Authored by Ken LaMance, LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor and Attorney at Law
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Idaho has recently become one of the most rapidly growing states in the nation, and much of this increase in population is due to immigration from outside the U.S. Idaho has acted as a leader in the pro-life movement. In 2008, Idaho became one of the first states to pass a law imposing criminal penalties and civil liability for “forcing, threatening, or inflicting bodily harm on women to perform unwanted abortions.” Additionally, under Idaho law, women must give informed consent after hearing information about their fetus’ development, and alternatives to abortion.
Idaho has also helped define the parameters of the 6th Amendment Confrontation Clause, which grants someone accused of a crime the right to be confronted by opposing witnesses. In the 1990 case of Idaho v. Wright, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Idaho rule of evidence, called a residual hearsay exception. Specifically, the Court found that a pediatrician’s testimony regarding his interview of two minor patients alleging sexual abuse should not have been admitted to trial because it lacked “particular guarantees of trustworthiness.” The Court stated that since the physician conducted the interview without procedural safeguards, allowing such testimony would violate the defendant’s Confrontation Clause rights.
Currently, Idaho has just one law school, which is located on the University of Idaho’s campus in Moscow. However, Concordia University has announced plans to build a law school in Boise, and the University of Idaho plans to build a second law school campus in Boise.
There are many local lawyers living and practicing in Idaho. Lawyers must be registered with the Idaho State Bar in order to practice in the state. Additionally, each lawyer must complete at least 30 hours of accredited continuing legal education every three years after passing the Idaho State Bar Exam. Furthermore, lawyers who hold themselves out as specialists or certified specialists must complete at least 30 hours of continuing legal education in their field of specialty every three years.
By using the free, confidential services of LegalMatch, you can ensure that your lawyer complies with Idaho’s licensing and educational requirements. LegalMatch pre-screens its lawyers, and provides valuable information about local lawyers who are guaranteed to handle your case.