Governors unanimously approves recommendations on education, licensure of Iowa
Iowa State Bar Association’s Board of Governors (BOG) unanimously approved the
recommendations put forth by the Blue Ribbon Committee on Legal Education and
Licensure at its quarterly meeting yesterday (Dec. 11).
committee, which itself had unanimously approved the recommendations at its
meeting last week, recommended that Iowa move away from the multi-state bar
exam in use for the past five years and adopt the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) that
is portable in 14 states. It also recommended that students who successfully
complete three years of specified law school course work at Drake University
Law School or the University of Iowa College of Law be admitted to the Iowa Bar
without being required to take a bar exam.
is an historic, innovative and forward-thinking action that will benefit the
next generation of lawyers and the citizens of Iowa,” said ISBA President Guy
Cook after the BOG decision. "It will reduce the costs of becoming an
Iowa-licensed attorney, and make it easier for new attorneys to practice in
underserved areas, including rural areas.
also protects the public by ensuring that the Iowa Supreme Court, rather than a
multi-state test, determines who becomes an Iowa-licensed attorney,” he added.
Chair David L. Brown praised the collaborative venture between the bench, bar
and law schools that led to the committee’s recommendation. Committee members
included judges, lawyers, former members of the bar examining committee, the
deans of Iowa’s two law schools and a Supreme Court Justice, who served in an
action taken by the board makes Iowa a leader in the nation,” he said.
complete report containing the recommendations and the background behind them
will be sent to the Iowa Supreme Court for its review and approval. Read the report.
Appeals elects Judge Danilson as chief
Iowa Court of Appeals has elected Judge David Danilson as chief judge, the
court announced this morning. He succeeds Chief Judge Larry Eisenhauer who
retired earlier this fall.
Danilson was appointed to the court of appeals in 2009 after serving as a
district court judge in the Second Judicial District for 12 years. Prior to
that service, he was a district associate judge for 10 years. He is the eighth
chief judge since 1976 when the legislature established the court of appeals.
more about Judge Danilson’s background and see a list of all the chief judges
for the court of appeals here.
burning ceremony marks completion of significant chapter in ISBA history
85 individuals braved single-digit temperatures earlier this month to attend a
mortgage burning ceremony officially commemorating The Iowa State Bar
Association’s first-ever ownership of its headquarters building.
we acknowledge one of the great accomplishments of The Iowa State Bar
Association,” said current ISBA President Guy Cook in brief remarks before a
few brave souls ventured outside for the official mortgage burning ceremony.
"As we gather on this historic night, we must thank the building committee led
by Paul Tyler, the fundraising steering committee led by JC Salvo, and
then-ISBA President Marion Beatty, Most important, we must recognize the
generous contributors who made this great accomplishment possible, many of whom
are here tonight and who are recognized on the plaques throughout this
here for photos of
the clerk of the Supreme Court to close early on four days
order to prepare and train staff for implementation of the Electronic Data
Management System (EDMS) in the appellate courts, the office of the clerk of
the supreme court will close at noon for the remainder of the day on the
- Tuesday, Dec. 17
- Thursday, Jan. 9
- Tuesday, Jan. 14
- Thursday, Jan. 16
or motions in a pending action or proceeding, or the perfecting or filing of an
appeal from the decision or award of a court, board, commission or official
that are due on one of the days the clerk’s office is closed will be due the
next day that the office is open.
the complete order.
ethics credit hours before the end of the year? Check out these offerings from
Dec. 19, Roger McEowen from the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural
Law and Taxation, and Kristy Maitre from the IRS will discuss "Taxation Legal
Ethics” via an in-person or live webinar from noon to 1:30 p.m. The in-person
location is the bar headquarters at 625 East Court Avenue, in Des Moines.
Dec. 20, Tre Critelli from the Attorney Disciplinary Board will discuss
"Responding to Ethics Complaints” in a telephone CLE from noon to 1 p.m.
Dec. 31, Hugh Grady, Director, Iowa Lawyers Assistance Program, will present an
in-person or live webinar entitled: "Impaired Lawyers: The Impact on the Person
and Ethics” from noon to 1 p.m. The in-person site will be the bar
more information on all three of the seminars and to register for one or more,
go to the upcoming CLE events on the ISBA
requested on reappointment of Judge Jackwig
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is soliciting comments
from the Bar and the public on the reappointment of Judge Lee M. Jackwig as a
bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Iowa. Judge Jackwig’s current
appointment is due to expire on Nov. 2, 2014.
which are kept confidential, must be received by Jan. 20. They should be
directed via mail to Millie B. Adams, Circuit Executive, 111 South 10th
Street, Suite 26.325, St. Louis, MO 63102-1116, or via email to CE8employment@ca8.uscourts.gov.
IOLTA grant applications now available
parties involved with public purpose projects can now apply for a grant under
the Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) program. The application period,
which ends at 4:30 p.m., March 7, is for grants that will be awarded beginning
annual grant program, which began in 1986, is administered by the Iowa Supreme
Court Lawyer Trust Account Commission. More information is available here.
Instructions for obtaining application forms are also available at the above
link. For an electronic copy of the application form in Word format, click here
and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Did You Know...
you can pose questions or make comments in the
"Forum” portion of the new ISBA website? The process works much like the
listserves that many ISBA groups have used to seek answers to questions from
others in the group. To access "Forums,” log into the ISBA website (www.iowabar.org) and sign in. On your
personal member profile page, you should see a list of the groups you belong to
below a heading called "Groups.” Click on the group for which you want to
create a message. On the upper right side of the page, you’ll see "Forums.”
Click on it and post your question or comment.
Benefit of the Week
2013 Fiduciary Tax Manual
new edition of the Fiduciary Tax manual is now available to ISBA members at a discounted member price.
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.
To get your hands on the new manual, visit here.
Iowa Supreme Court DecisionsDecember 6, 2013
RE THE DETENTION OF ANTHONY GELTZ ANTHONY GELTZ
from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, David H. Sivright Jr., Judge.
appeals his adjudication and civil commitment as a sexually violent predator. REVERSED
AND REMANDED FOR DISMISSAL.
W. DEMOCKO, DONALD JONES and JAMES SAMIS vs. IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL
from the Iowa District Court for Monroe County, Daniel P. Wilson, Judge.
landowners assert the decisions of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to
revoke their resident hunting licenses were not supported by substantial
evidence and state hunting regulations favoring residents violate the
Privileges and Immunities Clause of the United States Constitution. AFFIRMED.
SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. ROBERT ALLAN WRIGHT JR.
of the report of the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
commission found violations of multiple ethical rules and recommended lengthy
suspension. LICENSE SUSPENDED.