The Law Office of Deborah A. Ferguson, PLLC - Boise

Nicole C. Hancock
Stoel Rives, LLP - Boise

R. William Hancock, Jr.
Merrill & Merrill, Chtd. - Pocatello

Mary "Molly" O'Leary
BizCounselor@Law, PLLC - Boise

Gene A. Petty
Ada County Prosecutor's Office - Boise

Mahmood Sheikh
Idaho State Bar - Boise

Past Committee Members

Peg. M. Dougherty
Office of the Attorney General - Boise

Hon. Mick Hodges
Cassia County Magistrate Court - Burley

Jim Martin
Moffatt, Thomas Barrett, Rock & Fields, Chtd. - Boise

Hon. Mikel H. Williams
U.S. District Court - Boise

 

Legacy Projects

Previous class members have implemented Legacy Projects across the State of Idaho that have assisted and engaged their local communities.  To view the list, select: IALL Legacy Projects.

Class Roster

To view previous IALL participants, select: IALL Class RosterPDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

Previous Speakers & Topics

2013-2014
  • Reciprocity Ring - Deborah Ferguson
    Leadership 101 - Mahmood Sheikh
    Leadership and Diversity - Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb
    Uniting a Vision and a Goal - Coach Greg Patton
    Strength Based Leadership - Deborah Ferguson & Peg Dougherty
    What’s Your Story? Using the Power of Stories to Connect and Persuade - Craig Thompson
    State of the Judiciary from a Congressional Perspective and Other Current Affairs - Rep. Raul Labrador
    Give and Take - Molly O’Leary & Gene Petty
    Lincoln on Leadership - David Leroy
    Lunch with the Chief - Chief Justice Roger Burdick
    Leadership Balance / Leading with Emotional Intelligence - Cathy Light
    Legacy Projects - Gene Petty and select IALL Graduates
    Raising Everyone’s Boats Through Giving - Brian Kane
    How to Stay Young in Sprit, Mind and Body - Jim Everett
    Practical Pointers Surrounding Work Life Balance - Dean Cathy Silak
    Designing an Effective Mentoring Program for Your Organizations - Lee Dillion
2012-2013
  • Leadership 101 - Mahmood Sheikh
    What Leadership Looks Like - Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb
    You’re In? Are They? Trusting Your Teammates - Hon. Mikel Williams
    Strength Based Leadership - Deborah Ferguson & Peg Dougherty
    Veterans/Lawyers Perspective on Leadership - Lt. Col. Lynn Dunlap & Major Paul Boyce
    Intergenerational Differences - Lauren Stiller Rikleen
    Lawyers as Leaders - Brian Kane
    The Value of Public Service - Lawrence Wasden
    Lincoln and Leadership - David Leroy
    Developing and Implementing a Big Project - Deb Kristensen
    Public Service and Leadership - Hon. Ronald Wilper
    How to Stay Young in Spirit, Mind and Body - Jim Everett
    Achieving a Work Life Balance - Karianne Fallows
    The Distribution of a Pitcher of Water - Hon. Roger Burdick
    Work/Life Balance and Servant Leadership - Mayor Dave Bieter
    Work-Life Balance Perspectives from an Attorney, Judge and Dean - Dean Cathy Silak
2011-2012
  • Lawyers as Leaders & Influencers - Dr. Roland Smith
    You’re In! Are They?: Trusting Your Teammates - Hon. Mikel Williams
    Self Awareness: Myer Briggs Type Indicator - Dr. Linda Taylor
    Group Dynamics and Team Mapping - Hon. Jack Varin
    Military Veterans/Idaho Attorney Palen Discussion - Maj. Boyce, Col. Domek, Lt. Col Dunlap, Sen. Toryanski
    Lawyers as Leaders in Public Service - Brian Kane
    Leadership and Serving the Community - Dr. Vincent Kitiku
    Design, Development and Implementing a Service Project - Deb Kristensen
    Servant Leadership and Development of the Rule of Law - Hon. Larry Boyle
    How to Stay Young in Spirit, Mind and Body - Jim Everett
    Achieving a Work Life Balance - Jerri Mizrahi
     A Bottle Washed Upon on the Beach - Hon. Roger Burdick
    What’s Yours - Diane Minnich
    The Life I Have Lived - Hon. Linda Copple Trout

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