Idaho State Bar & Idaho Law Foundation Announcements
The following announcements have been published within the past six (6) months.
Attorneys in the 3rd, 4th and 5th district will be electing new representatives to the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners this Spring. The new commissioners will replace William H. Wellman (Nampa) and Robert T. Wetherell (Boise). Pursuant to Idaho Bar Commission Rule 900, the new commissioner representing the 3rd and 5th districts must reside or maintain an office in the 5th district. Commissioners of the Idaho State Bar - the elected governing body of the Bar - serve for three (3) years, beginning on the last day of the ISB Annual Meeting following their elections. The Board of Commissioners is charged with regulating the legal profession in Idaho, which includes the testing, admission, and licensing of attorneys, overseeing disciplinary functions and administering mandatory continuing legal education requirements.
Nominations must be in writing and signed by at least five (5) members of the ISB in good standing and eligible to vote in the districts. The Executive Director must receive nominations no later than the close of business on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A nominating petition form may be obtained by calling the office of Executive Director at (208) 334-4500 or by selecting one of the following options:
Ballots will be mailed to all members eligible to vote in the 3rd, 4th and 5th districts on Monday, April 21, 2014. All ballots properly cast and returned to the ISB office will be counted by a board of canvassers at the close of business on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
The Rule 32 Committee is seeking comments on proposed amendments to Idaho Court Administrative Rule 32, Records of the judicial department--Examination and copying—Exemptions from and limitations on disclosure. In addition, the Bail Bonds Guidelines Committee is seeking comments on its proposed amendments to Idaho Criminal Rule 46, Bail or release on own recognizance. Both sets of proposed amendments can be found at http://www.isc.idaho.gov/problem-solving/idaho-court-rules-and-amendments-available-for-public-comment with comments due by March 13, 2014.
You are invited to attend a FREE domestic violence training program – available in Nampa or Pocatello. If you are interested in attending, please register prior to Friday, February 21st.
Domestic Violence Training: A Coordinated Effort
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (MDT) – Registration at 8:00 a.m.
Hispanic Cultural Center, 315 Stampede Drive – Nampa
Domestic Violence Training
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m. (MDT) – Registration at 12:30 p.m.
Red Lion Hotel, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road – Pocatello
The Civil Rules Advisory Committee is seeking comments on proposed amendments to the Idaho Civil Rules of Procedure, especially Rule 26(b)(4), Trial Preparation-Experts. The committee minutes offering explanations for the proposals may be found at http://www.isc.idaho.gov/recent-amendments under the Idaho Rules of Civil Procedure. In addition, the Advancing Justice Committee is seeking comments on its proposed amendments to I.R.C.P. 16 and 56. Both sets of proposed amendments can be found at http://www.isc.idaho.gov/problem-solving/idaho-court-rules-and-amendments-available-for-public-comment with comments due by February 26, 2014.
The licensing deadline is February 1, 2014. Since the 1st is a Saturday, we will accept payments through February 3, 2014 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. Note: postmarks do not qualify as meeting the deadline. Our street address for overnight deliveries is 525 W. Jefferson Street, Boise, Idaho 83702. The final licensing deadline with late fee is March 1, 2014.
The Children and Families in the Courts Committee will soon be considering a recommendation to the Idaho Supreme Court on whether to adopt for statewide use the Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure that are currently being piloted in the Fourth District. A copy of these rules can be found on the court’s website at http://www.isc.idaho.gov/irflp. The Committee is seeking comments on whether the rules should be implemented statewide. Comments may be sent via email to Deena Layne by January 24, 2014.
The Supreme Court has entered several orders amending rules, some of which are effective January 1, 2014, and some of which are effective immediately. The Pilot Rules of Family Law Procedure that are effective in only the Fourth District have been amended effective January 1. In addition, there are amendments to I.R.C.P. 3(a), and I.C.A.R. 32, the Idaho Criminal Misdemeanor Rules and the Idaho Appellate Rules. For the text of these amendments and the effective dates please go to http://www.isc.idaho.gov/recent-amendments.
The Guardianship and Conservatorship Committee has recommended a requirement that all petitioners file a case information sheet in guardianship, conservatorship and involuntary mental health commitment cases that provides contact information and necessary personal identifying information for the proposed ward/patient and the proposed guardian or conservator. This cover sheet will provide the Court and the Idaho State Police with the necessary data to ensure individuals who are prohibited from buying firearms are identified, will enable courts to have the contact information needed for monitoring, and will facilitate the background check required for all proposed guardians in adult cases. The sheet will be exempt from disclosure. The proposed amendments are on the court’s web page at http://www.isc.idaho.gov/problem-solving/idaho-court-rules-and-amendments-available-for-public-comment. Comments are due by November 22.
The Idaho State Bar seeks attorneys interested in serving as panelists for medical malpractice hearing panels. Pursuant to Idaho Code Section 6-1002, the Board of Commissioners appoints attorney panelists to the medical malpractice pre-litigation hearing panels. Preferably, candidates should not practice in the area of medical malpractice. Positions are open for two in the Idaho Falls area; two in the Lewiston area, and one in the Pocatello area. For information about the time commitment, duties, etc. contact the the Board of Medicine at (208) 327-7000. If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please email Diane Minnich.
Welcome New Members!
On October 2 and 3, 2013, the Idaho State Bar welcomed 113 New Members.