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Purpose of Lawyer Representatives

Purpose of Lawyer Representatives

The lawyer representative position assists the Federal Court to improve the administration of justice and works on the themes of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.  The representatives must be willing to attend committee meetings and the annual Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.  Generally, the lawyer representative serves as a liaison between the federal bar and the U.S. Courts.

Typical duties of the lawyer representative position include: serving as the representative of the bar to advance opinions and suggestions for improvement, making recommendations on the use of the Court’s non-appropriated fund, assisting the Court in the implementation of new programs or procedures, serving on court committees, and developing the curriculum, or serving as faculty, for training programs such as the annual District Bench/Bar Conference.   The representatives may survey federal bar members about issues or concerns and recommend rule or policy changes.

Nicole C. Hancock

Nicole Hancock is a partner and a trial attorney for Stoel Rives LLP in their Boise office.  Ms. Hancock chairs the firm’s Food and Agribusiness Initiative.  She represents corporate clients in a variety of legal issues that include contractual disputes, trade secret defense and enforcement, intellectual property enforcement and litigation, licensing disputes, and other corporate matters.  

Ms. Hancock graduated from Western Oregon University and obtained her law degree from the Willamette University College of Law in 2002 (magna cum laude).  She was named one of Idaho’s Leaders in the Law by Idaho Business Review in 2014, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA in 2011-2015, Mountain States Super Lawyers in 2011-2015, Top 50 Mountain States Women Lawyers in 2015, Rising Stars by Mountain States Super Lawyers in 2010, and Idaho Business Review’s Idaho Women of the Year Award in 2008.  Ms. Hancock is licensed to practice law in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, District of Idaho and the Ninth Circuit.

In 2002 Ms. Hancock began her legal career clerking for the Honorable T.G. Nelson a resident Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge in Boise.  After her clerkship she joined Stoel Rives and has spent a great deal of time practicing in federal court.

Supporting the legal community through civic activities is very important to Ms. Hancock.  She was a member of the Idaho State Bar’s Fourth District Law Day Committee, served as President of the Idaho Women Lawyers from 2011 to 2014, member in the first class of the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (IALL) in which she currently sits on the IALL advisory board, and has been a member of the Federal Bar Association for 10 years.

Appointed November, 2015
Term of Service:  2016-2018

Contact Information:
Nicole C. Hancock (4th District)
Stoel Rives LLP

101 S. Capitol Blvd., Suite 1900 | Boise, ID 83702
t. 208.387.4231 | f. 208.389.9040


April M. Linscott

April Linscott is one of four partners at Owens, McCrea and Linscott, where she practices general civil litigation focusing on litigation in employment law, real estate, business disputes and probate.  Ms. Linscott is also a trained mediator.  She has assisted her clients in achieving results whether through alternative dispute resolution, litigation or appeal.

Ms. Linscott graduated from the University of Idaho and obtained her law degree from the Gonzaga University School of Law.  Ms. Linscott is an Advisory Member on the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce.  She is licensed to practice law since 2004 in Idaho, District of Idaho, Idaho Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit.

She has participated in the Federal Court pro bono program by assisting self-represented litigants in their cases.  Ms. Linscott currently serves on the Brown Bag CLE committee of the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has assisted in advertising, organizing and hosting luncheon series CLEs in the First and Second Judicial Districts.

Appointed November, 2016
Term of Service:  2017-2019

Contact Information:

April M. Linscott (1st & 2nd Districts)
Owens McCrea & Linscott

8596 N. Wayne Dr., Ste A | Hayden, ID 83835
t. 208.762.0203 | f. 208.762.0303

Howard D. Burnett

Howard Burnett is a partner in the Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP law firm.   A native of Pocatello, Mr. Burnett graduated cum laude in Economics from Harvard University in 1972 (where he was Captain in his senior year of a Harvard lightweight crew that was undefeated in each of his four years of collegiate rowing competition), received a Master of Philosophy degree in Management Studies from Oxford University in 1974, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 1977.  He worked for the Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell (where his practice included antitrust, product liability and financial futures matters), until his return to Pocatello in 1985 to join Hawley Troxell (where his practice as the resident partner in the firm’s Pocatello office includes commercial litigation, transactional matters, and business counsel and advice, with particular experience in the semiconductor industry).  Mr. Burnett has served in leadership positions for several community organizations in Pocatello, including fifteen years as a member and eleven years as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Bannock Regional Medical Center (now Portneuf Medical Center), and as a board member and President of the Rotary Club of Pocatello.  His current recreational pursuits include playing the piano, mountain bicycling, downhill and cross-country skiing, and reuniting each October with his Harvard crew teammates to row competitively in the Senior Master Eights Division of the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

Appointed November, 2013
Term of Service:  2014-2016

Emeritus: 2017, 2018

Contact Information:
Howard D. Burnett (6th & 7th Districts)
Hawley Troxell

412 West Center St., Suite 2000 | Pocatello, ID 83204
t. 208.233.0845 | f. 208.233.1304

Robert A. Faucher

Bob Faucher is a partner and litigator with the Boise office of Holland & Hart LLP. Mr. Faucher represents parties in commercial and bankruptcy litigation, both in federal and state courts, as well as in out-of-court restructurings.  Mr. Faucher has represented clients in lawsuits involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, lender liability, and use of derivatives, among other things.  He also has experience in commercial transactions involving loans, collateral, sales of goods, licenses and other similar matters.

Mr. Faucher is an Idaho native.  He is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, and has been named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Bankruptcy/Restructuring 2007-2017; The Best Lawyers in America Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law 2013-2018 and Banking and Finance Law 2018; and Mountain States Super Lawyers Bankruptcy: Business 2011-2017.  His undergraduate degree was from Yale University and he received his law degree from Harvard Law School. 

Mr. Faucher is a member of the board of directors of the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Idaho State Bar, and both the Federal and American Bar Associations.  He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Bankruptcy/Insolvency Practice Group for TerraLex, a leading international legal network that connects firms across the world.

Appointed November, 2017
Term of Service: 2018-2020

Contact Information:

Robert A. Faucher (4th District)
Holland & Hart LLP

800 W. Main., Ste. 1750 | Boise, ID 83702
t. 208.342.5000 | f. 208.343.8869

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