Idaho State Archives Opens New Legal History Exhibit

The Idaho State Archives opened its new exhibit, Gems from Idaho’s Legal History. Idaho’s modern legal history dates to 1863, when President Lincoln created Idaho Territory and appointed three Territorial Supreme Court Justices. In 1890, Idaho’s state constitution confirmed the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government. These branches create, revise, enforce, and confirm the constitutionality of state laws. Counties, cities, and municipalities pass ordinances to regulate local matters, while agencies and other departments, including police, approve policies and procedures to enforce laws.

This exhibit, featuring collections of the Idaho State Archives, highlights the people and places connected with Idaho’s legal history.

The exhibit will be open through the summer and fall season during regular business hours, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am-4 pm.
Photo credit: Ada County Sheriff’s Posse, Boise, ca. 1970. Courtesy Idaho State Archives, Bob Lorimer Collection, P2006-18-591.

Newly Formed Idaho Legal History Section Organizational Meeting – June 8

The ISB Board of Commissioners has approved the formation of the Idaho Legal History Section.  The organizational meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. (MT) via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting ID: 988 2971 8670

Passcode: 008624

For telephone audio, dial (253) 215-8782

All Bar members and members of the Idaho Legal History Society are invited to participate. Agenda items include the procedure for the selection of Officers, adoption of By-Laws, and discussion for design and development of Section activities. 

For questions about the new Idaho Legal History Section, please contact Chris Graham.  

4th District Court – SAFeR in Family Law Cases CLE – May 14

A Helpful Approach to Recognizing, Understanding, and Responding to Violence

The Fourth Judicial District’s Family Court Services Office is excited to host the

Battered Women’s Justice Project for a community training.

May 14, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Via Zoom

For more information contact Rebecca Kulaga at Ada County Family Court Services.

Free CLEs Offered for Live and On-Demand Credit

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic many of the Idaho State Bar Practice Sections and District Bars have sponsored free continuing education courses to serve all members of the Bar. 

The list of these CLEs are below and include links to take you right to the page where you can register for the course using our online CLE platform.  You may also search for the word “free” in our online CLE platform to see a full list here

The live courses will be available for free on-demand viewing approximately a week after the live course.  Separate registration is necessary to watch the on-demand version.

Please note that on-demand CLE courses count as self-study MCLE credit and you are limited to 15 credits per 3-year reporting period.

Upcoming Free Live Courses

  • None at this time.

Free On-Demand Recorded Courses

Please Note: You will not be eligible to receive additional credit for the CLEs listed above that you have watched in the past.

2020 Year End Season of Thanks Bundle Package

Offered by the Idaho Law Foundation, Inc. and Abila

LIMITED TIME OFFER – November 23rd through December 18th
10.0 CLE credits (self-study) for only $200.00
Idaho Programs! Idaho MCLE Approved! Presented in Idaho!

With the start of the season of thanks and the end of the year fast approaching, the Idaho Law Foundation, Inc. and Abila would like to assist you in getting self-study credits. Between November 23rd and December 18th, you may purchase the Year End Season of Thanks Bundling Package, which includes 10.0 CLE credits for only $200! You will be given 90 days to make your program selections, with an additional 90 days following your selection to view each program. By selecting online, on-demand streaming, you will have the convenience to watch whenever and wherever you like!

As part of the bundling package, we are pleased to offer the following programs presented by high caliber, knowledgeable legal professionals including the 2020 and 2019 ISB Annual Meeting CLE Sessions:

  • 2020 Lessons from the Masters (2020) – 1.5 CLE credits of which .5 are Ethics
  • Ethical Guidance for Cyber-Crime Prevention and Response (2020) – 1.5 CLE credits of which 1.5 are Ethics
  • 2020 Election – What to Watch for this Year (Lawyer’s Version) (2020) – 1.5 CLE credits of which .5 are Ethics / NAC Approved
  • Violence in the Legal Profession: A Study of Idaho and our Colleagues Nationwide (2020) – 1.5 CLE credits
  • Ten Things All Idaho Lawyers Should Know About Indian Law and Business or Murder? The U.S. Supreme Court and Herrera v. Wyoming (2020) – 1.5 CLE credits
  • The Life Cycle of an Estate Plan: Understanding Estate Planning Strategies and Use of Basic Wills and Trusts (2020) – 2.0 CLE credits 1.0 / NAC Approved
  • Con Law by the Numbers (2020) – 2.0 CLE credits
  • Lawyer Well-Being: What’s It Got to Do with Me? (2020) – 1.5 CLE credits
  • Holistic Trial Work: Viewing Your Case with an Eye Towards Appeal and Viewing Your Appeal with an Eye Toward Remand (2020) – 1.5 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Social Media & Ethics (2020) – 1.5 CLE credits of which 1.5 are Ethics
  • Understanding and Representing Clients Who’ve Experienced Trauma in Family Law Matters – What You Need to Know About Trauma (2020) – 1.5 CLE credits
  • Clearing Barriers to Military Legal Readiness (2019) – 1.5 CLE credits of which .75 are Ethics
  • A View From the Appellate Bench in Idaho (2019) – 1.5 CLE credits of which 1.5 / NAC Approved
  • Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities – You and Your Client (2019) – 1.5 CLE credits of which .75 is Ethics
  • 2019 Lessons from the Masters (2019) – 1.5 CLE credits of which .5 is Ethics credits / NAC Approved
  • Clearing Barriers to Military Legal Readiness (2019) – 1.5 CLE credits of which .75 are Ethics credits 
  • A View from the Appellate Bench in Idaho (2019) – 1.5 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Technology and a New Generation: How Progress Affects Professional Responsibility (2019) – 2.0 Ethics credits / NAC Approved
  • Can I Get This Tweet Admitted? Evidentiary Issues in the Digital Age (2019) – 2.0 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Handling Your First or Next Adoption Case (2017) – 2.0 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Handling Your First or Next Divorce Case (2018) – 1.75 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Handling Your First or Next Workers Compensation Case (2017) – 2.0 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Handling Your First or Next Construction Law Case (2018) – 2.0 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Handling Your First or Next Immigration Law Case (2018) – 2.0 CLE credits
  • 2018 Annual Flagship CLE – Legal Malpractice Coverage (2018) – 4.0 CLE credits of which 2.0 is Ethics
  • 2017 Annual Flagship CLE – Law Practice Management: A Mini-MBA for Legal Practitioners (2017) – 3.75 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics
  • 2018 Lessons from the Masters (2018) – 1.25 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics / NAC Approved
  • Ethics and Practical Issues in Dealing with Persons with a Developmental Disability (2017) – 1.5 CLE credits of which 0.75 is Ethics / NAC Approved
  • How Immigration Law Affects Your Law Practice (2017) – 2.0 CLE credits
  • Judicial Independence and Integrity in These Hyper-Partisan Times (2017) – 1.75 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics
  • LGBTQ and the #MeToo Movement: The Modern Civil Rights Movement (2018) – 2.0 CLE credits of which 0.25 is Ethics
  • Recent Updates on Parental Rights: From Rotating Custody to Same-Sex Couples (2017) – 1.0 CLE credits
  • Understanding the Needs of the Military Population in the Criminal Justice System (2017) – 2.0 CLE credits of which 0.25 is Ethics / NAC Approved
  • Arbitration Law and Practice (2018) – 1.75 CLE credits
  • How to Settle Any Case Using Mediation: Insights from the Mediators’ Perspective (2018) – 1.25 CLE credits
  • Everything a Lawyer Needs to Know About Appeal Bonds (2018) – 1.25 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Changing Perspective: How I Would Approach an Appeal Today (2017) – 0.75 CLE credits / NAC Approved

Please NoteYou will not be eligible to receive additional credit for the CLEs listed above you have attended or watched in the past. No refunds will be provided. No extensions will be awarded. All sales are final.

Your support of Idaho Law Foundation CLE programming provides the necessary resources to fulfill the Foundation’s goal of enriching the public’s understanding of and respect for the law and legal system. To take advantage of this great offer, select: 2020 YEAR END SEASON OF THANKS BUNDLING PACKAGE – ENDS DECEMBER 18!

*After you purchase your bundle, please return to this page and click HERE to choose your courses. It is helpful to have this list of courses up on a separate screen so that you can easily see the credits for each course.

Save the Date – 2020 Fall New Attorney Program – Nov.13: Live Webcast

The date for the 2020 Fall New Attorney Program has been set for November 13, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm and it will be held via live webcast only.

The New Attorney Program consists of an introduction on Idaho practice, procedure, and ethics. This course meets the CLE requirements of Idaho State Bar Commission Rule 402(f)(3).

New Idaho attorneys who have actively practiced law for fewer than 3 years in any jurisdiction prior to admission in Idaho must complete the New Attorney Program within 12 months of being admitted in Idaho.

If your deadline to complete the New Attorney Program would fall between September 20 – November 12, 2020, you will automatically be given an extension of that deadline to November 13, 2020, in order to attend this program.

For more information or to register click HERE.

University of Idaho College of Law CLE Program – Time to Change: Confronting Racial Inequality and Police Brutality in the United States – Today

The University of Idaho College of Law invites you for an online panel discussion on issues of racial inequality and police brutality in the U.S.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

3:30 – 5:00 pm (MT)

1.5 CLE credits (pending)

For more information and to register, please click HERE.

Lawyer Well-Being Week – Take a Few Minutes Each Day to Focus on You

The Idaho State Bar Attorney Well-Being Task Force invites you to celebrate Lawyer Well-Being Week, May 4th through May 8th. Join other members of the profession, the courts and support staff by participating in these free remote-friendly activities.

We will focus on a different aspect of well-being Monday through Friday. Every day you will have at least three different suggestions for activities and education. This “well- rounded” wheel shows the well-being emphasis for each day of the week. There is something for everyone!

Click on the days of the week for specific activities including something to watch, something to read and something to do that is focused on an element of well-being for each day.

Thank you to the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being for leading the effort to raise awareness of the importance of well-being for all. For additional information, resources, and activities, please visit the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being website.  

Member of ISB’s Attorney Well-Being Task Force wish all of you continued health and well-being, especially in these challenging times.  If you are in need of any particular assistance, the Idaho Lawyer’s Assistance Program and its website offers resources in a wide range of areas—please do not hesitate to reach out.

If you are interested in more comprehensive workouts and nutrition information, please also visit our 21 Day Idaho Strong Challenge page. You can sign up to take the challenge and help the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program at the same time.

The Mindfulness in the Law Society has a series of weekly chats entitled: Pandemic Life:  Weekly Chats for Lawyers and the Legal Profession. The series is designed to help lawyers, judges, law students and other legal professionals deal with challenges related to life and practice during COVID-19. Each half hour session will focus on a pressing topic. They are live at 5:30 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in their private Facebook group. For more information or to register, visit their website HERE.

The American Bar Association also has a series of webinars this week on on well-being that are free to ABA members, but available for anyone. Please click HERE for a list.

If you have suggestions for activities for the Attorney Well-Being Task Force, please feel free to email the chair Julie Stomper at

Take the 21 Day Challenge and Kick-Off Lawyer Well-Being Week on May 4th

The Idaho State Bar’s Attorney Well-Being Task Force has teamed up with Targhee Athletics to present #IdahoStrong, a 21-day health and fitness challenge.  This challenge is for ANYONE! It will include at-home workouts (no equipment required), nutrition advice and challenges, and mental well-being practices. BONUS for parents looking for fun at home PE class, have your children join you for some or all of the workout. It is fun and family friendly!

The challenge will kick off off Lawyer Well-Being Week on Monday, May 4 and run through Friday, May 22.

Please visit the #IdahoStrong Challenge website for more information and to sign up. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program to support its services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The  Idaho Volunteer Lawyer Program has been hard at work revamping its entire process to find new ways to serve those in need while the Stay-At-Home Order is in effect. Like all non-profits, the economic downturn affects the IVLP’s ability to secure the funding it needs to maintain programming and it is in competition for limited funds resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.   For more information on IVLP, please visit their website.

Looking for more ways to stay healthy and strong? Visit our Lawyer Well-Being Week web page for more information on Lawyer Well-Being Week, May 4th through May 8th. On this page you will find remote-friendly activities that you can do on your own at no cost.

Check out additional resources provided by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being here.

Here we go, #IdahoStrong!

Connecting Tribal Culture and Courts, Healthy Families & Tribal Historical Preservation Law Conference 2020 (Polson, MT) – Feb. 27-28

February 27 & 28, 2020
Red Lion Ridgewater Inn & Suites
Polson, Montana



Connecting Culture in the Courtroom: a Judicial Perspective of the Court and Culture Regarding the Law and the Courtroom – Presented by: Hon. Stacie Smith Chief Justice of the Fort Peck Tribes’ Court; Hon. Brenda Desmond, Veteran’s Court Magistrate; Hon. James Manley, Montana District Court Judge; and Hon. Brad Pluff, CSKT Trial Judge.  This Panel will also present Ethical Issues to consider inside the Courtroom.

Ann Miller, Chief Defender, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes – Holistic Defense and Reentry Program.

Native American Social Workers: Leon Old Elk-Stewart, Luann Kicking Woman, and Donovan Archambault, Jr. – Perspectives about Social Work, Culture, Family Preservation, and the Courtroom.

Tribal and State Efforts regarding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: 2019 marked a year of collaboration with Tribal, State and National Efforts. This panel will discuss the local, grassroots, legislative collaboration, and meaningful 2020 and beyond solutions to MMIW. Panelists will include: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Chairwoman Shelly Fyant, Montana State Deputy Attorney Melissa Schlitcting, and CSKT Policy Analyst Jami Pluff.

Lillian Alvernaz, an attorney for ACLU will present information about the Violence Against Women Act and Tribal Criminal Jurisdiction, as well as present on Ethical Considerations for representing a Non-Profit.

Native American Archeologists and Salish and Kootenai College Instructors: Dean Nicolai and Aaron Brien will lead a Panel discussion about contemporary issues and cases which includes  Expert Witness Testimony

Thursday and Friday February 27-28, 2020 Polson, Montana 8:45-4:15 daily