Idaho State Bar & Idaho Law Foundation Announcements

The following announcements have been published within the past six (6) months.


Casemaker's Premium Services Are Free

The Idaho State Bar is proud to announce the addition of Casemaker’s suite of premium services at no additional cost to our members (a value of $450 per year).  Now you have access to not only Casemaker’s broad and comprehensive libraries which cover all 50 states and Federal level materials, but you also have access to a suite of tools that make research faster and easier.  These premium services include Casecheck+, CiteCheck  and CasemakerDigest .
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Members also have access to CiteCheck, which analyzes every citation in your brief (or your opponent’s) and provides you with a report of good law, negative treatments and potential citation format errors. In just moments, you have this critical information.
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Bureau of Vital Records Announces New Fee Schedule and Revised Forms

Notice of Vital Records Fees Effective July 1, 2015

Comments Sought on Amendments to the Idaho Rules of Evidence

Idaho court rules and amendments available for public comment

2015 Citizens' Law Academy Starting in Boise

CLA is an adult education program offered free of charge to help non-attorneys appreciate the laws affecting their daily lives and understand how the judicial system works. Classes will be held in Boise at the Law Center on 5th and Jefferson as well as at area courthouses, and will meet one evening a week from September 15 through December 1. More detailed information about the program as well as applications are available at the Idaho Law Foundation’s website. Completed applications will be accepted through Tuesday, September 1 at the close of business.  For more information, contact Carey Shoufler at 208.334.4500 or

Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted by the Idaho State Bar for the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (IALL). Now in its fifth year, IALL aims to promote diversity and inspire leadership qualities in the legal profession by presenting proven leadership skills. The program features professional development for a small group of Idaho’s most promising lawyers. IALL brings together lawyers from different practice areas with a variety of backgrounds from all across the Gem State. The deadline for application submission is Friday, July 10. For more information regarding the program, select: Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers To obtain an application, select: IALL Brochure and Application 2015-2016

Call for Nominations: Richard C. Fields Civility Award

The Idaho State Bar Professionalism & Ethics Section and Concordia University School of Law are honored to invite nominations for the Richard C. Fields Civility Award. Dick Fields was consistently recognized for his service, professionalism, and leadership within the Idaho State Bar and was known in the legal community as an advocate for civility in the practice of law. Dick received the Idaho State Bar’s Distinguished Lawyer award in 2000 and chaired the Dean’s Advisory Council at Concordia Law since its inception in 2009, until his passing in April, 2014. In honor of Dick’s memory and the legacy he left for future generations of lawyers in Idaho, we invite you to nominate an Idaho lawyer who demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and civility in the profession. To do so, please send an email to Dean Cathy R. Silak ( and Sherry A. Morgan ( with the name of the attorney and a paragraph describing the attorney’s commitment to civility in the profession by June 30, 2015. The Richard C. Fields Civility Award will be presented at Concordia Law’s Professionalism & Ethics Orientation, a program Dick helped create, on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 12:00 pm. Cathy R. Silak, J.D., LL.M. Sherry A. Morgan Dean, School of Law Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Concordia University School of Law Chair, Professionalism & Ethics Section

Amendments to Family Law Rules on Judgments

Idaho Court Rules- Recent Amendments

U.S. Court Seeks Lawyer Representatives from 4th District

The Judges of the United States District and Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho intend to appoint a Lawyer Representative to serve on the Ninth Circuit Conference of the United States Courts for a three-year term to replace Walter Sinclair. In addition to Walter Sinclair, the District of Idaho’s current Lawyer Representatives are Howard Burnett and Lori Nakaoka. Information here


Welcome New Members!

On May 7, 2015, the Idaho State Bar welcomed 45 New Members.


February 2015Bar Exam Successful Applicants

The list of Successful Applicants from the February 2015 bar examination was released on April 16, 2015. The Admission Ceremony will be held on May 7, 2015 in Boise.


2015-2016 Desk Book Updates

The 2015-2016 Idaho State Bar Desk Book preparation is underway.  To ensure you are correctly listed in the attorney roster, please take a moment to check your membership records at and send us any updates by February 27.

2015 Licensing Receipts and Membership Cards

The 2015 licensing receipts and membership cards will be mailed in mid-March following the final licensing deadline.

2015 Final Licensing Deadline

The final licensing deadline is March 1, 2015.  However, since the 1st is on a Sunday, licensing will be accepted through Monday, March 2, 2015 as timely.  If you have not completed your licensing, we encourage you to complete it online.  The online licensing renewal portal is on our website at The names of all attorneys who have not paid their licensing by the deadline will be given to the Idaho Supreme Court for cancelation of their licenses.


2015 Licensing Deadline

The 2015 licensing deadline is February 1, 2015, however, since the 1st is a Sunday, payments will be accepted through February 2, 2015 as timely.  Payments not physically received in the Idaho State Bar Office by the deadline must be accompanied by the licensing late fee:  $100 for active and house counsel members; $25 for inactive, senior and emeritus members.  Please note that postmarks do not qualify as meeting the deadline.  The street address for overnight deliveries is 525 W. Jefferson Street, Boise, Idaho 83702. Attorneys who have not paid are encouraged to use Online Licensing Renewal. Questions may be directed to the Licensing Department at (208) 334-4500.

Darrington Lecture to Feature Jeffrey Rosen - Feb. 5th

The second annual Denton Darrington Lecture on Law & Government will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Idaho Supreme Court Main Courtroom, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. This year's speaker is Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The program will also be live via webcast through Idaho Public Television. The Denton Darrington Annual Lecture on Law & Government was started in 2013 to honor the former Idaho State Senator. The annual program is sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Law, Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho State Bar.

Comments Sought on Adoption of I.R.C.P. 16

Last year, I.R.C.P. 16 was amended at the recommendation of the Advancing Justice Committee. After additional review and consideration, the Advancing Justice Committee is now proposing that a new Rule 16 be adopted. The proposed rule may be found on the Supreme Court website. Comments on the proposed amendment may be sent to Cathy Derden by January 26, 2015.

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendments to the Idaho Criminal Rules

The Advancing Justice Committee and the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee are proposing amendments to the Idaho Criminal Rules.   In addition, a revised guilty plea advisory form is being considered.  The proposed amendments may be found on the Supreme Court website.  Comments on the proposed amendment may be sent to Cathy Derden by January 26, 2015.

Comments Sought on Idaho Juvenile Rule 19

The Idaho Supreme Court is considering amending the Idaho Juvenile Rule 19 regarding Standards and Procedures for Commitment to the Department of Juvenile Corrections. A copy of the proposed changes can be found on the Supreme Court website. Comments regarding the proposed changes may be sent to Deena Layne by January 20, 2015.

Idaho Military Legal Alliance Free CLE

The Idaho Military Legal Alliance is pleased to present a panel discussion on Idaho's Veteran’s Courts moderated by Idaho Supreme Court Justice Daniel T. Eismann.  Join Justice Eismann and judges Rick E. Carnaroli, Timothy L. Hansen, and George A. Southworth, as they discuss the history, purpose and development of Veteran’s Courts across the United States and in Idaho.  They will share success stories and statistics from Idaho's current Veteran’s Courts, explain selection criteria,  and demonstrate how the program benefits participants. The program will also explore pro bono and legal assistance needs arising out of Veteran’s Courts and  how the Idaho Military Legal Alliance and its partners can assist Veteran’s Court participants. 

1.5 CLE credit will be available, pending approval.  This is a FREE CLE opportunity.  However, the Idaho Military Legal Alliance suggests a donation of two hours of pro bono legal services in exchange for attending this FREE CLE. 

The CLE will be held at The Watercooler, 1401 W. Idaho Street, Boise, Idaho 83702 on January 9, 2015 from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m.  Teleconferencing options are available upon request.

To RSVP for this event, please email Steve Stokes at and attach the completed Pro Bono Pledge Form by January 5, 2015.

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