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The Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (IALL) is a highly selective and well-regarded leadership training program for lawyers from across the State of Idaho.  It brings together some of the best and brightest attorneys in Idaho and teaches them leadership skills that they can use to improve the legal profession and transform their communities. 

Qualified applicants will have been admitted to practice law for at least five years, or be licensed to practice law and have five years professional work experience. The training involves an initial two-day session followed by four one-day sessions and a graduation. Each class consists of a diverse group of 12-16 members of the Idaho State Bar. Each participant must commit to the five scheduled IALL sessions. At the completion of the first year program, IALL graduates will be asked to develop, implement, and evaluate a legacy project the following year to benefit their local legal community and/or their community as a whole.

The mission of the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (IALL) is to promote diversity and inspire the development of leadership within the legal profession. IALL will bring together lawyers from different practice areas with a variety of backgrounds from all across Idaho. IALL will build upon the participant’s leadership skills and promote leadership experiences by:

  • Teaching accepted and recognized leadership skills and philosophies;
  • Fostering professional relationships within the Idaho legal community and the greater community;
  • Promoting professional obligations and community service; and
  • Raising awareness among lawyers of the broad range of issues and challenges facing leaders today.

For additional information regarding IALL, please contact Mahmood Sheikh, (208) 334-4500.

How to Apply

Please complete and return the IALL Application, a cover letter providing information about yourself and two (2) reference letters to: Idaho State Bar, Attn: Mahmood Sheikh, PO Box 895, Boise, ID 83701 or hand-delivered to The Law Center, 525 W. Jefferson, Boise, ID, by 4:30 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, July 14, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified on July 28, 2017.

The tuition for participating in IALL is $800, payable in four equal installments by December 31, 2017. The fee covers costs associated with speaker fees, course materials, group meals and activities. IALL will provide a travel stipend to participants from the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Districts to defray travel expenses, as its budget allows.

Scholarship Information

IALL seeks to create a diverse and dynamic class each year.  If financial constraints would prevent you from applying for IALL, please apply and request a scholarship as scholarship funds are available.

The IALL Class of 2017-2018 has not yet been selected. Check back later!

Hon. Rudolph "Rick" Carnaroli (Steering Committee Chair)*
Bannock County Magistrate Court - Pocatello

Amanda A. Breen
Amanda Breen Law, PLLC - Ketchum

Andrea L. Courtney*
Office of the Attorney General - Boise

Yecora Leaphart Daniels*
Idaho Power Company - Boise

Tom Hardison
Generative Leadership Group, LLC - Boise

Joseph N. Pirtle
Elam & Burke, PA - Boise




*Subject to Board of Commissioner approval

Peg. M. Dougherty
Office of the Attorney General - Boise

Deborah A. Ferguson
The Law Office of Deborah A. Ferguson, PLLC - Boise

Nicole C. Hancock
Stoel Rives, LLP - Boise

R. William Hancock, Jr.
Merrill & Merrill, Chtd. - Pocatello

Hon. Mick Hodges
Cassia County Magistrate Court - Burley

Jim Martin
Moffatt, Thomas Barrett, Rock & Fields, Chtd. - Boise

Mary "Molly" O'Leary
BizCounselor@Law, PLLC - Boise

Hon. Gene A. Petty
Third Judicial District Court - Caldwell

Hon. Mikel H. Williams
U.S. District Court - Boise

"IALL engenders professional development, camaraderie, self-improvement, and maybe even a little enlightenment. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with IALL. Meeting Idaho's legal greats and inspirational leaders in sports, business and the community will energize your professional practice and your personal volunteerism."

- Andrea Courtney, Boise

"The IALL program has been invaluable for establishing strong relationships and connections with other leaders in the Bar that I may not have otherwise had an opportunity to get to know. The programs and speakers are all in-depth, right on point, and have inspired me to get to work in my community to make a difference."

- Anna Eberlin, Boise