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Posted by: Avery Roberts on Sep 16, 2019

Gerry Spence once said, “Most lawyers could not tell us the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in any compelling way. We would be asleep by the time they got to the first bowl of porridge”.

Hear from Emily Rankin and Kristeen Hand, partners at The Spence Law Firm, as they share litigation tactics and strategies designed to tell client stories the way they deserve to be told. 

You won’t find a speaker line-up this tailored to your practice anywhere else. Learn more about Emily and Kristeen below, and download the complete lineup of speakers and presentations.
Emily R. Rankin has extensive experience assisting clients with an array of personal injury and wrongful death cases. She has successfully litigated on behalf of her clients in everything from catastrophic injury cases to civil rights lawsuits to oil and gas field incidents and trucking accidents. A third-generation Wyoming resident, Emily dedicates much of her time and practice to helping injured victims both in the state and throughout the country. She joined The Spence Law Firm and became its first female partner in 2009. Emily lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with her husband and two children.

M. Kristeen Hand was born and raised in Wyoming. In 2001, Kristeen graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law with honors, then clerked for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Natrona County District Court of Wyoming before joining The Spence Law Firm in 2003. Kristeen has successfully represented a number of clients who were injured or had family members who were killed while working for big industries, including refineries, drilling rigs, oil and gas companies, construction sites, salt water disposal sites, pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, and saw mills. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your practice and advocacy. Join your peers in Jackson for the 2019 ITLA Fall Seminar.

Posted by: Kenneth Pedersen on Sep 13, 2019

If a person were to be authentic, he would be an individual. Emerson (paraphased)

I want to say a few words about our friend John Glenn Hall. He was a true friend of The Idaho Trial Lawyers organization for over 40 years. He photographed our meetings, parties and other get togethers. These pictures were used in our journal frequently over the decades. He video recorded programs that were made available to the membership. He spoke to our group several times. I remember when none of us had heard of the internet, he presented at our seminar an explanation complete with big screen examples of how to search. A couple of years ago ITLA honored him with a special Award.

He was a brilliant forensic photographer and offered his services as well as testimony in many trials. He had a special ability to show your case in pictures. He was a pioneer of the production and use at trial of “day in the life” videos. He suggested in another presentation for us that we use videos in settlement brochures. He told us that with a video settlement brochures “there are no [evidentiary] rules.”
On a personal level, if you will allow me, he was a true friend of mine. Always positive, curious, and open minded, we had weekly conversations over coffee on 8th street in Boise. When I would mention a movie, book, article, documentary, or whatever, he would often put it in his notes on his phone, and get back to me with a comment. We talked about everything imaginable. He had a scientific mind but a humanist attitude. You probably know he was a bachelor his whole life, but he had a family that extended throughout the country that included artists, scientists, teachers, fellow photographers, people from all walks of life.

To say that John will be missed is true, but falls short.

Posted by: Avery Roberts on Sep 5, 2019


Make the most out of the ITLA 2019 Fall Seminar, book your accommodations through ITLA’s Room Block at the Snow King Resort. Staying at the Snow King will enable you to build connections with attendees and exhibitors beyond the seminar.

Located at the base of Snow King Mountain, a few blocks from downtown and 20 minutes from the Jackson Wyoming Airport, Snow King Resort boasts breathtaking views of the Teton Mountain Range and features a wide variety of onsite activities and amenities.

The deadline to receive an ITLA-designated room rate is Thursday, September 12. Reservations can be made by calling Snow King at (307) 733-5200 and mentioning ITLA or online here.


Posted by: Avery Roberts on Sep 3, 2019


What do corralling pigs and discovery in bad faith have in common? 

You’ll have to attend the 2019 ITLA Fall Seminar Friday, October 4th in Jackson Hole, WY to find out.

Hear from Gabe Haws and Daniel Bower, partners at Morris Bower & Haws, as they recount their experience trying a bad faith agricultural insurance claim which resulted in a multi-million-dollar verdict.

Learn more about Gabe and Daniel below, and download the complete lineup of speakers and presentations.

Gabriel “Gabe” Haws is a litigation and trial attorney. Since his arrival at Morris Bower & Haws in 2011, Gabe has built a robust practice specializing in personal injury and tort, employment, and commercial litigation. Prior to coming to MB&H, he worked as a Deputy Ada County Prosecuting Attorney where he tried felony jury trials, served as a trial team leader and gang unit supervisor. In his spare time, Gabe enjoys coaching his children in youth athletics and spending time in Idaho’s great outdoors.

Daniel Bower is recognized as a leading young lawyer and rising star, having already argued twenty-five cases before the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Court of Appeals. His practice focuses on civil litigation. A former law clerk to Judge Stephen S. Trott of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Daniel worked as a litigator handling complex commercial litigation for Ray Quinney & Nebeker. As a founding member of Stewart Taylor & Morris (now Morris Bower & Haws), he has been involved in some of the most high-profile commercial litigation matters in Idaho.


We know you’ll emerge from ITLA 2019 Fall Seminar feeling energized and inspired. Don’t miss out, register today to join your peers in Jackson Hole.


Posted by: Avery Roberts on Aug 28, 2019

The Idaho Supreme Court has changed dramatically in the last few years. From new justices to new cases, it can be hard to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in appellate advocacy.

That’s why we’re excited to have Idaho Supreme Court Justice, The Honorable Gregory Moeller, join us at ITLA 2019 Fall Seminar.

Learn more about Justice Moeller below and download the complete lineup of speakers and presentations.
Justice Gregory W. Moeller was appointed by Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter in April 2009 to be a district judge after 19 years in private practice. His resident chambers were in Madison County, but he presided throughout the ten counties comprising the Seventh Judicial. On November 30, 2018, Justice Moeller was appointed by Governor Otter to serve on the Idaho Supreme Court. He was sworn in on January 3, 2019, becoming the 58th justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Moeller is a frequent speaker on various legal topics across the state and has spoken at national conferences. Justice Moeller and his wife, Kathy, have been married for over 33 years. They have five children and currently six grandchildren.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your practice and advocacy. Join your peers Friday, October 4 for the ITLA 2019 Fall Seminar in Jackson Hole. Register now.

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