Idaho Falls attorney appointed 7th District judge


A local attorney with experience on both sides of the courtroom will replace outgoing Judge Alan Stephens in the 7th Judicial District. 

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced Tuesday he is appointing Idaho Falls attorney Stevan Thompson to replace Stephens, who is based in Rigby. Stephens is retiring March 1.

Thompson received his bachelor’s degree and his law degree from the University of Idaho. Thompson worked as a deputy prosecutor in Bonneville County from 1984 to 1988, and was appointed prosecuting attorney pro tem by Clark County Commissioners in 1986. Since 1990, he has worked primarily as a criminal defense attorney. Thompson has been a partner at the law firm Thompson, Smith, Woolf, Anderson, Wilkinson & Birch PLLC since 2007

Thompson campaigned for the 7th Judicial District in 2014, but lost to District Judge Bruce Pickett.

“The qualities that recommend Stevan for the bench reflect the maturity and perspective that comes with his many years of experience representing clients in state and federal courts, along with a refreshing regard for our judicial system and its role in upholding the rule of law,” Otter said in a news release.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.