I am an attorney in Boise, Idaho licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Idaho. Most of my work is concentrated in contract disputes, complex commercial litigation, insurance claims (including personal injury matters), and civil rights and discrimination litigation. I firmly believes that maintaining open lines of communication is an essential part of all of my client relationships, and will spend as much time as is needed to make sure my clients understand what is happening in their case. The litigation business is difficult, but I can get you through it.
I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences with an Emphasis in Public Policy and Administration.
I obtained my Juris Doctorate with Distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2007. And, prior to joining Jones & Swartz PLLC in 2008, I worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Kraker in Minnesota’s 9th Judicial District.
While in law school, I became a member of the North Dakota Law Review in 2006 and served as an Associate Editor from 2006-2007. My article regarding statutory protection for emotional abuse in circumstances of domestic violence was published in the Journal in 2005. I practiced before the state and federal courts of North Dakota as a certified student attorney in the School of Law’s Housing and Employment Litigation Clinic during 2006 and 2007. While participating in the Litigation Clinic, I developed, oversaw the execution of, and authored the Executive Report on the North Dakota Civil Legal Needs Assessment; a survey of indigent and under-represented North Dakotans, endorsed by the State Bar Association of North Dakota, North Dakota Legal Services, and the School of Law.
I became a member of the Minnesota State Bar in 2007. While I still holds a valid Minnesota license, I has voluntarily elected to restrict my ability to practice law in Minnesota for the time being.
I became a member of the Idaho State Bar in 2008. I am admitted to practice before all state and federal courts of Idaho.
In December 2012, I was pleased to accept a position on the Board of Directors for Idaho Women Lawyers. In July 2012, as an active member of IWL, I was the co-chair of the CLE Committee that presented Lauren Stiller Rikleen, author of "Ending The Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in Law," as its keynote speaker for at the Idaho State Bar 2012 Annual Conference. Ms. Rikleen focused her CLE on: 1) unconcious biases in the practice of law, and 2) fostering the strengths of a multi-generational workforce.
Joy In the Community
In April 2012, I was excited to be matched with my first "Little" through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Idaho. I still enjoy shrugging off the seriousness of the legal profession and kidding around, having adventures and trying new activities with my Little.
Since December 2011, I have been member of the Board of Directors for Idaho Advantage Credit Union. In early 2013, as a Director, I was involved in the merger of two healthy credit unions, Idaho Advantage Credit Union with Potelco United Credit Union. The two credit unions have, together, become Connections Credit Union and are now connected and servicing members throughout southern Idaho.
Licensed since 2007
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|ID||Authorized to practice law||2008||07/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Leaders in Law Up and Coming Attorney||Idaho Business Review||2013|
|Attorney||Jones & Swartz PLLC||2008 - Present|
|Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael J. Kraker||State Of Minnesota Ninth Judicial District||2007 - 2008|
|Certified Student Attorney||Housing and Employment Litigation Clinic, UND Law||2006 - 2007|
|Judical Extern to the Honorable Sonja Clapp||N.E. Central Judicial District, State of North Dakota||2005 - 2006|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Idaho State Bar Litigation Section||Member||2013 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||2013 - Present|
|Idaho Women Lawyers||Board of Directors||2012 - Present|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Idaho||Big||2012 - Present|
|Connections Credit Union||Board of Directors||2011 - Present|
|Idaho Women Lawyers||Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar Association of North Dakota||Legal Services of North Dakota, North Dakota Civil Legal Needs Assessment for Civil Matters, Executive Summary||2008|
|North Dakota Law Review||Protecting Victims by Working Around the System and Within the System: Statutory Protection for Emotional Abuse in the Domestic Violence Context||2005|
|University of North Dakota School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor with Distinction||2007|
|Northern Arizona University||Environmental Sciences; Political Sciences||BS - Bachelor of Science||2002|
|University of Oslo School of Law||N/A||Summer Exchange Program||N/A|