Michael Stephen Gilmore
Michael Stephen Gilmore
College of Law
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0015
Courses Taught: Remedies
- J.D. University of Idaho College of Law (1974)
- B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mathematics (1971)
Mr. Gilmore clerked for three years for a Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. After that he began working for the Attorney General of Idaho in May 1978, where he was assigned to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, which regulated privately-owned electric, gas, telephone, and water companies. He worked there for fifteen years, during which he developed an expertise in utility law, administrative procedure, and appellate practice.
In 1993 Mr. Gilmore transferred to the Civil Litigation Division of the Office of the Idaho Attorney General, which involved numerous court appearances over the next twenty-five years until his retirement in May 2018, forty years and one day after joining the office. During that time Mr. Gilmore litigated a number of interesting and important issues, including whether a privately-owned electric company had first priority to water in the Snake River in preference to farmers, whether the system of school funding in Idaho was consistent with or violated the Idaho Constitution, and whether tobacco companies had improperly withheld payment from Idaho and other States when they settled public health suits with the States.
Mr. Gilmore argued once before the United States Supreme Court, over ten times before the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and about forty times before the Idaho Supreme Court. He tried cases in State trial courts in Idaho and in the Federal District Court for the District of Idaho.
- Election Law Recounts: A Vital Piece of the Puzzle, 61 Advocate 22 (October 2018)
- An Introduction to Liability and Immunities under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, 51 Advocate 17 (October 2008)
- Olson and Rees: A Tale of Two Tort Claims Acts, 50 Advocate 13 (March 2007)
- Idaho's Four Compacts for Tribal Gaming, 46 Advocate 15 (January 2004)
- Who is the Public Attorney's Client?; How Do the Public Attorney's Rules for Conflict of Interest Differ from the Private Attorney's, 45 Advocate 10 (February 2002)
- Application of Statutory Changes to Cases in Progress: The Crossroads of the Legislative and Judicial Power - An Analysis of Federal and Idaho Law, 34 Idaho Law Review 517 (1998)
- Standing Law in Idaho: A Constitutional Wrong Turn, 31 Idaho Law Review 509 (1995)
- The Idaho Administrative Procedure Act: A Prime for the Practioner, 30 Idaho Law Review 273 (1993-1994) (co-authored with Dale Goble)
- Professionalism Award, Fourth District Bar, 2008.
- Meritorious Service Award, National Association of Attorneys General, 2018.