president urges members to use the association’s new website
President Guy Cook recently taped a video describing some of the unique
features of the association’s new website and urging members to sign in and use
the video, he stresses that the new website is easier to use than the previous
site. As an example, he points to the list of resources such as Fastcase,
ethics opinions, the CLE calendar and practice tools that can be accessed from
the home page.
also discusses the drop down list of sections and committees which permits the
user to select a section or committee simply by hovering the mouse over
"Committees & Sections” at the top of the home page. In addition, he
describes the activities, such as viewing the section council members or
committee members, posting a question or comment in the "forum”, or posting
photos, that the user can do after selecting on a specific section or committee page.
is a really excellent website and a good work product,” he says in conclusion.
"I encourage you to jump in and take advantage of it.”
the entire video.
Court seeks comments on expanded media coverage proposal
On Monday (Oct. 28), the Iowa Supreme Court
released its proposal to revise the Iowa Court Rules for Expanded Media
Coverage (EMC). EMC rules regulate audio and video recording and photography of
The proposal broadens
the court's definition of news media and allows 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 court is asking for public
comment on the proposal by 4:30 p.m., Jan. 6.
An overview of the proposed changes with a
link to the actual order, the proposed changes and where to send comments can
be found in this news
government officials visit ISBA headquarters for a reception
members of a Chinese delegation of young up-and-coming political leaders spent
an hour and a half at a reception in their honor at the ISBA headquarters last
Wednesday (Oct. 23) evening. The reception was hosted by the ISBA’s
International Law Section.
13-day trip for the Chinese young people was arranged by The American Council
of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). It was designed to introduce the seven young
Chinese political leaders, ages 25 to 35, who were selected based on their
current political leadership roles and potential for future achievement, to the
U.S. The delegation visited Washington, D.C. for four days, then flew to Iowa
for a four-day visit before departing for California and back to China.
Guy Cook welcomed the seven young people and their translators and sponsors
with a description of the ISBA and the legal profession in Iowa. Judge Mark
Schlenker, chair of the International Law Section, also spoke about the importance
of global relationships.
ISBA members who attended the reception praised the association for hosting it.
One member who wrote to President Cook expressed his appreciation this way: "It
is always good to see how the ISBA reaches out - and out into our global
community. As a member of the
International Law Section Committee I
think your assistance was invaluable.”
of the delegation presented gifts to President Cook (see photo). He, in turn,
presented them with mementos of their visit to the association. (See more
photos of the visit on the International Law Section webpage here.)
hear oral arguments, visit schools in Burlington on Nov. 5-6
Supreme Court justices will visit schools in the Burlington area on Nov. 6,
following their special session to hear oral arguments the night before.
will hear oral arguments in two cases -- Palmer College of Chiropractic v.
Davenport Civil Rights Commission, and Aaron Cannon and Joseph DeMocko, et al.
vs. Iowa Department of Natural Resources -- in the auditorium at Edward Stone
Middle School, 3000 Mason Road in Burlington. The oral arguments begin at 7
p.m., and will be followed by a public reception sponsored by the Des Moines
County Bar Association in the auditorium lobby.
is the list
of schools the justices will visit.
Bar Association to host program on proposed civil action rule, discovery
Polk County Bar Association is sponsoring a presentation on the proposed new
expedited civil action rule and proposed discovery reforms at its monthly noon
luncheon on Tuesday (Nov. 12).
Edward Mansfield, Judge Eliza Ovrom, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Thompson
and Steven Lawyer from the Lawyer Law Firm in Des Moines will be the
luncheon will be held in the CLE Center at the ISBA headquarters. Tickets are
$17 in advance, $19 at the door. Click on reservation
practice clerkship alum featured in U of I ‘Iowa Now’ newsletter
Hollingshead, who helped spearhead the ISBA’s rural practice clerkship program,
is the featured "Hometown Hawkeye” in the latest issue of the University of
Iowa’s "Iowa Now" newsletter.
to Tom Snee with the University New Services, Hollingshead will also be
featured in an upcoming football game program, although as this was being
written, he wasn’t sure which game.
View the "Hometown Hawkeye" article here.
Clio introduces iPhone app for
managing a law practice
the company that provides a complete law practice management
system based on the cloud, recently announced its system is available as a free
app for the iPhone. The company is also working on an app for Android-based
phones, but hasn’t said when that app will be available.
officials said that the new app was designed from the ground up for iOS 7, the
operating system running on iPhones. The app sets a new benchmark not just for
legal practice management, but for iOS apps of any type, they said.
authors who write on legal technology have reviewed the new app. Read Bob
Ambrogi’s review on iPhone
J.D., Sam Glover’s review on the Lawyerist and Monica
Bay’s review on Law
learn more about Clio for the iPhone, click here. The site gives you
screen shots that show how each feature, such as the calendar or the timer,
work. You can download the free app from the iTunes store here.
Did You Know...
you can find services such as private
investigators and appraisers, as well as office needs, in the ISBA’s Vendor
Mall? You can also list services you offer in the Vendor Mall. Click here to access the mall, or
go to "Vendor Mall” under the "Practice Tools” tab on the ISBA home page.
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Iowa Supreme Court DecisionsOctober 25, 2013
THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CARROLL IRVING SAMPSON, Deceased. CHERYL ANN MURKEN
and MARY ANN SMITH, Coexecutors of the Christine Rosilia Sampson Estate
from the Iowa District Court for Story County, James C. Ellefson, Judge.
The coexecutors of a wife’s estate seek
further review of a decision of the court of appeals, affirming an order of the
district court reopening her husband’s estate. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS
VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED.
SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. CURT N. DANIELS
review of the report of the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
Grievance commission reports that respondent committed ethical misconduct and
recommends a public reprimand. ATTORNEY REPRIMANDED.