National study of the best lawyer mentors
of law professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H.
Bowen School of Law, has launched a national study of the best law mentors in
the country. The authors’ stated goal is to identify attorney mentors who work
with young lawyers to transform their careers and their lives, study those
mentors in depth and understand why they are so effective. Based on this
research, they will identify and describe a set of behaviors, attitudes and
habits that are characteristic of the best law mentors.
hope to produce a work that is a manual for attorneys who aspire to be
transformative mentors, a resource for legal employers for hiring and training
mentors and a tool young lawyers might use to find good mentors,” said Dean
Michael Hunter Schwartz, one of the four professors working on the project.
have signed a contract with Harvard University Press to publish the book in
authors will solicit nominations, gather evidence of nominees’ excellence and
pare the list to the most extraordinary legal mentors. They will then study the
mentors where they work, interviewing both the mentors and focus groups of current
and former mentees. They also hope to observe mentoring interactions. The
authors plan to then sift through the information they have gathered, identify
what the best mentors have in common and areas of important difference, and
organize the book by the common themes identified through this process.
now, the authors are seeking nominees for their study via a website they have
established, bestlawmentors.com. The web provides details about the project,
the authors and their methodology.
more information about the project, click here. If
you wish to nominate a mentor for the study, please click here.
ISBA Affirmative Legislative Program bill no.
from the ISBA’s 2015 Affirmative Legislation Program, Senate File 451, was
passed by the legislature and signed by the governor April 17. The bill amends
Iowa Code Chapter 232
by adding section 103A.
Under the new section, the
juvenile court may close a child in need of assistance case by transferring
jurisdiction over the child’s custody, physical care and visitation to the
district court through a bridge order.
certain criteria are met, any party to a CINA proceeding, or the juvenile court, may file a motion for a bridge order. Section 103A requires that bridge
orders only address matters of custody, physical care and visitation. A party
may file a petition in district court for modification of the bridge order within
one year of the filing date of the bridge order. Within the one year period, the
party requesting the modification must demonstrate that the modification is in
the best interest of the child and is not required to demonstrate a substantial
change of circumstances.
In addition, no filing fees or other court costs will
be assessed against the parties in relation to the transfer of jurisdiction or
a petition for modification within one year of the filing date of the bridge
more information, see the enrolled bill here.
61st Annual Spring Tax Institute
to be held May 8
A. Donaldson, professor of law at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga.,
will keynote this year’s 61st annual institute May 8 at the
University Club in Iowa City.
distinguished professor and author, Donaldson has also taught at Northwestern
University School of Law, University of Washington School of Law and the
University of Florida Levin College of Law. He will present for a total of
three hours in the morning of the day-long institute. Topics throughout the day include: "Burning
Questions (and Even Hotter Answers) About Grantor Trusts”(1.5 hours), "New
Power of Attorney Act” (0.75 hours), "Spousal Rights & Spousal Planning” (1
hour), "Digital Assets Bill” (0.75 hours), "Tax Ethics Panel” (1 hour), and
"Federal Tax Update” (1.5 hours).
presenting in the afternoon are Matt Gardner, Gardner Law; Kyle Irvin, Corbett
Anderson, et. al.; and Josh Weidemann, O’Connor & Thomas. Panelists include
Tom Houser, Jason Stone and Chris James, all of Davis Brown Law Firm in Des
To view more
information about the institute and to register online, click here. To register by
mail, click here. Individuals with
questions may contact Janey Piersall via email at Janey-Piersall@uiowa.edu.
Iowa Law’s first 150 years exhibit
An exhibit commemorating the University of Iowa College
of Law’s sesquicentennial is currently on display at the Old Capitol Museum. "Iowa Law: The Oldest Law School West of
the Mississippi” celebrates the University of Iowa College of Law’s
first 150 years of continuous legal education and its story in a unique,
"The early stories of our founders and graduates are
really fascinating and diverse,” said Noëlle Sinclair, exhibit curator and head
of special collections at the University of Iowa Law Library. "The first woman
graduate was in 1873, and six years later, the first African-American and
international students graduated. Also, in 1890, our first Japanese student
The exhibit tells the story of the school and stories of some of the people who studied and taught there. The stories are accompanied
by a variety of photographs of the various homes of the law school, information
on the law library, the bar exam and Daumier lithographs from the University of
Iowa Museum of Art.
The exhibit is open to the public and runs through August
2. Admission is free of charge. More information about the exhibit and the
museum can be found here.
by State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City.
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Terry Branstad Proclaims May 1 Law Day in Iowa
Governor Terry Branstad has formally proclaimed May 1 Law Day in Iowa. Branstad
issued the proclamation at the request of ARAG®, a leading provider of legal
insurance, and the Polk County Bar Association (PCBA). "Law Day celebrates
the many ways that the rule of law contributed to the freedoms that Iowans
enjoy," says Emily Chafa, PCBA President.
"The governor's proclamation gives Iowans the opportunity to
rededicate ourselves to protecting the freedom and rights of all
law arising from Kasem case ensures adult children can see sick parents
year after the children of the radio personality Casey Kasem had to seek court
action to see their ailing father, a new law in Iowa aims to ensure that adult
children can see their sick parents — granting them visitation rights unless
the person’s guardian goes to court to stop them. Gov. Terry Branstad signed
the bill into law Friday. Under the measure, adults who must depend on a legal
guardian to manage their affairs would have the right to receive visits from
family members and others they have previously expressed interest in seeing. The
legal guardian could still control factors like the time and the place of the
The New York Times
Court weighs excessive force
a growing national debate over police use of force, the Supreme Court struggled
Monday with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail
officials by people who are accused but not yet convicted of crimes. The case
involves Michael Kingsley, a Wisconsin man who was in jail pending a trial on
drug charges. Kingsley claims that two jail officers used excessive force when
they transferred him to another cell after he refused to remove a piece of
paper covering the light over his bed.
Dubuque Telegraph Herald
casino won’t have to pay $41 million jackpot
an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in
2011, she thought she’d hit it big. The screen said: "The reels have rolled
your way! Bonus Award — $41797550.16.” Pauline McKee and her daughter excitedly
summoned casino employees to collect what they thought was a $41.8 million
jackpot. But state officials later concluded the award was a computer glitch
and that the Isle Hotel Casino in Waterloo didn’t have to pay.
The Des Moines Register
court to consider lawsuits over personal data
Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether websites and other firms that
collect personal data can be sued for publishing inaccurate information even if
the mistakes don't cause any actual harm. The case is being watched closely by
Google, Facebook and other Internet companies concerned that class-action
lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act could expose them to billions of
dollars in damages.
Associated Press via KWWL Channel 7
captures disbarred lawyer long wanted for fraud charges in Pueblo
disbarred Iowa lawyer’s long run from the law is over. Authorities said
Thursday that former Coralville lawyer Dennis Bjorklund was arrested last week
in Colorado, ending a five-year search for one of the FBI’s most-wanted
white-collar fugitives. Bjorklund, 50, is in federal custody and will soon be
transferred to Iowa to face federal mail and tax fraud charges.
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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
April 24, 2015
and DANNY NELSON, Individually, and on Behalf of E.N. f/k/a E.N., a Minor vs.
M. LINDAMAN, LYNN M. LINDAMAN, M.D., P.L.C. d/b/a LINDAMAN ORTHOPAEDIC, and
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER – DES MOINES
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Robert J. Blink, Judge. Medical
defendants, sued for malpractice for failing to detect child abuse, appeal
district court’s order denying their motion for summary judgment
based on immunity under Iowa Code section 232.73 for assisting the
investigation by the Iowa Department of Human Services. REVERSED AND REMANDED
McKEE vs. ISLE OF CAPRI CASINOS, INC. and IOC BLACK HAWK COUNTY, INC.
from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Todd A. Geer, Judge. A
casino patron who sued to recover a bonus allegedly won on a slot machine
appeals the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the casino. AFFIRMED.
OF IOWA vs. PATRICK RYAN NICOLETTO
from the Iowa District Court for Davis County, Daniel P. Wilson, Judge. The
State appeals the district court’s ruling that the defendant is a wrongfully
imprisoned person under Iowa Code section 663A.1. REVERSED.
Iowa Supreme Court recently issued orders denying applications for further
review in 74 cases. To view a list of the cases, click here.
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