As one of over 6,000 members, the Idaho State Bar offers numerous benefits to assist you in making the most of your profession. These benefits have been carefully selected to help assist you in your practice, enhance your career, expand your professional network, ensure your commitment to the public, provide leadership opportunities and support your everyday lifestyle.
Casemaker is a Web-based legal research library free to all active Idaho attorneys and judges. It is an easily searchable, continually updated database of case law, statutes, and regulations.
- ALPS-PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY COVERAGE
The Attorney Liability Protection Society, Inc. (ALPS) is a risk retention group for law firms and solo practitioners, providing a full range of professional liability coverage. ALPS was created (and is still owned and operated) by attorneys for attorneys.
- LAWPAY: CREDIT CARD PROCESSING FOR ATTORNEYS
Trust your transactions to the only payment solution approved by over 37 state and 49 local bar associations. Correctly safeguard and separate client funds into trust and operating accounts. Funds are never commingled. The ability to accept credit cards attracts clients, improves cash flow and reduces collections. Plus, members save up to 25% off their credit card processing fees. If you are considering accepting credit cards or want to confirm that you are processing credit card transactions correctly, call 866-376-0950 or visit www.LawPay.com/isb
OfficeMax is an office supply partner of the Idaho State Bar. This partnership brings forward an innovative office supply program that provides significant savings. To learn more, please contact Duane Nolen, Major Account Manager, at (208) 602-2346.
Clio is a the leading practice management, time & billing and client collaboration platform for small- to mid-sized law firms. Idaho State Bar members are eligible to receive a 10% lifetime discount on Clio. To get started, select: GO CLIO.
- ETHICS ADVICE
Bar Counsel's Office provides informal assistance and guidance to Idaho lawyers regarding the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. Inquiries by phone are preferred at (208) 334-4500.
- FEE ARBITRATION PROGRAM
The Fee Arbitration program offers a quick, private and cost-effective way to resolve client fee disputes. Fee arbitration can be requested by either the client or the attorney.
- LEGAL LINKS
To access links to local, district, state, and federal entities, select: Legal Links
- DISABILITY & LIFE INSURANCE
In 1994, the Board of Commissioners approved the Bar Group Insurance Standards developed by the Bar Group Insurance Committee. If an insurance company agreed to the Committee's standards, it would receive ISB's endorsement. The following companies have agreed to these standards and to provide insurance at reduced rates to ISB members.
Hall and Associates, SVP Rick Thompson: (208) 919-4253
MassMutual Idaho, Matthew Valentine: (208) 850-5507
University Financial Group, Lance Kolbet: (208) 234-1800
La Porte & Associates: (800) 542-2125 ext.128
- JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS
- MENTOR PROGRAM
The Mentor Program can assist new and reciprocal lawyers in their transition from law school to a successful law practice by pairing them with an experience lawyer in their local community.
- CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (CLE)
The Idaho Law Foundation and Practice Section of the Idaho State Bar provide educational programs in specific areas of law, and offer a wide range of publications for purchase.
Live CLE classes are offered statewide throughout the year, on a variety of legal topics. Many of the shorter seminars (1-3 hours) are available to view as a live webcast. Live Program Online Registration is required 48 hours in advance for all webcast participants. Webcast seminars can be viewed from your computer and include the option to email your questions during the program. and many of those are also broadcast via the web.
If you are unable to participate in a live CLE, you may rent a previously recorded program (DVD/CD format) or check out our Online CLE Program for 24/7 on-demand streaming.
- ABA RETIREMENT FUNDS PROGRAM
The ABA Retirement Funds Program ("the Program") provides affordable 401(k) plans with no out-of-pocket expenses exclusively to law firms of all sizes, even solos. The Program offers plan design flexibility, a broad range of investment options, full-service administration, and professional fiduciary services. Call us at 866-812-3580 for a free consultation or visit ABA Retirement-Idaho for more information.
- ABA PUBLICATIONS
Idaho State Bar members may receive a 15% discount on products purchased from the American Bar Association's online store. Search hundreds of cutting-edge publications designed to assist in the management of your practice and keep you current in your area of law. To take advantage of this great offer, select: ABA Online Publications
- LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Idaho Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) helps lawyers who are experiencing problems associated with alcohol and/or drug use, or mental health issues. The program also focuses on educating legal professionals and their family and friends about the causes, effects and treatment of alcohol and drug dependency, depression and other mental health problems. Confidential support is available by calling 1-800-386-1695.
- LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE
The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) can help build your practice. The LRS fields over 9,500 inquiries annually. Calls are screened and referred to participating lawyers according to their area of practice. The services is a win-win for the public and lawyer.
Your Professional Network
- PRACTICE SECTIONS
Practice Sections offer networking opportunities with others who practice and work in a similar area of the law. Many sections offer free and/or reduced-cost CLE programs to their members and provide practice information and resources through newsletters and publications.
- DISTRICT BAR ASSOCIATIONS
The District Bar Associations offer a great way to get involved and meet other attorneys practicing in your geographical area. The District Bar Associations provide social events, CLE programs, and host the annual Idaho State Bar Resolutions Roadshow in the fall.
The ISB E-Bulletin is emailed weekly to ISB members. It includes upcoming CLE programs, Section and district bar activities and more. To view the most recent edition, select: ISB E-Bulletin.
- THE ADVOCATE
The Advocate is mailed 10 times a year and features articles written by lawyers for lawyers, as well as notices of upcoming Bar and law-related events.
- DESK BOOK DIRECTORY
The ISB Desk Book Directory is published every April and provides members with an attorney roster, state and federal court contact information, the Idaho Bar Commission Rules (IBCR) and the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct (IRPC).
- IDAHO STATE BAR ANNUAL MEETING
The ISB Annual Meeting is held in mid July, rotating throughout the state. The ISB 2014 Annual Meeting will be held in Fort Hall/Pocatello, July 16-18, offering CLE programs, networking opportunities and various social and award events.
Your Everyday Lifestyle
- BROOKS BROTHERS
Idaho State Bar members may save 15% on regularly priced merchandise at Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores. To enroll online, select: Brooks Brothers Membership - enter Organization ID #11642 and Pin Code #53832. To enroll by phone, call 866-515-4747 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm ET) - reference the Organization ID and Pin Code above.
- HOTEL & CAR RENTAL DISCOUNTS
Through partnership with Local Hospitality, Idaho State Bar members, friends and family now have access to a worldwide inventory of hotels at exclusive discounted rates. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, you can take advantage of savings that may exceed 50% and average 10-20% below best available rates. Any hotel, any car, anywhere, anytime. Click here to access travel discounts.
- OTHER CAR RENTALS
The Idaho State Bar does not endorse rental car companies; however, members may receive a discount through the following rental car companies when making reservations: AVIS (AWD#A757300) or HERTZ (CDP#92374).
Your Commitment to the Public
- CLIENT ASSISTANCE FUND
Under special provisions of the Idaho State Bar and Idaho Supreme Court Rules, a fund has been created for maintaining the integrity and protecting the good name of the legal profession by reimbursing claimants for losses caused by dishonest conduct of a lawyer. Under the program, fees are paid by all lawyers throughout the state to assist in compensating members of the public for an Idaho lawyer's dishonest conduct when the claimant has no other recourse to recoup the loss. For more detailed information, select: Client Assistance Fund.
- LAW RELATED EDUCATION
Law Related Education teaches how the role of law serves as the basis of democratic society. Programs are offered to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. There are many ways to become involved, including the Lawyers in the Classroom Program and the Mock Trial Program.
- CITIZENS' LAW ACADEMY
The Citizens' Law Academy is a multi-week adult public information program designed to help the public understand the laws affecting their daily lives, their rights under the law, what lawyers do, and how the judicial system works. It also focuses on lawyers’ public service, pro bono work and activities that help ensure equal access.
- IDAHO VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROGRAM
The Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program (IVLP) provides volunteer legal assistance to low-income citizens across the state. IVLP staff screens applicants for income and case eligibility and supports volunteer attorneys as they prepare cases.
- IDAHO ACADEMY OF LEADERSHIP FOR LAWYERS
The Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (IALL) is an interactive leadership training program designed specifically for lawyers who have practiced law for a minimum five (5) years, or have practiced law and have a total of five (5) years' professional experience.
- VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES
There are 18 committees of the Idaho State Bar and Law Foundation which provide vision and oversight to various programs and functions of the Bar and Law Foundations. Learn more about how the Bar and Law Foundation operate, meet other lawyers and serve the profession by volunteering to serve on a committee.
To view Bar committee positions, select: ISB Committees.
To view Law Foundation committee positions, select: ILF Committees.
- IDAHO STATE BAR BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
The Board of Commissioners is the governing body for the Idaho State Bar. Commissioners are elected by the District Bar members and serve a three-year term. If you have concerns or program ideas regarding the operations of the ISB, please contact your local Bar Commissioner.
- IDAHO LAW FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A thirteen member Board of Directors govern the Idaho Law Foundation. Board Members come from all parts of Idaho, representing both the legal profession and the communities we serve.