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IADC's 54th Annual Meeting

  • September 21, 2018
  • September 22, 2018
  • Shore Lodge, McCall, Idaho


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Sept 21-22 ▪ Shore Lodge in McCall


▪ Effective Courtroom Practices & Methods ▪ Rapid-fire Decision Review ▪ 
▪ Ethics ▪ Appellate Panel Discussion ▪ Shifting Sands of Legal Practice ▪ 
▪ Impact of Metrics on Law Firms ▪
golf tournament, BBQ dinner, networking & more!

S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

Friday, Sept. 21


Kick-off Lunch & Vinous Salute
Annual group photo by the fireplace at 1:15PM.  

1:30PM IADC Membership Meeting               Upper
2:00PM Break  

Effective Courtroom Practices & Methods (1.0 CLE Hour)*
What it is like to be a District Court Judge in Ada County (caseloads, scheduling, etc) and how to impress the judges with your arguments. Presented by Judge Steven Hippler, Idaho Fourth Judicial District Court, &
 Keely Duke, Duke Scanlan Hall, PLLC-Boise

3:15PM Break  

Rapid-fire Decision Reviews (1.0 CLE Hour)*
A f
ast-paced presentation on legal topics that impact the defense of our clients. Coordinated by Matthew L. Walters, Elam & Burke-Boise



Advance Waivers & Other Ethical Defense Issues (1.0 Ethics CLE Hour)*
Our Bar Counsel will address the various legal questions and issues raised by the members of the IADC. 
Presented by Brad Andrews, Idaho State Bar


5:30PM CLE concludes  
Welcome Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres & live music by KOSH.            Upper
7:30PM   Dinner (on your own)  

 *An application requesting 3.0 CLE credits (with 1.0 in Ethics) for the underlined activities above has been sent to the Idaho State Bar.




Saturday, Sept. 22

7:30AM  Breakfast for IADC Members Lower

So You Want To Be An Appellate Attorney…..Good, Maybe We Can Help! (1.0 CLE Hour)*
Impressions from the bench and counsel on the do’s and don’ts of preparing appellate briefs and presenting appellate oral arguments.  Presented by Justice Robyn Brody, Idaho Supreme Court; Judge N. Randy Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals-Ninth Circuit; and Jeffrey Thomson, Elam & Burke-Boise

9:00AM Break  

The Rapidly Shifting Sands of Law Practice: Don’t Be Left Behind (1.0 CLE Hour)* 
John will provide a wide ranging and practical view of defense law practice including changes to date, changes in the works, and changes to come. He will provide ideas for how smart law firms can understand, embrace, and harness change; touch on subjects such as competition, fee arrangements, strategic planning, succession planning, and social media; and, address how to engage and retain young lawyers.  Presented by John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner-Indiana

10:15AM Break  

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You: Understanding Insurance Company Metrics (1.0 CLE Hour)*  
Your ability to keep and grow a defense practice, and your ability to get fee increases, is being decided by “metrics.” This fast-paced presenta-tion will help you learn about key metrics and how to track and improve your metrics so that you can survive and thrive. Presented by John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner-Indiana

11:30AM CLE concludes  

IADC Golf Tournament - Check-in by 11:45AM; shotgun start at 12:15PM. Tournament coordinator:  Tyler J. Anderson, Hawley Troxell-Boise


Reception & BBQ Dinner - Shuttle service to/from Whitetail will be available.  Live music by KOSH. 



*An application requesting 3.0 CLE credits for the underlined
activities above has been sent to the Idaho State Bar.




Brad Andrews
was selected Bar Counsel of the Idaho State Bar in March 2003. He is general counsel to the Board of Commissioners and chief disciplinary counsel. Prior to his service as Bar Counsel, Mr. Andrews was a partner with Jones, Gledhill, Hess, Andrews, Fuhrman, Bradbury & Eiden in Boise. His practice emphasized civil litigation and business transactions. Before entering private practice, Brad was an Idaho Deputy Attorney General and clerked for United States District Judge Harold L. Ryan.


Justice Robyn Brody
practiced law for nearly 20 years until her election to the Idaho Supreme Court in November of 2016.  After graduating from the University of Denver with a law degree and a master’s degree in international business, she moved to Twin Falls and joined the law firm of Hepworth, Lezamiz & Hohnhorst.  She later started her own law firm in Rupert.


Keely Duke
has dedicated her career to defending companies, employers, and individuals in complex business litigation and in medical malpractice, legal malpractice, employment, insurance bad faith, and product liability/medical device litigation.  Ms. Duke has participated in a number of appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has served as an arbitrator in a wrongful death case.  She is a past IADC Director and President.

Judge Steven Hippler
is a District Judge for Ada County where he handles felony cases and civil cases exceeding $10,000.00. He was appointed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter to the new judgeship in the Fourth Judicial District in October 2013.  Prior to the appointment, Judge Hippler was a partner at Givens Pursley, LLC, in Boise.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and his law degree from University of Utah.  A Boise native, he attended Bishop Kelly and has served on the Board of Directors for the Bishop Kelly Foundation.     

Judge N. Randy Smith
was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in March 2017.  He serves on numerous judicial councils and committees and as Chair of Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the ABA Judicial Division Ethics Committee.  Judge Smith also teaches at Idaho State University, teaching Legal 
Environment of Business and Business Law.

eff Thomson is a shareholder at Elam & Burke. He has briefed and argued over 30 appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court, Idaho Court of Appeals and 9th Circuit (where he clerked for Judge J. Blaine Anderson). He has been named a Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law by Martindale Hubbell and is a recipient of the DRI Exceptional Performance Citation. Mr. Thomson is a past IADC Director and President.

John C. Trimble
is former managing partner and now firm counsel of Lewis Wagner, LLP, in Indianapolis.  He is a past President of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana and the Indianapolis Bar Association.  Mr. Trimble has served on the Board of DRI and is the immediate past-chair of the DRI Law Practice Management Committee.  His practice is devoted to the defense of catastrophic and complex claims in Indiana and around the country in State and Federal Courts and before regulatory agencies.

Matthew Walters
 is a shareholder at Elam & Burke and is serving as the Managing Director for the firm. He is currently on the IADC board and holds the office of President-Elect.  Mr. Walters practices primarily in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis in employment law, fiduciary/probate disputes and ski industry litigation.


Enjoy your Saturday afternoon in McCall by spending time with your colleagues on Whitetail Club’s award-winning golf course.  It’s one of Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses for 2016 and one of America’s 100 Greatest Courses according to Golf Digest.

Pre-register now ($110 green/tournament fee). Check-in is at 11:45AM with shotgun start at 12:15PM. Tournament prizes will be presented during the lake cruise. 


Call 800.657.6464 & ask for IADC’s room block.

IADC has arranged for several luxury rooms to be available at a special group rate.  That rate is only guaranteed until August 18.  Per Shore Lodge reservation policy:  Rate does not include sales/lodging tax or nightly resort fee.  If the reservation is canceled outside of their 15-day cancellation policy, there will be no cancellation fee.  If the reservation is canceled inside of the 15-day cancellation policy, you will be charged the first night’s lodging.   

NOTE:  Check-in time is 3PM; check-out time is noon.   


Appointments at The Cove are becoming more difficult to get. So, we have reserved several appointment times on Friday and Saturday for our group.

If you’d like to book one, contact The Cove at or 208.630.0280 and let them know you’re with IADC. Unbooked appointment times will be released to the public on August 20.


Our lake cruise was cancelled but the fun will go on!  We’ve arranged for a reception and relaxing outdoor barbecue dinner on the scenic Golf Course Patio at Whitetail.  KOSH will provide live music.   Patio heaters to be provided.  Please bring a sweater or jacket for your comfort.

The golf course is approximately five minutes from Shore Lodge.  A shuttle will provide convenient transportation to/from the dinner or you’re welcome to drive yourself over.  

With special thanks to sponsors:



Welcome to our exhibitors:


Jensen Hughes

RGL Forensic Accounting

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