Judicial Recruitment Workshop Reminder – 5/18


A Judicial Recruitment Workshop will be held Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. MDT via Zoom. This workshop will provide information to attorneys about what it is like to be on the bench, the selection process, the opportunities available, and benefits of judicial service. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to IDCourts@idcourts.net and you will be e-mailed a link to the workshop.

Idaho Supreme Court – Order for Clarification

Linked below is a recent order from the Idaho Supreme Court clarifying the effect of January 6, 2023, “Order Rescinding Emergency Orders”.

Order Clarifying Effect of January 6, 2023, “Order Rescinding Emergency Orders”

Idaho State Bar Commissioner Election Results

Idaho State Bar Commissioner Election Results

4th District :

Kristin Bjorkman

3rd & 5th District:

Judge Robert Jackson

The newly elected commissioners take office at the conclusion of the Idaho State Bar Annual Meeting, Friday July 21st.

Revisions to Idaho Supreme Court Criminal Jury Instructions

Please see attached document.

Resolution for Consideration by the Idaho State Bar membership – Due 5/23

The Idaho Supreme Court and Board of Commissioners recommend that the Idaho bar exam passing score should be lowered from 272 to 270 (68% to 67.5%) to be more consistent with the surrounding states. Changing the passing score for the Idaho Bar Exam will set a passing that is consistent with Idaho’s geographic neighbors and other jurisdictions that administer the Uniform Bar Examination. Below is a map of the minimum passing score for all jurisdictions administering the UBE.

Currently, of the 41 jurisdictions that administer the Uniform Bar Exam only 3 states (including Idaho) have a passing score greater than 270. The goal is for the change to take effect prior to conclusion of the fall resolution process. The time frame for the change eliminates the option of proposing the rule change through the 2023 resolution process. Consistent with Idaho Bar Commission Rule 906(l), it was determined that an Emergency Resolution is the best course of action. The resolution is presented and supported by the Idaho Supreme Court and the Board of Commissioners of the Idaho State Bar.

A ballot will be mailed to all voting members of the Idaho State Bar on April 28. Ballots can be returned by mail, email, or hand delivered to the bar office. All votes are due to the Idaho State Bar office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Minnich, dminnich@isb.idaho.gov or Maureen Ryan Braley at mryanbraley@isb.idaho.gov.


Idaho State Bar seeking attorneys interested in serving on the Idaho Judicial Council – Deadline 5/8

STATEWIDE – The Board of Commissioners of the Idaho State Bar is seeking attorneys interested in serving on the Idaho Judicial Council for a term commencing on July 1, 2023. The Commission will be guided by the statutory considerations found in Idaho Code Section 1-2101 as amended during the 2023 legislative session, effective July 1, 2023.  Under the amended statute, the Board of Commissioners is responsible for submitting names to fill two positions on the Council. The Board of Commissioners submits three names for each open position to the Governor. The Governor selects the attorneys to serve on the Council.

Idaho State Bar members interested in serving on the Judicial Council should submit a letter of interest along with a resume or biographical sketch to the Idaho State Bar office by May 8, 2023. Submissions should include information about the applicant and why he or she is interested in the position. Letters and questions may be directed to: Diane Minnich, Executive Director, Idaho State Bar, P.O. Box 895, Boise, ID 83701, 208- 334-4500, dminnich@isb.idaho.gov.

Court Mail Service Fee Changes

Attention: Court mail service fees for mailing physical copies of court documents through the U.S. Postal Service will rise starting Monday, May 1. The new rates will match recent increases to mailing fees made by the USPS itself. These changes are only for physical mail service and do not affect electronic service of documents.

The new rates include:

Standard envelope (1-4 pages) – $1

Large envelope (5-9 pages) – $2.30

Large envelope (10-25 pages) – $5.15

Large envelope (26-50 pages) – $10

Registered mail – $15.25

Amendments to Idaho Supreme Court Rules

Amendments to Idaho Court Administrative Rule 43a

Clio: Solo and Small Firm Virtual Summit – 4/18

No question about it, running a solo or small firm can be challenging. Juggling legal and administrative work, stand out from the competition, and keep clients happy–without burning out.

Join ISB benefit provider Clio for a first-of-its-kind virtual gathering about how you can gain more time and revenue with less effort.

For more information visit https://www.clio.com/events/solo-and-small-firm-virtual-summit/