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District of Idaho

Clerk of Court Stephen W. Kenyon

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U.S. Courts Bench Bar Conference
Moscow Speakers
William F. Boyd

William F. Boyd is admitted to practice in Idaho state and federal courts; 9th, 10th and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal; U.S. Supreme Court; licensed to practice in Idaho.

Corporation law; including purchase and sale of land, stock and other assets, log supply agreements, easements, mining leases, labor contract negotiation and employee issues, environmental issues including air and water pollution, NPDES Permits, corporate governance, due diligence in connection with acquisitions, administrative law, trial and appeal litigation in state and federal courts.

Municipal law; including routine advice to cities, hospital districts and counties, Civil Rights issues, municipal financing, employee issues.

Individuals and small business; creation of legal entities, purchase and sale agreements, deeds, easements, issues involving public regulation of business, wills and estate planning.

Tecla Druffel

Tecla Druffel is a bankruptcy practice debtor’s attorney in Lewiston, Idaho. She represents clients in the District of Idaho and in the Eastern District of Washington. Tecla attended law school at the University of Idaho College of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina. 

Tecla serves as a board member for the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Idaho State Bar. She is also a lecturer at the University of Idaho College of Law where she teaches a bankruptcy law lab course to the students.

Tecla is married to a fifth generation Palouse farmer and lives in Uniontown, Washington. She enjoys traveling, gardening, volunteering with her local 4-H Club and spending time with her husband and young daughter.

Darrell G. Early

Darrell Early is the Division Chief of the Natural Resources Division of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office.  He supervises Deputies and staff representing the State of Idaho and its natural resource and environmental agencies including the State Land Board; the Dept. of  Lands; Dept. of Fish and Game; Dept. of Parks and Recreation; Dept. of Agriculture; Dept. of Water Resources and Dept. of Environmental Quality.  Prior to taking this position, Darrell was a Deputy Attorney General representing the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality where his practice included hazardous and radioactive waste regulation and site remediation, federal facility compliance, complex mine site clean-up and natural resource damage recovery.  Darrell obtained his law degree from the University of Idaho College Of Law in 1992 and his undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University.  Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office in 1999, Darrell was in private practice in Boise.  Darrell may be reached at the following:

Darrell G. Early
Deputy Attorney General
Chief, Natural Resources Division
Office of the Idaho Attorney General
700 W. State Street, 2nd Fl.
P.O. Box 83720-0010
Boise, Idaho 83720

(208) 334-4126

Curt Fransen

Curt Fransen is a former Director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), serving under Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter from 2012 until retirement in 2015. Previous State of Idaho positions included five years as Deputy Director of DEQ and 24 years as a Deputy Attorney General.   

Curt represented the Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Health between 1983 and 1986. From 1986 to 1997, he served as Chief of the Environmental Quality Section of the Attorney General’s Natural Resources Division, overseeing legal services for DEQ. Between 1997
and 2007 he lived in Coeur d'Alene and represented DEQ and other state agencies regarding mining cleanups and other North Idaho natural resource issues.

Curt is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California Hastings College of Law, San Francisco. 

C. Scott Green

For more than 130 years the University of Idaho has delivered excellence as the state’s land-grant research university. We offer life-changing educational experiences, conduct unparalleled research and scholarship, and connect statewide with communities and industries. The results of that mission make an impact in Idaho, in our region and around the world.

Talented and committed faculty and staff contribute to our progress. But we don’t accomplish our success alone. I am proud to collaborate with our board of regents and with other stakeholders in government and education sectors. Our land-grant mission also relies on productive engagement with industries, organizations and commodity groups, among others, to deliver outcomes.

As a graduate of the University of Idaho, I have firsthand experience with the Vandal success story. I’m looking forward to building on our accomplishments in the years to come. I encourage you to learn more about what’s going on at this great institution. And I welcome the chance to connect. Thank you for your interest in our brave and bold University of Idaho.

Rob Hanson

Rob Hanson holds a B.S. in Soil Science and a M.S in Soil Chemistry and Fertility from Colorado State University. He retired from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality in 2018 after a 29-year career where he was responsible for mine site remediation, voluntary cleanup, and general remediation programs. Mr. Hanson’s experience includes managing the Bunker Hill Superfund Site for the State of Idaho, where he negotiated settlement agreements with responsible parties and worked with the federal government to develop cleanup plans. He has managed and directed preliminary assessments, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, risk assessments, records of decision, public outreach, and risk communication programs. Mr. Hanson received recognition from the Idaho State Governor and the US federal government for his work to move complex projects forward to achieve cleanup goals.


Kara L. Heikkila

Kara L. Heikkila has more than 25 years of experience in both human resource and attorney roles advising employers on personnel and employment law matters.  Prior to attending law school, she spent eleven years in management roles in the health care industry and eventually became a regional human resource manager for a health care organization. 

Today, Kara represents employers throughout the Pacific Northwest before state and federal agencies including the Idaho Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the U.S. Department of Labor, including its Wage and Hour Division and the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs.  She regularly represents employers in employment litigation disputes, including work as panel counsel for EPLI claims.  Kara works in Witherspoon Kelley's Coeur d'Alene office.

In addition to administrative and litigation roles, Kara provides counsel and advice to employers on personnel issues including complex Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act compliance, wage and hour issues, unemployment claims, contract and handbook drafting, federal contractor compliance, and proactive audit measures.

Kara has been practicing law since 1997.  She is licensed to practice in Idaho, Washington, and Alaska, as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Jerrold Long

Jerrold A. Long returned to Idaho to join the faculty at the College of Law in 2007. He teaches land-use law, environmental law, property, and subjects relating to the interdisciplinary “Water of the West” program at the University of Idaho. Professor Long is also an Affiliate Professor in the University’s Water Resources and Bioregional Planning programs.

Professor Long grew up in Rexburg, Idaho. He attended Utah State University where he was a National Merit Scholar and graduated magna cum laude in 1997 with a B.S. in Biology. Professor Long received his J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2000. He was president of his first-year class and associate editor of the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law & Policy. While in law school, Professor Long served as an intern for Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund in Honolulu, Hawai`i, and worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, General Litigation Section, Environmental & Natural Resources Division. After law school, Professor Long joined the Cheyenne office of the western regional law firm Holland & Hart LLP. At Holland & Hart, Professor Long’s practice focused on environmental compliance and litigation before the U.S. Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals. Most recently, Professor Long attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was an instructor, Distinguished Graduate Fellow, and earned a Doctorate degree from the interdisciplinary Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Professor Long’s dissertation – New West or Same West?: Evolving land-use institutions in the American West – explored how local land-use regimes respond to social and cultural change.

Professor Long lives in Moscow with his wife Jessica and sons Kieran and Kelton. He is an avid cyclist and wanderer.

Melissa Luna

Melissa Luna is a graduate of Whittier College in Southern California, Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and holds advanced degrees in sociology from New York University and higher education administration from Ohio University. Admitted to legal practice in Idaho in 2005, she has practiced both civil and criminal law during her career. In 2015, Ms. Luna joined Landeck and Forseth, P.C., in Moscow, Idaho. In 2018, the firm began operating as Landeck × Forseth × Luna, Attorneys at Law. Ms. Luna’s practice primarily includes employment law, family law and estate administration matters. She has developed and conducted discrimination-harassment trainings and conducted investigations for employers since 2010. Ms. Luna also assists employees address discrimination and harassment complaints in the workplace. Ms. Luna has completed investigation training by the Association of Workplace Investigators and ATIXA. A former ADA Coordinator, Ms. Luna has been a member of the ISB’s Reasonable Accommodation Committee for bar exam test-takers since 2015. Ms. Luna has been a member of the Governing Council for the ISB Employment and Labor Section since 2015 and serves as Vice President of the Section this year.

Barry McHugh

Barry McHugh was sworn in as the Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney in January 2009, and again in 2013 and 2017.Barry supervises over 50 employees between the Criminal Division, the Civil Division, the Juvenile Diversion Division and the Human Resources Division.He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Association of Counties, and has served on the Board and as Board President for the Idaho Prosecuting Attorney’s Association.In April 2011 Barry was awarded a Civil Rights Award from the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations for his efforts to successfully prosecute hate crimes.

Barry is on the Board of Directors for the Safe Passage Violence Protection Center.He is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Child Advocacy Center.He is a member of the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club, and is a past member of its Board of Directors and is a Past President.

Prior to becoming Kootenai County’s Prosecuting Attorney he was in private practice as a partner in a local law firm, and as a prosecutor for the City of Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai County, the State of Idaho, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.

Barry is a native of Kootenai County.He is married to Teresa, a talented artist, and has three children.

Sonyalee R. Nutsch
Professional Associations: Idaho State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Asotin County Bar Association, WA; McNichols Inn of Court; Idaho Association of Defense Counsel; DRI; Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association; and Electrical Cooperative Bar Association
Professional Activities: Idaho Association of Defense Counsel President (2014-2015); Idaho Association of Defense Counsel Board Member (2010-2015); McNichols Inn of Court, President (2014-2015); McNichols Inn of Court Leadership Team (2011-2015); President of the Hells Canyon Bar Association, WA (2007-2008); University of Idaho, College of Law, Practical Skills Course Adjunct Faculty (2007); LHS Mock Trial Team Attorney Advisor (2004-2011); LCSC Mock Trial Team Attorney Advisor (2003-2005); University of Idaho, College of Law, Mock Trial Team Attorney Advisor (2008-2016)
Clifford J. Villa

Professor Cliff Villa teaches and writes in the fields of environmental law and constitutional law at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he also supervises student attorneys in the Natural Resources and Environmental Law clinic.  Prior to joining the UNM law faculty in 2015, Cliff served for 22 years as legal counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, first with EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and later with EPA Regional offices in Denver, Colorado, and Seattle, Washington.  As an EPA attorney, much of his practice focused on CERCLA cleanups of federal facilities and mining sites.  While engaged in full-time practice, Cliff began teaching on the adjunct faculty of Seattle University School of Law in 2006.  Drawing on both his practical experience and academic interests, Cliff is the author of scholarly works including a published textbook, A Practical Introduction to Environmental Law (with Mintz., et al. 2017), and a forthcoming textbook, Environmental Justice:  Law, Policy, and Regulation (3rd ed. 2019).  Several articles specifically concern CERCLA cleanups in mining country:  Gold King Mine Spill:  Environmental Law and Legal Protections for Environmental Responders, 2019 Utah L. Rev. 263 (2019); Superfund vs. Mega-Sites:  The Coeur d’Alene River Basin Story, 28 Columbia J. Envtl. L. 255 (2003); Cleaning Up at the Tracks:  Superfund Meets Rails-To-Trails, 25 Harvard Envtl. L. Rev. 481 (2001).  Cliff was born and raised in Albuquerque, graduated from the University of New Mexico summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.


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