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23 Advocate 1 (1980)

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Vol. 23, No. 1                          Boise, Idaho                   JanuarylFebruary, 1980

COMMISSIONER FOR      By Dean Cliff F. Thompson

The Board of C'nmilssloners, at Its Decem-
ber, 1979 meetlrig,. appointed Michael E.
McNichols of Oroflbo as Commissioner of the
Idaho State B8 for-the Northern Division to
fill tAd unexoIred term of Merlyn W. Clark,
whicn term expIres tn July, 1980. Mr. Clark
moved to Boise in Septimber, therehy creat-
Ing a vacancy on the Commission.
McNIchols was born in Lewiston ano at-
tended the University of Idaho earning his
B.A. degree In 1960 and LL.B. degree in 1963.
He was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in
1963. He was president of the Clearwater Bar
Association from 1967 to 1969. McNichols is
currently vice president of the Idaho Associa-
tion of Defense Council and president of the
Clearwater Title Company. He also serves on
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Feb. 19-23 - Western States Bar Conference,
Acapulco, Mexico.
Feb. 22-23,r- Institute on Closely Held
Corporations, Owyhee Plaza, Boise.
Feb. 27-29 - Bar Examinations, Boise.
Mar. 1 - Workers' Compensation Institute,
Owyhee Plaza, Boise.
Mar. 5-7 - Corporate Counsel Workshop,
Elkhorn at Sun Valley.
Mar. 15 - Criminal Rules Institute, The
Hilton, Pocatello.
Mar. 22 - Criminal Rules Institute, Owyhee
Plaza, Boise.
Mar. 29 - Criminal Rules Institute, Holiday
Inn, Coeur d'Alene.
Apr. 11-12 - Grading Session, Moscow.
Apr. 19 - Institute on Criminal Defense,
Owyhee Plaza, Boise.
Apr. 25 - Swearing-in Ceremonies, Boise.
May 2-3 - ITLA Meeting, Twin Falls.
July 9-12 - Annual Meeting, Sun Valley.
July 8-9 - Estate Planning Workshop, Sun

University of Idaho College of Law
During my first year at the College of Law I
have come to appreciate the sentiment ex-
- ressed by Federal Judge Blaine Anderson
when he welcomed the 1979 meeting of the
9th Judicial District Conference in Sun Valley:
In Idaho, the air, water, and justice are
all equally pure.
There is no claim, of course, that those
elements are perfect, but the truth of the mat-
ter provides good reasons for a justifiable
pride. The state of legal education at the Col-
lege of Law is also strong, despite current
uncertainties, and I will share with you some
of the highlightj from 1978-79.
When I arrived, I indicated that the oppor-
tunity to get acquainted In the legal com-
munity would Improve my ability to assist the
College in looking to the future, but I also
Identified four expectations which obviously
seemed to deserve attention. (Thompson,
Prospects for Legal Education in Idaho, 15
Idaho L Rev. 1 (1978].)
1. We are going to continue to provide
sound legal education which produces com-
petent to outstanding graduates.
The passage of Proposition 1, the local
variant of the widely publicized taxpayers'
Pursuant to Rule 182, notice Is hereby
given of the availability of nominating peti-
tions for membership on the Board of
Commissioners from the Northern and
Central Divisions of the Idaho State Bar.
The Northern Division is composed of
the First and Second Judicial Districts and
the Central Division is the Fourth Judicial
Nominating petitions are available from
the office of the Idaho State Bar, Box 895,
Boise, Idaho 83701. The filing deadline is
April 1, 1980.
Those whose terms are expiring are
John T. Hawley, Boise, President and
Michael E. McNichols, Orofino, who was
appointed to fill the unexpired ',erm of
Merlyn W. Clark.

N IDAHO - 1978-79

revolt, provides a serious challenge to our
mission. We are, of course, responding as effi-
ciently as possible. The difficulty of this task
may be suggested by the fact that our budget
for ordinary operating expenses (the cost of
almost everything we purchase and use, rng-
Ing from paper to printing catalogs for pros-
pective students anu from postage to tele-
phone service) has remained basically constant
for the past five years, .at In the face of
inflation we have from 4% to 50% less in
that category than we did In 1974.
But the most dranatic impact is that we
lost a faculty poslt.in and had to downgrade
a professional library position, both of which
we were specifically promised in 1977 as a
basis for continuing accreditation from the
American Bar Association. Immediately pre-
ceding the ABA report, a special committee of
the Board of Regents with strong representa-
,on from the Idaho Bar produced a heavily
documented report which concludes that the
now-missing faculty position Is essential.
(An Analysis of Problems and Solutions: The
Report of the Special Commitiee Authorized
by the Regents to Examine Problems of the
College of Law (19761. Copies available from
U.I. College of Law. The text (18 pages], and
appendices (45 pagesD. After study, the Uni-
versity Administration, the Regents, and the
Legislature accepted the reports of both
groups as the basis for the future.
Fortunately, the accrediting authorities
have been very understanding about our need
for time to work out the current difficulties. In
large part, we blunted the effect of the budget
cut In pusitions by winning an extension of a
HEW g'-ant which we were awarded to start a
practIcail-training clinic, but that Is a tem-
porary defense.
Prer, ident Gibb and the University Adminis-
tration strongly support the effort to bring the
faculty to an effective level, as do the Idaho
Bar Commissioners, and I believe the Board
of Regents will be equally supportive.
In response to ProposItion 1, and arising
from our own desire for self-study, the faculty
began a series of discussions on educational
basics, in order to give the greatest value with
the available resources. We had separate ses-
sions on grading systems and standards; clin-
ical legal education; the upperclass cur-
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