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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Court Operations (1304)

The United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Idaho as well as Probation and Pretrial announce operating with reduced staff.  For full details and pro se email filing links, please visit the COVID-19 Information section of this website. 

Anyone who is experiencing COVID like symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID within the last 14 days must report this to the Court Security Officers at the entrance to any courthouse. Masks are required of all visitors and must be worn at all times while in the courthouse, this includes in court. All staff are required to wear masks while in public spaces at the courthouse.
Current Stage: III
Courthouse: Open
Clerks Office: Open
Gatherings: Max 50 People
Coeur d'Alene
Current Stage: III
Courthouse: Open
Clerks Office: Open
Gatherings: Max 50 People
Current Stage: III
Courthouse: Open
Clerks Office: Open
Gatherings: Max 50 People
U.S. Courts Bench Bar Conference
Kevin Beaton

Kevin Beaton is a partner of the firm practicing in the areas of environmental, administrative, and natural resources law with an emphasis on water quality, Clean Water Act permitting, Endangered Species Act consultations, contaminated sites, water rights and related federal and state environmental enforcement actions. He represents industrial clients, municipalities and energy companies on a variety of water quality matters including NPDES permits, TMDLs, 401 certifications and development of water quality standards and regulations.

Kevin has represented coalitions and individual industrial and utility clients in developing and negotiating water quality and ground water regulations, and other regulations and guidance in Idaho.  In these efforts, Kevin often serves as the industrial representative on agency advisory committees for the development of water quality standards.  


Dean Bennett

Dean Bennett is the administrative partner of Holland & Hart’s Boise office.  He is a litigator who represents clients to resolve complex contract and business disputes in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, insurance, transportation, hospitality, and technology. He has handled matters throughout the state of Idaho and regionally, and has tried complex cases to juries in both state and federal courts. Dean also counsels clients in various labor and employment related disputes and has represented employers in court and before state and federal agencies to resolve claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. An Idaho native, Dean graduated from Vanderbilt University and received his J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law.

Brook Bond

Brook Bond is the Office Managing Shareholder of Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Boise office.  His legal practice at Parsons Behle & Latimer focuses on complex business, insurance, environmental, and commercial litigation representing corporations and individuals in a variety of industries including science, energy, construction, agriculture, mining, transportation, insurance, multi-level marketing (MLM) and direct selling.

During the past 30+ years of his practice, Mr. Bond has handled massive cases involving multiple parties, millions of documents, and complex legal and scientific issues. Many of these cases involved environmental contamination and various environmental issues. Mr. Bond has routinely represented companies in environmental litigation relating to pollution and remediation, and insurance companies or insureds in environmental insurance coverage actions. Additionally, he has handled cases representing individuals and smaller companies in various types of business litigation. Mr. Bond has litigated a wide range of cases involving business torts, environmental contamination, real estate disputes, contract disputes, strict products liability, intellectual property, and public entity law. His educational background includes training in genetics, seed science, biology, agronomy, microbiology, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry.

Matt Christensen

Matt Christensen joined Angstman Johnson in 2008 as an associate attorney.  Now managing member of the firm, Matt has a civil litigation practice involving commercial law (finance and secured transactions), bankruptcy, real property,  and business matters. He also has a transactional practice involving real estate, finance and business matters, including franchising. Matt frequently represents bankruptcy trustees, debtors and other fiduciaries in recovering assets and administering estates. In addition to practicing law, Matt is an adjunct professor at the University of Idaho College of Law where he teaches international trade/business, real estate transactions, law practice management and secured transactions courses.

John Godwin

John Godwin was appointed as a United States Probation Officer for the District of Idaho on May 19, 2014, and holds the position of Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer, stationed in Pocatello.  John completed his undergraduate degree in Justice Studies from the University of Idaho and earned a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Boise State University.  John’s previous professional experience consists of one year as a Community Corrections Officer for the Washington Department of Corrections and eight years as a Juvenile Probation Officer for Ada County Juvenile Court Services. 

Tara Malek

Tara Malek is a litigator and co-owner of Smith + Malek, PLLC. She is an Idaho licensed attorney practicing in state, federal, and Coeur d'Alene Tribal Court in business and commercial litigation and has experience in both civil and criminal law. Previously, she worked as a Kootenai County Deputy Prosecutor, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office in Boise. Tara has a diverse litigation practice comprising cases that involve violations of civil rights, contract disputes, Indian law, trade secrets, and employment law.

Tara is Iranian American. She was born in England and was raised in Iran, Washington, and Arizona. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and she moved to Idaho in 2008 to attend the University of Idaho College of Law, where she met her husband, Luke Malek. She graduated with her J.D. in 2011.

In 2018, the Idaho Business Review named Tara among Idaho’s Women of the Year honorees, and in 2019, she was named among the publication’s Leaders in Law. In her spare time, Tara enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, bouldering and biking.

Elisa Massoth

Elisa G. Massoth is in private practice in Payette. She is the current Criminal Justice Act Panel Representative for Idaho and past president of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The bulk of her 23 years as an attorney have been spent advocating for those charged with all types of crimes, including capital offenses.  Other areas of her practice include advising local boards, real estate transactions, business formation and estate planning.

Kassandra McGrady

Kassandra McGrady graduated from the University of Idaho of College of Law. She completed a clerkship with the Honorable Justice Jim Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court before becoming a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office where she worked for 7 ½ years. Ms. McGrady joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as an Assistant United States Attorney in 2018. She currently serves as the District’s Project Safe Childhood and Human Trafficking Coordinator.

Susan Olson

As the COO/CFO Susan provides leadership on firm finances, operations, growth, and business initiatives. She joined the firm in 2001 after spending time in the health care and finance industries.

Guided by the firm’s objectives, culture, and the ethical requirements of the legal profession, Susan is responsible for all financial and operational functions of the 75+ attorney law firm. She is in the forefront of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions strategies. It is Susan’s duty to ensure the firm meets its  financial goals and objectives and has the proper operational controls and people systems in place to
achieve the firm’s business objective - exceptional client service. Susan provides constant attention to the improvement of the organization to ensure financial strength and operating efficiencies of the business of law. Susan is a Certified Legal Manager.

Miles Pope

Miles Pope is an assistant federal public defender with the Federal Defender Services of Idaho, Inc. Before joining the federal defenders, Miles clerked for Justice Deno Himonas on the Utah Supreme Court and Judge Marjorie Allard on the Alaska Court of Appeals, and he served as public defender for the Nez Perce Tribe. Miles is the 2020 recipient of the Fred Turner Award from the National Association of Federal Defenders for his role helping to coordinate the nationwide federal defender response to COVID-19.


Gary L. Rainsdon

Gary L. Rainsdon was raised on a farm in the Blackfoot, Idaho area. He earned a BBA in Finance from Idaho State University, and an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University. Gary is an Accredited Agricultural Consultant with The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He worked in agricultural and commercial banking prior to his appointment as a bankruptcy trustee, and now administers cases in Chapter 7, Subchapter V of Chapter 11, and Chapter 12.  In addition to his “day job,” he spent much of his working life operating a farming enterprise in the Twin Falls, Idaho area. Gary and his wife Lori are the parents of four grown children, and are perpetually aggravated with them for moving the grandkids too far away.

Jennifer K. Robbennolt

Jennifer Robbennolt, J.D., Ph.D, is the Associate Dean for Research, the Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology, and Co-Director of the Illinois Program on Law, Behavior and Social Science at the University of Illinois College of Law. Professor Robbennolt is an expert in the areas of psychology and law, torts, and dispute resolution.  Her research integrates psychological theory and methods into the study of law, legal institutions, and legal practice, focusing primarily on legal decision making and the use of empirical research methodology in law.  She is co-author of several books, including The Psychology of Tort Law; Psychology for Lawyers: Understanding the Human Factors in Negotiation, Litigation, and Decision Making; Dispute Resolution and Lawyers; and Empirical Methods in Law.

Sheila Schwager

Sheila Schwager is co-chair of the Creditors Rights/Bankruptcy practice group and focuses her practice on creditor rights and bankruptcy, including the representation of consumer and commercial lenders involving the Uniform Commercial Code, Federal and State lending laws, agricultural issues, foreclosures, collections, workouts, the defense of lender liability claims, bankruptcy, and the defense of preference actions. She has experience with State and Federal consumer protection laws on behalf of creditors, including Federal and State telemarketing laws, credit reports, Fair Debt Collection Procedure Act, and loan workouts. She also participates in litigation and trials in California and has appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

L. Jeff Severson

Jeff Severson is Chief Deputy Clerk for the United States District and Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho. An Idaho native, Jeff received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, and his law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Upon graduation from law school, Jeff clerked for Judge B. Lynn Winmill in the District of Idaho, and later practiced law as a criminal defense attorney for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, and as a civil litigator in the Boise office of Stoel Rives. In 2005, Jeff returned to the District of Idaho as a Career Law Clerk for Judge Winmill. He became Chief Deputy Clerk for the District in 2018.

Amanda Ulrich

Amanda E. Ulrich spent her formative years in Southeast Idaho and is a 2008 graduate of University of Idaho College of Law. Amanda is a partner at Casperson Ulrich Dustin PLLC in Idaho Falls.  She practices in the areas of employment and labor law, as well as general litigation.  She has experience representing both employers and employees, and has litigated employment-related civil rights claims, as well as non-compete contracts and other employment-related matters.  She has represented clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the Idaho Department of Labor, and the Idaho Industrial Commission.  She also represents clients in Title IX actions and other civil litigation matters. She has appeared in state court, federal court and before the Ninth Circuit.

While attending the College of Law, Amanda worked in the University of Idaho Legal Aid Immigration Clinic, was a member of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court team, and studied International Human Rights in India.  In her spare time, Ms. Ulrich volunteers for various community and bar organizations, and is currently the President the Seventh District Bar Association. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, as well as taking advantage of all the wonderful outdoor opportunities Idaho has to offer.

Justin D. Whatcott

Justin D. Whatcott is an Assistant United States Attorney and the Criminal Division Chief for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho. Prior to becoming an AUSA in 2010, Mr. Whatcott worked as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney focusing on gang crimes in the Treasure Valley. From 2000 to 2009, he served as a state prosecutor in Idaho, working in the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Idaho Attorney General's Office, and for Ada, Blaine, and Latah Counties. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Crime and Justice Studies and Political Science, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho School of Law in 2001.

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