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IDAHO STATE BAR
History of the Bar
To browse the archive of transcripts of the proceedings of the Idaho State Bar from 1921 to 1974, visit the US Courts website archive.
The Idaho State Bar (ISB) is a self-governing state agency of Idaho. Portions of the Idaho Code pertaining to the practice of law in Idaho date back to 1881, however, the present “integrated” Bar was established by the Legislature in 1923 and 1925. As an integrated Bar, all attorneys practicing law in Idaho must be licensed by the Idaho State Bar.
The ISB operates under power and authority delegated by the Idaho Supreme Court through its rule-making power and under statutory authority of the Legislature. The Bar is governed by five commissioners, elected from Idaho’s seven judicial districts. Two commissioners are elected from the Fourth District, one represents the First and Second Districts, one the Third and Fifth Districts and one the Sixth and Seventh Districts. Commissioners serve staggered three-year terms.
The ISB is financed by license fees paid by each Idaho attorney together with miscellaneous fees and revenues. It is totally self sufficient and requires no tax dollars. Most of the activities carried out by the ISB are accomplished by the volunteer efforts of individual attorneys working with staff support.
Pursuant to the Idaho Bar Commission Rules, the ISB is responsible for administering the following functions: Admissions, Right to Practice after Admission, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, Professional Conduct, Client Assistance Fund, Fee Arbitration, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Governance, Specialization, and Practice Sections. The ISB also publishes The Advocate, a monthly magazine for attorneys and judges across the state, holds an annual meeting, and offers a statewide Lawyer Referral Service for regular priced attorneys.
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.
- Promote high standards of professional conduct by members of the bar.
- Furnish programs and services which improve opportunities for professional growth and enhance the competency of members of the bar.
- Promote the public’s access to legal services.
- Enhance public understanding of and respect for the law and the legal system.
- Aid in the advancement of the administration of justice.
- Maintain effective state bar governance and management.
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Lawyer Referral Service
The Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is operated as a public service of the Idaho State Bar. All LRS attorneys are members in good standing with the Idaho State Bar with no pending public disciplinary complaints and carry professional liability insurance. LRS attorneys have agreed to provide their clients with an initial up to a half hour consultation at no fee. The fee for a referral is $35 unless the cases are personal injury, medical malpractice or workers’ compensation which receive a free referral. After the initial consultation, any further fees are to be negotiated between the lawyer and client. Not all Idaho State Bar attorneys are members of the LRS service.
To reach the Lawyer Referral Service by telephone, call (208) 334-4500, Monday through Friday.
**Most calls are returned within two business days from the date received. Please leave a short message with your name, phone number and type of attorney you would like to be referred to. We will not leave the name and number of an attorney in your voicemail. To receive the name of an attorney, you must talk to an LRS staff member or go through the online service.
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Information for bar exam applicants. Learn more.
Practicing in other states. Learn more
UBE Score Transfer
Transfer your score from another state. Learn more.
Information for attorneys employed as in-house counsel. Learn more.
Legal Intern License
Information for students serving as legal interns. Learn more.
Pro Hac Vice Admissions
Information for attorneys seeking to appear pro hac vice in Idaho. Learn more.
Information for new admittees to the Idaho State Bar. Learn more.
Emeritus Limited License
Information for senior attorneys wishing to maintain limited practice. Learn more.
View the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct in their entirety.
View the Idaho Bar Commission Rules in their entirety, including rules governing attorney discipline.
Get your questions answered regarding filing a grievance against an Idaho attorney.
Use this form to request disciplinary records for Idaho attorneys.
Public discipline sanctions are posted to the Idaho State Bar’s website as they are issued.
Learn more about the Client Assistance Fund and its purpose to reimburse members of the public for losses.
Learn more about the Fee Arbitration process and what it means for you and your clients.
Read the formal ethics opinions issued by the Idaho State Bar Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility from 1944 to 1994.
Get more information on ARTAO.
More information on the Unauthorized Practice of Law in the state of Idaho.
Attorneys who have questions about the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct can contact Bar Counsel’s Office at 208-334-4500.
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Need a referral to an Idaho attorney? Visit our online Lawyer Referral Service.
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