Gov. Brad Little appoints Colleen Zahn to Idaho Supreme Court


    The Idaho Supreme Court Building
    Idaho Supreme Court building in Boise on March 20, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

    Calling her an “experienced and talented lawyer,” Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday announced his appointment of Boise attorney Colleen Zahn to the Idaho Supreme Court.

    Zahn replaces Justice Roger Burdick, who retires June 30. She will serve the remainder of his term, which expires January 2023, the announcement said.

    An Idaho Supreme Court justice is a nonpartisan elected office, serving six-year terms. The election for Burdick’s seat is next year.

    In her career, Zahn has worked in civil and criminal law. She graduated from the University of Idaho Law School and worked in private law firms for 10 years, according to the announcement. She worked as a deputy attorney general for the Idaho Department of Correction, led the Attorney General’s Civil Litigation Division and was chief deputy of the Attorney General’s Criminal Law Division before accepting the appointment to Idaho’s high court.

    Colleen Zahn (photo courtesy of Idaho POST)

    Zahn “is an experienced and talented lawyer with a broad range of knowledge on complex legal issues,” Little said in the announcement. “She will bring beneficial insight to Idaho’s highest court with her extensive civil litigation background and longtime role representing numerous government agencies. I am confident she has the experience and aptitude to handle complex matters before the Idaho Supreme Court.”

    Becoming a Supreme Court justice is “the realization of a lifelong dream,” Zahn said in the announcement. “Throughout my career I have worked to uphold the rule of law to achieve a fair and just result. I will bring these same ideals to my work on the court. I am proud to continue my service to the state of Idaho.”

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    Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, radio journalism, data visualization and much more. Her resume also includes fellowships from the Association of Health Care Journalists, Idaho Press Club, Idaho Media Initiative and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Dutton also teaches an upper-division journalism course at Boise State University. She resides in Boise with her husband, young daughter and two cats.