President Cook urges members to serve
on district judicial nominating commissions
In 1962 Iowans amended the Iowa Constitution to provide for the merit selection and retention of judges and justices in our state. The system has worked well over the last 50 years to produce a high caliber judiciary, as reflected in various rating services, including the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, which has routinely rated Iowa’s judiciary in the top 10, if not the top five in the country.
Essential to maintaining the high quality of judges in our state is ensuring the judicial district nominating commissions have a cross-section of effective and involved bar members serving.
If you have not served on a nominating commission before, I urge you to consider filing nomination papers and running for a position on the judicial nominating commission in your district.
Thank you, and best of luck.
Guy R. Cook
Attorneys interested in serving on their districts’ judicial nominating commissions are asked to file a nominating petition with the state court administrator’s office on or before Jan. 1, 2014. Details for filing and serving, along with a list of the members whose terms are expiring the end of January, are available here.
You’re invited to a ‘Burn the
dream of owning its own headquarters building someday will come to fruition on
Thursday, Dec. 5, with a mortgage burning ceremony from 6-8 p.m. at the ISBA
ceremony, which includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, officially
closes a chapter in the association’s nearly 140-year history that began when
the ISBA Board of Governors voted in 2006 to purchase and remodel the
103-year-old railway freight house on Des Moines’ east side. Thanks to the
generosity of hundreds of members and the Iowa State Bar Foundation, the
first-ever, association-owned building is paid for.
the years since the building opened at the end of December 2007, tens of
thousands of members have visited, and hundreds of association meetings,
continuing legal education programs and community events have been hosted in
the building. Almost all visitors comment on how beautiful it is, and how well
it accommodates gatherings.
you were not one of the original contributors to the building fund – or even if
you were and want to contribute more – you can still be a part of it. Please
consider a contribution to carry our bar building headquarters forward for
future generations of lawyers,” said President Guy Cook. Bring your contribution to the mortgage burning party, or
mail it to: Harry Shipley, assistant executive director, 625 East Court Avenue,
Des Moines, IA 50309. Indicate that the contribution is for the building fund.
for the mortgage burning ceremony to Lisa Hanson at email@example.com. Please
RSVP by this Friday (Nov. 22).
credits, proposed court rule changes are two webinars not to miss
upcoming webinars will address timely issues of importance to attorneys and
scheduled for this Friday (Nov. 22) from noon to 12:50 p.m., will discuss the
change to taxes on business and commercial property brought about by the
passage of SF 295 last June. Any attorney who owns commercial property or has
clients who do, should participate. Julie G. Roisen from the Iowa Department of
Revenue Property Tax Division will discuss the property tax reforms enacted
during the 2013 legislative session, including the application process.
for applying for the business property tax credit is Jan. 15.
other, scheduled for Monday (Dec. 16) will feature Supreme Court Justice Edward
Mansfield and two other speakers discussing the rules proposed by the supreme
court on discovery and expedited trials.
bulk of the proposed changes are in the area of expedited litigation for suits
under 75k. If enacted, the proposed rules would significantly
change how lawsuits are tried in Iowa.
more information about the webinars, and to register for either one or both, go
to the ISBA website. Click here to register for
Friday’s property tax webinar. Click here to register for the
proposed rule changes webinar.
clients’ philanthropic reach with Endow Iowa tax credits
contributions made through the Endow Iowa
Tax Credit program enables clients to expand the impact of their philanthropic
giving by 25 percent. That’s because the Endow Iowa program allows Iowa
taxpayers to receive a 25 percent Iowa tax credit, in addition to the federal
charitable income tax deduction, for charitable gifts.
Moines attorney Gordon Fischer writes in this short article that cash, real
estate, grain, appreciated securities and outright gifts of retirement assets
qualify for the Endow Iowa program. In the article, he explains the limits on
gifted amounts, how the credits are issued on a first-come/first-served basis,
and that the credits can be carried for up to five years after the year the
donation was made.
the full article. Contact Fischer at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 515-447-4203.
The United States Department of Agriculture,
Office of the General Counsel, is seeking to fill four attorney positions
throughout the country – Kansas City, Mo.; Little Rock, Ark.; Milwaukee, Wisc.;
and Harrisburg, Penn.
The Office of the General Counsel provides
legal advice and services to all agencies of the USDA in administering programs
and activities within the defined geographic area, according to the USAJobs
Click here to see the duties an
attorney is expected to perform as well as the required qualifications. Applications
must be submitted by Dec. 9.
Tax manual now available
new edition of the Fiduciary Tax manual is now available. Originally written in
1991 and revised in 1994, 2003 and October 2013, the 365-page manual provides
an overview of the federal and Iowa fiduciary income tax returns for estates
and trusts, and incorporates examples and forms to illustrate certain aspects
of those returns.
attending this year’s tax school (Dec. 4-6) can pre-order a copy of the manual here and save the
shipping and handling charges by picking it up at the registration desk.
not attending this year’s tax school can purchase the manual here.
Did You Know...
that you can "connect” with other members on the ISBA’s new website? Once connected, you can send private messages to the person, view photos they post on their profile page, etc. You can even send messages to all of your connections, or any combination of them, at one time.To connect to another member, type the person’s name in the search box above "Your Member Profile” on your own profile page, then click on the "Connect” button above the person’s name. Enter a short message, if you want, in the window that opens and click the "Request” button. You’ll receive a message when the person accepts or declines.
Benefit of the Week
CLE Season Pass
Receive all of your CLE credits by using The Iowa State Bar Association’s affordable CLE Season Pass. It’s the one and only pass that offers hundreds of CLE credits at the best price in town! For only $550, you can take all the CLE credits you need in a 12-month span. Sign up for the Season Pass today and have the opportunity to choose from over 200 hours of live CLEs in addition to the 20 hours of telephone CLEs the ISBA offers.
Iowa Supreme Court DecisionsNovember 15, 2013
RE THE MARRIAGE OF KENNETH R. MICHAEL AND MELISSA J. MICHAEL Upon the Petition
of KENNETH R. MICHAEL
from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Andrea J. Dryer, Judge.
sought, and we granted, further review of a court of appeals decision reversing
in part the district court’s modification of his spousal support obligation. DECISION
OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED IN PART AND AFFIRMED IN PART; DISTRICT COURT
JUDGMENT AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.
MANAGEMENT and NEW HAMPSHIRE INSURANCE COMPANY vs. PASCUALA JIMENEZ
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Arthur E. Gamble, Judge.
employer appeals a district court judgment affirming the Iowa Workers’
Compensation Commissioner’s decision awarding benefits. AFFIRMED IN PART,
REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.
OF IOWA vs. DAVID R. DESIMONE
from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Marlita A. Greve, Judge.
State of Iowa appeals from an order finding that an individual was a wrongfully
imprisoned person. REVERSED AND REMANDED.