More applicants needed for Jury Instructions
Joe Feller is asking for additional applicants for the ISBA’s Jury Instructions
Committee. There are five openings on the committee for terms beginning July 1.
Jury Instructions Committee meets two-three times a year in person to study and
produce drafts of recommended uniform civil and criminal jury instructions for
approval by the ISBA Board of Governors. The committee also monitors published
instructions and modifies them as required.
committee is balanced among prosecutors, criminal defense and civil litigation
attorneys, and members of the Iowa Attorney General’s office. Members serve
three-year terms, and are eligible for re-appointment twice for a total of nine
apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Jury
Instructions Committee” in the subject line. Include in the email a
three-to-four sentence biography to include the area(s) of law in which you
practice. Deadline for applying is this Tuesday (April
Courthouse security report
have thought that a courthouse security report compiled by a special ISBA task
force nearly nine years ago would now be a topic of interest.
exactly what has happened, however. Yesterday (April 15), the Des Moines
Register published a front-page story on the issue of courthouse security with
numerous references to the ISBA’s Courthouse Security Task Force Final Report
issued in December 2005. The Iowa City Press Citizen published the Register
article along with a companion article about Johnson County’s efforts to
construct a courthouse annex that will include improved security measures.
Register’s article, which begins on the front page and continues at great
length on page 9A, is the latest in a number of broadcast and print reports on
the subject. Interest in courthouse security was sparked by an incident at the
Madison County Courthouse several weeks ago when a defendant being sentenced in
a drug case pulled a handgun out of his pocket and brandished it around the
the Register article. Read the Press Citizen article.
Reserve your room for the annual
are going fast at the sponsored hotels for this year’s annual meeting. Members
planning to stay near the event site can book a reservation at the following
hotels that are offering discounted rates for the event. Just mention you are
attending the ISBA Annual Meeting.
Quality Inn and Suites
Room rate: $94.95 (+ tax & fees)
929 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Holiday Inn - Mercy Campus
Room rate: $99.95 (+ tax & fees)
Optional Online Reservation Discount Code: S4B
1050 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
Downtown Des Moines Marriott
Room rate: $129 (+ tax & fees)
700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Click here to register to attend the annual meeting.
Information and updates from the U.S.
District Court Southern District of Iowa
The U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Iowa recently released a number of updates. For details on the
following updates, click here:
Helen C. Adams appointment
Upgrade to CM/EF
Pro Hac Vice
Top e-filing errors
And much more.
Beginning farmer program workshops
The Iowa Agricultural Development
Division (IADD) will be hosting a series of free workshops around the
state in May and June that
attorneys who practice in Ag Law might want to attend. The purpose of the
workshops is to
increase the awareness of Iowa's Beginning Farmer Loan and Tax Credit programs
that could be advantageous for clients.
IADD is a division of the Iowa
Finance Authority. One of its purposes is to connect owners of farmland,
machinery and other assets with individuals who want to begin farming by
providing tax credits to the owners who lease land or other assets to beginning
Topics covered in the 60-minute workshops
- Benefits of the
Beginning Farmer Loan Program for beginning farmers
- Tax benefits for
farmers interested in hiring or leasing land to a beginning farmer
requirements for participants and programs
- Timeline and
process to apply
summaries, applications and other detailed information
frequently faced by beginning farmers and farmers desiring to
transition out of farming, and how both can benefit from these programs
The first round of workshop dates
and locations are listed on the IADD website, along
with information about the program. Others workshops will be listed as the
dates get closer. Check the website periodically, or contact Emily Toribio via email by clicking on her
name, or via phone by calling 515-725-4886. Click on the workshop of your
choice to pre-register.
For specific program questions, please contact Steve Ferguson at
Annual meeting contest to feature
ISBA-member basketball stars
year’s annual meeting organizers have devised a contest to recognize ISBA
members who played basketball in the state tournaments in Veterans Memorial
Auditorium. The goal is to tie the past Vet’s Auditorium, as most Iowans know
it, with its reincarnated self as the Community Choice Credit Union Convention
Center that will be the home for the 2014 Annual Meeting.
make the contest work, however, organizers need your help. Would any of you who
have a photo of your state tournament team be willing to scan the photo to make
a digital copy and send that copy to the association?
photos will be posted on the ISBA website. Members then will have the
opportunity to identify the ISBA member, or members, in the photos and submit
their choices to the association. Obviously, the members who submit photos
won’t be able to submit their own names for their photos.
week or so before the annual meeting, which is being held from June 16-19, the
winners will be announced and the members in the photos will be identified on
the website and via this newsletter. Winners will receive prizes.
your photos via email to: email@example.com with the words
"Annual Meeting Contest” in the subject line. Please identify yourself in the
photo you submit in case no one on the ISBA staff can identify you.
Some popular lawyer websites impacted
by ‘Heartbleed’ security flaw
ABA Journal Law News Now online publication reported Monday (April 14) that a
number of websites popular with lawyers are vulnerable to the Heartbleed
security flaw. Quoting a post from Robert Ambrogi, attorney, writer and media
consultant, on his LawSites website, some of the
common sites are Dropbox, Google and Yahoo, as well as more specific
law-related sites such as Estate Map, MyCase and Clio.
to Ambrogi, most of the sites affected have now installed patches to fix the
problem. Clio, for example, posted a notice on its website saying that its
infrastructure team "worked tirelessly” to patch and secure all systems
affected by the Heartbleed bug. The work was completed on April 9.
we have no evidence that customer information was compromised as a result of
the Heartbleed vulnerability, as a precaution we strongly recommend that our
customers reset their passwords immediately,” the company wrote in its post.
Street, writing in the Lawyerist on April 11,
explains what Heartbleed is, how it happened and what to do about it. He, as
with Ambrogi and other technology experts, recommends changing your passwords
on the vulnerable sites as soon as possible.
Registration now open for 2014 Eighth
Circuit Judicial Conference
Registration is now open for the
2014 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference to be held Aug. 5-8 for federal judges
and Aug. 6-8 for lawyers at the Hilton Hotel in Omaha.
Held in conjunction
with the Nebraska Supreme Court,the Nebraska State Bar, The Iowa State Bar
Association, the Eighth Circuit Bar Association, and the Omaha Bar Association,
the conference features 40-plus presenters on topics concerning current legal
topics. Among the presenters is U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A.
Alito, Jr., who will narrate a virtual tour of the Supreme Court on Aug. 8.
The Conference will
also include a number of social events at the Hilton, Joslyn Art Museum and
elsewhere in Omaha.
To register, go to
the Eighth Circuit Court website. On-line conference
registration ends July 25. Hotel reservations must be made by July 9. A
complete list of conference topics, as well as reservation information for the
hotel and driving instructions, can be found here.
Did You Know...
as an ISBA member,
you are eligible to receive discounts on USPS Express Mail (overnight) and
Priority Mail (1-3 days) to all 50 states. Click on "Member
Benefits” to be taken directly
to the web page that lists all member benefits, or click on "Member Benefits”
under the "Practice Tools” tab on the ISBA website and scroll down to "Express
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Iowa Supreme Court Decisions
April 11, 2014
STATE OF IOWA vs.
PATRICK RYAN NICOLETTO
Appeal from the Iowa
District Court for Davis County, Myron L. Gookin, Judge.
A criminal defendant
appeals his conviction for sexual exploitation by a school employee in
violation of Iowa Code section 709.15. REVERSED.
STATE OF IOWA vs.
DARRELL ALLEN SHOWENS
Appeal from the Iowa
District Court for Scott County, Mark R. Fowler, Judge.
A sex offender who was
convicted of loitering within 300 feet of a public library appeals his
conviction. REVERSED AND REMANDED.
April 15, 2014
NED CHIODO vs. THE
SECTION 43.24 PANEL CONSISTING OF: SECRETARY OF STATE MATTHEW SCHULTZ, AUDITOR
OF STATE MARY MOSIMAN and ATTORNEY GENERAL THOMAS MILLER
Appeal from the Iowa
District Court for Polk County, David L. Christensen, Judge.
In an expedited appeal
from a ruling on judicial review, the petitioner challenges the denial of his
objection to the intervenor’s eligibility to seek elective office. AFFIRMED.