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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) at The Law Center, 525 W. Jefferson Street in Boise and via Zoom. Meetings may be hybrid or via Zoom only. Please check email notices for confirmation of location.

Upcoming Meetings & Material

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To receive CLE credit for the Section Meeting’s CLE, click here.

Upcoming Events and Section Sponsored CLEs

Past Meetings
Section Sponsored Issues of The Advocate
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 2022 Family Law Award of Distinction will be presented to the Honorable Diane M. Walker, Fourth District Magistrate, during the Section meeting at noon on Friday, May 12, 2023.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Award of Distinction. Please send a short letter of nomination to Jennifer Schindele at

Please review the Family Law Award of Distinction prior list to avoid nominating someone who has previously received the award:
 Family Law Award of Distinction Recipients.

Tradewing Listserv

If you are a member of the Family Law Section you may elect to participate in our ListServ. We welcome you to this helpful service, by and for our members!

  • Within 30 days of becoming a Section member, your email address will be added to the ListServ. You will need to activate your account; click here for a step-by-step guide to activating your account.
  • If you do not wish to participate in the ListServ, you may click “Opt out of all emails” in your account settings; click here for a guide. You may also contact Colleen Austin with any questions.
Section Sponsored CLE Courses On-Demand

The following courses 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.

History of Past Chairs

Here is the list of all Family Law Section Chairs, beginning in 1981:

  • 2021-22 Melanie Baillie
  • 2020-21 Leah Shotwell
  • 2019-20 Renee Karel
  • 2018-19 Wendy Powell
  • 2017-18 Jennifer Brumely
  • 2016-17 Lisa Rodriguez
  • 2015-16 Jennifer Schindele
  • 2014-15 Melanie Baillie
  • 2012-14 Joanne Kibodeaux
  • 2008-12 Linda Pall
  • 2002-08 Tore Beal Gwartney
  • 2001-02 Debra Alsaker-Burke
  • 1999-01 Tom Dial
  • 1997-99 Sue Flammia
  • 1996-97 Kent Fletcher
  • 1994-96 Chuck Bauer
  • 1993-94 Ramona Liesche
  • 1991-93 Stan Welsh
  • 1987-91 Linda Pall
  • 1981-87 No Section Activity
  • 1981 Paul Buser
Family Law Formbook & Handbook

2021 Family Law Formbook, 4th Edition

The 2021 Idaho Family Law Formbook, 4th Edition, is now available for purchase. The price is $200.00. To purchase, fill out the Publication Order Form and indicate publication #21-01 and submit with the appropriate payment.

2017 Family Law Handbook, 7th Edition

The 2017 Idaho Family Law Handbook, 7th Edition, is also available for purchase. The price is $100.00 for section members (publication #17-07) and $120.00 for non-section members (publication 17-06). To purchase, fill out the Publication Order Form and submit with the appropriate payment.

2021 Family Law Formbook and 2017 Handbook Combo

The handbook and the formbook are available to purchase as a combo. The price for section members is $250.00 (publication #21-02) and $300.00 for non-section members (publication #21-03). To purchase, fill out the Publication Order Form and submit with the appropriate payment.

Section Membership

If you are interested in joining the Family Law Section, please register using the Section Registration Form.

Membership dues are as follows:

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.

Section Officers


The Family Law Section of the Idaho State Bar presents information on this website 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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