Governor appoints judicial nominating
Terry Branstad has appointed 17 individuals as judicial nominating
commissioners in Iowa’s 14 judicial districts, and two individuals to the Iowa
commissioners, who are charged with selecting candidates for open judgeship
positions in their districts, will serve six-year terms ending in 2020. Each
district judicial nominating commission consists of 11 members, five of whom
are appointed by the governor, and five who are elected by Iowa-licensed
attorneys residing in the district. The chief judge in the district serves as
the eleventh member and chair of the commission.
names of the new commissioners elected by attorneys in the district should be
available in the next day or two. They will be posted in the Legal News section
of the ISBA website, and
published in next week’s newsletter.
of appointees made by the governor.
Bar leaders host lawyer-legislators at
and past ISBA leaders met with Iowa’s lawyer-legislators at a dinner in Des
Moines last week. The dinner, the 39th annual, provided an
opportunity for lawyer-legislators and bar leaders to discuss issues impacting
the legal profession in the state in a casual, social atmosphere.
President, Guy Cook (see photo), welcomed everyone at the beginning of the dinner. Each
legislator addressed the group briefly during the dinner, as did the current
and past bar leaders.
See the real
Cuba this September
ISBA is sponsoring a People-to-People Educational Exchange to Cuba next
September. The trip, which is limited to 25 people, is designed to offer
interactions with the country’s citizens and immerse travelers in the country’s
life and culture.
Next, the ISBA-endorsed travel company, is making the arrangements. Find out
more information, including a link to download the trip brochure and a
registration form, here.
candidates for staff Communications Director position
ISBA is actively seeking candidates to fill the position of communications
director when the current director, Steve Boeckman, semi-retires at the end of
successful candidate will work under Boeckman for several months prior to his
retirement, then assume the director role. Plans are for Boeckman to continue
working part-time for the association under the new director.
ISBA Communications Director is responsible for producing the association’s
monthly magazine and this weekly electronic newsletter, as well as fielding
calls from the media, producing news releases on bar activities, photographing
bar events, overseeing the production of audio and video presentations and
social media activities, and numerous other duties related to communicating the
ISBA’s activities to the members and the public
more information about the position, including how to apply, click here.
Get rid of potentially embarrassing
hidden information in Microsoft Office documents
hidden metadata in Microsoft Office documents can potentially cause
embarrassment for you and your firm should clients or opposing counsel look at
it. Information such as how long you’ve worked on a document, the names of
everyone who has worked on it and when it was created are all visible to
recipients if they choose to look.
a fairly easy way to get rid of this metadata before you send any documents. How-To
Geek, a website maintained by a group of advanced computer users, offers tips
on removing the metadata from Microsoft Office documents. The tips are
offered for Office 2013, Office 2010 and Office 2007.
to the Geeks, there is no way to stop Microsoft Office from saving metadata.
Nor is there a way to remove the information from multiple documents at once.
You have to remove it one document at a time.
on the above link to see the tips on removing the metadata.
permanent, full-time salaried employment gives rise to agile lawyers
Canadian lawyer, speaker, industry analyst and consultant wrote in a blog
posted last week in the ABA’s Legal Rebels online publication that the legal
profession is experiencing a decline in the traditional job structure that has
been around for years.
a result, Jordan Furlong suggests that lawyers in the future will see what he
calls "agile lawyer employment.” In
place of the traditional job whereby a lawyer "performs a range of tasks with
defined responsibilities in a single location during specified hours at an
agreed salary,” lawyers will have to customize the application of "their skills
and talents to provide client value when and where it’s required.”
other words, he says, "we need to create platforms that gather and organize
good legal talent, align and match it with client opportunities, and facilitate
the delivery of legal services in ways that serve the needs, schedules and
budgets of both the client and the lawyer.”
Did You Know...
as an active ISBA member, you are entitled to use the association’s Member Mark
on your business cards, letterhead and other materials used to promote your
practice? The mark conveys to the public and to
fellow attorneys that you are a proud Iowa lawyer and an active, participating
member in the 8,400-plus-member association. Click here for information about this
free member benefit, including the rules of use, the licensing agreement and
the application form.
Benefit of the Week
The Bar Headquarters is the home of the lawyers and judges of Iowa. It is their professional gathering place. ISBA members may reserve any of the Bar conference rooms (3 conference rooms, 2 private offices and a CLE Center) on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are free of charge for law-related meetings (food, soft drinks and coffee are extra). Conference Center hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Contact Meetings Coordinator Lisa Hanson at email@example.com or call (515) 697-7876 for more information or to reserve a room.
Iowa Supreme Court Decisions
January 31, 2014
EQUIPMENT, LTD. vs. STATE OF IOWA, IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
from the Iowa District Court for Adair County, John D. Lloyd, Judge.
appeal ruling on scope of remedies under Iowa Code section 573.2 for unpaid
work on state project. REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.