Western States Livestock Rural Enforcement Association​ (WSLREA)

Western States Livestock Rural Enforcement Association​


Judge Tom Watkins is a 1982 graduate of the University of New Mexico, and a 1985 graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law. He spent 15 years as a prosecutor for the Boise City Attorney’s Office and the Idaho Attorney General's Office.  prosecuting crimes ranging from whitecollar crime to first-degree murder. For three years, he served as the chief legal adviser for the Idaho Department of Law Enforcement, where he was introduced to agricultural crimes through his work with the Idaho Brand Board. He took the bench in 1999 as a magistrate judge, and has served in that capacity for the past 20 years. 

Scott James graduated from The College of Idaho in 1982 and the University of Idaho College of Law in 1985. He began his career as a prosecutor reaching the position of Criminal Division Chief of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office in 1995. Scott has been in private practice representing law enforcement
officers in employment and criminal cases. Currently, Scott is the Chief Deputy Public Defender for Canyon County, Idaho.

Both Tom and Scott have been long-time friends and supporters of the Association and we are happy to have them back again this year.​

WSLREA 2023 Conference - Presenter Bios

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The 2023 Annual WSLREA Conference will be held March 7-9 at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, NV. 

Download the Agenda HERE.