Linda Copple Trout

Linda Jayne Copple Trout (born September 1, 1951) is an American lawyer and retired judge from Idaho. She is a former chief justice of the Idaho Supreme Court, the only female to hold that position.[1] Appointed by Governor Cecil Andrus as an associate justice in 1992,[2][3] she was also the first of three women to serve on the court.[4][5][6]

Linda Copple Trout
Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
In office
February 1, 1997 (1997-02-01) – August 31, 2004 (2004-08-31)
Preceded byCharles McDevitt
Succeeded byGerald Schroeder
Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
In office
September 1, 1992 (1992-09-01) – August 31, 2007 (2007-08-31)
Appointed byCecil Andrus
Preceded byLarry Boyle
Succeeded byJoel Horton
Personal details
Born (1951-09-01) September 1, 1951 (age 69)
Tokyo, Japan
Spouse(s)Kim J. Trout
EducationUniversity of Idaho (BA, JD)

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Trout was adopted by a Boise pediatrician, Dr. B.I. "Bing" Copple,[1][7] and graduated from Boise High School in 1969. She attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.[8][9] Trout earned a bachelor's degree in 1973, and a J.D. from the UI College of Law in 1977.[10][11]

Trout passed the bar in Idaho in 1977 and was in private practice in Lewiston for six years.[10][12] She was appointed a county magistrate judge in 1983 and was elected in 1990 as a state judge in the second district,[13] based in Lewiston.[12][14][15]

Trout was appointed by Governor Andrus to the state's supreme court in 1992 and took office on her 41st birthday. She retained her seat in statewide elections in 1996 (unopposed)[16] and 2002.[17][18] Trout became the chief justice in February 1997, elected unanimously by the other justices,[19][20] and served two terms in that capacity, over seven years.[21] She was on the state's highest court for fifteen years and retired with over a year left in her term in August 2007,[5][6] succeeded by Joel Horton.[22]

She is married to attorney Kim J. Trout (B.S. 1976, J.D. 1979, Idaho).[1][2][23]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Warbis, Mark (January 26, 1997). "A benchmark for Idaho's first female justice". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Abrams, Joan (August 18, 1992). "Trout named to state's high court". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1A.
  3. ^ "Andrus names justice". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 18, 1992. p. A1.
  4. ^ "Easterners slighted by Trout appointment". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). Associated Press. August 19, 1992. p. 4A.
  5. ^ a b "Nasty campaigns lead Idaho Supreme Court justice to quit". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). Associated Press. May 24, 2007. p. 4A.
  6. ^ a b Russell, Betsy Z. (May 24, 2007). "High court justice to retire". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. A1.
  7. ^ "Rebecca Hogg Copple Dwyer". Boise High School, Class of 1956. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Pi Beta Phi". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1971. p. 298.
  9. ^ "Pi Beta Phi". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1972. p. 142.
  10. ^ a b Garten, Kara (October 8, 1992). "Justice Trout gives tips to law students". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). p. 3A.
  11. ^ "Grads urged to help rebuild public trust". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. May 17, 1998. p. B3.
  12. ^ a b Abrams, Joan (August 24, 1992). "It's just starting to sink in". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1A.
  13. ^ Askari, Mohsin (May 13, 1990). "Battle of thick and thin hinges on experience". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.
  14. ^ Long, Ben (May 4, 1990). "Judge's post to be decided May 22". Idahonian. (Moscow). p. 12A.
  15. ^ "Trout wins race for second district judge". Idahonian. (Moscow). May 23, 1990. p. 10A.
  16. ^ "Primary election results". State of Idaho. May 28, 1996. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  17. ^ Fick, Bob (May 29, 2002). "Justice Trout wins handily". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. p. 1A.
  18. ^ "Primary election results". State of Idaho. May 28, 2002. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  19. ^ Abrams, Joan (December 13, 1996). "Trout is ready to tackle big task". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1A.
  20. ^ "Chief justice to retire in September". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). December 13, 1996. p. 4A.
  21. ^ "Schroeder elected as Idaho chief justice". Idaho Mountain Express. Ketchum. Associated Press. 2007. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  22. ^ "Horton named to Idaho Supreme Court". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). September 19, 2007. p. 4A.
  23. ^ "Welcome". Boise, Idaho: Trout Law. Retrieved August 18, 2015.

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Preceded by
Charles McDevitt
Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Gerald Schroeder