Cathy Silak

Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP
Boise, ID

Cathy is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice group and focuses on appellate and mediation practice. She began her career with Hawley Troxell in 1984 and became partner in 1988. From 1989 to 1990 she was Associate General Counsel of Morrison Knudsen. In 1990 Cathy was appointed by Governor Cecil D. Andrus as the first woman judge on the Idaho Court of Appeals. She was appointed in 1993 to the Idaho Supreme Court and became the Court’s Vice-Chief Justice in 1997. She served on the Supreme Court until 2000, and in 2001 she resumed her partnership with Hawley Troxell. After serving as the Founding Dean of Concordia University School of Law, Idaho from 2008-2016, Cathy became Concordia University’s Vice President of Community Engagement.


LAW SCHOOL: University of California at Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 1976

University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M., 1995

GRADUATE: Harvard University, M.A., City Planning, 1973

UNDERGRADUATE: New York University, B.A., Sociology and
French Literature, 1971