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Leading the Legal Way

Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Set to Welcome New Class

Every year, the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (IALL) selects between 12-16 applicants from across Idaho to participate in the highly selective and well-regarded leadership training program. To qualify, applicants must have been admitted to the bar for at least five years or be licensed to practice with five years of professional work experience.

IALL strives to further develop leadership qualities of program participants by teaching recognized leadership skills and philosophies with the goal of giving them the tools to improve the legal profession for the benefit of their communities. The program sets out to foster professional relationships in Idaho’s legal community, promote community service, and raise awareness about the most pressing issues and challenges facing leaders today.  The IALL has honored two Concordia University School of Law community members with their selection to the incoming 2019-2020 class.

Master the law

A Veteran of the Army National Guard and the intelligence community, with work that took him to Guantanamo Bay, Hawaii, Kuwait, and Washington DC, Matthew Wolfe graduated from Concordia Law in 2016. A year after graduating from Concordia Law, Matt earned a LL.M. (Master of Laws) in the graduate tax program at Boston University.

Today, Matt is an attorney at Generations Law Group in Boise and is also the chair of the Idaho Military Legal Alliance. In practice, Matt is dedicated to helping clients preserve the wealth they have worked hard to attain and avoid financial difficulties due to health challenges and other life emergencies. “I watched my own family members lose their life savings because of long-term medical costs and I wanted to help others avoid that fate,” said Matt.

On his selection to the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Matt said, “It is an amazing opportunity to be selected. It is a highly selective program and I am honored to be able to participate.” Matt will be deferring his participation to the 2020-21 year and looks forward to participating at that time.

Protecting housing rights

Joshua Taylor co-teaches Concordia Law’s Housing Clinic with Professor Jodi Nafzger and Dean Latonia Haney Keith and runs an independent practice. After passing the bar in 2005, Josh worked as a prosecutor for eight years and practiced at Pickens Law.

“I feel really good about it,” Josh said of his selection to IALL’s upcoming class. “I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m looking forward to it.”

A former Promise Fellow for AmeriCorps, fly-fishing guide, and a local print journalist, Josh is also looking forward to fulfilling an admirable professional goal—protecting housing rights in Idaho. “I am hoping participation in this program will allow me to begin building a state-wide volunteer coalition of lawyers to defend people who have been evicted or are facing eviction from their homes,” said Josh.  

The 2019-2020 program begins in early October. To learn more, visit https://isb.idaho.gov/member-services/programs-resources/iall/