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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Dec 15, 2020

 

The Idaho Legislature will convene in January to create new law. There are many new faces this year, and with the additional obstacles COVID-19 has placed on us to lobby in-person, we need your help more than ever. 


As a law practitioner, you can influence the creation of good law.  We depend on you to get to know your Representatives and Senator as well as call, email, write, or meet with them to help educate them on the important issues which they will address. Grassroots lobbying works and the personal relationship you have with our elected officials is integral to making the system productive.

To make certain each Legislator has contact with competent lawyers from around the state, we need you to take a moment to tell us who you know and who you might be willing to contact regarding legislation.

Here is the link to the new listing of all State Representatives and Senators, as well as Idaho’s Congressional members. Please check off the names of all the people we can count on you to contact. 

Thank you for your help. Even though it is difficult to know what issues are ahead, we wish to be prepared. Working together, we are a powerful voice for you and your clients.

Sincerely,

Barbara Jorden

 
 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Dec 11, 2020

 
 
The final installment of the ITLA Fall Forum takes place next Friday. This one-hour CLE presentation, led by Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff, will focus on common pitfalls in legal writing and how to fix them. 

Tenielle Fordyce-Ruff joined The University of Idaho College of Law as a Lecturer for the 2020-2021 academic year. Prior to joining U of I, she was the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and an Associate Professor of Law at Concordia University, School of Law. She has also served as a Visiting Professor of Legal Research and Writing at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Professor Fordyce-Ruff earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law in May 2004. During law school, she served as Managing Editor for the Oregon Law Review and worked as a teaching assistant in the Legal Research and Writing Program. After law school, she clerked for Joel D. Horton in the Fourth Judicial District in Idaho and then Roger S. Burdick on the Idaho Supreme Court.

Prof. Fordyce-Ruff serves as the series editor for Carolina Academic Press' state legal research textbook series and wrote Idaho Legal Research, a textbook designed to help legal professionals and students in the state and now in its third edition. She authors a monthly column on legal writing for The Advocate, the Idaho State Bar's monthly publication. Prof. Fordyce-Ruff is also active in the national legal writing community; she currently sits on the executive board for the Association of Legal Writing Directors and serves as its secretary.

She lives in Boise with her husband and loves to hike and snowshoe with their dog and teach yoga.

 
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Posted by: Breck Barton on Dec 9, 2020

 
For many of us, this year has provided more personal and professional challenges than ever before.  As trial lawyers, we recognize the impact the suspension of jury trials has had on our practices and our clients. While we all face many uncertainties in the year to come, we are unequivocal in our belief that justice happens in Idaho’s courtrooms.
 
A decade ago, the ITLA Foundation Inc. Amicus Program was established to provide independent and scholarly assistance to Idaho’s courts through friend-of-the-court briefings and arguments on issues of public interest. Since that time, the Amicus Committee has participated in some great cases which have influenced rule of law and preserved the constitutional right to trial by jury.
 
More than ever it is critical that we can continue this crucial work.  While jury trials are on hold, the appellate courts are continuing to hear arguments and publish decisions.
 
As a member of ITLA you know the power of our unified voice advocating for the common interests. When citizen’s rights are advanced, our ability to advocate just causes becomes less burdensome and more impactful. Please make your tax-deductible contribution today.
 
Contribute online at www.itla.org/contribute or by mail to PO Box 1777 Boise, ID 83701. 
 
Thank you in advance for your commitment to justice.
 
 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Dec 2, 2020

 
 
The Employment Law Roundtable Discussion will take place Wednesday, December 9th at 12:00 p.m. MST/11:00 A.M. PST. The conversation will be hosted by Jeff and Grady Hepworth. 

It will be held on the Zoom Meeting platform with the option to join via audio and/or video. Registration is FREE but required. 

This discussion is an opportunity for plaintiff attorneys to gather in an informal setting to examine issues as they relate to employment law including recent court decisions and trends. 

If you have any questions, please contact ITLA at itla@itla.org or (208) 345-1890.
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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Dec 1, 2020

 
This #GivingTuesday, consider making a gift to the ITLA Foundation Inc. Your support will make a difference in Idaho's appellate courts. 

When a citizen's rights are advanced our ability to advocate just cases becomes less burdensome and more impactful. A strong, effective, and well-financed Amicus Curiae Program is critical in our efforts to achieve Justice for All

Contribute today to continue the critical work of the ITLA Amicus Program.
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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Nov 25, 2020

 
 
The Car Crash Roundtable Discussion will take place next Wednesday, December 2nd at 12:00 p.m. MST/11:00 A.M. PST. The conversation will be hosted by Stephen Blackburn and Ryan Lewis.

It will take place on the Zoom Meeting platform with the option to join via audio and/or video. Registration is FREE but required. 

This discussion is an opportunity for plaintiff attorneys to gather in an informal setting to examine issues as they relate to personal injury law including recent court decisions and trends. 

If you have any questions, please contact ITLA at itla@itla.org or (208) 345-1890.
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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Nov 24, 2020

 
The Friday, December 4th installment of the ITLA Fall Forum will focus on the where, how, and possible when of the return of jury trials in Ada County and throughout Idaho. The presentation will be led by Trial Court Administrator Sandra Barrios, Fourth District Administrative Judge Steven Hippler, and Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane. 
 
Sandra Barrios, The Trial Court Administrator, oversees all administrative responsibilities of the Fourth Judicial District. This includes responsibility for facilities management; serving as a liaison between agencies, the media, and the public; and developing and carrying out policies that enhance court system performance.

Judge Steven Hippler graduated Order of the Coif from the University Of Utah College Of Law in 1991. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Hippler was a litigation partner at Givens Pursley, LLP.  In 2013, Judge Hippler was appointed to the district bench by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.  In addition to his civil and felony criminal calendar, Judge Hippler is the Administrative District Judge for the Fourth Judicial District. Judge Hippler is a member of the Idaho Supreme Court’s Rules of Civil Procedure Committee and the Supreme Court’s Jury Committee. 

Phil McGrane currently serves as the Ada County Clerk of the District Court. Phil was born in Pocatello but grew up in Boise. After graduating from high school, he spent a year with AmeriCorps working to support programs that bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Phil has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Washington, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Boise State, and a law degree from the University of Denver. Phil is also an active member of both the Idaho and Colorado State Bar Associations.
 
Make sure you're ready for when we're able to return to court. Register for The Return of Trials: What to Expect for just $29. 
 
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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Nov 23, 2020

 

While all of our Thanksgiving celebrations may look and feel different this year, we'd like to take a moment to recognize what we're thankful for here at ITLA. You. 


Together, we are able to support the critical work of trial lawyers and promote a fair and effective justice system for Idaho's citizens. 

In recognition of the holiday, the ITLA Office will be closed Thursday, November 26th, and reopen Monday, November 30th.

Whether by Zoom or in person, we hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Sincerely, 

Barbara and Avery

 

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Nov 19, 2020

 
 
The Insurance Law Roundtable Discussion will take place next Wednesday, November 25h at 12:00 p.m. MST/11:00 A.M. PST. The conversation will be hosted by Jarom Whitehead and Haley Krug. 

It will take place on the Zoom Meeting platform with the option to join via audio and/or video. Registration is FREE but required. 

This discussion is an opportunity for plaintiff attorneys to gather in an informal setting to examine issues as they relate to insurance law including recent court decisions and trends. 

If you have any questions, please contact ITLA at itla@itla.org or (208) 345-1890.
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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Nov 13, 2020

 
The Friday, November 20th installment of the ITLA Fall Forum led by The Honorable Michael Reardon, will focus on the foundations and techniques to introduce evidence at trial. This presentation will provide a practical guide to common, and not-so-common, evidentiary issues. 
 
Judge Michael Reardon was appointed to the magistrate bench in December 2004 and served as a criminal court and family law judge until October of 2015 when he was appointed to the district court bench. In addition to his regular calendar, Judge Reardon presided over the Ada County Mental Health Court from July of 2010 through December 2014, and has, since October of 2016, presided over the Ada County Veteran’s Treatment Court.

He was a member of Concordia Law School’s adjunct faculty, having taught Family Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and practicum courses in Trial Practice and Evidence.

Prior to law school, he served in the Idaho Air National Guard and the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1981, during which time he was stationed in Washington D.C. and Torrejon, Spain as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. 
 
Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from a judge that regularly rules on your objections and determines what evidence is admitted. Register today for Evidentiary Foundations: What Exactly is Concrete? for just $29
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