Learn more about Access to Justice Idaho

Access to Justice Idaho raises funds to support Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS), the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program (IVLP) and DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI) — the three principle providers of civil legal services for poor and vulnerable Idahoans.  The need for free legal services is constant and increasing. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has left one in seven Idaho workers unemployed. Many who were seemingly secure, now face evictions, foreclosures, crippling medical bills without health insurance and a myriad of unexpected legal problems.  This year, more than ever, the low-income beneficiaries of Access to Justice need your help.

Learn more and donate by clicking HERE.

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.

Idaho Legislature Session info and 2020 Code Sections Affected

For information about the Code Sections affected by the 2020 Legislative Session, click the link below. Code citation, action, bill number, and session law chapter numbers are shown for bills passed during the 2020 Legislative Session.

2020 Code Sections Affected

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.

U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho General Order Re: Court Operations

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho have issued General Order No. 367 regarding continued court operations in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and Idaho Governor’s guidelines for reopening Idaho. Please read the full Order linked below:

In Re: Continued Court Operations in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Idaho Governor’s Guidelines for Reopening Idaho

ABA COVID-19 Information and Resources Website

In response to the many legal issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Bar Association has created a Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic.
The website can be found at: americanbar.org/coronavirustaskforce.