FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2018-The Idaho State Bar will present two awards to North-Central Idaho attorneys and will recognize one judge at the Second District Bar Annual Resolution Meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 1. The meeting will be held at Ernie’s Steakhouse, 2305 Nez Perce Drive in Lewiston, beginning at 5:45 pm.
- University of Idaho College of Law Professor Maureen Laflin will receive the Professionalism Award. Professor Laflin has taught at the Moscow campus since 1991, reaching tenure in 2001. She directs law school’s clinical programs, trial advocacy program and Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolutions. She has taught courses on family mediation, lawyering process, negotiation and dispute resolution and mediating the criminal case. A published scholar, Professor Laflin has received the University of Idaho Alumni Award of Excellence for Faculty on three occasions. A graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, she was admitted into the Idaho State Bar in 1992.
The Idaho State Bar Professionalism Awards are 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.
- Sarah McDowell-Lamont, a University of Idaho College of Law graduate, will receive the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award. Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS), nominated Ms. McDowell-Lamont for the award for her generous support of the organization. She began her involvement in law school and has continued to volunteer since being admitted into the Idaho State Bar in 2008. In 2017, the Lewiston office for ILAS was without a managing attorney, and Ms. McDowell-Lamont stepped up without hesitation to take on five domestic violence family law cases. A solo practitioner in Lewiston, her focus is family law, divorce, child custody and child support, adoptions and guardianships.
The Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Awards are 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 services.
- The Honorable Randall W. Robinson will be recognized by the Bar for his dedication and service as a magistrate judge for Clearwater County. Judge Robinson retired earlier this year from the bench. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and in 2019 will be celebrating 40 years as a member of the Idaho State Bar.