Allen Derr dies at 85

Idaho lost a great man today.

Boise attorney and Idaho Press Club founding member Allen Derr died Monday. He was 85.

Derr was best known for his work on the landmark Reed vs Reed case in 1971. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on that case says decisions on who should administer estates can’t be based on sex. The ruling had big implications for the Fourteenth Amendment and for women’s rights. You can read the full ruling here, or a summary here. 

According to Derr’s biography on the Idaho Press Club website, Derr started practicing law full-time in Boise in 1960. He graduated with degrees in journalism and law from the University of Idaho and worked as a reporter and editor. In addition to his work with the Idaho Press Club, he originated and chaired the Public Information Committee for the Idaho State Bar in 1997. He also received the Professionalism Award from the Idaho State Bar in 2002; ACLU of Idaho Freedom Award in 2002, and the University of Idaho Alumni Association Hall of Fame Award in 2005.

More:

Allen Derr, lawyer who won landmark ruling in 1971, dies at 85: The Associated Press, via KTVB

Allen Derr’s biography on the Idaho Press Club website

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