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District of Idaho

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Federal Judges
Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush

Judge Ronald E. Bush began service as a United States Magistrate Judge on October 1, 2008. Previously, he served as a state District Judge in the Sixth Judicial District, and prior to that he practiced law for 20 years in both the Pocatello and Boise offices of the law firm of Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP.

Judge Bush is an honors graduate of the University of Idaho, and received his Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University. In his career as a practicing lawyer, he authored or co-authored numerous articles on Idaho civil litigation, Idaho tort law, and Idaho media law.

Judge Bush served as a Lawyer Representative to the United States District Court for the District of Idaho and to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was an organizer and the first president of American Inn of Court No. 130, in Boise, Idaho. He was a member of the governing board of the Federal Public Defender Program for Eastern Washington and Idaho. He received awards for his legal and community service from the Idaho State Bar Association, the Idaho Press Club, the Bannock Health Care Foundation, and the Southeastern Idaho United Way.

As a fifth-generation Idahoan, Judge Bush enjoyed his work as a former member and chairman of the Idaho State Historical Society Board of Trustees. He was an organizer and first president of the Idaho Legal History Society, and continues on its board.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale

Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale was appointed United States Magistrate Judge by the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, entering duty on March 31, 2008, and appointed Chief Magistrate Judge in October of 2008.  Among her other duties, she is the supervisor of the Prisoner Litigation Unit; supervisor of the ADR and Pro Bono Programs; and Chair of the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee. She also serves on the District’s re-entry drug court team, START (Success Through Assisted Recovery and Treatment), in Boise. She is the immediate past Chair of the Magistrate Judge’s Executive Board for the Ninth Circuit, a member of the Jury Trial Improvement Committee for the Ninth Circuit, and a member of the Idaho Pro Bono Commission.

Judge Dale also is a member of and the immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the College of Idaho; an Emeritus member of the American Inn of Court No. 130, where she previously served as President; and an Emeritus member of the Advisory Council for the University of Idaho College of Law. She is a judge liaison of the Governing Board of the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a member of the Executive Board of the Idaho Legal History Society. Judge Dale received the 2014 Justice for All award from the Diversity Section of the Idaho State Bar, and the 2010 Kate Feltham Award from the Idaho Women Lawyers.

A native of Boise, Idaho, Judge Dale obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors and as a Gipson Scholar, from the College of Idaho in 1979, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1982, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Idaho Law Review.  Before her appointment to the federal bench, she was a trial lawyer for over 25 years in Idaho and a member of numerous professional and community organizations.

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Joseph M. Meier

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Joseph M. Meier received his B.A. in 1981 from the University of Oregon and his J.D. in 1984 from Willamette University School of Law, where he was a staff member of the Willamette Law Review. 

Judge Meier was appointed to the bench in 2018.  Prior to his appointment, he practiced in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial, real property and business law and has represented creditors, debtors, committees and trustees in chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 proceedings. He represented lenders and borrowers in complex loan restructures and commercial litigation.

Judge Meier was director of the Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section of the Idaho State Bar from 1995 to 2001 and has been a frequent speaker and moderator on bankruptcy issues at events sponsored by the state bar. He was a Ninth Circuit lawyer representative for the District of Idaho from 2002 to 2005 and sat on the circuit’s Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee from 2006 to 2008, serving as chair from 2007 to 2008.

In 2017, Judge Meier was the recipient of the Idaho State Bar's Professionalism Award. He was selected as an American College of Bankruptcy fellow in 2005 and has been recognized in Rocky Mountain States Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers since 2004.

Chief District Judge David C. Nye

Chief District Judge David C. Nye was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the District of Idaho on August 1, 2017, after having been nominated by both President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. Judge Nye was the first Article III judge to be sworn into office in Idaho in over twenty years. In 2007, Judge Nye was appointed by Idaho Governor Otter to serve as a District Judge for the State of Idaho. He served in that capacity from 2007 to 2017, and served as Administrative District Judge for the Sixth Judicial District from 2009 to 2012. Prior to serving as a judge, he practiced law in Pocatello, Idaho from 1987 to 2007. He also served as a law clerk to Judge George G. Granata from 1986 to 1987. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1982 and from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1986.

Circuit Judge N. Randy Smith

Judge N. Randy Smith was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate and thereafter sworn in on March 19, 2007.  In addition to his duties as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge, he has been appointed to hear federal District Court and Bankruptcy cases in Idaho and Montana.

Judge Smith now serves as Chairman of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Committee and as a member of the Ninth Circuit ADR Committee. He was recently appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System.  Since joining the Court, Judge Smith has served on the Ninth Circuit Executive Committee,  as Administrative Judge of the Northern Area of the Ninth Circuit; as Conference Chairman, Program Chairman, and member of the Executive Committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Judge Smith also serves as the Chairman of the Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association, Chair of the ABA Judicial Division Ethics Committee, and on the ABA Judicial Division Executive Committee.

Judge Smith teaches at Idaho State University, teaching Legal Environment of Business and Business Law. He also previously taught Political Science classes.

Judge Smith was recently inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame. He has also received the Idaho “Statesman of the Year” award, the Idaho Judiciary’s George G. Granata, Jr. outstanding jurist of Idaho award, the Idaho State University outstanding teacher award, and an Outstanding Service Award from the Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners.

Judge Smith was a District Judge in the Sixth Judicial District of the State of Idaho and also served as the Administrative Judge for that district. He served as a pro tem justice on the Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho Court of Appeals and as a temporary judge in district courts throughout the state of Idaho. He mediated approximately one hundred federal and state civil cases each year. He also served on the Idaho State Judicial Council.

Judge Smith also serves as an emeritus member of the University of Idaho College of Law Visiting Committee and Idaho State University College of Business Visiting Committee; served as a member and President of the Idaho District Judges Association; as a member of the Idaho Law Foundation Board of Directors; member of Idaho State Civil Rules Advisory Committee; Chairman of the Small Lawsuit Resolution Committee; and United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative for the District of Idaho.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Smith was a partner at Merrill & Merrill, Chtd., and prior to that as Corporate Counsel for the J.R. Simplot Company. Judge Smith graduated from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark School of Law, in 1977 where he received the American Jurisprudence Taxation Award. He received his Bachelor of Science (Accounting) degree in 1974.

Circuit Judge Richard C. Tallman

Judge Richard C. Tallman

Judge Richard C. Tallman currently serves as a senior United States Circuit Judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, with chambers in Seattle, Washington. Judge Tallman was nominated by President William J. Clinton on October 21, 1999, unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on May 24, 2000, and appointed by the President on May 25, 2000. He entered on duty on June 30, 2000. From 2007 to 2011, Judge Tallman served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules for the Judicial Conference of the United States. On January 27, 2014, he was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to also serve a seven-year term as a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review in Washington, D.C.

After receiving his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1978, Judge Tallman began his legal career as a law clerk to United States District Judge Morell E. Sharp, Western District of Washington. From 1979 to 1983, he served as a federal prosecutor, first with the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and then as an Assistant United States Attorney in Seattle. From 1983 to 1989, he was an associate and later a partner at Schweppe, Krug, Tausend & Beezer, P.S. He was a member of Bogle & Gates, P.L.L.C., from 1990 to 1999, where he chaired the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group. He founded and practiced in the Seattle firm of Tallman & Severin LLP from 1999 to 2000. At all three firms, he handled complex commercial litigation involving business issues collateral to white collar criminal matters. In his twenty-two years of legal practice prior to his judicial service, Judge Tallman tried more than three dozen civil and criminal cases and argued fifteen cases on appeal.

Magistrate Judge Mikel H. Williams

Judge Mikel H. Williams is a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Idaho.  He graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1969.  After law school, Judge Williams received a commission in the United States Army, Judge Advocate General Corps. Judge Williams served four years on active duty and another twenty years in the United States Army Reserves, and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Retired. Upon leaving active duty, Judge Williams returned to Boise with a position as an Assistant United States Attorney. In 1977, he left the United States Attorney’s Office and became a partner in the Boise law firm of Collins, Manly & Williams. In 1984, Judge Williams was appointed as the first full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Idaho. 

Since retiring in 2008, Judge Williams has served on recall status assisting the Court by conducting settlement conferences, and serving on various Court committees.  While on recall status, Judge Williams helped establish the START Court (Success Through Assisted Recovery and Treatment) program in Boise, Moscow, and Pocatello to assist certain selected individuals serving the supervised release part of their sentences.  Judge Williams has participated in mediation training sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center at Tulane University and various programs within the District of Idaho.

Judge Williams is a past chairman of the Ninth Circuit Magistrate Judges Association; a past member of the Ninth Circuit Defenders Committee; past Chairman and current member of the Local Rules Committee for the United States District Court, District of Idaho; a member of the American Inns of Court, a past member of the Advocate Editorial Board of the Idaho State Bar, and a member of the steering committee of the Idaho State Bar’s Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (“IALL”). Judge Williams has received the Idaho State Bar Professionalism award and the Richard C. Fields Civility award from Concordia University School of Law.

District Judge B. Lynn Winmill

District Judge B. Lynn Winmill was appointed a United States District Judge for the District of Idaho by President William J. Clinton on August 14, 1995, and entered duty on August 16, 1995. He graduated from Idaho State University in 1974 and from Harvard Law School in 1977. Upon graduation, he practiced law in Denver, Colorado, from 1977-1979, and in Pocatello, Idaho, from 1979 to 1987. Judge Winmill was then appointed as a district judge for the Sixth Judicial District of the State of Idaho in 1987, and served as Administrative District Judge for the Sixth Judicial District from 1992 to 1995.  He served as Chairman of the Idaho Evidence Rules Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1995.

Judge Winmill actively supports legal education, having taught courses in criminal procedure and legal history as an adjunct professor at Idaho State University from 1991 to 1995. He has also served for several years as adjunct faculty for the University of Idaho School of Law, teaching a course in Complex Civil Litigation. Judge Winmill participated in the creation of the Idaho Legal History Society and the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He continues to support both of those programs. 

Judge Winmill has been actively involved in judicial education.  He has served as a mentor judge at the Federal Judicial Center’s training program for new District Judges.  He has served as an instructor at judicial education programs on the management of complex litigation, trial practice, general case management and judicial use of technology. He has also been involved in training judges and prosecutors from other countries, including Jordan, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Russia, and Indonesia. 

Since July of 1999, Judge Winmill has served as Chief Judge for the District of Idaho. In addition to those duties, Judge Winmill previously served on the Information Technology Committee for the Judicial Conference of the United States, and has also served as Chair of the Ninth Circuit Information Technology Committee. He previously chaired the Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief District Judges, and is a past President of the Ninth  Circuit District Judges Association.  He currently serves on the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and on the national board of the Federal Judges Association.



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