New Scam Alert!

We have received a report of a scam currently circulating. An attorney will receive a scam email seeking representation to draft a purchase and sales agreement for a boat sale. The Idaho company they are claiming is making the purchase is in fact an Idaho company, however the email is not legitimate. If you receive an email similar to this, delete it immediately without opening the attachment or respondingThis scam originally began circulating to target Texas attorneys. You can read the full synopsis on the State Bar of Texas’ Blog along with a sample of this scam email.

Important Notice From the Idaho Supreme Court Regarding July 1 Changes in Law & Rules


  • You MUST file a Case Information Sheet with ALL new civil cases (other than small claims actions) starting JULY 1 (pursuant to I.R.C.P. 3(d)(1)).

Currently a case information sheet is required to be filed by the initiating party in certain types of civil cases, such as guardianship and adoption, and the sheet requests information about both the initiating and responding party.  The Supreme Court has adopted a new civil case information sheet to be filed in all other civil cases.  This sheet will be completed and filed by both the initiating and responding parties regarding that party’s information.  The information will be used to match parties in the court’s case management system and will be exempt from disclosure.  The case information sheet can be found on the Supreme Court’s website HERE.


  • Pursuant to Senate Bill 1202 the Supreme Court has created forms to be utilized by the sheriff to execute garnishments. Those forms that must be utilized beginning JULY 1, include:
  1. Notice of Exemptions;
  2. Instructions to Debtors and Third Parties;
  3. Claims of Exemption; and
  4. Written Interrogatories to Garnishee.

These forms will be available on the Supreme Court’s website HERE.

  • The required Summons forms have been amended in civil and family law matters to warn defendants of potential adverse judgment if they do not respond within 21 (previously 20) days.  This change was effective in civil cases in September of 2016 and in family cases, July 1, 2017.  These forms are available on the Supreme Court’s website here: Civil Summons & Family Law Summons.


  • R.F.L.P. 126 and the Child Support Guideline Forms have been revised. These changes become effective July 1, 2017.  The forms are available on the Supreme Court’s website HERE.

For other changes in court rule, please review Catherine Derden’s review of Highlights of Rule Amendments for 2017 on the Idaho Supreme Court’s website HERE or in the June edition of The Advocate.  If you have questions, please contact Michael Mehall / (208) 334-2850.


2017 Summer Sizzle CLE Bundling Package – Ends This Friday, 6/30!

Offered by the Idaho Law Foundation, Inc. and Abila

LIMITED TIME OFFER – June 19th through June 30th
12.5 CLE Credits (self-study) for only $125.00
Idaho Programs! Idaho MCLE Approved! Presented in Idaho!

With the official start of the 2017 summer, the Idaho Law Foundation and Abila would like to offer a sizzling CLE bundling package to assist you in obtaining self-study credits. Between June 19th and June 30th, you may purchase the 2017 Summer Sizzle CLE Bundling Package, Which includes a total of 12.5 CLE credits for only $125.00! You will be given 90 days to make your program selections, with an additional 90 days following your selection to view each program. Through selecting online, on-demand streaming, you will have the convenience to watch whenever and wherever.

As part of the bundling package, we are pleased to offer the following programs presented by high-caliber, knowledgeable legal professionals:

  • 2016 Lessons from the Masters (2016) – 1.5 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics / NAC Approved
  • 2016 U.S. Supreme Court Update (2016) – 2.25 CLE credits
  • 2017 Annual Flagship Law Practice Management: A Mini-MBA for Legal Practitioners (2017) – 3.75 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics
  • Effective Oral Arguments on Appeal (2016) – 1.0 CLE credits
  • Electronic Storage and Communication for Your Practice and Clients: What You Didn’t Know Will Hurt You! (2016) – 1.0 CLE credits of which 0.25 is Ethics
  • Handling Your First or Next Adoption Case (2017) – 2.0 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Handling Your First or Next Property Crimes Case (2016) – 1.5 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Know Thyself: Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession (2016) – 2.0 CLE credits of which 0.25 is Ethics
  • Legal Research: Tips & Tricks to Consider Involving Casemaker (2017) – 1.25 CLE credits
  • Legislating and Lobbying (2016) – 1.25 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics / NAC Approved
  • Managing a Bully Without Becoming One: A Roadshow Participatory CLE (2015) – 1.0 Ethics credits / NAC Approved
  • My Wheelhouse: 48 Years of Litigation Experience (2016) – 1.0 CLE credits
  • Protecting Your Law Firm’s Confidential Data (2015) – 1.5 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics
  • Transitioning from the Practice of Law: Tools & Resources Await (2016) – 1.75 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics / NAC Approved
  • Writing Persuasive Memorandums or Draft Orders (2016) – 1.0 CLE credits

Please Note: You will not be eligible to receive additional credit for any of the CLEs listed above that you have attended or rented in the past. No refunds; no extensions; all sales are final.

To take advantage of this great offer, select: 2017 SUMMER SIZZLEENDS FRIDAY, JUNE 30!

2017 Access to Justice FUND Run/Walk a Huge Success


2017 Access to Justice FUND Run/Walk a Huge Success

Boise, Idaho-June 13, 2017 – The 4th Annual Access to Justice FUND Run/Walk on Saturday, June 3 was a huge success. The family friendly 5K, held at Fort Boise Park, drew more than 200 participants and raised over $8,200 for the Access to Justice Idaho Campaign. The campaign’s fundraising mission is to support the three main providers of free, civil legal services in Idaho – Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc., the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program and DisAbility Rights Idaho. Runners, walkers, and pups alike had a great time on the sunny Saturday morning, all while supporting a great cause.

While funding for these local legal service nonprofits has decreased in recent years, the need for these critical legal services is ever growing. Anna Almerico, Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program (IVLP) Director, recounts the assistance IVLP was recently able to provide:

“[Recently], a single mother was killed in a horrible automobile accident; the police officer contacted IVLP and asked if we could assist the oldest sibling, who was 22 years old, get guardianship of her five younger siblings so they could enroll in school and continue receiving medical care and assistance. A volunteer attorney helped secure this family; keeping them together a providing a sense of safety after this tragedy. Access to Justice funding makes it possible for IVLP to respond to our community and connect attorneys with the serious need for legal services that would otherwise go unmet.”

The Access to Justice FUND Run/Walk was created in 2014 as a Legacy Project stemming from the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers. Since its inaugural year, this event has raised over $22,500 for the Access to Justice Idaho campaign – funds that have continued to provide a legal safety net for Idaho’s low-income population.

For more information, contact Maureen Ryan Braley at 208-334-4500 or via email at


R. Bruce Owens Appointed to Idaho Judicial Council


Bruce Owens Appointed to Idaho Judicial Council

June 15, 2017

BOISE – The Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners has selected attorney R. Bruce Owens of Hayden to serve a six-year term on the Idaho Judicial Council to replace Joel Hazel of Coeur d’Alene. The appointment is subject to the consent of the Idaho State Senate.

Mr. Owens practices law at Owens, McCrea & Linscott, PLLC in Hayden, and has a specialization certificate in civil litigation from the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and the Idaho State Bar. He has tried cases in all seven judicial districts. Owens has served as president of both the Idaho Law Foundation, Inc. and the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Owens has also served as a member of the American Association of Justice and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.

The Idaho Judicial Council nominates persons for appointments to the Idaho Supreme Court, Idaho Court of Appeals, and district courts.

In its disciplinary capacity, the Council may investigate complaints against justices, court of appeals judges or judges of the district courts or magistrate divisions, and members of the Industrial Commission. In appropriate cases it may recommend to the Supreme Court the removal, discipline or retirement of a justice, judge, or magistrate judge who have violated the Code of Judicial Conduct.

There are six permanent members of the Idaho Judicial Council. Three are appointed by the Idaho State Bar and three are appointed by the governor. The Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court serves as ex-officio chairman of the Council and one magistrate judge serves as an adjunct member. In addition to Mr. Owens, the Bar’s appointees are: Reed Larsen, Pocatello, and the Hon. Tom Ryan, Caldwell. The Governor’s appointees are: Philip Reberger, Boise; Elizabeth Chavez, Lewiston; and Kathy Simpson, Idaho Falls.



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