The Richard C. Fields Civility Award was created by the Idaho State Bar Professionalism & Ethics Section and Concordia University School of Law to honor an Idaho judge or attorney who demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and civility in the legal profession.
This year, the selection committee received approximately 20 nominations from across the state, representing Supreme Court Justices (both sitting and retired), federal and state district and magistrate justices, and practicing attorneys. After careful consideration, William F. "Bud" Yost, an attorney from Nampa, was selected as the 2016 Fields Civility Award recipient.
2016 Richard C. Fields Civility Award Recipient
William F. "Bud" Yost was born in Lancaster, Ohio, in 1939. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1961 and then received a commission in the United States Air Force. Before he was activated, Yost attended Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, earning a Master's Degree in Governmental Administration. In 1963 he was activated by the Air Force and stationed at Mountain Home AFB in southwestern Idaho. Yost was honorably discharged in 1966, with the rank of Captain. He was accepted to the University of Idaho College of Law and received his Juris Doctorate in 1969. He has been admitted to practice before the state and federal district courts of Idaho and the Supreme Court of Idaho ever since. Yost served as legal counsel to the Idaho State House of Representatives during the 1970 and 1971 sessions.
Helping people solve their problems was a key motivator in Yost's decision to pursue a career in law. Peers often describe him as a practical and pragmatic lawyer, and one who is solution-oriented.
Awards & Designations
- AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
- Past Idaho State Bar Commissioner and President, currently serves on the
- Character and Fitness Committee
- Outstanding Service Award, Idaho State Bar, 2012
- Distinguished Lawyer, Idaho State Bar, 2006
- Professionalism Award, Idaho State Bar, 1998
- Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
- Samuel L. Fels Scholar, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business