Treasure Valley attorneys & judges receive awards at the Fourth District Bar Resolution Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 2, 2018-The Idaho State Bar will present six awards to Treasure Valley attorneys and judges at the Fourth District Bar Annual Resolution Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 7. The meeting will be held at Barber Park Event Center, 4049 S. Eckert Rd. in Boise, beginning at Noon.

  • Elam & Burke attorney William G. Dryden will receive the Professionalism Award. Mr. Dryden, a graduate of Willamette University College of Law, will be celebrating 40 years as an Idaho attorney in 2019. A Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Dryden’s practice areas include commercial litigation, construction, insurance, labor & employment, product liability defense and professional errors & omissions. He is a member of the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and Inns of Court #130.
  • Former Idaho State Bar President Deborah A. Ferguson will receive the Professionalism Award. Ms. Ferguson is an accomplished litigator with 30 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil cases. She is with Ferguson Durham, PLLC, focusing on civil rights and constitutional cases, environmental federal challenges, complex torts and property rights. Ms. Ferguson is the founding Chair of the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers and recipient of the Idaho Women Lawyer’s Kate Feltham Award, the Federal Bar Association Idaho Chapter’s Exemplary Service Award and the ACLU of Idaho’s Dave Judy Civil Rights Service Award. She was admitted into the Idaho State Bar in 2000 and is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
  • Walter Sinclair will receive the Professionalism Award. He has served as a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative to the U.S. District Court of Idaho, an officer for Idaho Legal History, Inc. and President of the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Of Counsel with Holland & Hart, Mr. Sinclair’s trial work has an emphasis on business, corporate, insurance coverage, mass tort, real estate and securities litigation. He is a Fellow for the American Bar Association Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers. His volunteer service to his community includes leadership roles with Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Community Foundation, Learning Lab and American Heart Association. Mr. Sinclair is a University of Idaho College of Law and a member of its Law School Advisory Council. He has been practicing law in Idaho for 40 years.

The Idaho State Bar Professionalism Awards are given to at least one attorney in each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts who has engaged in extraordinary activity in his or her community, in the state, or in the profession, which reflects the highest standards of professionalism.

  • Sean Breen, a University of Idaho College of Law graduate and partner in the Law Firm of Manweiler, Breen, Ball & Davis, PLLC, will receive the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award. A military officer with a strong commitment to serving his country, Mr. Breen is a regular volunteer at the Idaho Trial Lawyer’s Association’s Street Law Clinic, which provides much needed legal assistance to the Boise Community. He was nominated for the award after donating 200 hours of his time representing an Iraqi refugee who is a domestic violence survivor in a contested divorce and custody case. Mr. Breen was admitted into the Idaho State Bar in 1993.
  • Family law practitioner Cathy L. Naugle, Merris & Naugle, PLLC, will receive the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award. Throughout her 38-year career as an Idaho attorney, Naugle has dedicated herself to providing free legal services to those unable to pay for representation. Most recently, Naugle, a former family law judge and University of Idaho College of Law graduate, donated 200 hours of her time on a custody modification case. The client was seeking a custody modification based on the opposing party’s willful neglect of the children, who suffered from various mental health conditions that required adherence to a medication schedule and close supervision.
  • Lisa D. Nordstrom is legal counsel for Idaho Power Company. The Lewis & Clark Law School graduate volunteers for a variety of organizations that support children and law-related education. She serves on the Board of Family Advocates, Inc., the Fourth Judicial District’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program and as a volunteer attorney for CASA guardian ad litems. Ms. Nordstrom was admitted into the Idaho State Bar twenty years ago.

The Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Awards are presented to the person(s) from each judicial district that have donated extraordinary time and effort to help clients unable to pay for services.

  • Idaho Court of Appeals Judge Jessica M. Lorello of Boise will receive an Idaho State Bar Service Award. Judge Lorello is the co-chair and founding member of Attorneys for Civic Education whose mission supports civic education programs including high school mock trial competitions, We the People, and Youth in Government. The immediate past vice-chairperson of the Idaho State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section, Judge Lorello provided pro bono legal services for cases related to the Violence Against Women Act as a private attorney. She also volunteered at the Boise Senior Center free legal clinic.

Service Awards are given each year to lawyers and non-lawyers for exemplary service to the Idaho State Bar and/or Idaho Law Foundation.

  • The Honorable L. Kevin Swain will be recognized by the Bar for his dedication and service as a Magistrate Judge in Ada County. Judge Swain retired earlier this year. A graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law, Judge Swain was admitted into the Idaho State Bar in 1986.

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North-Central Idaho attorneys & judge receive awards at the Second District Bar Annual Resolution Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 31, 2018-The Idaho State Bar will present two awards to North-Central Idaho attorneys and will recognize one judge at the Second District Bar Annual Resolution Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 1. The meeting will be held at Ernie’s Steakhouse, 2305 Nez Perce Drive in Lewiston, beginning at 5:45 pm.

  • University of Idaho College of Law Professor Maureen Laflin will receive the Professionalism Award. Professor Laflin has taught at the Moscow campus since 1991, reaching tenure in 2001. She directs law school’s clinical programs, trial advocacy program and Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolutions. She has taught courses on family mediation, lawyering process, negotiation and dispute resolution and mediating the criminal case. A published scholar, Professor Laflin has received the University of Idaho Alumni Award of Excellence for Faculty on three occasions. A graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, she was admitted into the Idaho State Bar in 1992.

The Idaho State Bar Professionalism Awards are given to at least one attorney in each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts who has engaged in extraordinary activity in his or her community, in the state, or in the profession, which reflects the highest standards of professionalism.

  • Sarah McDowell-Lamont, a University of Idaho College of Law graduate, will receive the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award. Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS), nominated Ms. McDowell-Lamont for the award for her generous support of the organization. She began her involvement in law school and has continued to volunteer since being admitted into the Idaho State Bar in 2008. In 2017, the Lewiston office for ILAS was without a managing attorney, and Ms. McDowell-Lamont stepped up without hesitation to take on five domestic violence family law cases. A solo practitioner in Lewiston, her focus is family law, divorce, child custody and child support, adoptions and guardianships.

The Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Awards are presented to the person(s) from each judicial district that have donated extraordinary time and effort to help clients who are unable to pay for services.

  • The Honorable Randall W. Robinson will be recognized by the Bar for his dedication and service as a magistrate judge for Clearwater County. Judge Robinson retired earlier this year from the bench. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and in 2019 will be celebrating 40 years as a member of the Idaho State Bar.

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North Idaho attorneys receive awards at the First District Bar Annual Resolution Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 31, 2018-The Idaho State Bar will present four awards to North Idaho attorneys at the First District Bar Annual Resolution Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 1. The meeting will be held at Honey Eatery and Social Club, 317 E. Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, beginning at Noon.

  • Michael E. Ramsden with Ramsden, Marfice, Ealy & Harris will receive the Professionalism Award. Mr. Ramsden was admitted into the Idaho State Bar in 1979 and has extensive experience in the areas of civil litigation, medical malpractice defense, product liability defense, insurance law, personal injury defense, and civil rights litigation. He is active in the Bar’s Litigation Section and mentors newer attorneys bi-annually at the Trial Skills Academy. Mr. Ramsden is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law.

The Idaho State Bar Professionalism Awards are given to at least one attorney in each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts who has engaged in extraordinary activity in his or her community, in the state, or in the profession, which reflects the highest standards of professionalism.

  • Michael T. Howard will receive the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award for his legal representation in a guardianship case. Mr. Howard represented a maternal aunt who petitioned for guardianship of her nephew, who mother was battling with drug addiction. An Idaho native practicing law since 1999, Mr. Howard, the current president of the Idaho State Bar, is a Principal with Winston & Cashatt. He graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law.

The Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Awards are presented to the person(s) from each judicial district that have donated extraordinary time and effort to help clients who are unable to pay for services.

  • Saviraj “Savi” Grewal of Coeur d’Alene will receive an Idaho State Bar Service Award. Grewal is a solo practitioner with the Law Office of Savi Grewal and is immediate past chairperson of the Idaho State Bar’s Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section. Highlights of her service also include: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer, past president of the John P. Gray Inn of Court, past president of the First District Bar Association, and Law Day volunteer.
  • Coeur d’Alene attorney Janell Burke will receive an Idaho State Bar Service Award. Burke is a former chairperson of the Kootenai County Bar Association and former president of the First District Bar Association. She is former board member for the John P. Gray Inn of Court and served from 2011 to 2014 on the Idaho State Bar’s Professional Conduct Board. Burke is active in planning judicial retirement gatherings and various bar related events in the Coeur d’Alene area.

Service Awards are given each year to lawyers and non-lawyers for exemplary service to the Idaho State Bar and/or Idaho Law Foundation.

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Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–FREE Legal Clinic for Veterans

Idaho Falls, Idaho – Attorneys from the Seventh District Bar Association will offer a free legal clinic for veterans. The clinic will focus on providing simple wills, but veterans are welcome to seek guidance on any legal matter.

The clinic will be held on September 20, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 pm at the American Legion Hall, 485 Constitution Way, Idaho Falls, ID 83402.

“One of my favorite aspects of being a lawyer is helping people figure out how to solve or prevent problems,” said attorney Leland Faux, one of the event organizers. “The veterans’ clinic is a great opportunity to helped those who have served our country.”

A simple will may take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Veterans seeking legal consultations on other matters should plan on 30 minutes. Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a veteran and want to attend the clinic please RSVP to Jonathan Harris; however, veterans who have not RSVP’d are nonetheless welcome to attend.

For additional information, please contact:

Jonathan Harris, Pro Bono Chair
Seventh District Bar Association
208-785-2310 | jwharris@bakerharrislaw.com

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Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Class of 2018-19 Announced

 

 

 

 

 

The Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers proudly announces their 2018-2019 class. The participants are part of the largest class in the Academy’s eight year history. The diverse makeup of the class features attorneys from Coeur d’Alene to Pocatello who encompass an array of practice areas. Participants have pursued legal careers in the fields of higher education, local, state, and federal government, private practice, and public advocacy. Their legal experience ranges from 5 to 18 years of admission into the Idaho State Bar. Participants will meet in Boise over five sessions for this interactive leadership training program designed specifically for lawyers. The first session will take place September 28 & 29 with Graduation set for May 3, 2019. Special thanks to the Fourth District Bar Association, the Idaho State Bar Taxation, Probate & Trust Law Section, and the Idaho Women Lawyers, Inc. for their generous financial support of the Academy. For more information please contact Idaho State Bar Deputy Executive Director Mahmood Sheikh at (208) 334-4500.

Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers

Class of 2018 – 2019

Christopher S. Atwood
United States Attorney’s Office

Richard W. Roberts
Roberts Law, PLLC

Ruth A. Coose
Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office

Lisa M. Schoettger
Roy, Nelson, Barini-Garcia, Platts & McGee

James E.M. Craig
University of Idaho Office of General Counsel

Kimberly J. Simmons
Idaho State Public Defense Commission

Jane C. Gordon
Parke Gordon, LLC

Kimberly E. Smith (deferred from 2017-18 class)
Boise City Attorney’s Office

Natalie Greaves
Boise Law Group, PLLC

Nicholas A. Warden
Idaho Office of the Attorney General

Marie Callaway Kellner
Idaho Conservation League

Carole I. Wesenberg
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Chelsea E. Kidney
Idaho Office of the Attorney General

Cassandra C. Wright
Canyon County Public Defender’s Office

Alycia T. Moss
Moss Immigration Law, PC

Michael R. McBride selected to receive Idaho State Bar Service Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 16, 2018-Michael R. McBride with McBride, Roberts and Romrell of Idaho Falls will receive an Idaho State Bar Service Award on July 19 at the Idaho State Bar Annual Meeting in Sun Valley. McBride is past president of the Idaho State Bar’s Workers Compensation Section’s Kid’s Chance Scholarship Program. He helped establish the ‘Head Smart’ campaign, a children’s bicycle helmet ‘giveaway’ and helped form the ‘Get Government’ Scholarship, awarded to high school seniors based upon their academic and service related efforts.

Service Awards are given each year to lawyers and non-lawyers for exemplary service to the Idaho State Bar and/or Idaho Law Foundation.

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David P. Gardner selected to receive Idaho State Bar Service Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 16, 2018-David P. Gardner of Pocatello will receive an Idaho State Bar Service Award on July 19 at the Idaho State Bar Annual Meeting in Sun Valley. Gardner is a partner at Hawley Troxell. He is a former chairperson of the Idaho State Bar Workers Compensation Section, a former president of the Sixth District Bar Association, a volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and a member of the Access to Justice Idaho Campaign leadership committee.

Service Awards are given each year to lawyers and non-lawyers for exemplary service to the Idaho State Bar and/or Idaho Law Foundation.

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