Nominations for the 2018 ISB Commissioner Election Due Apr. 3

Nominations for the 2018 ISB Commissioner Election Due April 3, 2018 – Attorneys in the Sixth and Seventh districts will be electing a new representative to the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners this spring. The new commissioner will replace Kent Higgins (Pocatello). Pursuant to Idaho Bar Commission Rule 900, the new commissioner representing the Sixth and Seventh districts must reside or maintain an office in the Seventh district. Commissioners of the Idaho State Bar – the elected governing body of the Bar – serve for three (3) years, beginning on the last day of the ISB Annual Meeting following their elections. The Board of Commissioners is charged with regulating the legal profession in Idaho, which includes the testing, admission, and licensing of attorneys, overseeing disciplinary functions and administering mandatory continuing legal education requirements.

Nominations must be in writing and signed by at least five (5) members of the ISB in good standing, and eligible to vote in the districts. The Executive Director must receive nominations no later than the close of business on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. A nominating petition form may be obtained by calling the office of the Executive Director at (208) 334-4500 or on the ISB website at Ballots will be distributed electronically to all members eligible to vote in the Sixth and Seventh Districts on Monday, April 16. All ballots properly cast and returned to the ISB office will be counted by a Board of Canvassers at the close of business on Tuesday, May 1.

The Constitutional and Administrative Limits of President Trump’s Rescission of DACA CLE -Moscow

The Attempt to Trump DACA:
The Constitutional and Administrative Limits of President Trump’s Rescission of DACA

 Date:                     February 15, 2018

Time:                     3:30 – 4:30PT/4:30 – 5:30MT

Location:              Menard Law Building, Room 108, Moscow

Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center, Room 135, Boise

Speaker: Luis Cortes-Romero, Esq.

Moderator: Kate Evans, Associate Professor, University of Idaho College of Law

Luis Cortes Romero is an alumnus of the University of Idaho College of Law, and one of the lead attorneys, alongside Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, Professor Laurence Tribe, and Professor Leah Litman, in Garcia v. United States of America, 3:17-cv-05380 (N.D. Cal.) – the companion case in the national DACA litigation.  He will discuss the litigation that led to the court order preventing President Trump from rolling back the DACA program, the future of DACA at the Supreme Court, the situation facing DREAMers today, and his path through the legal profession. Cortes Romero’s work was recently profiled by PBS News Hour.


In 2012, the Obama administration created the DACA program through policy statements. The program offered work permits and temporary protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States as children. As of 2017, there were an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients. On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced that he was ending the program in March unless congress acts within the next six months.

Cortes Romero represented six individuals who were brought into the U.S. at young ages and currently live, work, and study in California in their challenge to President Trump’s announcement. One is a practicing attorney, one is a special education teacher, and four others attend graduate school. The plaintiffs argued that they each relied on the government’s promises that any information they provided in the application process would not be used for immigration enforcement, and that barring criminal activity or fraud in their DACA applications, DACA recipients would be able to renew their status and keep their benefits. They also argued that the revocation of DACA is fueled by President Trump’s anti-Mexican racial animus evidenced in his past statements and actions. Moreover, the plaintiffs stated that the government took “affirmative steps to reduce the protections applicable to information provided in connection with the DACA program” as evidenced by a January 2017 Executive Order mandating that all agencies “ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information.”

On January 9 2018, a federal district court judge in California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in one of the related cases, ordering that DACA remain in effect on the same terms and conditions that existed prior to Trump’s rescission.  The ruling has created a new opportunity for young people all over the country to obtain work permits and pursue their education without the immediate threat of deportation.

Application for 1.0 hours of CLE credit pending.

Lawyer Referral Service Renewal Deadline February 1

Renew Your LRS Panel Registration before February 1 to insure no interruption in referrals. 

You will need to verify your information, choose your panels & pay the registration fee online.

 Any questions, please contact Kyme Graziano at or 208-955-8864

2017 Resolution Results

Newsbrief – Resolution Results

The bar membership considered one resolution during the 2017 resolution process, proposed changes to Idaho Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g).  The resolution was approved by the membership. The recommended changes to the rule will be submitted to the Idaho Supreme Court for its consideration.  The results are:


 District 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Out of state  Totals
For 67 46 43 335 48 51 47 2 639 62%
Against 46 26 34 148 26 30 82 1 393 38%
Total 113 72 77 483 74 81 129 3 1032


For the full results, click here.

To view the Voter Pamphlet, click here.

2017 Year End Season of Thanks Bundling Package – Now through Dec. 8th

2017 Year End Season of Thanks Bundling Package

Offered by the Idaho Law Foundation, Inc. and Abila

LIMITED TIME OFFER – November 20th through December 8th
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 20th and December 8th, you may purchase the Year End Season of Thanks Bundling Package, which includes a total of 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:

  • 2017 Annual Flagship Law Practice Management: A Mini-MBA for Legal Practitioners (2017) – 3.75 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics
  • 2017 Idaho Legislative Review (2017) – 2.0 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • 2017 Lessons from the Masters (2017) – 1.5 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics / NAC Approved
  • Effective Oral Arguments on Appeal (2016) – 1.0 CLE credits
  • Electronic Storage and Communication for Your Practice and Clients: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You! (2016) – 1.0 CLE credits of which 0.25 is Ethics
  • 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
  • Handling Your First or Next Adoption Case (2017) – 2.0 CLE credits / NAC Approved
  • Handling Your First or Next Workers Compensation Case (2017) – 2.0 CLE credits / 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
  • Legal Research: Tips & Tricks to Consider Involving Casemaker (2017) – 1.25 CLE credits
  • My Wheelhouse: 48 Years of Litigation Experience (2016) – 1.0 CLE credits
  • The Future is Now: Top 10 Strategic Trends and Competence in Practice (2017) – 1.5 CLE credits of which 0.5 is Ethics
  • 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
  • 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 will be provided. No extensions will be awarded. All sales are final.

To purchase this bundle, select: 2017 Year End Season of Thanks Bundling Package