Supreme Court approves amendments to
rules governing expanded media coverage
The Iowa Supreme Court last
Wednesday (April 2) approved amendments to the Iowa Court Rules for Expanded
News Media Coverage (ENMC). The changes affect Court Rule 25 regulating
audio and video recording and photography of courtroom procedures.
The amendments broaden
the court's definition of news media and allow for live electronic reporting,
such as tweeting and blogging, from the courtroom by members of the news media,
with advance approval from the presiding judge. The amendments to Chapter 25 of
the Iowa Court Rules and the new forms accompanying chapter 25 are effective
May 1, 2014.
The updated rules are the product of
a 10-month review by a 15-person supreme court advisory committee consisting
of Iowa judges, attorneys and members of the media.
the full release and see the amendments and new forms here.
Civil jury verdicts
Fifth Judicial District recently released statistics on civil jury trial
verdicts dating back to 2007. While the verdicts are for the Fifth Judicial
District, they provide some guidance for civil jury trial verdicts in other
parts of the state.
statistics cover six case types – contract debt
commercial contracts, fraud/misrepresentation contracts, employment claims, property finance
and wrongful death. The number of verdicts
in each type varies from seven in contract/debt collection to 41 in commercial
view the statistics for each case type, click on the case type above.
Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! to be part of
2014 Annual Meeting
keeping with the biggest and best annual meeting ever, this year’s annual
meeting will see many more prizes given away than in past meetings. Included are a cruise, iPads, and other electronic gadgets.
Prizes will be awarded at every break during the meeting,
which runs from Monday, June 16, to Thursday, June 19. The ISBA is also working
with Go Next, Inc., its endorsed travel company, to give away a yet to be determined cruise.
About $5,000 in prizes will be given away as part of the biggest and
best theme – a significant increase from previous annual meetings.
most vendors have provided door prizes for the final break of the meeting as
well. It is expected that tradition will continue at this year’s event.
not too early to register for the 2014 annual meeting. To register online,
simply click on this link, then on the
"Register” button on the page that opens. There's also an option for a printable registration form. Come for CLE, leave with a prize.
DMACC offers court reporting program
Moines Area Community College announced last week that it is offering
a Court Reporting
for students for the first time this fall on the Newton Campus.
will be able to earn a two-year, associate of applied science degree, preparing
students for a career in the judicial system, law firms and more.
new program is the first of its kind in Iowa, according to the college. The
program was developed during a year of collaboration with the Iowa Court
Reporters Association as well as The Iowa State Bar Association.
with a degree in court reporting can use their skills in a variety of ways
including legal and medical transcription, depositions, important meetings, as
well as captioning, real-time broadcast captioning and conferences or
court reporter is an essential part of any legal proceeding,” said ISBA
President Guy Cook. "Court reporters are the guardians of the record. Accurate
transcription of a proceeding is the key to a fair hearing and any appeal. On behalf of the
8,000-plus members of the Iowa State Bar Association spread throughout Iowa’s
99 counties and beyond, I thank DMACC for making this important investment in
the Iowa’s legal system,” he said.
interested in a career in court reporting can contact Angie Neville on the
DMACC Newton Campus by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by calling (641)
791-3622 or by visiting the DMACC Court Reporting Program webpage.
Drake names Judge Eisenhauer Alumnus
of the Year
district and appellate court judge Larry Eisenhauer received Drake University’s
annual Alumnus of the Year Award last Saturday night, April 5. The award was
conveyed as part of the university’s annual Supreme Court Celebration, and was
presented during its 77th Annual Supreme Court Celebration Banquet.
President Guy Cook delivered the keynote address at the awards banquet.
his introduction of Judge Eisenhauer, Drake Law School Dean Allan Vestal highlighted
the judge’s judicial career, which included being appointed as a juvenile court
referee in 1985, being appointed to the district court in 1993, the court of
appeals in 2001 and being elected Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals in 2012.
He now serves as a senior judge of that body.
"But it is the person, not merely the paper
record, who we honor tonight,” the dean continued. "To get some personal
insights, I looked at his admissions file for law school.”
Read what Dean Vestal found in
the admissions file, including his remarks about Judge Eisenhauer’s prowess on
the golf course, particularly as it relates to his role in the annual Dean’s
International Law Section hosts
Mark Schlenker, chair of the ISBA’s International Law Section, spent a couple
of hours visiting with representatives from about five different countries as
part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on
Monday, March 31. The countries represented included Cambodia and Uganda.
members visiting Iowa represented a third of the total delegation in the IVLP
on a three-week tour of the U.S. The five members chose Iowa because of their
interest in the rule of law and independent judiciaries, and the desire to
explore how civil and criminal justice systems operate at the federal, state
and municipal levels.
Pocahontas Area High School crowned
2014 Mock Trial champion
team from Pocahontas Area High School triumphed over a team from Robins near
Cedar Rapids to take the championship in the 2014 High School Mock Trial State
Tournament Friday, March 28.
Pocahontas had the task of defending a young woman, Tatum Woodley, who was
charged by the state with harassing another young woman via the intranet system
at Kingswood College where they both attended. "Team Sunday,” as the Robins team
called itself, had the challenge of prosecuting Woodley.
decision on which team won the case was a close one, according to John Wheeler,
director of The Iowa State Bar Association’s Center for Law and Civic Education
which administers the mock trial program as part of the ISBA’s Young Lawyers
total of 32 teams out of the 106 teams from across the state who participated
in this year’s high school mock trial program competed in the state tournament
this year. They earned a berth in the state tournament based on their
performances at one of eight regional tournaments earlier in the month.
more about the 2014 high school tournament, including which teams made the top
12 and which individuals were selected by the judges as outstanding attorneys and
witnesses, in this news release. See photos of the
championship round here.
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Iowa Supreme Court Decisions
April 4, 2014
VILLAGE AT WHITE BIRCH TOWN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION vs. NORANDEX BUILDING
MATERIALS DISTRIBUTION, INC., RBM-II, L.C., and WOLF CONSTRUCTION COMMERICIAL,
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Michael D. Huppert, Judge.
association seeks further review of court of appeals decision affirming
district court’s grant of summary judgment to subcontractors. AFFIRMED BY
OPERATION OF LAW.
SMITH vs. STATE OF IOWA
from the Iowa District Court for Humboldt County, Gary L. McMinimee, Judge.
applicant seeks further review of a court of appeals decision affirming the
district court judgment that she did not qualify for compensation as a
wrongfully imprisoned person. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AND JUDGMENT OF
DISTRICT COURT AFFIRMED.
SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. JAMES STEPHEN CONROY
review of the report of the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
commission reports respondent committed numerous violations of the rules of
professional conduct and recommends suspension. LICENSE SUSPENDED.