Lynn Winmill

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Lynn Winmill
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Idaho
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   8/14/1995-Present
Chief:   1999-Present
Preceded by:   Harold Ryan
Personal History
Born:   1952
Hometown:   Blackfoot, ID
Undergraduate:   Idaho State University, 1974
Law School:   Harvard Law School, 1977

B. Lynn Winmill is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. He joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.[1]


Winmill graduated from Idaho State University with his bachelor's degree in 1974 and later graduated from Harvard Law School with his J.D. degree in 1977.[1]

Professional career

Winmill spent the majority of his career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Colorado from 1977 to 1979 and in the State of Idaho from 1979 to 1987. Winmill served as a judge in the Sixth Judicial District Court of Idaho from 1987 to 1995. He also served as a adjunct professor at Idaho State University from 1991 to 1995.[1]

Judicial career

District of Idaho

Winmill was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 24, 1995, to a seat vacated by Judge Harold Ryan. Winmill was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 11, 1995, on a majority voice vote and received commission on August 14, 1995. Winmill has served as the chief judge of the court since 1999.[1]

Notable cases

Idaho State Medicaid Reimbursement (2011)

Federal judge Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho recently ordered Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare and its Division of Medicaid to reevaluate its reimbursement rates for caregivers after a lawsuit from five corporations alleged that the state had failed to properly reimburse the groups at current rates. The judge wrote in his ruling, "The law is clear that budgetary concerns cannot form the sole basis for reimbursement rates." The rates were originally established in 2006 and no longer covered the costs of the services provided, as the corporations successfully argued.[2]

Idaho grazing case (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of Idaho (Western Watersheds Project v. Bureau of Land Management, Civ. No. 09-0507-E-BLW)

Judge Winmill presided in a case involving grazing allotments in Idaho. The judge ruled on October 20, 2009, that an Idaho farmer must keep his sheep off of federal grazing lands in a effort to protect wild sheep. The judge cited that the dwindling population of wild sheep on federal lands in Idaho led to the ruling.[3]

Prisoners rights case (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of Idaho (Bowcut v. Idaho State Board of Corrections et al, 1:06-CV-208)

On July 22, 2009, Judge Winmill dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Idaho prison inmate who claimed his civil rights were violated.[4] Leslie Peter Bowcut, an inmate, sued the Idaho Department of Corrections after being transferred to a Texas prison claiming that his civil rights were violated.[4] The judge dismissed the lawsuit after finding evidence that other prisoners were being treated equally.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Harold Ryan
District of Idaho
Seat #1
Succeeded by:

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