Nominees sought for grievance
commission, disciplinary board
Iowa Supreme Court has asked the ISBA, as one of several lawyer organizations
in the state, to provide nominees for its Attorney Disciplinary Board and
Grievance Commission. The nominees are needed to fill vacancies for terms
beginning July 1.
lawyer positions – one male and one female -- are open on the disciplinary
board. A number of positions are open on the grievance commission in all but
three of the 14 judicial election subdistricts. See those positions here.
be considered for nomination, please complete the information on the form available
here, and click on
"Submit.” Alternatively, you can email the information, using the online form
as a guide, to ISBA@iowabar.org. Be
sure to put "Board/Commission Nominee” in the subject line of the email so that
the email will be directed to the right area.
nominations must reach the ISBA office by Friday (March 21). President-elect
Joe Feller and bar leadership will review the nominations and submit them to
ISBA opposes proposed switch to
accrual accounting method
leaders have sent letters to each of Iowa’s congressional representatives
asking them to oppose draft legislation that would require law firms and other
personal service businesses to switch to an accrual method of accounting if
their annual gross receipts are $10 million or more.
letters address provisions in Section 212 of a U.S. House of Representatives
bill prepared by the House Ways and Means Committee, and Section 51 of a Senate
bill prepared by the Senate Finance Committee that would require the change
from cash-basis to accrual-basis accounting.
letters, which are signed by ISBA President Guy Cook and Taxation Section Chair
Christopher Nuss, state that although the legislation in each chamber "may seem
on the surface to simplify tax law with respect to accounting method, we are
concerned that passing this portion of the Draft Bill would greatly complicate
compliance with tax accounting rules and also burden law firms and other
personal service businesses, primarily by requiring those businesses to pay tax
on income they have not received in cash, if ever received.”
Bruce Braley was one of 71 members of Congress who signed a letter dated Nov.
25, 2013 expressing serious concerns about the proposed accounting changes.
Read the letter here.
Judge William Thomas tomorrow, Friday
Visitation for District Six Senior Judge
William Thomas, Cedar Rapids, will be held tomorrow (Feb. 20) at the Cedar
Memorial Funeral Home, and funeral services will be held Friday (Feb. 21) at
the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Judge Thomas, who was
appointed to the district court bench in 1981, died Sunday (Feb. 16) at his
home. He had battled colon cancer for a number of years.
The visitation will take place from
4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home located at 4200 1st Ave., N.E. in
Cedar Rapids. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. at the church located at 3rd
Ave. and 17th St. S.E., also in Cedar Rapids.
"Judge Thomas was a great judge and a wonderful
man," said ISBA President Guy Cook after hearing of his death.
Condolences and notes of remembrance
can be sent to Julie Thomas at 4749 Mount Vernon Rd. S.E., Cedar Rapids, IA
52403. Memorial contributions can be made to Mediation Services of Eastern
Iowa, Indian Creek Nature Center-Paddle Day or Kids First Law Center.
Justice Appel to speak in Drake’s constitutional
Constitutional Law Center at Drake University Law School has announced that
Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel will present the 2014 lecture in the
"Judge James T. Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture Series.”
lecture, entitled "State Constitutional
Law in Iowa: Past, Present and Future”
will be held on Thursday (March 27) from 3-4 pm at Drake University Law School’s
Cartwright Hall, Room 206. A reception
will follow the presentation.
Appel was appointed to the supreme court in 2006. A Dubuque native, he
received his bachelor's and master's degree from Stanford University and his law
degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
history of corn prices, revenue per acre
in what the price of corn and the revenue from corn production has done the
past 100 years?
out this chart
put together by attorney Michel Nelson at Iowa Savings Bank in Carroll. It contains
graphs that show the price of a bushel of corn over the last 100 years, the
gross revenue per acre from raising corn the last 100 years and the price of
Carroll County farmland from 1950 to 2013. Nelson also included a line showing
what corn prices and farmland values would be when adjusted for inflation.
chart demonstrates that corn prices have been relatively flat over the century,
except perhaps for the last 6-7 years. Gross revenue per acre from corn
production has had more peaks and valleys than corn prices, but still ranges
generally from $300 to $800 per acre.
Supreme Court to hear oral arguments
of the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two cases at the Clarinda
High School auditorium, 100 North Cardinal Drive in Clarinda, beginning at 7
p.m. on March 11.
of Iowa v. Dustin Dean Short involves a defendant who was subjected to a
warrantless but limited-in-scope search by law enforcement at his residence. At
issue is whether such a search is valid under Iowa’s constitutional search and
the Matter of the Guardianship and Conservatorship of Kennedy the court is being
asked to decide whether vasectomy is a major elective surgery requiring the
guardian of the developmentally delayed adult to first obtain court approval
before the procedure.
2014 Taxation Update DVD now available
video recording of the 2014 Taxation Update seminar that occurred on Jan. 20 is
now available for purchase and viewing.
117-minute recording features speakers Roger McEowen from the Iowa State
University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, Kristy Maitre from the IRS
and Joe Kristan from Roth & Company. They discuss a host of topics in four
separate categories including:
- Key recent rulings and cases and
- Treatment of gains and losses
- Safe Harbors
- Delay in the filing season
- ID theft and how to proceed if
recording is for educational purposes only; no CLE credit is available. It
sells for $45 plus shipping and taxes.
see the full list of topics covered and to purchase the DVD, visit here or go the ISBA Store and click on Electronic Media. ISBA members, please log-in to view the product. Non-members must register as a guest to purchase the DVD.
Eighth Judicial District seeks law
clerk; application deadline Feb. 28
Eighth Judicial District is seeking a Legal Assistant 1 (law clerk) for the
18-month period beginning this March The deadline for applying is Friday (Feb.
at the Wapello County Courthouse in Ottumwa, the clerk will perform legal
research, draft memoranda, decisions, findings and orders and compete other
duties as assigned.
more details about the position and to apply, go to the career
portion of the judicial branch website and click on "Legal Assistant 1 (Law