Ritchie Eppink

last updated 4/20/2018

Ritchie Eppink

Legal Director at ACLU Idaho

20344 7201> Fax, Boise, Idaho, United States
ACLU Idaho
HQ Phone:
(208) 344-9750

General Information


Legal Director - American Civil Liberties Union

Justice Architect - Idaho Legal Aid Services Inc


University of Virginia

J.D.University of Idaho College of Law


Professor Emeritus - University of Virginia

Member - National Lawyers Guild

Board Member - Fund for Idaho

Board of Governors Member - Oregon State Bar

Fulbright Fellow - U.S. Fulbright Program

Member - Industrial Workers

Member - American Inn of Court No. 130

Fulbright Fellow - University of Alberta Faculty of Law

Fulbright Fellow - University of Idaho College of Law

Recent News  

FAN 152 (First Amendment News) Gilbert Roe - Free Speech Lawyer is Subject of Forthcoming Book

The other day I spoke with ACLU of Idaho Legal Director Richard Eppink, and he explained what's at stake:
Eppink told me that the ACLU of Idaho lobbied against this law when it was in the legislature in 2014. They were joined by a wide spectrum of allies, including animal rights and welfare organizations, labor unions, and reporters' groups. Also opposing the law were immigrant rights groups; in Idaho, as in most places, a lot of the agricultural work is done by immigrants, many of them undocumented, who are exposed to some of the most dangerous working conditions. This law would prevent them from being able document those conditions. Nevertheless, the Idaho legislature passed, and the governor signed, the law. Aftewards, Eppink told me, I asked Eppink: what about the argument that. while Americans have a First Amendment right to take photographs of things in plain view in public spaces, it's also true that (as we describe in our Know Your Rights guide for photographers) private property owners have the right to set rules about the taking of photos and videos on their property? His response: As Eppink put it:

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ACLU Idaho's Public Defender Lawsuit Goes Class Action

The suit was filed in 2015, alleging the state doesn't adequately fund and support the legal defender program, which has resulted in overworked attorneys and unprotected defendants, says ACLU Idaho legal Director Ritchie Eppink.
"When an attorney doesn't have the time and resources necessary to properly represent their clients, the defendant has little chance of benefiting from a rigorous defense, let alone getting a fair trial," said Eppink Eppink says the State and US Constitutions guarantee defendants a fair, speedy and impartial trial, and the legislature needs to ensure there are enough public defenders to handle all the cases in the system.

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Staff | ACLU of Idaho

Richard Eppink, Legal Director
Ritchie Eppink started work for the ACLU of Idaho in May 2012. He was previously the Justice Architect for Idaho Legal Aid Services and, before that, a Fullbright Fellow. He graduated from the University of Idaho and the University of Virginia. Ritchie manages all aspects of the ACLU of Idaho's litigation program.

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