2014 annual meeting to feature Jay
Shepherd on the future of law practice
you know what your law practice will look like in five years? Do you want to
the answer to question #2 is "yes” or "maybe,” you’ll definitely want to hear
Jay Shepherd at ISBA’s 2014 Annual Meeting that will be held June 16-19 at the
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (old Vets Auditorium). The
title of Shepherd’s presentation is "Quantum Leap: How You Will Practice Law in
2019.” An attorney from the Boston area who spends his time now as a writer and
speaker focused on simplifying business ideas, Shepherd will speak from 10:10
a.m. to noon on Wednesday (June 18).
more information on other featured speakers at what is being billed as the
biggest and best annual meeting in decades, click here.
register for the annual meeting if you are an attorney and to reserve a room at
nearby hotels, click here.
Judges have a separate registration form provided by the Iowa Judicial Branch.
ISBA weighs in on Madison County
Courthouse gun incident
leaders were quick to weigh in on an incident involving a gun in a Madison
County courtroom last week. An individual who was being sentenced to a 10-year
prison term on drug charges pulled a gun out of his pocket, brandished it around
the courtroom then fled. He was arrested a short time later a few blocks from
President Guy Cook issued a statement
last Friday (March 28) urging a review and implementation of security measures
in county courthouses that were recommended in a 2005 report compiled by ISBA’s
task force on courthouse security. This morning (April 2), President Cook
statements to the Madison County Board of Supervisors’ decision late
yesterday to ban all guns from the courthouse.
supervisors’ decision makes Madison County the last of the 16 counties in the
Fifth Judicial District to implement a ban on guns in the courthouse.
ISBA governors treated to
behind-the-scenes tour of Iowa Capitol, host legislators at annual Breakfast
with the Bar
a dozen and a half adventuresome souls
took advantage of ISBA President Guy Cook’s invitation to get a
behind-the-scenes look at Iowa’s State Capitol building in advance of the board
of governors’ dinner before its quarterly meeting last Wednesday (March 26).
Governors rose early on Wednesday to host Iowa legislators at the annual
Breakfast with the Bar event prior to their meeting.
Capitol tour was led by Doug Struyk, a former state representative and current
ISBA assistant legislative counsel. Under Struyk’s guidance, the visitors
toured the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s ceremonial offices and the
Secretary of State’s office, peeked inside the House and Senate Chambers, then
began the long climb to the top of the big dome and the glassed-in cupola at
the top. Though open to visitors years ago, this view of the state’s seat of
government is only available by special arrangement today. See photos of the
arrived at the bar headquarters at 7 a.m. to greet members of the Iowa House
and Senate over breakfast. Approximately 60 legislators stopped in to visit
with the governors before beginning their day’s work on the hill. Photos of the
breakfast can be seen here.
President-elect Feller issues
challenge to raise funds for Iowa Legal Aid
Joe Feller, ISBA president-elect,
announced at the quarterly Board of Governors meeting last Wednesday (March 26)
that the ISBA leadership and Iowa Legal Aid have taken another step forward on
their mission to continue to find sources for funding for programs that provide
equal access to justice.
Following in the example of his
predecessors, President-elect Feller and a large majority of the current Board
of Governors joined together to pledge individual, voluntary contributions,
totaling slightly more than $4,000, which will now be available when Iowa Legal
Aid hosts its annual Equal Justice After Hours event on April 10 at The Temple
for Performing Arts in Des Moines. Bar leaders are challenging the guests at
the event to donate the same amount in order to receive a dollar-for-dollar
match up to $4,050.
Feller stated that he is very proud
of the generosity demonstrated by the governors. "They have set an
example for our membership,” he said. "From time to time, we need to be
reminded that our Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct state that we should
voluntarily contribute financial support to organizations that provide legal
services to persons of limited means. The collective effort taken this
week by the governors individually to voluntarily contribute their
own personal funds to Iowa Legal Aid was just what the rule calls all
lawyers to consider.”
Early in April, President Guy Cook
and Executive Director Dwight Dinkla will travel to Washington D.C. to
participate in ABA Day, and will be talking to elected officials about funding
for access to justice programs.
Fax number of Member Mark materials
members pointed out in recent days that the fax number listed on the
certification forms posted on the ISBA website for the Member Mark program was
incorrect. That number has been corrected on the forms. It is 515-243-2511.
attorneys and firms can sign up for the ISBA’s Member Mark program by
submitting an active-member certificate. Acceptance into the program enables
the individual or firm to place the Proud Iowa Lawyer logo on stationery,
business cards and other materials used in the practice.
on this link for more
information about the program, and on this link
to access the license agreement and certification forms.
at the U of I College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law will host a number of events at the Boyd Law
Building in the first part of April.
off the events is the Journal of Gender Race and Justice’s annual
symposium, The Unmarried Life: Know
Your Rights from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. this Friday (April 4) in Levitt Auditorium. The
symposium features presentations on estate planning, health care, family law
and a presentation of the documentary film Bridegroom.
April 10, the college hosts the Inaugural Richards Lecture, Politics Trump
Science: The Collision Between No Child Left Behind and the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act, by Professor Ruth
Colker. Professor Colker, who
is from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, is one of the
leading scholars in the country in the areas of Constitutional Law and
Disability Discrimination. The lecture will take place in Levitt Auditorium at
4 p.m., with a reception to follow.
next day, the Organization for Women Law Students and Staff hosts its annual conference
featuring the Katherine Finn Milleman Lecture. This year's keynote speaker is
Lorraine May. She will be followed by a panel discussion. The conference
will be held in Room 235 from 12:40 to 1:40 p.m. A reception will follow
in the fourth floor student lounge.
Jill De Young if you are interested
in attending or want more information on any of the events.
April 9 is deadline for nominations
for Rollie Grefe Pro Bono award
nominating committee for the Rolland E. Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award is seeking
nominations for this year’s award, which will be presented at the ISBA Annual
Meeting’s President’s Awards Banquet on June 18.
ISBA member who has enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or
delivering pro bono legal services for those who for one reason or another are
unable to afford a lawyer is eligible for nomination. The award recipient will
be selected based on commitment to pro bono publico and the delivery of legal
services to the poor in his or her community and around the state of Iowa.
your nominations along with a brief description to Brett Toresdahl at the ISBA
Public Service Project by April 9th.
60th Annual Spring Tax
Institute to be held May 9
B. Choate, who received rave reviews for her presentations at the 55th
Annual Spring Tax Institute, will keynote this year’s 60th annual
institute on Friday (May 9) at the University Club in Iowa City.
attorney with the Boston firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish, Choate limits her
practice to estate planning for retirement benefits. She will present a total
of four hours in the morning of the daylong institute. Topics include: "201
Best (and Worst) Planning Ideas for Your Client’s Retirement Benefits” (2
hours), "Understanding the Minimum Distribution Rules” (1 hour) and "Case
Studies in Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits: Practical Ideas for Real
Life Situations" (1 hour).
presenting in the afternoon are Carolyn Jones, University of Iowa College of
Law; Christopher E. James, Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines; and Wayne E.
Reames, Belin McCormick in Des Moines.
view more information about the institute and to register with a printable registration
form, click here,
then click on the printable registration form. Online registration is scheduled
to be available soon.
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Iowa Supreme Court Decisions
March 28, 2014
SABIN vs. IVAN ACKERMAN
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for
Bremer County, Rustin Thomas Davenport, Judge.
appeals the district court’s decision granting defendant’s motion for summary
judgment. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT
LEE vs. STATE OF IOWA and POLK COUNTY CLERK OF COURT
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk
County, James M. Richardson, Judge.
appeal the district court’s remand order that reinstated plaintiff to her
former employment and awarded wages and benefits. AFFIRMED.
SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. MASON JAMES OUDERKIRK
Appeal from the report of the Grievance
Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
appeals from the grievance commission’s recommendation of a public reprimand. COMPLAINT
SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. RONALD L. RICKLEFS
On review of the report of the Grievance
Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
commission recommends a thirty-day suspension of attorney’s license to practice
law. LICENSE SUSPENDED.
March 31, 2014
NARCISSE vs. MATT SCHULTZ, in his Official Capacity as Iowa Secretary of State
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Michael D. Huppert, Judge.
an expedited appeal from a ruling on judicial review, the appellant seeks to
have his name placed on the primary ballot as a candidate for Governor. AFFIRMED.