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Fifth annual event honors Idaho law leaders

The class of 2017 Idaho Business Review Leaders in Law (not pictured: Maureen Ryan Braley). Photo by Pete Grady.

The class of 2017 Idaho Business Review Leaders in Law (not pictured: Maureen Ryan Braley). Photo by Pete Grady.

About 250 people attended Idaho Business Review’s fifth Leaders in Law event Nov. 16 to honor 21 law professionals. Nominated by their colleagues, reviewed by their peers (past honorees), and, ultimately, chosen by their own community, they represent “the best of the best.”

To date, including this year’s award winners, Idaho Business Review has honored nearly 100 bastions of the law in our state, including five who have merited the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award: Donald L. Burnett, Jr., the former interim president of the University of Idaho; Lawrence G. Wasden, Idaho Attorney General; Scott D. Hess, Of Counsel for Holland and Hart LLP; Linda Copple Trout, former Idaho Supreme Court justice; and for 2017, Candy Wagahoff Dale, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Idaho.

The Lifetime Achievement award was bestowed on Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale. She spoke at the Nov. 16 Leaders in Law event which took place on the Seventeenth Floor, Eighth and Main Building in Boise. Photo by Pete Grady.

The Lifetime Achievement award was bestowed on Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale. She spoke at the Nov. 16 Leaders in Law event which took place on the Seventeenth Floor, Eighth and Main Building in Boise. Photo by Pete Grady.

After receiving one of two thunderous standing ovations – the second one came at the end of her speech – Dale took a few moments to reflect on her illustrious career, noting that she intends to keep working. “Maybe they should have called it the mid-lifetime achievement award,” she said, quoting one of her clerks, then added, “maybe the three-quarters lifetime achievement award.” She said that in her current role on the bench, she feels that she is “an advocate for the process and the independence and the impartiality of the judiciary,” a role that can be at times “incredibly overwhelming … every decision we make has an impact on a life, on many lives, and sometimes the entire country or the entire world.”

Dale talked about the magnitude of presiding over a naturalization ceremony – “just think of the phenomenon of being able to tell somebody they are a citizen of the United States of America – that’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job.”

2017 Idaho Business Review Leaders in Law

Tyler J. Anderson, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Partner

David Arkoosh, Law Office of David Arkoosh, Sole Practitioner

Michael Baldner, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Partner

Jan M. Bennetts, Ada County Prosecuting Attorney, Office of Ada County Prosecuting Attorney, Up & Coming Lawyer

Walter Bithell, Bithell Law PLLC, Sole Practitioner

Maureen Ryan Braley, Director of Admissions, Idaho State Bar, Unsung Hero

Ronald G. Caron Jr., RGC Tax & Estate Solutions PLLC, Sole Practitioner

Matthew T. Christensen, Angstman Johnson, Partner Adam Christenson, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Up & Coming Lawyer

Meghan Sullivan Conrad, Elam & Burke PA, Partner Justin T. Cranney, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Associate

Candy Wagahoff Dale, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Idaho, Lifetime Achievement Award

Peg Dougherty, St. Luke’s Health System, In-house Counsel

William Fletcher, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Up & Coming Lawyer

Kristina Fugate, Deputy Attorney General, Idaho Attorney General’s Office, Up & Coming Lawyer

Maureen Laflin, Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs, University of Idaho College of Law, Educator

William Myers, Holland & Hart LLP, Partner

Wendy J. Olson, Stoel Rives LLP, Partner

Claire Rosston, Holland & Hart LLP, Associate

Benjamin A. Schwartzman, Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford PLLC, Partner

David Stanish, Idaho Power Co., In-house Counsel

 

About Jeanne Huff

Jeanne Huff is the special sections editor at IBR, editor of Women of the Year, Accomplished Under 40, CEOs of Influence, Money Makers, Leaders in Law, Corporate Guide to Event Planning as well as editor of custom publications including Welcome to Boise, Dining Decisions, Idaho Heartland Living and Travelog.