Robyn Brody

Robyn Michelle Maddox Brody (born February 13, 1970[1]) is a justice of the Idaho Supreme Court, a member since 2017. Elected to an open seat in November 2016, she is the third woman to serve on the state's highest court,[2] and the first elected rather than appointed by the governor.

Robyn Brody
Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 5, 2017 (2017-01-05)
Preceded byJim Jones
Personal details
Born (1970-02-13) February 13, 1970 (age 51)
Wayne, Michigan
Spouse(s)Jonathan Brody
Children2 sons
Alma materUniversity of Denver (BA, JD)

Prior to her election, Brody was in private practice for nineteen years in south central Idaho, in Twin Falls and Rupert.[3][4][5]

Early yearsEdit

Brody was born on February 13, 1970 in Wayne, Michigan,[1] Brody's parents worked for United Airlines,[6] her father as a ramp agent and her mother in kitchen operations.[3] When Brody was 12, her family relocated to Denver, Colorado, and after graduation from high school in 1988, she accepted a scholarship at the University of Denver. Brody earned a bachelor's degree in international and Russian studies in 1992.


After graduating, Brody traveled to Russia and spent a year in Saint Petersburg, teaching tenth grade English and studying Russian. She returned to Denver in 1993 and entered Sturm College of Law in a dual-degree program in law (J.D.) and international management, graduating in 1997.[3][4]

Brody joined a private firm in Twin Falls and stayed for thirteen years, the last ten as a partner. She left the firm in 2010 to begin her own firm in Rupert, where she and her family had moved.[3]


Following Chief Justice Jim Jones' retirement announcement in March 2016,[7] Brody entered the election race for the high court's open seat.[8] She finished first in the field of four in May with 30.3%,[9] and won the run-off in November over state senator Curt McKenzie of Nampa,[6][10] with 53.8% of the vote.[11]

On January 5, 2017, Brody was sworn into office by retired Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout,[2] the first woman to serve on the court, from 1992 to 2007.


Brody's husband is Jonathan P. Brody, a district judge in Rupert since 2010.[12] Also a graduate of the University of Denver, he received his law degree from the University of Colorado.[13] Married 24 years ago in 1997, the couple has two sons.[3][5]


  1. ^ a b Lawyer Central profile
  2. ^ a b Russell, Betsy Z. (January 5, 2017). "Brody on joining high court: 'It is a position of trust like no other'". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Russell, Betsy Z. (April 26, 2016). "Brody wants to bring a different perspective to Idaho Supreme Court". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Resume" (PDF). Brody for Supreme Court. (Idaho). Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Smith, Lisa Dayley (May 6, 2016). "Lawyer from Rupert running for Idaho Supreme Court". Rexburg Standard Journal. (Idaho). Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Carlson, Chris (September 14, 2016). "Brody vs. McKenzie". Idaho State Journal. (Pocatello). Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (March 9, 2016). "Chief Justice Jones to retire, Clive Strong announces bid for his seat". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  8. ^ Malott, Samantha (May 7, 2016). "Candidates vying for seat on Idaho Supreme Court bench". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Primary election results". State of Idaho. May 17, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Cameron, Steve (September 9, 2016). "Legislator seeks seat on state high court". Coeur d'Alene Press. (Idaho). Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "General election results". State of Idaho. November 8, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  12. ^ Welch, Laurie (January 9, 2010). "Minidoka County swears in Brody as judge". twin Falls Times-News. (Idaho). Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "Governor names two new fifth district judges". Idaho State Journal. (Pocatello). December 9, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2017.

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Preceded by
Jim Jones
Associate Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court