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Family Law Section

The Family Law Section of the Idaho State Bar designs and sponsors statewide seminars on timely topics and practice updates. The section meets the second Friday of each month at 12:00 p.m. (MT) either via telephone conference OR at The Law Center, 525 W. Jefferson Street – Boise (see list below).

Upcoming Meetings & Material

Next Meeting January 8, 2021 Please contact Chair Sarah Mello for information.

Next Meeting: Agenda | Material

To participate in the next scheduled meeting, you may RSVP at least 24-hours in advance, via email to Dayna Ferrero. A meeting agenda and/or any additional materials (if available) will be provided to all participants via email prior to the meeting and posted online for reference. NOTE: Section meeting dates/location are subject to change.

Other Upcoming Events & CLEs

History of Past Chairs

To view the list of all Family Law Section Chairs, beginning in 1981, click: HISTORY OF SECTION CHAIRS.

Section Sponsored CLE Courses On – Demand

The following courses that were sponsored by the Family Law Section. They are available to watch on-demand (self-study) with 24/7 availability so you can easily view programs whenever and wherever it is convenient. Click on the course title to see the description of the course and the cost.

Section Membership

If you are interested in joining the Family Law Section, complete the Section Registration Form and return with payment to Dayna Ferrero at the Idaho State Bar, PO Box 895, Boise, Idaho 83701.

Membership dues are as follows:

2020 Standard Membership Dues – $30
Attorneys admitted to ISB less than 5 years – $10
Law Students – $10

To view the section’s by-laws, select: Family Law Section By-Laws.

Past Meetings

December 18, 2020 – Agenda
November 13, 2020
September 11, 2020 – Agenda
August 14, 2020 – Agenda | Materials
March 13, 2020 – Agenda
February 14, 2020 – Agenda
January 10, 2020 – Agenda
November 8, 2019 – Agenda
October 11, 2019 – Agenda
August 9, 2019 – Agenda / Materials
June 14, 2019 – Agenda
May 10, 2019 – Agenda / Materials
April 12, 2019 – Agenda
March 8, 2019 – Agenda / Materials #1 / Materials #2
February 8, 2019 – Agenda
January 11, 2019 – Agenda
March 9, 2018 – Agenda
February 9, 2018 – Agenda
January 12, 2018 – Agenda
December 8, 2017 – Agenda
November 10, 2017 – Agenda
August 11, 2017 (Telephone Conference) – Agenda
July 14, 2017 – Canceled
June 9, 2017 (Telephone Conference) – Agenda
May 12, 2017 – Agenda
April 14, 2017 – Agenda
March 10, 2017 (Telephone Conference)
February 10, 2017 (Telephone Conference)
January 13, 2017 – Agenda
December 9, 2016 (Telephone Conference)
November 11, 2016 (Telephone Conference) – Agenda / Materials
October 14, 2016 – Canceled due to Annual CLE
September 9, 2016 – Agenda / Materials
August 12, 2016 (Telephone Conference)
July 8, 2016 – Canceled due to 2016 ISB Annual Meeting
June 10, 2016
May 13, 2016 (Telephone Conference) – Agenda
April 8, 2016 – Agenda
March 11, 2016 (Telephone Conference) – Agenda
February 12, 2016 (Telephone Conference) – Agenda
January 8, 2016 (Telephone Conference) – Agenda / Materials

Section Sponsored Issues of The Advocate

May 2020
June/July 2018
February 2016

Award of Distinction

Each year, the Family Law Section presents an Award of Distinction to a member of the bar, the judiciary, or the public who has provided outstanding service in the realm of family law. Nominations are requested for lawyers, judges, or citizens connected with family law, who have distinguished themselves during their career in the advancement of family law in Idaho. Section membership is not a requirement, though the support of the Family Law Section might well be one of the elements of the nominee’s distinction on behalf of family law.

The 2020 Family Law Award of Distinction was presented to 
Frederick G. Zundel of Legal Aid Services, Inc.
To watch the 2020 presentation, please click here.
To view a list of past recipients, select:
 Family Law Award of Distinction Recipients.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Award of Distinction. Please send a short letter of nomination to Jennifer Schindele at

Please review the Family Law Award of Distinction prior
Awardees List to avoid nominating someone who has previously received the award.


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Sarah K. Mello

Vice Chairperson

Leah F. Shotwell


Melanie Baillie


The Family Law Section of the Idaho State Bar presents information on this web site as a service to our members and others who provide legal services to or are interested in the fields of family law. Our goal is to provide information, education and networking in this complex and wide ranging area of the law.

While we strive to be accurate and timely, and therefore hope to be a valuable resource to users of this site, nothing contained herein should be construed as legal advice and we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or the other sites to which we link.

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