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Will you join us in celebrating Alison with a special gift today?


To be a conscript for conservation in the state of Idaho, one needs to be thoughtful in their understanding of the intricate puzzle the trails, rivers, forests, and mountains create. When the sky turns to ink in the Teton Valley, would you know its contours better than you know yourself? Do you know the migratory patterns and feeding habits of steelhead in Loon Creek? If everyday adulthood weren’t fettered with the superficial distractions of bills and responsibilities, Alison Hunter would be wrangling horses, working as a trail and fishing guide on the outskirts of The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. 


It’s not too difficult to imagine why someone often described as "intense" would take such pleasure in the contemplative art of fly fishing. Idaho is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It also has the most state- and federal-owned land in the continental United States. Someone needs to make sure that there is compliance and accountability when it concerns protecting one of the most beautiful places in the world. The passion that might serve as a detriment when attempting to match the hatch at Mystery Lake is better served in the court of law. For that, we are thankful for Alison. 

We were introduced to Alison recently when she partnered with Kim Clark, Legal Voice Senior Attorney, to challenge Idaho's discriminatory advanced directive law. She is frequently an environmental attorney "and yet, she persisted." Vive la resistance! Environmental issues are women’s issues.      

"There are a lot of women in the legal community who really inspire me."

"There are a lot of women in the legal community who really inspire me," says Alison. "Locally, we just elected our third female Supreme Court justice ever, Justice Robyn Brody. I work with so many amazing women. Erika Malmen is one of the attorneys I work with the most. She’s a partner here. She’s just such a great mentor. I just really appreciate having someone to look up to."


This mentorship almost didn’t happen. When Alison graduated in 2008, she almost took a job being a nanny in Turks and Caicos, where she would’ve been the only person on the beach reading Infinite Jest. Drinking beer on sunny patios in Boise during the dog days of winter, to avoid a cavernous law school library, is an admirable thoroughfare. The pathfinder’s judgment would be seen as agreeable by most.     


In the future, Alison hopes the negative connotation that occasionally exists with calling yourself a feminist gets erased. Who has time for foolish criticism? She wans a day when everyone will call themselves a feminist. And she is doing her part to guide us to that day.

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This piece was based on an interview with Alison Hunter and written by Phil Bouie. MORE STORIES

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