Idaho State Bar

P.O. Box 895
Boise, ID 83701
Telephone: (208) 334-4500
Fax: (208) 334-4515
Fax: (208) 334-2764


Year Established: 1923
Membership is: Compulsory
Total Number of Members: 5,306
Out of State Members: 882
Membership in Other Bar Associations: Western States Bar Conference, Jackrabbit Bar Association

Bar Profile:
The Idaho State Bar is a self-governing state agency of the State of Idaho. The present unified Idaho State Bar had its origin in 1923 and 1925 when the legislature established the present Idaho State Bar and the Board of Commissioners. As an "integrated" state bar, it is mandatory that all lawyers in the state belong before practicing law. The Idaho State Bar is governed by five Commissioners, elected from the seven districts into which the state is divided. Commissioners serve for staggered three years terms.

The basic duties of the Idaho State Bar are to administer the admission (bar exam) process, conduct the annual licensing of attorneys, and serve as the disciplinary body for attorneys who violate the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. The Idaho State Bar is financed primarily by license fees and application fees paid by attorneys and bar exam applicants. No tax dollars are used.

The Bar operates under authority delegated by the Supreme Court of Idaho through its rule making power, particularly in the area of admissions and discipline. The rules that govern the process are known as the " Idaho Bar Commission Rules."

Committees of the Idaho State Bar: Bar Exam Preparation, Character & Fitness, Client Assistance Fund, Lawyer Referral Service, The Advocate Editorial Advisory Board, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Reasonable Accommodations, Public Information, Professional Conduct Board.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Idaho State Bar is to administer granting the privilege to practice law in Idaho; to control and regulate the legal profession; to protect the public from the unauthorized practice of law and from unprofessional conduct by members of the bar; to promote high standards of professional conduct; and to aid in the advancement of the administration of justice.

Goal 1 Promote high standards of professional conduct by members of the bar.
Goal 2 Furnish programs and services which improve opportunities for professional growth and enhance the competency of members of the bar.
Goal 3 Promote the public's access to legal services.
Goal 4 Enhance public understanding of and respect for the law and the legal system.
Goal 5 Aid in the advancement of the administration of justice.
Goal 6 Maintain effective state bar governance and management.

Annual Convention:
July 12-14, 2010
Idaho Falls, ID

Current Officers & Leadership

Douglas L. Mushlitz
Clark & Feeney
P.O. Box 285
Lewiston, ID 83501

Deborah A. Ferguson
U.S. Attorney's Office
800 Park Blvd., Ste. 600
Boise, ID 83712-9903
Phone: (208) 334-1211
Fax: (208) 334-1414

Reed W. Larsen
Cooper & Larsen
P.O. Box 4229
Pocatello, ID 83205
Phone: (208) 235-1145
Fax: (208) 235-1182

James Chris Meservy
Williams, Meservy & Lothspeich, LLP
P.O. Box 168
Jerome, ID 83338
Phone: (208) 324-2303
Fax: (208) 324-3135

B. Newal Squyres
Holland & Hart, LLP
P.O. Box 2527
Boise, ID 83701


Deputy Executive Director
Terri Muse

Membership Director
Annette Strauser

Disciplinary Counsel
Bradley G. Andrews

Communications Director
Dan Black

Executive Director
Diane K. Minnich