Annual meeting registration, room
reservations now available
for what organizers are calling the biggest and best annual meeting ever is now
available for attorneys. (Judges will receive registration information from the
judicial branch shortly.) In addition, special rates have been arranged with
nearby hotels for meeting goers.
jointly with the Iowa Judges Association, the 2014 Annual Meeting will cover
four days, starting on Monday (June 16) with CLE sessions at 12:30 p.m. It will
end at 4:50 p.m. on Thursday (June 19) with the ISBA’s 2nd Annual
Tech Show. In between will be offerings of approximately 60 CLE credit hours, a
number of social gatherings, several fun events and lots of time and room to
talk shop with fellow attorneys and judges.
year’s annual meeting will take advantage of the spacious rooms and common
areas in the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly known as
Veterans Auditorium) in Downtown Des Moines. The facility has been completely
remodeled into a top-tier convention center and will easily accommodate the 800-plus
attendees that organizers hope to see at this year’s meeting.
"The 2014 annual meeting will be a grand affair like you’ve never experienced before and can’t afford to miss,” promises ISBA President Guy Cook. "If you haven't seen the totally remodeled Vets Auditorium, you must see it. You will be amazed. The facility alone adds a dimension to the annual meeting that hasn’t been seen in many years.”
can look at the schedule and register here.
Judges, as mentioned above, will receive registration information directly from
the judicial branch.
on the registration page, you can access hotel information in the blue panel on
the left side of the page, or by clicking here.
New ethics opinion focuses on Windows
XP and computer security
ISBA’s Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee has issued a new ethics opinion,
14-01, clarifying the responsibility attorneys have for safeguarding client
information. The opinion provides guidance in light of Microsoft’s announcement
that it will stop supporting the Windows XP operating system on April 8.
security firms are concerned that hackers may take advantage of the company’s
discontinued support, including security patches, for the 12-year-old operating
system. A survey by the International Legal Technology Association estimates
that 37 percent of law firms still use Windows XP, in part because many of the
software programs they use are not compatible with later versions of the
Windows operating system.
new opinion refers back to Ethics Opinion 11-01. That opinion requires lawyers
to engage in a "due diligence process which assesses the realistic potential
for risk, the damage which could be caused thereby and the estimated cost of
14-01 points out that the security status change for the Microsoft XP operating
system "highlights the fact that the duty of due diligence in assessing system
security is an ongoing one; programs and procedures which were secure two years
ago may not be secure now,” and places the responsibility for needed changes in
the hands of individual law firms.
the complete opinion.
Client Security Commission
reimbursements total more than $150,000 for 2013
During 2013, the Iowa
Client Security Commission authorized payment on 17 requests for reimbursement,
exceeding $153,000 to victims of misdeeds by four Iowa attorneys. The commission
authorized payment on the following claims during 2013:
claims in the total amount of $150,000.00 based on the actions of lawyer
Susan Hense. Hense's license to practice law in Iowa has been revoked.
claim in the amount of $2,200 based on the actions of lawyer Steven A.
Stefani. Stefani's license to practice law in Iowa has been suspended.
claim in the amount of $750 based on the actions of lawyer David L.
Strand. Strand's license to practice law in Iowa has been revoked.
claim in the amount of $431.06 based on the actions of lawyer Vicki L.
Ryan. Ryan's license to practice law in Iowa has been suspended.
The total amount of
money approved for claims and the number of claims approved by the commission
during 2013 exceed the claims experience in most prior years.
The entire 16-page
report filed by the Iowa Client Security Commission with the supreme court
yesterday (March 18) may be viewed here.
Judges needed for High School Mock
Trial State Tournament next week
two teams of high school students from around the state who are participating
in the high school mock trial program will descend on Des Moines next Wednesday
(March 26) to compete in the 33rd Annual High School Mock Trial
State Tournament. That means lots of judges are needed to evaluate student
performance in their roles as attorneys and witnesses in the competitions, says
John Wheeler, director of the ISBA’s Center for Law and Civic Education and
coordinator of the mock trial program.
team will compete in three preliminary rounds of competition with the first
round starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Choice Credit Union
Convention Center (formerly Veterans Auditorium). The remaining two rounds
will be held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday (March 27). Semi-finals and
finals will be held on Friday (March 28) at the judicial branch building.
preliminary round features 16 individual competitions. Three judges are needed
for each competition, which translates into 48 judges per round, or 144 judges
for the three rounds.
says some judges have already signed up for slots in the preliminary rounds,
but many more are needed. He asks ("begs” might be a more appropriate word)
that you sign up for one or more of the competitions if at all possible. You
don’t have to be a trial attorney to be a mock trial judge.
sign up, click here,
or send Wheeler an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about this year’s case and what you need to do as a judge, click
on this link.
David L. Brown receives honorary
doctorate from Illinois State University
ISBA member and current state delegate to the ABA, David L. Brown, recently was
honored with an Honorary Doctorate Law Degree from Illinois State University located in Normal, Ill.
The degree was conferred during the school’s Founders Day on Feb. 20.
has strong ties to the university. His father, Dr. Francis R. Brown, graduated
from Illinois State and later taught and was an administrator at the school for
many years. The Brown Ballroom on campus is named for his family.
a video of the awards ceremony, including Brown’s acceptance speech, here.
Supreme Court to hear oral arguments
in Toledo April 9
from the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments beginning at 7 p.m.,
Wednesday (April 9) at the Wieting Theatre, 101 South Church Street in Toledo.
The session is open to the public.
court will hear arguments in two cases -- State of Iowa v. Nathan Olsen, No. 13-0832 and Hussemann v. Hussemann, No. 13-1082. The
Olsen case involves the question of whether defendant Nathan Olson violated
Iowa Code section 724.26 for possessing a firearm when he had a deferred
judgment for firearm possession in Wisconsin. Olsen argues that his deferred
judgment from Wisconsin did not involve a guilty plea or finding of guilt against
Hussemann case involves the question of whether a couple’s freedom to contract
a postnuptial agreement entered in Florida outweighs Iowa’s public policy
against postnuptial agreements. At issue is whether the district court gave
effect to an out-of-state postnuptial agreement and denied the widow the right
to an elective share of her deceased husband’s trust as provided in Iowa Code
2015 law school rankings
University of Iowa College of Law is 27th, Drake University Law
School is 113th and Creighton University School of Law is 115th
in the recently released 2015 law school rankings by U.S. News and World
Report. In addition, The National Law Journal compiled data showing the 10 law
schools that saw their rankings increase the most from 2013-2014, and the 10
schools whose rankings declined the most from last year to this year.
annual rankings of the 194 law schools fully accredited by the ABA are based on
a weighted average of 12 measures of quality. The measures of quality include Quality Assessment, Selectivity, Bar Passage Rate,
Faculty Resources and Placement Success. Data for this year’s rankings were
collected last fall and early this year.
the rankings of all 194 accredited schools here.
University of New Hampshire School of Law had the largest increase in its
ranking from 2013-2014 with a jump of 26. Washburn University School of Law in
Topeka, Kans., was second with a jump of 25.
University of America Columbus School of Law had the greatest decline in its
ranking with a 27. See the schools with the greatest increase and greatest
decline in rankings here.