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Linda Copple Trout '77
The University of Idaho Alumni Association today announced its 2014 Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees, with former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Linda Copple Trout ’73, ’77 being honored with the distinction. Copple Trout, the first female justice on the Idaho Supreme Court, will be recognized during the spring commencement in Moscow at a reception on Thursday, May 15, and at an induction luncheon on Friday, May 16.
Copple Trout holds degrees in English and Law from the University of Idaho.
Upon graduation from law school, Copple Trout joined the Lewiston law firm of Blake, Feeney & Clark, where she was engaged in the private practice before her appointment to the position of Magistrate Judge in Idaho’s Second Judicial District. From 1987 through 1991, she assumed additional responsibilities as the Acting Trial Court Administrator for the five counties, and in 1990, she was elected as a District Judge, and handled cases in Nez Perce and Clearwater counties.
In August of 1992, Copple Trout was appointed by then Gov. Cecil Andrus to be the first woman justice on the Idaho Supreme Court. She was elected by the Supreme Court to the position of chief Justice, serving in this capacity for two terms.
“Attending the University of Idaho challenged my thinking and caused me to look at issues and problems in different ways,” Copple Trout said. “I was exposed to diverse people, concepts and ideas, which continually reaffirmed the importance of keeping an open mind. As a judge, this ability to look at all sides of an issue is invaluable. My campus experience certainly contributed to my leadership abilities when I was selected to serve as the Chief Justice.”
Copple Trout was named the 2006 Idaho Businesswoman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review. She is a member of the Idaho State Bar Association, and the American Inns of Court, and has previously served on a number of boards of directors, as well as statewide administrative, judicial and bar committees.
Since retiring from the bench in 2007, Copple Trout has remained engaged with the University of Idaho. In 2011 she received the inaugural Sheldon Vincenti Memorial Award for Exemplary Service. She has encouraged graduates by speaking at commencement ceremonies in Boise, in Moscow and at the College of Law. She has served on the College of Law advisory committee and inspired a new generation of UI law students by teaching courses in family law.
The Alumni Association Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments and leadership. Criteria for consideration includes: distinction in career accomplishments; leadership within career organizations; voluntary leadership efforts in charitable causes; leadership efforts that have improved the cultural, social, political or economic well-being of society; prior recognition and honors; and artistic, innovative or technical accomplishments.
Since its creation in 1962, the Alumni Association Hall of Fame has enshrined more than 190 members.