Bill Nichols Participates as a Judge in an Undergraduate Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, White Peterson’s Managing Director, William Nichols, participated as a presiding judge on a three judge panel during one of the afternoon rounds of an undergraduate mock trial competition that was sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association and hosted by the University of Idaho at Boise, Idaho. Participating colleges and universities at the competition were Chemeketa Community College, Gonzaga University, University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Oregon, University of Idaho, University of Portland, Westminster College, Reed College, Eastern Washington University, Oregon State University and the University of California, Berkeley.

The American Mock Trial Association was founded in 1985 by Dean Richard Calkins of Drake Law School. AMTA serves as the governing body for intercollegiate mock trial competition. Through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures. AMTA sponsors regional and national-level competitions, as well as providing interesting and complex case materials for academic use. Presently, AMTA hosts 25 regional tournaments, eight opening round championship tournaments and a national championship tournament each season. Approximately 600 teams from over 350 universities and colleges will compete in these tournaments. In total, AMTA provides a forum for over 5,300 undergraduate students each academic year to engage in intercollegiate mock trial competitions across the country.

Phil Peterson Will Assist In Estate Planning Workshops

White Peterson partner, Philip A. Peterson, will assist in two estate planning workshops set for Boise and Nampa in October. The workshops, coordinated by the University of Idaho Extension Service, are being held to help participants safeguard their family’s financial future.

The Boise workshop is scheduled for October 11th and 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will be held at the Ada County Courthouse, 200 Front Street. The Nampa workshop is scheduled for October 13th and 20th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will be held at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd Street South.

Over the two evenings, participants will learn which legal documents are essential and why family communication is crucial. They will build an understanding of wills, probate, trusts and proper titling of assets, and how to organize personal information so it can be easily accessed by family members. They will also develop a detailed plan to address estate planning and end-of-life issues.

For more information, please call our office at 466-9272 or contact Beverly Healy at 287-5900. You can also download a registration form from

White Peterson Welcomes New Associate William Punkoney

White Peterson is pleased to announce the addition of new associate William Punkoney.  Bill graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in May 2010. While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief for the Idaho Law Review, organizing the editing process for three editions of that publication.  Bill also served as a summer legal clerk for the Seventh Judicial District of Idaho.

Bill earned his B.A. from the College of Idaho in 2005 with majors in Politics & Economics and Spanish; he earned his J.D. from the University of  Idaho College of Law in 2010.