2024 Veterans Legal Clinics

Minor Guardianships CLE and Pro Bono Open House

Sponsored by the 4th District Bar Pro Bono Commission and the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program

Friday, February 22, 2024
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (MT)

Ada County Courthouse – BOCC Hearing Room

200 W. Front St. – Boise

In Person Only

1.0 CLE credits

Registration: FREE with a volunteer commitment to provide pro bono legal services or $25.00

Please contact the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Director, Jennifer Schindele

BEFORE registering for this event to get a registration code to attend for free.

Join the 4th District Bar Pro Bono Commission for an open house featuring a CLE from the Hon. Christopher Bieter on minor guardianships. 

Attendees will also have an opportunity to explore the different ways to assist in the pro bono efforts of the legal community through the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Idaho Legal Aid Services, the Idaho Military Legal Alliance and the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Coaches Needed for High School Mock Trial

Attorney coaches needed for several high school mock trial teams: Riverstone (Boise), Renaissance (Meridian), Wood River (Hailey), and Snake River Opportunities (Blackfoot).

Several Idaho schools are participating in the 2024 Idaho’s High School Mock Trial Competition and need an attorney or attorneys to help coach their teams from January to Mid-March.

Attorney coaches serves as consultants for teams, advising team members as they navigate the case materials and prepare for competition. Attorney coach tasks include:

  • Familiarizing yourself with the mock trial materials (including the case, the rules of competition, and the simplified rules of evidence).
  • Helping teams prepare opening and closing statements, direct and cross examination, and witness performance.
  • If possible, attending regional and (if qualified) state competitions with teams.

While the scheduling attorney coach time is upon mutual agreement between the attorney and the teacher-sponsor, attorney-coaches typically spend about 3 hours a week helping with mock trial teams. They meet with their teams once a week or once every other week either in person or on Zoom and are available to answer questions from the teacher and team members between meetings.

Attorneys can coach individually or can partner with other attorneys to form coaching teams. The Idaho Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program will provide you with a coaching manual and training videos, and can connect you with other attorney coaches who can serve as mentors for newer attorney coaches.

Contact Carey Shoufler at cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov if you are interested or would like more information. Thank you for considering this opportunity.

7th District Citizens’ Law Academy

Fall 2023 Class

The Seventh District Bar Association of the Idaho State Bar is pleased to announce and open the
application process to accept students for this year’s 2023 Citizens’ Law Academy (CLA).
The CLA is an adult education program offered free to attendees and is coordinated by the Idaho
Law Foundation’s Law Related Education Program in collaboration with our Seventh District Bar
Association, which includes the following ten (10) counties: Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Custer,
Jefferson, Madison, Clark, Fremont, Lemhi, and Teton Counties. The purpose of the CLA is to
educate others about their rights under the law, discover what lawyers do and how they serve the
public, and understand how the judicial system works.
The CLA is open to anyone eighteen (18) years or older who has a high level of interest in our
program. All applicants must fill out an application. Typically, thirty-five (35) people participate in
the Academy each year. The CLA program itself is staffed by volunteers from the legal
community. This year’s presenters include:

  1. Wendy Horman, Idaho House of Representatives – District 30, Seat B;
  2. Honorable Dane H. Watkins, Jr., Seventh Judicial District Administrative Judge;
  3. Tammie Whyte, Seventh Judicial District Trial Court Administrator;
  4. Honorable Molly J. Huskey, Idaho Court of Appeals Judge;
  5. Honorable Gregory W. Moeller, Idaho Supreme Court Justice;
  6. Honorable Michelle R. Mallard, Bonneville County Magistrate Judge;
  7. Curtis Smith, attorney at Smith Woolf Anderson & Wilkinson;
  8. H. Alayne Bean, Seventh Judicial District Deputy Trial Court Administrator; and
  9. Challis A. McNally, attorney at Parsons Behle & Latimer

The classes will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The classes begin
on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, and will continue each Wednesday thereafter (no class will be
held on September 27, 2023) for a total of seven (7) classes, with the last class being held on
October 25, 2023. Because space is limited, participants are expected to attend all seven classes.
Refreshments are served after each class.

This is an exclusive and unique experience to learn from and discuss legal matters with some of the
most prominent judges and attorneys in the State of Idaho. All citizens of the 10 counties within the
Seventh Judicial District are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply to this Fall’s Academy is

Friday, August 18, 2023.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending or applying for this year’s Academy, please
contact the 7th District Bar Association officers by email: 7thdba.idaho@gmail.com.

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