Fifth District Contested Judicial Election Survey Results

April 30, 2018

2018 Contested Fifth District Judicial Election – Attorney Survey Results

BOISE – The Idaho State Bar recently conducted a survey of its members on the qualifications of candidates for the contested Fifth District Court Judge position. The four candidates are Samuel S. Beus, Theodore Booth, David W. Gadd and Roger B. Harris.

The Idaho State Bar does not interpret or express any opinion about the attached results and makes no endorsements. Of the 5,273 Idaho attorneys and judges sent the survey, 178 responded between April 9 and April 20.  Attorneys were asked to rate a candidate only if they have personal and/or professional experience with the candidate.

The ISB membership passed a resolution in 2003 that requested a survey be developed for contested judicial elections. A committee of lawyers and judges developed the four-question survey and the ISB has conducted the survey for every contested judicial election since 2006.

The survey rates candidates on four criteria:

1). Integrity and Independence

2). Knowledge and Understanding of the Law

3). Judicial Temperament and Demeanor

4). Legal Ability and Experience.

 

Results here

First District Contested Judicial Election Survey Results

 

April 30, 2018

2018 Contested First District Judicial Election – Attorney Survey Results

BOISE – The Idaho State Bar recently conducted a survey of its members on the qualifications of candidates for the contested First District Court Judge position. The two candidates are John T. Mitchell and Douglas A. Pierce.

The Idaho State Bar does not interpret or express any opinion about the attached results and makes no endorsements. Of the 5,273 Idaho attorneys and judges sent the survey, 222 responded between April 9 and April 20. Attorneys were asked to rate a candidate only if they have personal and/or professional experience with the candidate.

The ISB membership passed a resolution in 2003 that requested a survey be developed for contested judicial elections. A committee of lawyers and judges developed the four-question survey and the ISB has conducted the survey for every contested judicial election since 2006.

The survey rates candidates on four criteria:
1). Integrity and Independence
2). Knowledge and Understanding of the Law
3). Judicial Temperament and Demeanor
4). Legal Ability and Experience.

Results here

 

 

Idaho State Bar Diversity Section Announces Love the Law! Jennifer King Memorial Application Scholarship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Idaho State Bar Diversity Section Announces Love The Law! Jennifer King Memorial Application Scholarship

Boise, Idaho-April 3, 2018 – For the fifth consecutive year, the Idaho State Bar Diversity Section’s Love the Law! program will begin accepting applications for the Jennifer King Memorial Application Scholarship on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Named in honor of the late Jennifer King, this scholarship memorializes Jennifer’s commitment to encouraging and acknowledging Bar members who reflect Idaho’s great diversity and strength. Jennifer was a member of the Idaho State Bar and a leader in the Diversity Section. She was a talented and able lawyer, passionate about bolstering diversity in the legal profession. Jennifer championed the goals of increased diversity among the ranks of lawyers and judges throughout the state of Idaho, as well as working to attract students of diverse backgrounds to study the rule of law. Within the Diversity Section and in her tireless efforts to support the various Love the Law! programs, Jennifer was an example for every section member to emulate.

This scholarship in her honor is available to students applying to a law school located in Idaho. Additionally, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and sit for the September or November 2018 LSAT. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of approximately $1,200 to pay for the LSAT study course, test fees and Idaho law school application fees.

The application will be available beginning Monday, April 2, 2018 with a final deadline of 5:00 p.m. MDT / 4:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, May 4, 2018.

Scholarships will be awarded by Friday, May 25, 2018 and recipients will be contacted accordingly.

To apply, download, complete, and submit the application from the URL below either by in person delivery or by email to the following:

Application:     http://ow.ly/1RuI30jimxQ

Address:          Idaho State Bar
525 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83701

Email:              msheikh@isb.idaho.gov

For additional information, questions about this scholarship or more information on the Love the Law! program, please contact Brit Kreimeyer at bkreimeyer@adaweb.net or 208-287-7479.

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Idaho High School Mock Trial Program Hosting State Competition in Boise

On Wednesday through Friday, March 21 to 23, the Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program will be hosting the Idaho High School Mock Trial Championship. 12 teams qualified during three regional competitions held in February and early March. The following schools will be participating:

  • The Ambrose School (Two teams; Meridian)
  • Centennial High School (Meridian)
  • Century High School (Pocatello)
  • Helena High School (Helena, Montana; two teams)
  • Lewiston High School (Two teams)
  • The Logos School (Two teams; Moscow)
  • Moscow High School
  • Mountain Home High School

In addition to the Mock Trial Competition, the Law Foundation will also be hosting the 6th Annual Courtroom Artist Contest. Six students from all parts of the state will be participating. The winning mock trial team and artist will represent Idaho at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in May.

For more information about the competition visit idahomocktrial.org or contact Carey Shoufler, Idaho Law Foundation Law Related Education Director, at (208) 334-4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

Idaho High School Mock Trial Hosting Competition in Caldwell

On Saturday, March 3, from 8:00 to 5:00 at the Canyon County Courthouse in Caldwell, the Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program will be holding the Treasure Valley High School Mock Trial Regional Competition. 10 teams from the following schools will be participating:

  • The Ambrose School
  • Capital High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Idaho Arts Charter School
  • Mountain Home High School
  • The One Stone School
  • Payette High School
  • Timberline High School

For more information about the competition visit idahomocktrial.org or contact Carey Shoufler, Idaho Law Foundation Law Related Education Director, at (208) 334-4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

Idaho High School Mock Trial Hosting Competition in Coeur d’Alene

On Saturday, February 24, from 8:00 to 5:00 at the Kootenai County Courthouse in Coeur d’Alene, the Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program will be holding the North Idaho High School Mock Trial Regional Competition. 10 teams from the following schools will be participating:

  • Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy
  • Coeur d’Alene High School
  • Lewiston High School
  • The Logos School
  • Moscow High School

For more information about the competition visit idahomocktrial.org or contact Carey Shoufler, Idaho Law Foundation Law Related Education Director, at (208) 334-4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

Idaho High School Mock Trial Hosting Competition in Pocatello

On Saturday, February 10, from 8:00 to 5:00 at the Bannock County Courthouse in Pocatello, the Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program will be holding the Eastern Idaho High School Mock Trial Regional Competition. 7 teams from the following schools will be participating:

  • Century High School
  • Firth High School
  • Helena High School
  • Marsh Valley High School
  • Pocatello High School

For more information about the competition visit idahomocktrial.org or contact Carey Shoufler, Idaho Law Foundation Law Related Education Director, at (208) 334-4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

Idaho State Bar recognizes Treasure Valley members at Annual Resolution Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Idaho State Bar recognizes Treasure Valley members at Annual Resolution Meeting

November 9, 2017-Boise, Idaho—The Idaho State Bar will be recognizing ten of their Treasure Valley members during the Annual Fourth District Bar Association Resolution Meeting to be held at the Barber Park Event Center (4049 S. Eckert Road) in Boise on Wednesday, November 15 at Noon.

  • Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Jan Bennetts and Cosho Humphrey, LLP attorney Joseph Meier, both of Boise, will receive the Professionalism Award, given to at least one attorney in each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts who has engaged in extraordinary activity in his or her community, in the state, or in the profession, which reflects the highest standards of professionalism. Bennetts is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law. Meier received his law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

 

  • Four individuals will receive the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award, presented to the person(s) from each judicial district who have donated extraordinary time and effort to help clients who are unable to pay for legal services.
    • Sara M. Berry with Holland & Hart LLP in Boise committed over 200 hours on two pro bono cases – one through the federal court’s pro bono program and the other involving an appeal to the United State Supreme Court. Berry is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law.
    • Heather Conder, a graduate of Regent University School of Law, and an attorney with C.K. Quade Law, PLLC, in Boise, dedicated over 100 hours of pro bono service on several immigration cases assisting elderly refugees with their naturalization petitions and serving as the guardian ad litem in an adult guardianship case.
    • Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice (1982-1989) and retired Navy Captain Robert Huntley of The Huntley Law Firm, PLLC, of Boise is receiving the award for his dedication to the law and pro bono work throughout his 58 year career as a licensed attorney in Idaho. The University of Idaho College of Law graduate volunteered his time from 1990 to 2005 on a successful lawsuit culminated with a final Idaho Supreme Court ruling seeking a reform of the education funding system.
    • Lynette Davis with Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP in Boise volunteered 223 hours on a highly contested custody case. The Gonzaga University School of Law graduate shares “I have a soft spot for kids – especially those in unfavorable circumstances.

 

  • Judge Timothy Hansen of Meridian will be recognized as a Retiring Judge. Judge Hansen served as a District Judge in the Fourth Judicial District and also served a term as the District Administrative Judge. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law.

 

  • Immediate Past Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Jones of Boise, a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, will be recognized for his 50th Year Anniversary of admission into the Idaho State Bar.

 

  • Boise State University General Counsel Matthew Wilde will receive the Service Award given each year to lawyers and non-lawyers for exemplary service to the Idaho State Bar and/or Idaho Law Foundation. Wilde, a graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law, serves on the Bar’s Character and Fitness Committee and is Past Chairperson for the Government & Public Sector Lawyers.

 

  • Richard Hall, Of Counsel to the Boise law firm of Duke Scanlan Hall, PLLC, will be the fourth recipient of the Richard C. Fields Civility Award presented by the Idaho State Bar Professionalism & Ethics Section and Concordia University School of Law. Hall, a 47 year member of the Idaho State Bar and graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law, is receiving the award for his commitment to professionalism and civility in the profession.

For more information about these recognitions or the Fourth District Bar Association Resolution Meeting, contact Idaho State Bar & Idaho Law Foundation Executive Director Diane Minnich at 208-334-4500.

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Idaho State Bar recognizes Western Treasure Valley members at Annual Resolution Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Idaho State Bar recognizes Western Treasure Valley members at Annual Resolution Meeting

November 9, 2017-Nampa, Idaho—The Idaho State Bar will be recognizing eight of their Western Treasure Valley members during the Annual Third District Bar Association Resolution Meeting to be held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (4104 E. Flamingo Avenue) in Nampa on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:00 pm.

  • Nicholas T. Bokides will receive the Professionalism Award, given to at least one attorney in each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts who has engaged in extraordinary activity in his or her community, in the state, or in the profession, which reflects the highest standards of professionalism. Bokides is a private practitioner in Weiser. He has been an Idaho lawyer for 35 years and is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law.

    Bokides reflects “many things have motivated and inspired me over the years. Certainly the acts of kindness and courtesies often extended by many of the fine colleagues I have encountered over the years inspire and provide guidance. Nothing is more inspiring than a client who drops a personal thank you note off after a difficult matter is resolved.”

  • In addition, Bokides will receive the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award, presented to the person(s) from each judicial district that have donated extraordinary time and effort to help clients who are unable to pay for legal services. Bokides shares “the tremendous need, especially in the smaller, rural communities of Idaho,” inspires him to give back.

 

  • Also, receiving the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Award is William “Bud” F. Yost III of Yost Law, PLLC in Nampa. A graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law and 48 year member of the Idaho State Bar, Yost is receiving the award for his dedication of many hours on an adoption case for grandparents seeking to adopt their grandchild. Yost has also served on several nonprofit boards that have contributed significantly to the Nampa community.

 

  • Judges Juneal Kerrick and Frank Kotyk, both of Caldwell, will be recognized as Retiring Judges. Kerrick served as a Thirid Judicial District Court Judge while Kotyk served as Magistrate Judge in Canyon County. Both are graduates of the University of Idaho College of Law.

 

  • The Hon. Wayne Fuller of Weiser received his law degree from Stanford University Law School. He will be recognized for his 60th Year Anniversary of admission into the Idaho State Bar.

 

  • David Whitney of Caldwell, a University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law graduate, and Robert Miller, of Caldwell, a University of Oregon School of Law graduate, will be recognized for their 50th Year Anniversary of admission into the Idaho State Bar.

For more information about these recognitions or the Third District Bar Association Resolution Meeting, contact Idaho State Bar & Idaho Law Foundation Executive Director Diane Minnich at 208-334-4500.

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Idaho State Bar recognizes Idaho Falls area members at Annual Resolution Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Idaho State Bar recognizes Idaho Falls area members at Annual Resolution Meeting

The Idaho State Bar will be recognizing four of their Idaho Falls area members during the Annual Seventh District Bar Association Resolution Meeting to be held at the Marriott Residence Inn (635 South Broadway) in Idaho Falls on Monday, November 13 at Noon.

  • Kimberly D. Evans Ross will receive the Professionalism Award, given to at least one attorney in each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts who has engaged in extraordinary activity in his or her community, in the state, or in the profession, which reflects the highest standards of professionalism. Evans Ross with Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, in Idaho Falls attended law school at the University of North Carolina and has practiced law in Idaho for 13 years. She shares “never lower your standards. No matter how hard the job gets, you’ve got to be able to live with yourself at the end of the day.”

 

  • Two individuals will receive the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award, presented to the person(s) from each judicial district who have donated extraordinary time and effort to help clients who are unable to pay for legal services.
    • Ammons City Councilman Sean J. Coletti with Hopkins Roden Crockett Hansen & Hoopes, PLLC, spent 30 hours assisting a man in obtaining guardianship over his young nephew. Coletti is also a regular volunteer at the wills clinic for veterans in the Seventh Judicial District. Coletti graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
    • Megan J. Hopfer with Beard St. Clair Gaffney PA in Idaho Falls provided 20 hours of pro bono assistance to an area non-profit that serves low income and homeless clients. In addition to her legal work, Hopfer is president of the Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre. She graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law.

For more information about these recognitions or the Seventh District Bar Association Resolution Meeting, contact Idaho State Bar & Idaho Law Foundation Executive Director Diane Minnich at 208-334-4500.

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