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Bill Nichols Appointed to the Association of Idaho Cities Committee

White Peterson Managing Director, Bill Nichols, has been appointed to the Legal Technical Analysis Team of the Association of Idaho Cities Legislative Committee for the 2016-2017 year. In addition to assisting the deliberations of the Association of Idaho Cities Legislative Committee, he will play an important role in reviewing and analyzing bills during the 2017 legislative session.

Bill Nichols Featured Speaker at Association of Idaho Cities Annual Conference

At the annual conference of the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) held in Boise, Idaho on June 11, 2015, White Peterson attorney Bill Nichols was the featured speaker on the subject of municipal annexation in Idaho. His presentation reviewed the significant changes made in Idaho’s annexation statute in 2002, relevant case law after the 2002 enactment, and practical issues facing cities considering annexation. A member of the AIC Attorney Legislative Analysis team, Mr. Nichols has testified before the Idaho Legislature on multiple municipal law related issues.

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.

Bill Nichols Participates in an Ethics CLE Sponsored by the Idaho Law Foundation

White Peterson’s Managing Director, William Nichols, was part of a three person panel at a continuing legal education presentation on Ethics sponsored by the Idaho Law Foundation on Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Canyon County Administration Building in Caldwell. Other panelists were Hon. Jayme B. Sullivan and Tyler Rounds.

The presentation included a review of five hypothetical scenarios that presented ethical issues for lawyers handling a wide variety of matters including criminal defense, contract negotiation, family law, and office procedures.

Southwest Idaho Estate Planning Council – November Meeting

At the November meeting of the Southwest Idaho Estate Planning Council, held Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in Nampa, White Peterson attorneys Phil Peterson, Bill Nichols and Bill Punkoney participated in a continuing legal education discussion entitled “The Effects of Cardiac Disease in Advanced Planning” presented by Leonard Jensen, FNP-C, of Stonebridge Medical Case Management. The disease trajectory of cardiac patients, as distinguished from the much different typical trajectories for cancer and dementia (the other two most common geriatric ailments), was examined, including a discussion of the trajectory’s implications for financial planning for elder clients with cardiac problems.

The Southwest Idaho Estate Planning Council is a professional education organization for attorneys, CPAs, bank trust officers, and other estate planning professionals from Idaho’s Third Judicial District. It meets monthly for presentations and discussions on estate planning topics. Several of White Peterson’s attorneys are members of the council.

Idaho Legislature Considers House Bill 246

White Peterson attorney William F. Nichols testified before the House Local Government Committee of the Idaho Legislature on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 as the committee considered House Bill 246. This particular legislation regarding development impact fee ordinances and fees would have overturned decades of case law precedent that presumes that legislative enactments by local governing bodies are valid. In his testimony Mr. Nichols explained how development impact fee ordinances and capital improvement plans are adopted and administered and the burden that this bill would create. The Committee voted to hold the bill in committee. Read more about the bill at: http://www.idahocities.org/Blog.aspx?IID=232#item.

2012 Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Meeting

Three White Peterson attorneys, Terry White, William Nichols, and Matthew Johnson, participated in the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Winter Workshop held in Meridian, Idaho on January 27, 2012. Discussion items included a municipal law legislative preview, dispute resolution for cities, an update on 42 U.S.C. section 1983, a municipal case law update, and a presentation from the University of Idaho College of Law’s new Economic Development Clinic. A roundtable discussion of current municipal law issues was held, including discussion of recent developments in stormwater funding and the City of Lewiston stormwater utility case. Matthew Johnson provided an update on recent legal challenges to the City of Nampa stormwater and drainage utility.

White Peterson has long been active in the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association [http://www.idahomunicipalattorneys.org/] The IMA provides for the continuing education of city attorneys and for ongoing discussion and deliberation on municipal law issues.

White Peterson Attorneys Present at Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Meeting

Three attorneys from White Peterson presented information at the continuing legal education portion of the annual meeting of the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association held in Boise, Idaho on June 24, 2011. William F. Gigray presented materials and information on the methods Idaho cities can use to receive a fair return to taxpayers for private uses of a city’s rights of way, information on the impact of property tax exemptions granted to businesses that expand and add workers, and the effect that foreclosures against developers can have on the construction and ownership of public infrastructure needed to serve a foreclosed development. William F. Nichols presented materials and information regarding assessment liens created by local improvement districts and subordination requests from lenders. Matthew A. Johnson presented materials and information on creation of a stormwater utility to manage and fund stormwater related public infrastructure in order to respond to Environmental Protection Agency requirements related to provisions of the federal Clean Water Act.

Idaho Legislature Considers Restricting Eminent Domain for Pathways

White Peterson attorney William F. Nichols testified before the House State Affairs Committee of the Idaho Legislature on Monday, March 14, 2011 as the committee considered House Bill 242. This particular legislation would restrict the ability of state or local government to use eminent domain to obtain property for pedestrian and bicycle pathways, including greenbelt pathways. In his testimony Mr. Nichols explained how the eminent domain process works and why it is sparingly used, typically as a last resort when negotiations to purchase property have failed. The Committee voted to send the bill to the amending order for an amendment to clarify one part of the bill. If the amended bill is approved by the committee it will go to the full House of Representatives.