Notice of Opportunity to Submit Applications for the Position of Court of Appeals Judge – Deadline 9/13

Notice is hereby given that the Judicial Council is now accepting applications for the position of Court of Appeals Judge. The Idaho Judicial Council is starting the process of selecting nominees to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Honorable Amanda K. Brailsford as a United States District Judge for the District of Idaho, effective immediately. The current salary of a Court of Appeals judge is $157,212. (Comprehensive information about the benefits afforded judges is available by clicking here.)                 

Under Idaho Code § 34-616 (5), to be appointed to the office of judge, a person must, at the time of appointment meet all the following qualifications:   

(a) Be at least thirty (30) years of age; 

(b) Be a citizen of the United States and an elector in the state of Idaho; 

(c) Have been a legal resident of the state of Idaho for at least two (2) continuous years immediately preceding such appointment; 

(d) Have been in good standing as an active or judicial member of the Idaho state bar for at least two (2) continuous years immediately preceding such appointment; and 

(e) Have held a license to practice law or held a judicial office in one (1) or more  jurisdictions for at least ten (10) continuous years immediately preceding such appointment.   

Application forms are available on the Judicial Council website. You must use the 7/1/2020 application form. Completed application must be received in the Judicial Council office no later than 3:00 P.M., September 13th, 2023   

Applications should be submitted to:

Idaho Judicial Council 

P.O. Box 1397 

Boise, Idaho 83701   

For hand delivery or via Federal Express please contact the Judicial Council Office at (208) 334-5213 for directions.   

Immediately following receipt of the applications, the Judicial Council will circulate a questionnaire to the Bar via e-mail and to the general public concerning the qualifications of the applicants and will notify each applicant of the time and date for personal interviews. The Council is currently planning to meet in November 2023, in Boise, Idaho for interviews and selection of the nominees. 

Survey Now Available – Courtrooms of the Future: Remote & In-Person Hearings – Deadline 9/1

Help Shape the Future of Idaho’s Courtrooms

As the legal and technological landscape continues to evolve, the Idaho Supreme Court’s Making the Record Workgroup seeks to understand the preferences and opinions of attorneys and judges regarding whether certain types of hearings should be presumptively in-person or presumptively remote.

Please follow the link that was emailed to you on August 21st for a brief survey on your views regarding which hearings should be held in-person or remotely. The information you provide will be used to identify common views on remote hearings and help guide potential rule amendments.

You will have until Friday, September 1st to respond to the survey.

Again, thank you for your help with this important work!

If you have any questions about the survey, please reach out to Cherie Carter, Research & Evaluation Analyst. If you have questions about the Making the Record Workgroup, you can contact Jared Hoskins, Director of Court Management

Celebrate Constitution Day September 15th!

Constitution Day CLE: Constitutional Rights: Balancing History, Liberty, and the Common Good (Boise)

Sponsored by the Idaho Law Foundation and Attorneys for Civic Education

Friday, September 15, 2023

12:00 – 1:30 pm (MT)

Idaho State Capitol Lincoln Auditorium – Garden Level

*Live Webcast Available

1.5 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics (pending)

*This conversation is open to attorneys, teachers, students, the media, and members of the public for attendance in person or via live webcast. 

To view the Livestream, click here: 2023 Constitution Day Livestream

**NOTE: If you are an attorney, you must still register with the link below to receive credit

Attorneys are asked for a small donation to Attorneys for Civic Education or to volunteer time in order to receive CLE credit.

Recent Supreme Court rulings suggest Constitutional rights are not absolute but determined by looking at historical precedents, public welfare, and individual rights. This legal standard is known as the “Ordered Liberty Test.”

Join the Idaho Law Foundation and Attorneys for Civic Education in person or virtually in celebration of Constitution Day as they welcome distinguished attorneys for an in-depth discussion of the origins of Ordered Liberty, how it has been applied, and potential responses to its use in answering important legal questions.


Kolby K. Reddish, Smith + Malek


Hon. Jessica M. Lorello, Chief Judge, Idaho Court of Appeals


Benjamin Plener Cover, University of Idaho College of Law

Emily A. MacMaster, MacMaster Law

David G. Robins, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Idaho

This event is open to Idaho attorneys, teachers, students, and members of the public.

Constitution Day is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document. A law establishing the present holiday was created in 2004 and mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming about the Constitution on that day.

Attorneys for Civic Education was founded in 2013 by a group of Idaho attorneys who recognized the critical importance of civic education in Idaho’s schools. Uniting ACE members is a common vision: to increase and sustain opportunities for civic education in Idaho’s schools and ensure the Idaho youth have a solid understanding of the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Through outreach, fundraising, and other activities, ACE is committed to supporting quality civic education for Idaho’s young people. More information about ACE can be found at

The Idaho Law Foundation is the charitable arm of the Idaho State Bar. As a program of the Foundation, Law Related Education is a statewide civic education program that works to enhance public understanding of the legal system and bring together attorneys and teachers to help students of all ages understand the role of law in a democratic society. For more information, visit

2023 Resolution Process – Deadline 9/25

STATEWIDE – The Idaho State Bar cannot take positions on legislative matters, or propose changes to rules of the Court, or substantive rules governing the Bar, by act of its bar commissioners, or at its Annual Meeting.  Matters referenced above must be submitted to the membership for a vote through the Resolution Process.   Idaho Bar Commission Rule 906 governs the Resolution Process.  Resolutions for the 2023 Resolution Process must be submitted to the Bar’s office by the close of business on September 25, 2023.  If you have questions about the process or how to submit a resolution, please contact Diane Minnich at or (208)-334-4500.

DistrictDistrict Bar PresidentMeeting DateMeeting LocationMeeting time
First DistrictZack JonesThursday Nov. 2TBD12 noon  
Second DistrictBrennan WrightThursday Nov. 2TBD6:00 p.m.  
Third DistrictJeff PhillipsMonday Nov. 13College of Idaho Caldwell6:00 p.m.  
Fourth DistrictJen HearneTuesday Nov. 14TBD12 noon  
Fifth DistrictAnja RodriguezThursday Nov. 9Blue Lakes Country Club 1940 Blue Lakes Grade – Jerome6:00 p.m.  
Sixth DistrictJason BrownThursday Nov. 9Juniper Hills Country Club 6600 S. Bannock Highway, Pocatello12 noon  
Seventh DistrictH. Alayne BeanWednesday Nov. 8Hilton Garden Inn 700 Lindsey Blvd. Idaho Falls12 noon  

Idaho Supreme Court Survey – Courtrooms of the Future: Remote & In-Person Hearings

7th District Citizens’ Law Academy

Fall 2023 Class

The Seventh District Bar Association of the Idaho State Bar is pleased to announce and open the
application process to accept students for this year’s 2023 Citizens’ Law Academy (CLA).
The CLA is an adult education program offered free to attendees and is coordinated by the Idaho
Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program in collaboration with our Seventh District Bar
Association, which includes the following ten (10) counties: Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Custer,
Jefferson, Madison, Clark, Fremont, Lemhi, and Teton Counties. The purpose of the CLA is to
educate others about their rights under the law, discover what lawyers do and how they serve the
public, and understand how the judicial system works.
The CLA is open to anyone eighteen (18) years or older who has a high level of interest in our
program. All applicants must fill out an application. Typically, thirty-five (35) people participate in
the Academy each year. The CLA program itself is staffed by volunteers from the legal
community. This year’s presenters include:

  1. Wendy Horman, Idaho House of Representatives – District 30, Seat B;
  2. Honorable Dane H. Watkins, Jr., Seventh Judicial District Administrative Judge;
  3. Tammie Whyte, Seventh Judicial District Trial Court Administrator;
  4. Honorable Molly J. Huskey, Idaho Court of Appeals Judge;
  5. Honorable Gregory W. Moeller, Idaho Supreme Court Justice;
  6. Honorable Michelle R. Mallard, Bonneville County Magistrate Judge;
  7. Curtis Smith, attorney at Smith Woolf Anderson & Wilkinson;
  8. H. Alayne Bean, Seventh Judicial District Deputy Trial Court Administrator; and
  9. Challis A. McNally, attorney at Parsons Behle & Latimer

The classes will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The classes begin
on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, and will continue each Wednesday thereafter (no class will be
held on September 27, 2023) for a total of seven (7) classes, with the last class being held on
October 25, 2023. Because space is limited, participants are expected to attend all seven classes.
Refreshments are served after each class.

This is an exclusive and unique experience to learn from and discuss legal matters with some of the
most prominent judges and attorneys in the State of Idaho. All citizens of the 10 counties within the
Seventh Judicial District are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply to this Fall’s Academy is
Friday, August 18, 2023.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending or applying for this year’s Academy, please
contact the 7th District Bar Association officers by email:

2023 Retiring Judges

The following individuals have retired or will be retiring from judicial service in 2023. We honor them for their committed service on the bench!

Hon. Barbara Buchanan retired as a Magistrate Judge from Bonner County in January (1/31/23). She graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1983.

Hon. Roger Cockerille retired as a Magistrate Judge from Boise County in January (1/31/23). He graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1997.

Hon. Christopher Bieter will retire as a Magistrate Judge from Ada County in July (7/31/23). He graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1983.

Hon. Michael Reardon will retire as a District Judge from Ada County in September (9/30/23). He graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1985.

Hon. Thomas Clark will retire as a Magistrate Judge from Bannock County in August (8/31/23). He graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1983. 

Hon. Ralph Savage retired as a Magistrate Judge from Butte County in March (3/31/23). He graduated from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1988.

Hon. John Stegner will retire as an Idaho Supreme Court Justice in October (10/31/23). He graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1982.

Hon. Andrea Courtney will retire as a District Judge from the Third District Court in July (7/16/23). She graduated from Vermont Law School and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 2007.

2023 Section of the Year

Employment & Labor Law Section

The Employment & Labor Law Section has sought to help its members and all members of the Idaho State Bar during the past two to three years by sponsoring and co-sponsoring CLEs that have been offered to help understand the changes in employment law during the pandemic.  Additionally, they have sponsored CLEs to inspire diversity in the bar and to help members understand the law around diversity issues and employment. This included sponsoring a CLE where they brought in the plaintiff/appellant’s counsel in the Bostock case before the United State Supreme Court.  Lastly, they have updated their employment law handbooks to allow practitioners easy access to the most recent changes in employment law and termination law.