Idaho State Bar & Idaho Law Foundation Announcements

The following announcements have been published within the past six (6) months.


Welcome New Members!

On May 7, 2015, the Idaho State Bar welcomed 45 New Members.


February 2015Bar Exam Successful Applicants

The list of Successful Applicants from the February 2015 bar examination was released on April 16, 2015. The Admission Ceremony will be held on May 7, 2015 in Boise.


2015-2016 Desk Book Updates

The 2015-2016 Idaho State Bar Desk Book preparation is underway.  To ensure you are correctly listed in the attorney roster, please take a moment to check your membership records at and send us any updates by February 27.

2015 Licensing Receipts and Membership Cards

The 2015 licensing receipts and membership cards will be mailed in mid-March following the final licensing deadline.

2015 Final Licensing Deadline

The final licensing deadline is March 1, 2015.  However, since the 1st is on a Sunday, licensing will be accepted through Monday, March 2, 2015 as timely.  If you have not completed your licensing, we encourage you to complete it online.  The online licensing renewal portal is on our website at The names of all attorneys who have not paid their licensing by the deadline will be given to the Idaho Supreme Court for cancelation of their licenses.


2015 Licensing Deadline

The 2015 licensing deadline is February 1, 2015, however, since the 1st is a Sunday, payments will be accepted through February 2, 2015 as timely.  Payments not physically received in the Idaho State Bar Office by the deadline must be accompanied by the licensing late fee:  $100 for active and house counsel members; $25 for inactive, senior and emeritus members.  Please note that postmarks do not qualify as meeting the deadline.  The street address for overnight deliveries is 525 W. Jefferson Street, Boise, Idaho 83702. Attorneys who have not paid are encouraged to use Online Licensing Renewal. Questions may be directed to the Licensing Department at (208) 334-4500.

Darrington Lecture to Feature Jeffrey Rosen - Feb. 5th

The second annual Denton Darrington Lecture on Law & Government will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Idaho Supreme Court Main Courtroom, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. This year's speaker is Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The program will also be live via webcast through Idaho Public Television. The Denton Darrington Annual Lecture on Law & Government was started in 2013 to honor the former Idaho State Senator. The annual program is sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Law, Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho State Bar.

Comments Sought on Adoption of I.R.C.P. 16

Last year, I.R.C.P. 16 was amended at the recommendation of the Advancing Justice Committee. After additional review and consideration, the Advancing Justice Committee is now proposing that a new Rule 16 be adopted. The proposed rule may be found on the Supreme Court website. Comments on the proposed amendment may be sent to Cathy Derden by January 26, 2015.

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to the Idaho Criminal Rules

The Advancing Justice Committee and the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee are proposing amendments to the Idaho Criminal Rules.   In addition, a revised guilty plea advisory form is being considered.  The proposed amendments may be found on the Supreme Court website.  Comments on the proposed amendment may be sent to Cathy Derden by January 26, 2015.

Comments Sought on Idaho Juvenile Rule 19

The Idaho Supreme Court is considering amending the Idaho Juvenile Rule 19 regarding Standards and Procedures for Commitment to the Department of Juvenile Corrections. A copy of the proposed changes can be found on the Supreme Court website. Comments regarding the proposed changes may be sent to Deena Layne by January 20, 2015.

Idaho Military Legal Alliance Free CLE

The Idaho Military Legal Alliance is pleased to present a panel discussion on Idaho's Veteran’s Courts moderated by Idaho Supreme Court Justice Daniel T. Eismann.  Join Justice Eismann and judges Rick E. Carnaroli, Timothy L. Hansen, and George A. Southworth, as they discuss the history, purpose and development of Veteran’s Courts across the United States and in Idaho.  They will share success stories and statistics from Idaho's current Veteran’s Courts, explain selection criteria,  and demonstrate how the program benefits participants. The program will also explore pro bono and legal assistance needs arising out of Veteran’s Courts and  how the Idaho Military Legal Alliance and its partners can assist Veteran’s Court participants. 

1.5 CLE credit will be available, pending approval.  This is a FREE CLE opportunity.  However, the Idaho Military Legal Alliance suggests a donation of two hours of pro bono legal services in exchange for attending this FREE CLE. 

The CLE will be held at The Watercooler, 1401 W. Idaho Street, Boise, Idaho 83702 on January 9, 2015 from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m.  Teleconferencing options are available upon request.

To RSVP for this event, please email Steve Stokes at and attach the completed Pro Bono Pledge Form by January 5, 2015.


ABA Legal Professionals Survey

The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation are pleased to announce their collaboration on a groundbreaking research project to survey the current rates of substance use, depression and anxiety among legal professionals in the United States. 

The anonymous, confidential survey is designed to capture current, reliable and credible data on these issues, data which will impart numerous benefits to virtually all sectors of the legal profession.  All responses will be anonymous and go directly to the Butler Center for Research which maintains the confidentiality of all data.  No identifying information will be asked and all data will be de-identified including IP addresses. 

To participate in the study, please select: ABA Legal Professionals Survey.

You may direct any questions regarding the survey to: Audrey A. Klein, Ph.D., Butler Center for Research, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, (651) 213-4106 or

Judicial Election Qualifications Survey - Due 10/14

Idaho State Bar members have until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th to return a questionnaire about qualifications of those judicial candidates for whom they have personal or professional knowledge. Results will be released to the public on Oct. 21 in a press release and on the ISB website. The General Election will decide two district court runoff elections.
The ISB membership passed a resolution in 2003 that requested a survey be developed for use in contested judicial elections. A committee of lawyers and judges developed the four-question survey. The ISB has conducted the survey for every contested judicial election since then. Attorneys are asked to vote only if they have personal and/or professional experience with the candidate. The survey was sent via e-mail with electronic security so each member can vote only once. The small number of attorneys and judges who don’t use e-mail were sent the survey in the mail.

If there are questions, please contact ISB Communications Director Dan Black at 955-8866.

Welcome New Members!

On October 2, 2014, the Idaho State Bar welcomed 87 New Members.


ISB Diversity Section Accepting Nominations for "Justice for All" Award - Due 10/3

The Idaho State Bar Diversity Section annually recognizes a lawyer, a member of the judiciary or a citizen connected with advancing the causes of people of color, women, religious or ethnic minorities, those of marginalized social groups, and the poor in Idaho’s justice  system. Those who have been honored in the past through 2013 are Ernesto Sanchez, retired director of Idaho Legal Aid; Leslie Goddard, retired counsel and director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission; Nicole LeFavour, Idaho’s first openly gay state legislator and civil rights activist; and Linda Pall, Idaho civil rights lawyer who has been recognized for her advocacy of human rights throughout the northwest as a recipient of the Rosa Parks Award in Latah County, the Sheikh Community Unity Award in Moscow and the Lassman Stand Against Hate Award from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

The Diversity Section intends to present the 2014 “Justice for All” Award in Boise at the October 30th CLE, 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Widening the Circle.  You are cordially invited to nominate someone who has played a long-term, deep commitment to civil and human rights. Please send your letter of nomination for the 2014 “Justice for All” Award by 5 PM, October 3, 2014 to Mahmood Sheikh, ISB Deputy Executive Director.

Thank you for your help in identifying a distinguished supporter of civil and human rights from the ranks of lawyers, judges and citizens of Idaho for this important recognition. We hope you will plan to join us for the CLE and the Award Luncheon on Thursday, October 30th – additional details will follow!

July 2014 Bar Exam Successful Applicants

The list of Successful Applicants from the July 2014 bar examination was released on September 11, 2014. The Admission Ceremony will be held on October 2, 2014 in Boise.

Idaho Association of Defense Counsel to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

The Idaho State Bar wishes to congratulate the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) on its upcoming 50th anniversary! IADC members and former presidents will celebrate at their annual meeting in Sun Valley, September 12-13.

Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

On August 15, 2014, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules published proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.  The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on the federal Judiciary's website. To view, select: JUDICIAL CONFERENCE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS. The public comment period end February 17, 2015.


Comments Sought on Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure

The Idaho Supreme Court and the Children and Families in the Courts Committee are seeking input on the implementation of the Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure (IRFLP).  A copy of the rules can be found on the court’s website at  Send your suggested corrections, amendments or problems with implementation via email to Deena Layne at by January 2, 2015.  Please send a separate email regarding each rule that you suggest be changed, and identify the rule in the subject line of your email.  This will assist court staff with efficiently organizing all responses.  Thank you.

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendment to I.M.C.R. 9.4

The Court is considering an amendment to I.M.C.R. 9.4 which would require a certification from the alcohol-drug evaluator that the recommendation complies iwth the conflict of interest provision in the statute, and provide a sanction (or means of enforcement) if a judge learns that an evaluator is violating the statute. To view the full text of the proposed amendment, select: I.M.C.R. 9.4 AMENDMENT. Comments regarding the proposed amendment may be sent to by September 1, 2014.


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