AMY G. WHITE
Ms. White, a partner of Anderson, Julian & Hull LLP, has established an extensive employment and education law practice as well as addressing legal matters regarding personal injury litigation, complex commercial litigation, professional liability, civil rights and defense of governmental entities (law enforcement agencies, cities and counties), products liability, health care law and commercial transactions. Ms. White has also handled matters for various employers with the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the EEOC and the Office of Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education.
In the area of education law, Ms. White works directly with School District Administrators and Board Members to provide legal guidance and representation in various areas including: negotiation of Master Agreements; student discipline and expulsion; evaluation of policies and procedures; employee discipline, suspension, probation and termination; investigations; due process hearings; school funding and all other topics of education law.
Ms. White is an active contributor and editor to the publication The Law of Education in Idaho, the leading authority on Education Law. Ms. White is also a co-sponsor of the Education Law Institute, presented annually to School Board attorneys, trustees, teachers and administrators. Ms. White has presented to various committees at the Idaho Legislature relative to various proposed education laws, both with regard to traditional public schools and public charter schools. She has additionally provided individual training seminars to numerous groups within the educational arena.
In the area of employment law, Ms. White works directly with employers to address: business policies and practices; benefits; unemployment claims; discipline and termination; hiring procedures and all aspects of human relations.
Ms. White has participated in trials covering various aspects of law including: education and employment claims; sexual abuse/harassment; wrongful death; alleged breach of contract by an insurance company; multiple personal injuries; professional malpractice; and multiple termination claims. Her recent cases include:
- Defense verdicts on behalf of a large Northwest private employer who terminated management personnel. Two suits filed by four former employees, one in Idaho State District Court and one in United States District Court, both resulted in defense verdicts.
- Defense verdict on behalf of a north Idaho school district who was sued by a former employee regarding the enactment of a reduction in force, reducing the educational program and contract for this employee.
- A jury verdict of no damages for a sexual abuse claim of a high school student who was involved in a sexual relationship with a teacher, after she reached the age of consent.
Her recent contract negotiations have included:
- Wilder School District – Following three consecutive years of contentious contract negotiations, including federal and statutory fact finding, and a period of one year where teachers worked without a contract, she successfully negotiated a multi-year contract between the District and Teacher’s Association reaching a final outcome very favorable to the district.
- Bruneau Grand-View School District – Successfully negotiated the District’s first Negotiated Agreement between the Teacher’s Association and the District. Such negotiations occurred subsequent to the filing of a Bad Faith Bargaining lawsuit filed against the District the previous year. Negotiations also resulted in the dismissal of the Bad Faith Bargaining suit.
Ms. White has additionally participated in hundreds of mediations regarding litigated matters, successfully resolving claims and obtaining dismissal of suits.
Some of Ms. White’s significant reported cases include:
- Posey v. Lake Pend Orielle School District No. 84, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7829 (February 2, 2007)
- Ferguson v. Coregis Ins. Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62327 (August 30, 2006)
- Hancock v. Idaho Falls School Dist. No. 91, 2006 U.S, Dist. LEXIS 52243 9 July 27, 2006)
- Dion v. Parma School Disrict No. 137, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13273 (March 9, 2006)
- Martin v. School District No. 394, 393 F. Suppl 2d 1028 (July 14, 2005)
- Rose v. Loos, 130 Fed. Appx. 78, U.S. Supreme Court certiorari denied, 162 L. Ed. 2d 281, 125 S.Ct 2551 (U.S., June 6. 2005)
In addition to litigation and counseling activities for clients, Ms. White actively writes for The Law of Education in Idaho, a treatise thoroughly addressing all aspects of education and the law, and the Idaho Uniform Manual of Policies and Procedures for Schools, a multi-volume handbook for school boards and administrators for use in the formulation of policies and procedures in compliance with Idaho and federal laws. In addition, Ms. White has had multiple contributions to the Education Law Institute and for the National Business Institute, preparing lecture topics on an annual basis:
- “Sexual Harassment Claims,” Seventh Annual Education Law Institute, 1997.
- “The Handling and Documentation of Employment Investigations,” Eighth Annual Education Law Institute, 1998.
- “Sexual Harassment,” Ninth Annual Education Law Institute, 2000.
- “Avoiding Discrimination in the Hiring Process,” Tenth Annual Education Law Institute, 2001.
- “The Investigation and documentation of Sexual Harassment Allegations,” NBI 2001.
- “New Legislation and Current Issues of the Department of Education” – Eleventh Annual Education Law Institute, 2002.
- “Selected School Litigation – Local and National Perspective Litigation Cases and Trends” – Eleventh Annual Education Law Institute, 2002.
- “Current Case Law Decisions” – Twelfth Annual Education Law Institute, 2003.
- “Current Case Law Decisions” – Thirteenth Annual Education Law Institute, 2004.
- “Current Case Law Decisions” – Fourteenth Annual Education Law Institute, 2004.
- “Current Case Law Decisions” – Fifteenth Annual Education Law Institute, 2005.
- “Current Case Law Decisions” – Fifteenth Annual Education Law Institute, 2006.
- “Employment Law” – Fifteenth Annual Education Law Institute, 2006.
- “Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members and School Administrators” – presented multiple times at multiple events, 2006.
Ms. White is admitted to all state courts in the State of Idaho as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; the United States District Court for the District of Idaho; and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Ms. White is a member of the Idaho State Bar; the American Bar Association; the Federal Bar Association, Idaho Chapter; the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel; Phi Delta Phi; American Inns of Court No. 130; and the Defense Research Institute.
Ms. White was born and raised in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University in 1989 and completed graduate course work in the fields of Criminology and Public Administration. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1992. Dean’s Honor Roll (1991-1992). Member, Owens, California Forms and Procedures Journal (1989-1990). She was selected as Comments Editor by her fellow journal members.
Upon coming to Idaho, Ms. White first obtained employment with Honorable Gerald F. Schroeder. She served as his clerk at the time he was appointed to the Idaho Supreme Court. Ms. White also served a period of clerkship with the Honorable Thomas F. Neville. Upon completion of her clerkship activities, she entered into private practice.