Title: Senior Judge
Company: Idaho Supreme Court
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
Jon J. Shindurling, Senior Judge at the Idaho Supreme Court, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.
Judge Shindurling became involved in his profession because his grandfather, who was a farmer, rancher and a successful entrepreneur, would go to see his attorney and take him along. He would listen to the two talk about legal issues in his office and became intrigued by the law. He always had the law in the back of his mind from the age of eight or nine on. Judge Shindurling began his higher education at Arizona State University, where he received a BA in English in 1972. He then went on to earn a JD from the University of Idaho in 1977. From there, he gained admittance to practice law in the state of Idaho.
The thing that Judge Shindurling is most proud of is while working in the drug court he felt the need to design and build a dual diagnosis court that deals with substance abuse issues and significant mental health issues in combination. Not a full-blown mental health court but a dual diagnosis court to deal with both together. He helped invent it and it has been very successful, it is called the Wood Pilot Project and the Idaho Legislature funded it. It is now going on twelve years and is still very successful. Judge Shindurling supervised that court through the development stage, the implication stage and the operating stage for about ten years. To see that work and the success they have had has been very gratifying.
Judge Shindurling started his career in 1977 as a partner of the May & May Law Offices and remained until 1988. From there, he left law for a couple of years and became a field director for the School of Urban and Wilderness Survival. In 1990, he returned to law as a partner at the Wright Law Offices until 1993 and in 1994 he moved to deputy prosecuting attorney of Bonneville County in Idaho Falls. He then moved up to chief deputy in 1995 and remained until 2000 when he was appointed as the district judge of the 7th Judicial District. Judge Shindurling held this position for 15 years when he became a senior judge assigned to the Supreme Court, a position he holds to this day.
For over 50 years, Judge Shindurling has enjoyed singing in his community choir. It is also important to Judge Shindurling that he has always been engaged in some sort of community service. He thinks it is important for professionals to get involved because the community needs people who are trained in that way. As a testament to his success, Judge Shindurling has received the Kramer Award for Outstanding Court Management from the Idaho Supreme Courts in 2012, an Outstanding Leadership Award from the Eaglerock Inns of Court and an Outstanding Service Award from the Idaho State Bar. Furthermore, Judge Shindurling has been including in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.
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