2017 Annual Meeting registration now available; free CLE for newest attorneys
YLD launches new anonymous question forum
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division created a new “Ask an Advocate” anonymous question forum that launched this morning. It provides a mechanism for young attorneys to ask questions without fear of embarrassment or intimidation.
Young lawyers are encouraged to use it to ask questions that will help them understand how better to practice law. Anonymous questions may involve queries about law firm environments, court rules, legal research, procedural rules, practical applications of the law, client relations issues and other topics that may be unclear to a new or inexperienced attorney.
All members of the ISBA YLD received an e-mail this morning with more information, including forum guidelines and opt-out instructions. Please send your forum questions to email@example.com, and they will be posted anonymously to the listserv by the moderator.
Iowa Legislature enters home stretch
It is the 13th week of the 2017 Iowa legislative session, and lawmakers are heading into the home stretch. Last week's second funnel deadline weeded out some of the remaining policy bills, but there are still several issues of ISBA interest that are alive this session.
Those include Senate File 465, which aims to limit medical malpractice lawsuits by enacting caps on non-economic damages. It has passed the Senate and sits on the House unfinished business calendar.
You can view the latest ISBA Affirmative Legislative agenda chart here, which indicates the most recent developments on the bills approved by the Board of Governors this year. You can also view the latest ISBA weekly Legislative Report, which indicates all action related to any bill that the ISBA registered on this session.
For additional information about bills that are still alive or now dead after the second funnel, please see this coverage in the Des Moines Register.
The 100th calendar day of the 2017 session is April 18, which is when per-diem expenses will run out for lawmakers. That is typically the goal date to end the session, though the exact schedule will depend on how quickly lawmakers get through the remaining bills and finalize the state budget for fiscal year 2018.
February 2017 Bar Exam results released
The Iowa Judicial Branch recently published the February 2017 Bar Exam results on its website. The information released includes the list of successful applicants and the passage rate statistics for each law school represented.
Of the 75 people who sat for the exam on Feb. 21 and 22, 52 of them passed the test, representing a 69 percent total passage rate. Seventy-eight percent of first-time test-takers passed.
Drake University Law School stats:
88% (14) of those taking the exam from Drake University for the first time passed.
72% (21) of those taking the exam from Drake University passed.
University of Iowa College of Law stats:
86% (6) of those taking the exam from University of Iowa for the first time passed.
82% (9) of those taking the exam from University of Iowa passed.
The 52 successful applicants will be sworn-in during a ceremony at 2 p.m. at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines this Thursday, April 6.
Cedar Rapids-area team wins 2017 Mock Trial State Championship; three inducted into mock trial hall of fame
April Iowa Lawyer now available online
UI Law hosts Access to Justice event April 21
SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
BRENDA PAPILLON vs. BRYON JONES
Plaintiff seeks further review of court of appeals decision vacating award of punitive damages for illegal eavesdropping.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED IN PART AND VACATED IN PART; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED IN PART AND REVERSED IN PART; CASE REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS
IN OTHER NEWS
Iowa State Public Defender announces mandatory furlough days
In addressing a state budget shortfall, 223 Iowa State Public Defender employees have been informed they must take five unpaid furlough days before the end of June.
Cedar Rapids Gazette
White House tells ABA it won't be asked to review lower court judicial candidates before nomination
The White House has notified the ABA that President Donald Trump's administration doesn’t intend to ask for a review of possible judicial nominees to the lower federal courts before their names are announced.
Mark Stringer named new ACLU of Iowa Executive Director
A Unitarian Universalist minister has been named the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa.
ACLU of Iowa
Iowa Supreme Court meets in Charles City to hear high school baseball case
The Iowa Supreme Court wrestled the issue of risk in high school baseball during a special session in Charles City on Tuesday. Before an audience in the North Grand Building, justices heard oral arguments in the case of former Muscatine High School second baseman Spencer Ludman's case against Davenport Assumption High School.
Mason City Globe Gazette
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McGrath North, Omaha, NE
City of Bettendorf, Bettendorf, IA
Kids First Law Center, Des Moines
Ruffalo Noel Levitz, Cedar Rapids, IA
Klinger, Robinson & Ford LLP, Cedar Rapids, IA
Social Security Administration, Omaha, NE
City of Fayette, Fayette, IA
Midco, Sioux Falls, SD
Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP, Lincoln, NE
Redfern, Mason, Larsen & Moore P.L.C., Cedar Falls, IA
Boliver Law Firm, Marshalltown, IA
The Sayer Law Group, P.C., Waterloo, IA
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Des Moines, IA
Cambridge, Fairfield, IA
ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
Steven Michael Karcher, Law Office of Idleman & Karcher, Omaha, NE
Jacob Davis Johnson,Wells Blue Bunny, Orange City, IA
Joseph McRea Bromeland, Unknown, Jackson, MN
Anyone with questions or comments on the above should contact: Dave Ewert at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.