Idaho State Bar Committees

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Committee Chairperson(s) Staff Liaison(s)

Advocate Editorial Advisory Board
Determines the theme, selects/recruits authors for lead articles, and review the contents of each issue of The Advocate. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month; subcommittees meet as required; 10-12 members.

Brian Patrick Kane
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0010
(208) 334-4523 
Fax:  (208) 854-8071

Dan Black

Bar Exam Preparation
Gathers and reviews questions and analyses for each bar exam. Recruits question writers to prepare questions and analyses. Meets 4-6 times per year; 5 members.

Lane V. Erickson
PO Box 1391
Pocatello, ID 83204-1391
(208) 232-6101
Fax: (208) 232-6109

Maureen Ryan Braley

Character and Fitness
Reviews applicants for admission with character or fitness issues. Makes recommendations to Board of Commissioners on whether such applicants should be allowed to sit for the bar exam or be admitted to the bar. Meets five or six times a year; 7 members (2 nonlawyers).

S. Kay Christensen 
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0010
(208) 334-4111
Fax:  (208) 854-8070

Maureen Ryan Braley

Brad Andrews

Client Assistance Fund
Reviews claims against Client Assistance Fund for attorney misappropriation of funds due to dishonesty. Meets as required; 5 members (2 nonlawyers).

Hon. Scott Leonard Wayman
PO Box 9000
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816-9000
(208) 446-1108
Fax: (208) 446-1121

Julia Crossland

Robin Marker

Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers
To promote diversity and inspire the development of leadership within the legal profession.


Deborah A. Ferguson
The Law Office of Deborah A. Ferguson, PLLC
202 N. 9th Street, Ste. 401C
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 484-2253
Mahmood Sheikh

Judicial Fairness Committee
To study judicial elections in Idaho.

Craig L. Meadows
PO Box 1617
Boise, ID  83701
(208) 344-6000
Fax: (208) 954-5238

Brad Andrews

Lawyer Assistance Program
To help and support lawyers who are experiencing problems associated with alcohol and/or drug use, and educate legal professionals/family/friends about alcohol and drug dependency. Committee consists of up to 25 members. Committee meets quarterly.

Jamie Christine Shropshire
PO Box 617
Lewiston, ID  83501
(208) 746-7948
Fax:  (208) 746-7952

Mahmood Sheikh

Lawyer Referral Service
Provides oversight to the Lawyer Referral Service, a telephone and web referral program that directs callers to participating attorneys. Committee meets every other month on the second Tuesday.

Ralph Reed Blount
Boise City Attorney's Office
PO Box 500
Boise, ID 83701
(208) 433-5615
Fax: (208) 384-4454

Jay Q. Sturgell
1875 North Lakewood, Ste. 200
Coeur d'Alene, ID  83814
(208) 209-3940
Fax: (208) 666-8970

Dan Black

Professional Conduct Board
Exercises general control over attorney discipline. Acts as an "intermediate appellate court." Receives briefs and makes recommendations for disposition to the Idaho Supreme Court. Meets as needed; 3 members (1 nonlawyer) for each hearing committee.

Karen E. Gowland
913 Parkhill Court
Boise, ID  83702

Sue Nelson

Reasonable Accommodations
Reviews applicants for the bar exam with specific accommodations requests. Makes recommendations to Board of Commissioners on the accommodations. Meets as needed; 3 members (1 non-lawyer).

Kimberly D. Evans Ross
PO Box 51505
Idaho Falls, ID 83405

Maureen Ryan Braley

Brad Andrews

Unauthorized Practice of Law
Supervises local committees on unauthorized practice of law, receives reports concerning investigations and makes recommendations for disposition to the Board of Commissioners. Meets as needed; 3 members.

Richard Kent Lierz
11700 Franklin Road
Boise, ID  83709
(208) 322-4567
Fax: (208) 322-4476

Brad Andrews

Al Gill

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