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Three new magistrate judges appointed in Ada County

The Magistrate Commission for the Fourth Judicial District has appointed Andrew Ellis, Laurie Fortier and Joanne M. Kibodeaux magistrate judges in Ada County. They will begin their assignments Oct. 1

Ellis will be assigned to the child protection/family law docket in Ada County. He has been a deputy prosecuting attorney with the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office since 2002 and was an adjunct professor with the University of Idaho College of Law in 2013. He previously worked as a law clerk at the Idaho Court of Appeals. He is also a filmmaker and partner and managing director of the Idaho 48-Hour Film Competition and Festival. Ellis earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Idaho and his Juris Doctor from the U of I College of Law.

Fortier will be assigned to the family law docket in Ada County. She has been an assistant city attorney with the Boise City Attorney’s Office since 2005. She previously worked for Naylor and Hales in Boise, as a law clerk at the Idaho Supreme Court and the Fourth Judicial District Court and as a legal intern for the U of I Legal Aid Tax Clinic and the Idaho State Bar Attorney Referral Service. Fortier sits on the board of directors for the Rocky Canyon Sail Toads Inc., which plans the Race to Robie Creek half marathon. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from U of I and her Juris Doctor from the U of I College of Law.

Kibodeaux will be assigned to the family law docket in Ada County. She has been a family law attorney in private practice since 2001. She previously worked for the Boise law firms of Stephen French, and Neal and Uhl. She is has been chairwoman for the Idaho State Bar’s Family Law Council since 2012 and previously was a case manager for the Idaho law Foundation Volunteer Lawyers Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan-Deerborn and her Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming College of Law.

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