Idaho State Bar & Idaho Law Foundation Announcements

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


ABA Legal Professionals Survey

The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation are pleased to announce their collaboration on a groundbreaking research project to survey the current rates of substance use, depression and anxiety among legal professionals in the United States. 

The anonymous, confidential survey is designed to capture current, reliable and credible data on these issues, data which will impart numerous benefits to virtually all sectors of the legal profession.  All responses will be anonymous and go directly to the Butler Center for Research which maintains the confidentiality of all data.  No identifying information will be asked and all data will be de-identified including IP addresses. 

To participate in the study, please select: ABA Legal Professionals Survey.

You may direct any questions regarding the survey to: Audrey A. Klein, Ph.D., Butler Center for Research, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, (651) 213-4106 or

Judicial Election Qualifications Survey - Due 10/14

Idaho State Bar members have until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th to return a questionnaire about qualifications of those judicial candidates for whom they have personal or professional knowledge. Results will be released to the public on Oct. 21 in a press release and on the ISB website. The General Election will decide two district court runoff elections.
The ISB membership passed a resolution in 2003 that requested a survey be developed for use in contested judicial elections. A committee of lawyers and judges developed the four-question survey. The ISB has conducted the survey for every contested judicial election since then. Attorneys are asked to vote only if they have personal and/or professional experience with the candidate. The survey was sent via e-mail with electronic security so each member can vote only once. The small number of attorneys and judges who don’t use e-mail were sent the survey in the mail.

If there are questions, please contact ISB Communications Director Dan Black at 955-8866.

Welcome New Members!

On October 2, 2014, the Idaho State Bar welcomed 87 New Members.


ISB Diversity Section Accepting Nominations for "Justice for All" Award - Due 10/3

The Idaho State Bar Diversity Section annually recognizes a lawyer, a member of the judiciary or a citizen connected with advancing the causes of people of color, women, religious or ethnic minorities, those of marginalized social groups, and the poor in Idaho’s justice  system. Those who have been honored in the past through 2013 are Ernesto Sanchez, retired director of Idaho Legal Aid; Leslie Goddard, retired counsel and director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission; Nicole LeFavour, Idaho’s first openly gay state legislator and civil rights activist; and Linda Pall, Idaho civil rights lawyer who has been recognized for her advocacy of human rights throughout the northwest as a recipient of the Rosa Parks Award in Latah County, the Sheikh Community Unity Award in Moscow and the Lassman Stand Against Hate Award from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

The Diversity Section intends to present the 2014 “Justice for All” Award in Boise at the October 30th CLE, 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Widening the Circle.  You are cordially invited to nominate someone who has played a long-term, deep commitment to civil and human rights. Please send your letter of nomination for the 2014 “Justice for All” Award by 5 PM, October 3, 2014 to Mahmood Sheikh, ISB Deputy Executive Director.

Thank you for your help in identifying a distinguished supporter of civil and human rights from the ranks of lawyers, judges and citizens of Idaho for this important recognition. We hope you will plan to join us for the CLE and the Award Luncheon on Thursday, October 30th – additional details will follow!

July 2014 Bar Exam Successful Applicants

The list of Successful Applicants from the July 2014 bar examination was released on September 11, 2014. The Admission Ceremony will be held on October 2, 2014 in Boise.

Idaho Association of Defense Counsel to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

The Idaho State Bar wishes to congratulate the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) on its upcoming 50th anniversary! IADC members and former presidents will celebrate at their annual meeting in Sun Valley, September 12-13.

Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

On August 15, 2014, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules published proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.  The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are posted on the federal Judiciary's website. To view, select: JUDICIAL CONFERENCE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS. The public comment period end February 17, 2015.


Comments Sought on Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure

The Idaho Supreme Court and the Children and Families in the Courts Committee are seeking input on the implementation of the Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure (IRFLP).  A copy of the rules can be found on the court’s website at  Send your suggested corrections, amendments or problems with implementation via email to Deena Layne at by January 2, 2015.  Please send a separate email regarding each rule that you suggest be changed, and identify the rule in the subject line of your email.  This will assist court staff with efficiently organizing all responses.  Thank you.

Comments Sought on Proposed Amendment to I.M.C.R. 9.4

The Court is considering an amendment to I.M.C.R. 9.4 which would require a certification from the alcohol-drug evaluator that the recommendation complies iwth the conflict of interest provision in the statute, and provide a sanction (or means of enforcement) if a judge learns thatan evaluator is violating the statute. To view the full text of the proposed amendment, select: I.M.C.R. 9.4 AMENDMENT. Comments regarding the proposed amendment may be sent to by September 1, 2014.


U.S. Courts Hold Symposium to Address Descamps

The U.S. District Court and the U.S. Probation Office are sponsoring a one-day "Descamps Symposium" on Friday, August 22nd at the U.S. District Courthouse in Boise. For additional information regarding the symposium and Descamps, view the Symposium Brochure, Descamps v. United States syllabus, and the Descamps Analysis.

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.

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 Silak or Gene Petty with the name of the attorney and a paragraph describing the attorney’s commitment to civility in the profession by August 4, 2014. The Richard C. Fields Civility Award will be presented at Concordia Law’s Professionalism & Ethics Orientation, a program Dick helped create, on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm.

U.S. District & Bankruptcy Court – Lawyer Representative Vacancy

The U.S. District & Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho is accepting applications for a three-year term as a lawyer representative.  The term of service will commence October 2014.  In addition to being a lawyer in good standing of the Idaho State Bar, the individual’s law practice must be within the Third or Fifth District.  For information including additional qualifications, the application process and position responsibilities, please select:  US District & Bankruptcy Court-Lawyer Representative.  You may also wish to speak with current or past lawyer representatives regarding their experiences in this capacity.

Persons interested in applying should submit a letter setting forth their experience and qualifications, no later than August 29, 2014, via email to Diane K. Minnich, Idaho State Bar Executive Director.

Legal Rate of Interest Now Available for FY2015

From the Idaho State Treasurer’s Office ... The rate of interest on money due on judgments for fiscal year 2015 is 5.125%. Computation: Idaho Code 28-22-104. For the breakdown of the computation and the history of past rates, select: Idaho State Treasurer's Office - Legal Rate of Interest. Questions may be directed to:

This rate of interest will be in effect from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The new rate will be announced by July 1st of each succeeding year.


Proposed Amendment on Discretionary Jail Time (ICR 33)

The Idaho Supreme Court is seeking comments on a proposed new subsection to I.C.R. 33 on Discretionary Jail Time.  The proposed amendment can be found at Comments may be submitted to Cathy Derden by July 11.

Achenbach Email - Not Affiliated with Idaho State Bar or Casemaker

Idaho State Bar members may have recently received an email from Dave Achenbach indicating his product QuaeroLex Desktop Organizer integrates with Casemaker to “fully automate the download, naming and storage process.” That email is not affiliated with the Idaho State Bar or Casemaker. Members should be cautious of emails from unknown entities and to avoid opening links or downloads that could be malicious.


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