JAY J. KIIHA
Education: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, LL.M. in Agriculture, 2003; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, J.D. 2000; University of Utah, B.S. in Behavioral Science and Health, 1997; University of Utah, B.S. in Anthropology, 1997
Admitted: Idaho State and Federal courts; Washington State court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Affiliations: Criminal Justice Act Panel, District of Idaho (2006-2013; 2017-Present); Idaho Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (2017); Idaho Prosecutor’s Association (2013-2016, Member); Idaho State Bar (Member, Government Law Section; Member, Litigation Section)
Jay worked part time as a judicial clerk for Honorable John B. Roe, 15th Circuit Court, Oregon, Illinois in his second and third years of law school at Northern Illinois University. After law school, he served as a judicial clerk again for two more years working for Honorable Don L. Harding, Sixth District Administrative Judge, in Pocatello and Soda Springs, Idaho. He then was awarded a full ride scholarship to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville’s Agriculture LL.M. program; the only such program in the Northern Hemisphere, and was a fellow with the National Agriculture Law Center (NALC). At the NALC he published various articles on the Clean Water Act, CAFO zoning and family farm bankruptcy issues.
In 2003, Jay moved back to Idaho and worked for a boutique water law and agriculture law practice, Arkoosh Law Office, in Gooding, Idaho. His practice centered on litigation involving disputes between surface water users in Central Idaho and groundwater pumpers in Eastern Idaho. In 2008, Jay’s firm partnered with Capitol Law Group in Boise where he was a principal and concentrated on water law, civil litigation, wind energy law and federal criminal defense. Jay also lobbied for various natural resources interests during the same timeframe.
In 2012, Jay was selected as civil attorney for Valley County and also served a term as elected prosecutor.
Jay joined the firm in 2016. His practice emphasizes state and federal criminal defense, municipal law and general civil litigation. He was adjunct professor teaching business law at Boise State University from 2011-2013 and an adjunct professor at the Concordia University School of Law teaching a Business Law Practicum in 2015.
Jay was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a dual citizen of the United States and Finland.