deceptively used Des Moines law firm’s logo
The ISBA would like to make
members aware of a new email scam that has affected a local Des Moines law
firm. The law firm discovered someone has been fraudulently using the firm’s
logo on bogus email correspondence to a number of individuals targeted for the
scam throughout the U.S. So far, about a dozen individuals have reported the
incident to the law firm.
The law firm is in the
process of alerting the Iowa
Attorney General’s office and filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center
ISBA recognizes Constitution
The ISBA’s Center for Law
and Civic Education is recognizing Constitution Day today, Sept. 17, in a
variety of ways. The ISBA Center for Law and Civic Education encourages ISBA
members to visit classrooms around the State in observance of Constitution Day
to begin the conversation about the importance of the Constitution.
In honor of the day, two
classes watched live arguments at the Judicial Branch Building this morning and
then met with a retired appellate judge who facilitated a discussion on the
argument process. More information on the classes attending the live arguments
can be found on the Iowa Courts website here.
Additionally, the Know
Your Constitution (KYC) program released contest guidelines
for this year’s contest today. The contest for Iowa high school students
requires students to take a quiz and write a short essay on the constitutional
conundrum offered by the KYC committee. In January, 100 students and their
teachers will be selected to attend a luncheon at the state level. Five of
those students will be selected for a week-long educational trip to Washington,
D.C., accompanied by their teachers.
Lastly, the ISBA launched
We the People program aimed to promote civic competence and
responsibility among the nation's elementary and secondary students. The
culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students
"testify" before a panel of judges. At the high school level, schools
may participate in a State Competition, held in December, performing units
before a panel of notable governmental and political leaders. The top performing
high school team is eligible to attend the National Competition in Washington,
Those interested in getting
involved, can visit the ISBA Constitution Day
webpage. On it, the ISBA has a gambit of educational tools
inspired by the holiday. For questions or more information, email John Wheeler,
Director for the ISBA Center for Law and Civic Education at email@example.com.
Newly Admitted Ceremony
scheduled for tomorrow
Admitted Attorneys will swear into the bar tomorrow, Sept. 18, in Des Moines.
The event will take place at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland, at 10:00 a.m.,
with a cookie reception to follow. The event will have open seating and
free parking. About 200 attorneys are expected to be sworn in.
ISBA offers free Adobe
Acrobat training for members, staff
The ISBA will host a free,
live webinar on Adobe Acrobat Essentials Oct. 8 for ISBA members and their
staffs. The live webinar will be from 12 to 1:30 p.m. and will cover basics of
the software as well as advanced functions. Registrants may attend this event
live in-person at the ISBA Headquarters or via the web.
The presenter, Terry Aurit
of Savvy Training and Consulting, will demonstrate
how to create, modify, review, and share PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro.
The presentation covers the basics of the software, such as creating and
customizing PDFs, searching, editing text and graphics, and extracting PDF
content to use in other programs. Advanced functionality such as combining PDFs
with other types of files to create customized portfolios and document security
will also be covered.
interested can sign up on the ISBA website by navigating to the CLE drop-down
menu, Upcoming CLE, then clicking on Webinar (or
click here). Registrants should be sure to identify whether they will
attend in person or via the web. Non-lawyers may
also register for the event. For attorneys, 1.5 hours of state CLE credit have
been approved. For any questions, please contact Christy Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date:
INADR to host two-day seminar at Drake
The International Academy for Dispute Resolution is scheduled to
host a two-day seminar at the Drake University Law School Legal Clinic Oct.
17-18. The 6th Annual World Congress features speakers from around
the world including speakers from here in Iowa.
I went to the World Congress for the first time and would not miss it again!”
said Laurie Stewart of Stewart Law & Mediation, P.L.L.C. in Panora. "In
addition to receiving outstanding training and information from amazing
mediators from around the world, the networking proved to be a huge benefit. My
mediation practice and circle of mediator colleagues has expanded incredibly!"
in reading more about the event can view the event
flyer here or go to the INADR website. All questions should be directed to Susan Ewing
at 515-283-0331 or email@example.com.
|In Other News...|
suspended for 2012 intoxication
A southern Iowa judge has
been suspended without pay for 30 days after findings that she arrived for work
at the Henry County Courthouse intoxicated and, in a separate incident,
urinated on a street. Fort Madison-based District Associate Judge Emily Dean was
drinking a "colorless liquid" on May 9, 2012, while her court
reporter was driving her from Fort Madison to Mount Pleasant, according to a
ruling Friday from the Iowa Supreme Court. Dean fell asleep in the car and when
she arrived at the courthouse an employee in the county attorney's office
convinced her she could not work.
Des Moines Register
order to our courts
After more than a decade,
our courts’ dual record-keeping systems will finally begin to merge. Scott
County joins the Iowa courts’ move to digital filing, meaning that court
documents will be sent and accessible via the web instead of delivering hard
copies. The advent of electronic records led to a two-tiered system where
business was conducted with paper, but duplicated digitally. Web access helps
expedite justice tremendously. But it also added to public records cost.
Quad City Times
Supreme Court sheds light on process at open hearing
In an Iowa Supreme Court
special session Thursday at West High, justices heard oral arguments for two
cases, one of which centered on the legality of testimony delivered by video.
"Now everyone is using technology," said attorney Brian D.W.
Spannagel, who argued on behalf of defendant Zachariah Rogerson that video
testimony received through the Iowa Communications Network violated the state
and U.S. constitutions. "Although technology has changed, people are still
hardwired the same."
Iowa City Press-Citizen
The Iowa Lawyer Weekly is an electronic newsletter published
every Wednesday. Please submit comments, letters to the editor, articles, or
photos, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact information should be included with submissions. The ISBA reserves the
right to refuse any submission, but will take all submissions into
consideration for future publication.
|Benefit of the Week|
ISBA On-Demand Catalog
Take advantage of the ISBA's new on-demand CLE catalog!
The ISBA has upgraded its collection of on-demand videos and is offering, for a limited time only, two videos free to ISBA members. These free videos, which focus on real estate law, also offer CLE credit. Earning CLE credit has never been easier! Members simply need to log-in to view the following videos absolutely free:
View the complete catalog here.
- Essentials of Successful Abstract Examination - Part 1 & 2
- Closing the Transaction: A Best Practice Guide for Residential Real Estate Closings - Part 1 & 2
Please contact ISBA CLE Director Christy Cronin at 515-697-7874 or email@example.com with any questions.
Supreme Court Opinions
September 12, 2014
IN THE MATTER OF EMILY SUSAN DEAN, District Associate Court Judge. On application of the Iowa