Joan E. Callahan


Ms. Callahan’s practice concentrates on administrative law and administrative prosecution, municipality and public entity representation and defense, employment law, education law with an emphasis on higher education, all aspects of civil litigation, and wills, trusts, and probates.

  • Certified Title IX Investigator and Decision-maker.
  • Proven consensus builder, fair broker for multi-member public bodies working with interested parties on contentious issues.
  • Drafted numerous legislative proposals for statutory and regulatory changes that have been codified.
  • Former Registered Lobbyist, and successfully represented clients before the Idaho Legislature, including testifying before several legislative committees.
  • Represented and advised approximately thirty professional licensing boards and governmental entities.
  • Litigated numerous cases through trial and appeal in Idaho state and federal district courts.
  • Successfully handled cases before the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, multiple Idaho state administrative boards, and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
  • Completed an externship in the Chambers of the Honorable B. Lynn Winmill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.
  • Member of the 2012-2013 Idaho College of Law Economic Development Clinic, winner of the American Planning Association, Idaho Chapter=s 2012 Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice –Area of City Impact Agreements.
  • Member of the 2012 Idaho College of Law Criminal Procedure Moot Court team, winner for the Best Brief for Petitioners.
  • Published Work: Achieving Regulatory Reform by Encouraging Consensus, 56 ADVOCATE, February 2013 at 27 (co-authored with Richard Seamon, University of Idaho).

Education: Juris Doctorate, University of Idaho College of Law, 2013; Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Studies and Psychology, Stanford University, 2004.

Bar Admissions: Idaho 2013; U.S. District Court (Idaho) 2013.

Title IX Training: Investigator; Hearing Officer and Decision-Maker; OCR Title IX Regulations

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