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Master Calendar

10/27/2014
Termination of Parental Rights (Telephone CLE)

10/28/2014
2014 Nuts & Bolts Seminar (Des Moines)

10/30/2014
2014 Nuts & Bolts Seminar (Coralville)

11/6/2014
Making/Preserving a Record in an Administrative Hearing (Telephone CLE)

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ABA Retirement

Does your retirement plan offer no out-of-pocket expenses, professional fiduciary services, a broad range of investment options, and full-service administration? Ours does! The ABA Retirement Funds Program (the "Program") has been providing affordable 401(k) plans exclusively to the legal community for 49 years. The Program's bundled approach allows your firm to keep its focus on the success of the practice. We provide you with trustee, record keeping, tax reporting, compliance testing, investment management, and participant communication services - all from a single source - at no additional cost to your firm. Maybe it's time to find out what's inside your 401(k).

Call us at 866-812-3580 for a free consultation or visit www.abaretirement.com for more information and a prospectus.

Career Center
This website helps bring attorneys and employers together. Whether you have a legal position you need to fill or you’re looking for a career in the legal indu
stry, you’re in the right place! Listings are available for a fee for ISBA members. Job seekers may search the listed jobs and post their resumes on the site for free.

Visit the Career Center or call (515) 697-7869 for more information.

Caselaw Update
Caselaw Update is a free email service that keeps you abreast of recent cases that have been added to the Iowa Bar’s case law archives. Once you are subscribed, you will receive an email each time decisions are handed down by the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Each edition summarizes recent cases by topic and provides direct links to the full text of each decision.

Subscribe to caselaw listserve


Citrix Sharefile
Citrix ShareFile is a secure file sharing, file transfer, sync and storage solution enabling you to access and manage your content from anywhere, on any device. With ShareFile, co-workers and clients can receive full or partial access to the files they need, so you can work collaboratively and securely.

Learn more here


Jury Instructions
The purpose of jury instructions is to give the law to the jury in language they can understand. The Iowa Civil and Criminal Uniform Jury Instructions are written in plain English. While the Iowa Supreme Court cannot give prior approval to the instructions, the Court has unanimously approved, in principle, the plain English redraft of the Iowa Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions. The Court also adopted a resolution commending the Civil Instructions for consideration by the Trial Bench.

Access the Civil Jury Instructions
Access the Criminal Jury Instructions


CLE Index
ISBA CLE Outlines are a great way to begin your research for any case. The ISBA CLE Index gives you instant access to ISBA CLE outlines from 2006 to present. No more searching the library for a topic you vaguely remember, you can search by author, seminar subject, or any keyword. This database is fully searchable. 

Access the CLE Index Database


Computer Hardware
Members can enjoy special pricing and great discounts on a wide range of HP business products you use every day, including printers, notebooks, PCs, servers, and so much more! Plus, ISBA members receive free US ground shipping, flexible financing and leasing options, a specially trained sales team, and award-winning service and support.

Call (888) 202-4465

Group Code: STBAR


Conference Calling

The ISBA has partnered with InterCall, the world’s largest conferencing provider, to bring members exclusive rates on audio and web conferencing services. With the largest customer base globally, InterCall is ready to help your practice reduce your monthly conferencing bills, cut staff travel time, and unify your communications needs. There are no contracts to sign or minimum spending requirements, so sign up today! Call the Member Conferencing center at 1-800-636-2377 from 8 AM – 8 PM EST or click here to enroll.


Credit Card Processing Service
The LawPay Merchant Account credit card processing for attorneys is a custom-designed payment solution. LawPay examined the unique requirements for handling client funds and developed a solution that resolves the ethical dilemma attorneys face when processing client credit cards. With multiple equipment options available to handle your credit and debit card payment processing, you select the hardware that works best for you. Trusted by more than 60 bar associations nationwide, LawPay helps you take charge of your cash flow.

Call 866-376-0950 or visit here to get paid today!


Ethics Opinions
Iowa State Bar Ethics opinions from 1966 to present in a searchable database.

Access the Ethics Opinion Database


Express Shipping
Effective immediately, all ISBA members are eligible to participate and receive discounts on USPS Express Mail (overnight) and Priority Mail (1-3 days) to all 50 states. Express Mail shipments are for your urgent document and small parcel shipments and are trackable, insured, and guaranteed. Priority Mail offers a cost-effective alternative that reaches more than 90% of the U.S. population in two business days - and both services include Saturday delivery at no additional charge!

Call (800) 399-3971 to get started today.


Fastcase

The ISBA offers Fastcase, an online legal research service, to its members for free! Bar members will have access to all 50 states’ supreme court and court of appeals opinions from at least 1950 to the present, along with workers’ compensation decisions, an extensive federal package, and Iowa’s code, administrative code, and constitution. Fastcase’s patent-pending research software helps busy lawyers sort through the clutter, ranking the best cases and statutes first, and enabling users to re-sort search results to find answers fast. Fastcase is a premiere American provider of online legal research. The company's patent-pending research software helps busy lawyers sort through the clutter, ranking the best cases and statutes first, and enabling users to re-sort search results to find answers fast. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. and founded in 1999.

Click here for more information or call (515) 697-7868.


Find-A-Lawyer Service
Expand your practice with clients from the State Bar’s Find-A-Lawyer Service. The program helps connect lawyers with the public through targeted referrals. Participating lawyers indicate in which areas of law they can help clients, and in which counties. The program also allows lawyers to find new clients at a low cost while improving the image of lawyers and the legal profession. The annual fee is $100 for the first lawyer in a firm and $20 for each additional lawyer in the same law firm.

Visit www.iowafindalawyer.com today!


Health Insurance and Related Lines of Coverage
Reynolds and Reynolds can help protect and retain your biggest asset - your employees. It has been Reynolds and Reynolds commitment to the ISBA to bring the most competitive rates, products, and services to each individual and group member. The ISBA Benefits Program is specifically tailored to meet the needs of your firm and your employees.

The following insurance products are available:
  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life
  • Disability
  • Long Term Care
Allstate Benefits of cancer and accident coverage have been added to your choices to make sure you and your family are in "Good Hands” when the unexpected occurs.

Additional services available through Reynolds & Reynolds include:
  • Payroll Processing
  • Cafeteria/Flex plans
  • Health Reimbursement Arrangements
  • Health Savings Accounts
Reynolds & Reynolds is a full service broker and can market to any of the health insurance carriers in the state. The company is dedicated to providing bar association members with outstanding customer service.

Please contact David A. Fini or Kristi Rullestad at 800-767-1724 or 515-243-1724 with any questions.


Legal Directories LegalDirectories.com

LegalDirectories.com provides free, extensive and accurate attorney, firm, and mediator listings on the Internet. They are also recognized as the official directory for The Iowa State Bar Association.


IowaDocs®
IowaDocs® is a library of hundreds of legal documents created, endorsed and copyrighted by The Iowa State Bar Association that have been automated using HotDocs. These templates ask questions and automatically create customized documents based on the answers given. This member service will save time, effort and money in the production of repetitive documents and forms.

Document assembly overcomes the problems in ordinary word processing, such as cutting, pasting and reformatting. You get a customized document with all the blanks filled in, all the pronouns and verbs grammatically in place, all the paragraphs properly placed and numbered—everything complete and correct, in a fraction of the time it would take you using a word processor.

Visit www.iowadocs.net or call (515) 697-7871 or (515) 697-7891.


Iowa Lawyer Magazine

The official publication of the ISBA is included in your membership and delivered teight times yearly. The Iowa Lawyer Magazine contains feature articles on the law, reviews of legal developments, interviews with well known leaders in the legal community, legislative updates, views from the bench, history of the bar, profiles, CLE schedules and announcements and reviews of ISBA Programs & Events.

Missing an issue? Turn to www.iowabar.org for archives back through 2000.

Access the Iowa Lawyer online database

Iowa Lawyer App
The ISBA’s periodic magazine is now brought to you via your iOS or Android device. Receive all the great information available in the Iowa Lawyer Magazine in the palm of your hand, wherever you go, at no cost. Just simply download the free app below!

Download the free iOS app here or click here to download the Android app. You may also call (515) 697-7868 for more information.


Iowa Lawyer Weekly E-Newsletter

The ISBA’s e-newsletter, included in your membership, is emailed weekly. You’ll discover management tips and timely insight into events happening in the legislature, the courts, and the association.

Check out the latest edition here


Office Supplies

All ISBA members, regardless of the size of the individual law firm, are part of a nearly 8,000-person buying group giving you access to all the significant price breaks that Staples Advantage has created for the program. With Staples Advantage, you now have access to products you use every day at special contract prices.

Aside from office supplies, the Staples Advantage program offers:

  • Breakroom (beverages, snacks, plates/cups, etc…)
  • Cleaning & Janitorial (hand sanitizer, soap, tissue/towels, etc…)
  • Technology (computers, software, printer/fax, etc…)
  • Furniture (file, desk, chair, space planning, etc…)
  • Custom Print (forms, envelopes, business cards, etc…)
  • Promotional Items (pens, mugs, hats, apparel, etc…)
To get more information and to setup your law firm with access to the website please contact the account manager, Renee Dunatchik. Renee can be reached via e-mail at Renee.Dunatchik@staples.com, or by phone at 800-693-9900, Ext. 24729.

Online Directory

This directory is your best connection to fellow Iowa lawyers as well as essential member-related information.

Use the directory here


Law Practice Management Software
Clio is a cloud-based legal practice management platform that keeps your all-important matters, contacts and documents available anywhere. If you already use other popular cloud services, like Dropbox or Google Apps, Clio will make you smile by tying them together in a single, easy-to-use system. With dozens of more advanced features like terrific time-tracking, comprehensive calendaring, and beautiful billing, Clio will save you time, make you money, and help you look polished and professional to your clients.

Members of the Iowa State Bar Association receive a 10% lifetime discount on Clio, in addition to

  • A free trial:
  • Live 1:1 web demonstrations;
  • Unlimited access to live customer support and training.

Ready to give Clio a try? Please contact us today or log in to sign up as a IABAR member.

Try Clio for free and see how it can simplify your practice!
Professional Liability Insurance

It is vital that firms have Professional Liability coverage in place. Not having coverage can put a firm at risk. That’s why the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) partnered with Lockton Risk Services to develop the ISBA Insurance Program. Developed under the guidance of ISBA, the program offers the Professional Liability coverage Iowa law firms need to protect their practices at competitive rates that may not be available anywhere else.The ISBA Insurance Program is designed specifically with you in mind and offers:

  • Competitive Rates
  • Comprehensive Policy Form, including unique coverage extensions
  • Access to Unparalleled Loss Prevention & Risk Management Service
  • Outstanding Customer Service Insurance with a Company Rated "A” by A.M. Best

Additional Information


Title Standards
Members have free access to the Iowa Land Title Standards, which are designed to encourage consistency among examining attorneys within the state, and to assist them in examining abstracts of title.

Access Title Standards


Travel
Thousands of members, their families and friends, enjoy state bar international travel programs offered at group rates. Two or more trips to exciting destinations are sponsored each year through Global Holidays. To obtain tour brochures and details about the latest trip, call 1-800-842-9023 or visit here.

Vendor Mall

Looking for a court reporter, abstractor, expert witness or other business? The ISBA Vendor Mall contains information on businesses serving Iowa’s legal community. To use the Vendor Mall, simply click on a category below to be taken to a list of paid advertisers in that area. This list is not intended to be inclusive nor a recommendation of any vendor. Members are advised to use their own due diligence prior to using the services of these or any other vendors. 

Visit the ISBA Vendor Mall here or call (515) 697-7868.


Website Development

The ISBA has formed an alliance with EsqSites to provide attorneys with low cost website development and hosting packages. As a member of the ISBA, you are entitled to a 25% savings on ESQ’s website packages. Simply insert the ISBA group code when subscribing to the service and the discount will be applied automatically!

Visit EsqSites or call (619) 237-5422
Group Code: Iowa-2


Worldox
Worldox is comprehensive, practical, sensible document management for the real world… your real world. Using Worldox, you can give your people fast, easy access to all the information and knowledge you own, from word processing files and spreadsheets to e-mails and scanned documents even voice mails – virtually anything that can be stored as a file.

Worldox GX3 brings together everything you need to organize, control, describe, index, and categorize all of your electronic documents and e-mail content.

Members of The Iowa State Bar Association receive a 10% discount on Worldox.

For more information about Worldox, please contact Rick Bernauer at 816-471-3333 or rickb@cytekcorp.com.


WordRake Editing Software

WordRake editing software instantly edits your writing to make it clear and concise. A Microsoft Word add-in, it will edit 10 pages in 30 seconds and offer an average of 100 suggestions inline – no explanations, no instructions, no "grades,” just pure editing – like a human editor, only faster. About 90-95% of WordRake edits are accurate, and you accept the ones you like to create a clearer, more concise document. There is nothing else like WordRake on the market.

Over 2,000 law firms (including firms in the AMLAW100), companies, universities, and government agencies now incorporate WordRake into their writing process. Because of WordRake’s ability to enhance and streamline your writing process, Harvard Law School recently invited company representatives to participate in a conference on "Disruptive Innovation.” With WordRake on your PC, you have an editor every hour of every day to help you establish writing excellence as a defining value of your firm.

WordRake was founded by lawyer and New York Times bestselling author Gary Kinder. Gary has taught over 1,000 writing programs for the ABA and the country’s most prestigious law firms, including Jones Day, Sidley, Dorsey, and WilmerHale. The U. S. Patent & Trademark Office has awarded WordRake six patents for its unique technology.

Visit WordRake’s website to learn more or buy. Iowa State Bar Association members receive a 10% discount at checkout when they use the coupon code: ISBA
Workers' Compensation Decisions

Iowa Workers' Compensation Decisions from January 1993 to present in a searchable database.

Access Workers' Compensation Database


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