New ISBA website launched
After months of preparation, dedication and
hard work The Iowa State Bar Association launched its newly designed website Monday
(Oct. 7). The URL remains the same at www.iowabar.org.
The goal for the new website is to provide
members with a user-friendly and personal experience. The new site will offer more functionality, easier
navigation and more in-depth information for members and for the public. The
homepage with its clean uncluttered design will facilitate navigating to needed
The new website provides more content and
functionality than the previous website, allowing you to personalize your
experience. Soon you will be able to
control when and how you receive emails, create new member connections, upload
and share files, save your favorite pages within the site for quick access and utilize
new or improved practice tools. Many of these new practice tools can be found
within the Fastcase Legal Research that is provided free to members as a member
benefit. The new tools include: annotated Jury Instructions, annotated Title
Standards, Workers’ Compensation Decisions and the Iowa Code Annotated.
In the coming weeks, look for educational
videos to help you take better advantage of the new functionality and services.
In the meantime, if you experience any problems using
the new website or if you have any suggestions, please visit this help page
or contact email@example.com.
Due to technical limitations, your username
and password has changed, so please check your inbox for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org
sent on Monday morning (Oct. 7) with
your new information. If you are unable
to locate this email, please contact ISBA Membership Director Mary Hill at email@example.com
to request the information.
IOLTA accounts target of apparent email
watchful for emails that state there are insufficient funds in your IOLTA
Account. Last Monday (Oct. 7), the email filtering systems at the District of
Columbia (DC) Bar detected and blocked numerous email messages addressed to
employees bearing forged firstname.lastname@example.org
return addresses. The messages allege that the recipient’s IOLTA account has
insufficient funds to pay an outstanding check, and include a .zip file
attachment purportedly containing additional information and presumed to
is a strong possibility that these messages are part of a broader phishing
attack targeted to legal professionals, says John Kinas, IT director at the DC
Bar. Email headers indicate that these messages were sent from several
different email servers scattered across the globe.
more, including what a representative scam email looks like, plus comments from
ISBA IT experts, and a link to a weblog that discusses some of the scams
affecting attorneys at this link.
Alert! Change your password if using
you have a login to Adobe for any reason, such as purchasing or registering
software, help blogs or training videos, support, using their cloud storage,
etc., please go in immediately and change your password.
said Thursday that it recently suffered a massive security breach which
compromised the IDs, passwords, and credit card information of nearly three
million customers, according to a report in PC Magazine.
and Bolts seminar coming at end of the month
you need to learn the "nuts and bolts” of one or more areas of law? If
so, this seminar is for you.
From litigation to family law to the
essentials of being a successful attorney, this seminar will help any attorney,
regardless of the area of law in which they concentrate their practice to
better understand the issues and thus better serve their clients. The
seminar is also an opportunity for newer members of the Bar to meet and
socialize with their peers and become acquainted with the Iowa legal community.
in two locations Coralville (Oct. 30) and Des Moines (Oct. 31), the seminar
offers 7.25 hours of state CLE which includes 1 hour of ethics and 3.5 hours of
federal. The seminar is just one of the courses sponsored by the YLD
Professional Development Committee.
register for the Coralville location click
here. To register for the Des Moines Location click
convictions expert to speak in Iowa City and Des Moines Oct. 10 & 11
Professor Jon Gould from American University
will present his recent research on predicting wrongful convictions in two
presentations this Thursday (Oct. 10) and Friday (Oct. 11).
Thursday’s presentation will be 5 p.m. in
Levitt Auditorium at the University of Iowa College of Law. Friday’s
presentation will be at noon in 213 Cartwright Hall at Drake University Law
School. The presentations are free and
open to the public.
The talks are based on Gould’s study of the
systemic factors that contribute to the conviction of the innocent which will
be published in an upcoming issue of the Iowa Law Review. Each
presentation is approved for 60 minutes of CLE credit.
Gould’s visit is co-sponsored by the
Innocence Project of Iowa, the Iowa Law Review, Drake University Law School,
the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Iowa State Bar Association,
and the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. More information on his
research can be found at this link.
YLD hosting tailgating party at UNI
Homecoming, Oct 12
Young Lawyers Division Membership Committee and the Northeast Iowa YLD District
Representatives invite you to join them for a tailgate party before the UNI
versus Southern Illinois football game this Saturday (Oct. 12). Food and
beverages are provided and families are welcome. All you need to bring are your
own lawn chairs and your favorite tailgating games.
can also buy tickets to the game, provided there are still some left. The group
rate is $12 per ticket. Find more information here.
College to be held Oct. 17-18
Iowa Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates is looking for a few more
attorneys for its trial college. The college will be held Oct. 17-18 at the
Sheraton Hotel, 1800 50th St. in West Des Moines.
will be able to sharpen their trial practice skills. They are presented with a
condensed set of problem materials for a fictitious civil lawsuit and conduct
live day-long mock trials with the help of volunteer jurors and witnesses. The
mock trials proceed under the watchful eyes of a faculty consisting of lawyers
more about the trial college in the June 2012 Iowa Lawyer magazine.
To sign-up for the college, click on this registration form.