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17 Advocate 1 (1974)

handle is hein.barjournals/adisb0017 and id is 1 raw text is: Vol. 17, No. 1                               Boise, Idaho                                January, 1974

EDITOR'S NOTE: This month. Laurel E.
Elam marked his 60th year in the active prac-
tice of law in llolse. ThIq sets a new record for
living  Iaho  attorneys.  The  following  article
was written by one of Mr. Elam's partners,
laine F. Evans.
For 60 years Laurel E. Elam has been
the leader of the Idaho Bar. Without
question he has tried and won more cases
than any other lawyer in the history of
this state. Despite being 85 years of age,
he is still trying and winning cases.
Born in Illinois, he received his pre-
paratory education at Greenville College.
He received his legal degree at the Uni-
versity of Chicago in 1913. He worked
his way through law school by teaching
school and waiting tables. When Mr.
Elam first came to Idaho he did so by
working on the threshing crews in the
wheat fields near Ashton. He came to
Boise on a summer visit, decided to stay
and associated with the law firm of Sul-
livan and Sullivan.
Mr. Elam was admitted to the Bar in
1914. He served in the First World War
with the Field Artillery in 1923. Fol-
lowing the War, he and Carl Burke, Sr.
founded the law firm of Elam and Burke
which has since expanded to the firm of
Elam, Burke, Jeppesen, Evans & Boyd.
Political Career
Laurel Elam had a distinguished po-
litical career, having served as Prosecut-
ing Attorney of Ada County and in the
Idaho State Legislature.
Mr. Elam's contribution to his state
as a civic leader has been most impres-
sive. An active leader in the Republican
Party from the days of Calvin Coolidge,
Laurel Elam is former president of the
Boise Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA
and the Board of the Salvation Army; a
member of the Boise Kiwanis Club, the
Elks, the Masonic Lodge and still shoots
golf at Hillcrest Country Club. He was
one of the organizers of Boise Music
Week and served as one of the earlier
He and his wife, Lila, have two sons,
Lowell and Frank, and a daughter, Mrs.
Jo Anne Payseau.


Seven Idaho judge     J   IwJ v rl who
died in 1973 were m$WfzJ&W5
in services held before the Idaho Su-
preme Court.
Those remembered at the ceremony
John R. Black, Pocatello.
District Judge Daniel A. Quinlan,
District Judge D. H. Sutphen,
Adonis H. Nielson, Burley.
Michael F. Ryan, Gooding.
Walter Kent Naylor, Idaho Falls.
District Judge Thomas H. Felton,
The services were attended by the
families of those memorialized, as well
as a group of Idaho lawyers and judges.
Bert Larson of Twin Falls was the
speaker, and the memorial resolution
was read by Dale Clemons of Boise,
chairman of the Memorial Committee.
Other  members    of  the  committee
wbre H. William Furchner of Blackfoot
and Scott W. Reed of Coeur d'Alene.

Laurel E. Elam

Laurel Elam has throughout the prac-
tice of law been one of the most humane,
kind and considerate human being in the
Bar and has always placed his profes-
sional responsibility as one of his first

Chief Justice Allan Shepard
Allan G. Shepard became Chief Jus-
tice of the Idaho Supreme Court in
ceremonies Jan. 4 at the Supreme Court.
Under the Court's rotation system he
replaced Charles R. Donaldson.
District Judge Roy Mosman of Lew-
iston also was sworn in as a new judge
at the ceremonies. He replaces the late
District Judge Thomas H. Felton of
The new Chief Justice first entered
state government service in 1958 as a
member of the Idaho Legislature, serv-
ing two terms in the House as a repre-
sentative from Ada County. In 1962, he
was elected attorney general, a post in
which he served for six years.
Chief Justice Shepard was elected to
the Idaho Supreme Court in 1968.
He is a former president of the Na-
tional Association of Attorneys General,
a former state chairman of the Idaho
Youth Legislature, a member of the ad-
visory board of Booth Memorial Hos-
pital and is a member of the advisory
board of the Visiting Nurses Associa-

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