Comments Sought on I.M.C.R. 5(b)

Idaho Supreme Court seeking comments on proposed amendments to I.M.C.R. 5(b).

IAALS Legal Visionary Award Nominations

IAALS—the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System—has launched a new Legal Visionary Award and is accepting nominations through December 1. The Alli Gerkman Legal Visionary Award recognizes an innovator who has made significant impacts early in his or her career toward making the American legal system work better for everyone who needs it and everyone who is a part of it. The purpose is to encourage and showcase innovators, risk takers, visionaries, and emerging leaders who bring a different perspective and a reform-minded approach to the improvement of our legal system. Candidates must be in the first 15 years of their legal career to be eligible.
So much good work is being done across the legal profession and we can’t wait to highlight it.

More information about the award and criteria is available here:

Fall Immigration Skills Conference -Nov. 5

For more information including agenda, speakers and registration click HERE

Idaho State Bar Attorney Well Being Survey- Closes Oct. 31

The Idaho State Bar Attorney Well-Being Task Force is conducting an anonymous survey of all ISB members to determine how the Task Force can best serve the needs of our members.

Give Us Your Input!

Take the Survey HERE now

The survey closes October 31st.

Free CLE For Your Participation
To show our appreciation for taking this survey, you will receive a coupon code at the end of the survey that you can use to watch the FREE on-demand CLE titled “Lawyer Well-Being: What’s It Got to Do with Me?”
Please remember to write down the coupon code and use it when you register for the course!

Your Input is Critical
“Attorney well-being has been an area of well-deserved focus across the country over the last several years. Many state bars have established committees to develop well-being programs or resources and Idaho’s Task Force looks forward to using the results of the survey to inform its work.
Your response to our survey is critically important and valuable. Attorney well-being is a topic we can all benefit from and the survey is a simple way to help your fellow bar members. The Task Force appreciates your attention and time to respond.”
~ Donald F. Carey, Idaho State Bar President

Attorney Well-Being is More Important Now Than Ever
“This survey’s timing is serendipitous because attorney well-being is an especially important issue, and, now so, more than ever. Please take a few minutes (along with a couple of deep breaths), and share your answers to help shape the direction, programs, and resources being developed to address an often-overlooked aspect of practice. With your insight, improvements can happen. Thank you!.”
~ Hon. Andrea L. Courtney, Third District Judge
For more information on Well-Being and efforts being made nationwide visit theNational Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.

Election Law Symposium – Oct. 27


Although free and fair elections might now be considered a hallmark of our representative democracy, ensuring that all citizens can participate equally in our elections is an ongoing effort. It was not until 1870 that the 15th Amendment prohibited disenfranchisement on the basis of race. And it took 50 more years before the 19th Amendment prohibited the same on the basis of sex. In the 1960s, the Supreme Court established the one-person-one-vote principle, and Congress enacted the Voting Rights Act. On the eve of the 2020 election, we examine American democracy and ask: Where are we now, nd where might we be 4 years, 20 years, 50 years, 100 years, or even 150 years from now?

Learn more through the following FREE discussions. Idaho CLE credit pending.

American Democracy in 2020 –  1.0 CLE credit (pending)

October 20, 2020 at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MT / 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

Emerging Technologies and Electoral Innovation –  1.0 CLE credit (pending)

October 20, 2020 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT / 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT

Native American Voting Rights –  1.0 CLE credit (pending)

October 27, 2020 at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MT / 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

New Visions of American Democracy –  1.0 CLE credit (pending)

October 27, 2020 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT / 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT

Zoom Retirement Party for Dave Metcalf- Oct. 2

After 39 years of service to the District of Idaho, Dave Metcalf is retiring. It is impossible to properly express our gratitude or fully thank Dave for his service. And, the present circumstances make an impossible task all the more difficult. But, we are not letting Dave get out of here without some celebration. So, in lieu of an formal retirement party, we invite you to join Dave, his family, friends, and fellow court staff in a send-off via Zoom. The Zoom conference will run from 10:30am to 12:00pm on Friday, October 2.

Due to security concerns the Court is requiring all attendees to RSVP prior to joining the zoom conference.

Please RSVP here:

To Connect to the Zoom conference please follow this link:

iCourt Filing Routine Maintenance

ATTENTION iCourt Filers – On Tuesday, October 6th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. MST both File & Serve and Guide & File will undergo routine maintenance. This may result in an interruption of service between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Please plan ahead so that your time sensitive filings are completed before this interruption.

Free Virtual Symposium with Gonzaga University School of Law – Oct. 9

Join Gonzaga University School of Law for a free virtual symposium on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The symposium is part of a celebration of the launch of their new Health and Technology Policy project and will feature keynote speaker Frank Pasquale, author of New Laws of Robots: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI.

For more information, visit the event’s webpage HERE.

Scam Alert: Phishing email re: referral from Lawyer Referral Service

It has been brought to our attention that several attorneys have received a blank email with the subject line, “I was referred to you the Bar Referral Services. Do advise if your firm handles Litigation Cases.”

The Idaho State Bar Lawyer Referral Service does not process referrals in this way. Please do not click on anything or reply to an email with this or similar subject lines.

FBA CLE- Compassionate Release and the First Step Act -Oct. 29