Concordia University School of Law closing

Concordia University School of Law will close permanently at the end of the summer term as part of the closure of Concordia University-Portland. Although the University had signed a letter of intent in February to transfer the School of Law to Concordia St. Paul, the parties were unable to consummate the transaction.

You can read the full press release HERE.

Newly Formed ISB Agricultural Law Section Accepting New Members

The newly formed Idaho State Bar Agricultural Law Section is now accepting members.  The Agricultural Law Practice Section will focus on and highlight specific legal topics that affect agricultural law and keep its members apprised of current events and current law changes that affect this area of practice.  The Section will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month.  Their next meeting is scheduled for August 27th at 12:00 pm (MT). There will be a half-hour CLE presented during the meeting.

Please visit the Section’s webpage for more information on membership and to review draft by-laws and other information.

Membership dues are as follows:

2020 Standard Membership Dues – $30
Attorneys Admitted to ISB Less Than 3 Years – $20
Law Students, Law Professors, Law Clerks, Senior ISB Members, Members of the Public – $20

To officially join the Agricultural Law Section as a voting member, please complete the Section Registration Form and return with payment to Dayna Ferrero at the Idaho State Bar, PO Box 895, Boise, Idaho 83701 or you can make payment online.  If you are making payment online, please detail in the description that you are paying dues for the “Agricultural Law Section.”

The election of officers of the Governing Council will be held electronically beginning July 1st.  All paying members of the section at that time will be sent a link to vote electronically.

The proposed slate of officers include:

Chairperson: Kelly Stevenson

Vice Chairperson: Samuel Parry

Secretary: Stephen Madsen

Treasurer: Paul Merrill

At Large Members:

David Ballard (1-Year Term)

Mark Cornelison (1-Year Term)

Anne Kunkel (2-Year Term)

Katie Vandenberg (2-Year Term)

If you have questions or would like to serve on the Governing Council, please contact Kelly Stevenson at kelly@smithmalek.com or Teresa Baker at tbaker@isb.idaho.gov.

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.

The Federal Court’s Coronavirus Response: Brown Bag CLE – June 4

The Federal Bar Association invites you to join us as Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Joseph M. Meier, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush and Clerk of the Court Stephen W. Kenyon describe preparations and actions, which they took in response to the coronavirus pandemic. They will share the precautions the court will be taking as it begins to gradually return to pre-pandemic operations. The panelists will be also be available to answer your questions on the measures that will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all courthouse users.

For more information: Brown Bag CLE: The Federal Court’s Coronavirus Response – June 4

Scam Alert: Email scam requesting payment – May 8

We have been informed of another email scam circulating to attorneys, particularly those who serve in some Bar or Foundation leadership capacity. This particular scam is a phishing scam in which the sender appears to be a District Bar or Committee officer requesting payment be sent to him/her via gift cards for veterans due to COVID-19. If you receive a similar email, please do not reply or open any links. No member of Idaho State Bar or Idaho Law Foundation leadership will ever email you regarding a request for payment. See the example below:

New Idaho State Bar Commissioners

The voting members of the Idaho State Bar elected two new members of the Board of Commissioners.  Boise attorney Kristin Bjorkman Dunn will represent the Fourth District, replacing Immediate Past President Judge Michael Oths.  Twin Falls attorney Laird Stone will represent the Third and Fifth Districts, replacing Commissioner David Kerrick of Caldwell.  Both Commissioners will serve three-year terms, beginning in July 2020. 

Chief Justice Burdick to Speak about COVID-19 TOMORROW at Idaho Falls Online Lunch-In -May 6

Please join the Seventh District Bar and the Idaho Falls Rotary Club for an online program featuring Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger S. Burdick TOMORROW, MAY 6, 2020 at 12:20 p.m. (MT). Chief Justice Burdick will be discussing COVID-19 and its effect on the Idaho courts and the legal system.

Please submit any questions you would like addressed by messaging them via Facebook in advance to @iflunchin. Grab your lunch and join us using the following links:
Facebook Live
Youtube Channel with IE Productions

We hope you can tune in. If you miss it live, watch for replay links.

Idaho Law Foundation Announces Winning Entries for 2020 Law Day Podcast Contest

The Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program is proud to announce that three Idaho students were selected for prizes in the Foundation’s annual Law Day Podcast Contest. Student podcasts explored the 2020 Law Day theme celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Podcasts focused on a quote from Susan B. Anthony: “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” The prompt asked students to examine the importance of voting rights.

The top three student entries include:

  • First Place: Elinor Smith, Borah High School, Boise. Elinor is a senior. Her podcast focused on the importance of youth voting. She said she spent over 3 months working on her podcast and that “the best thing about making a podcast or doing any sort of journalism is that you don’t have to know anything about anything. The host puts themselves in the place of the listener and learns new things to share with listeners.” Next year Elinor will attend the University of Montana where she plans to study journalism.
  • Second Place: Sophia Willmorth, One Stone, Boise. Sophia is a ninth grader. Her podcast explored what voters’ rights have looked like throughout the history of the United States. She said, “I decided that I wanted to answer the prompt by retelling the stories of some of the original suffragettes that I felt were integral to the passing of the 19th Amendment.”
  • Third Place: Marilla Story, Logos School, Moscow. Marilla is a tenth grader. She decided to create her podcast because her history class was studying voting rights and she found the topic fascinating and important. She also loved being able to incorporate music from the time period into her submission.

The Law Day Podcast Contest is open to Idaho high school students. Entrants submitted 5 to 10-minute audio podcasts and could create their podcast individually or in groups of 2 or 3. The contest was sponsored by the Richard C. Fields American Inn of Court. Their sponsorship allowed the Foundation to award the top three entries prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively.

Podcasts were critiqued by a panel of judges that included educators and attorneys. The judges scored the submissions on content, delivery, and production. One of the judges, Cindy Wilson said, “Creative educational activities like this contest provide the best opportunities for young people to learn how to have their voices heard in their communities. That’s exactly what we saw in the excellent entries we judged; our future is in good hands with these students.”

The Idaho Law Foundation would like to thank our sponsors and judges for their support of the Podcast Contest. We appreciate their dedication to advancing civic education in our state.

The entries can be accessed by click the link below. For more information about the Law Day Podcast Contest, contact Carey Shoufler, Idaho Law Foundation Law Related Education Director, at cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

About Law Day: Established in 1958 by President Eisenhower, Law Day is celebrated each year on May 1 to help Americans better understand the law and our legal system. Each year, Law Day is centered on a different theme to spotlight an important aspect of the law.

About the Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program: Founded in 1974, the Idaho Law Foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Idaho State Bar. As a program of the Idaho Law Foundation, Law Related Education is a civic education program that works to educate the public about the role of law in a democratic society.

May 1- Law Day 2020!

The Law Day 2020 theme is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” In 2019-2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action. Find more ABA Law Day information and activities 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 julie@beardstclair.com.