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.
Katie Ball is the Associate Dean of Students and Clinical Professor at the University of Idaho College of Law. Ms. Ball received her J.D. from the University of Idaho in 2002; Dean's List every semester. She was an extern law clerk for the Honorable B. Lynn Winmill in the Spring of 2002. Following graduation, Ms. Ball served as a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen S. Trott, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Thereafter, she was a pro se/capital case staff attorney for the United States District Court for the District of Idaho until 2004. Ms. Ball then served as a career staff attorney for the Honorable Ronald E. Bush for ten years. She has worked at the University of Idaho College of Law since 2008.
Appointed September 2020
Term of Service: 2021-2023
Katie Ball (4th District)
University of Idaho College of Law
P.O. Box 83720-0051| Boise, ID 83720-0051
t. 208.870.8072 | f. 208.334.2176
Sonyalee Nutsch has been a partner at Clements, Brown and McNichols, P.A. since 2006, where her practice focuses on the defense of business entities and their employees or insureds in a variety of cases. Prior to joining Clements, Brown and McNichols, P.A. in 2003, Ms. Nutsch was with the Nez Perce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she started as an intern in 1999.
Ms. Nutsch was raised in southern Idaho, graduating from Jerome High School in 1993. She moved to Lewiston to attend Lewis-Clark State College where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies in 1997. She then attended the University of Idaho, College of Law and graduated cum laude in 2000. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Patrick, for 29 years, and together they enjoy traveling all over the world.
Appointed September 2021
Term of Service: 2022-2024
Sonyalee R. Nutsch (1st & 2nd Districts)
Clements, Brown and McNichols, P.A.
321 13th St., P.O. Box 1510 | Lewiston, ID 83501
t. 208.743.6538 | f. 208.746.0753
Howard Belodoff is the Associate Director of Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. and has a part-time private firm. Upon graduation from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1978, Mr. Belodoff received a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship from Howard University. Since then, Mr. Belodoff’s trial and appellate work has focused on civil rights. He has established case precedents of national significance, including twelve successful appeals in the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Belodoff is the recipient of the 2021 Idaho State Bar Distinguished Lawyer Award, the 2019 Reginald Heber Smith Justice Award by the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, and the 2018 Idaho Trial Lawyers Association’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. He has been named a Super Lawyer since 2010 and is a Martindale-Hubbell Most Honored Lawyer. Mr. Belodoff has served as the chairperson of the Idaho State Bar’s Litigation Section and as the president of the Dick Fields Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Appointed October 2022
Term of Service: 2023-2025
Howard Belodoff (4th District)
Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc.
1447 S. Tyrell Lane | Boise, ID 83706
t. 208.807.2323 | f. 208.342.2561
DeAnne Casperson is a partner at Casperson Ulrich Dustin PLLC. A native of Preston, Idaho, Ms. Casperson graduated from Utah State University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Chemistry. Ms. Casperson worked at the Idaho National Laboratory for several years before returning to school, obtaining a law degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 1999 with distinction. Following her graduation, Ms. Casperson served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dean Whipple of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Ms. Casperson joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, representing employers and corporate clients in litigation matters. Since returning to Idaho, Ms. Casperson has continued her practice in employment and general litigation matters. Ms. Casperson has successfully tried cases in both state and federal court and won numerous arbitrated labor disputes.
Appointed: November 2018
Term of Service: 2019-2021
Emeritus: 2022, 2023
DeAnne Casperson (7th District)
Casperson Ulrich Dustin PLLC
356 W. Sunnyside Rd., Suite B | Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
t. 208.524.0566 | f. 208.745.2523
Alexandra Caval is the principal attorney at Caval Law Office, PC. Ms. Caval is a native of Twin Falls, Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in both political science and economics and a Juris Doctorate in 2008. Following graduation, Ms. Caval joined the firm of Hepworth & Associates practicing criminal and civil litigation. Thereafter she became the staff attorney for the standing chapter 13 trustee for the District of Idaho where she represented the trustee in various bankruptcy matters throughout the southern part of the state. Ms. Caval opened her own firm in 2014 and she focuses her practice on bankruptcy law primarily representing individual and business debtors file for relief under various chapters of the Bankruptcy Code. Ms. Caval is also a member, and past chairperson of, the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Idaho State Bar.
Appointed November 2019
Term of Service: 2020-2022
Alexandra O. Caval (5th & 7th Districts)
Caval Law Office
248 Idaho Street S. | Twin Falls, ID 83301
t. 208.733.2035 | f. 208.733.3919