YLD Mentoring Program now accepting applications
ISBA’s Information Systems Analyst on ransomware attacks and preventing them
Dewey Cantrell, Information Analyst, The Iowa State Bar Association
This week there have been reports world-wide about a massive ransomware attack called “WannaCrypt” or “WannaCry.” This attack has crippled business and even entire industries in, at last count, well over 150 countries, and it may not be finished. While the volume of news seems very frightening, we all need to protect ourselves the best we can.
With the duty to protect your client’s information and your business data, the call to everyone is to ensure you are making every effort to have defenses in place. With the preponderance of criminal entities trying constantly to break in to your systems, attacks are happening every day to many who don’t even realize it. It is imperative to have software and security systems fully updated, as well as a quality antivirus program.
However, if you do find yourself looking at a ransomware attack and you aren’t fully trained to deal with it, remember – these criminals are professionals. Call in your professionals, be it in-house I.T staff, a local I.T. company or anyone equipped to respond properly.
Forbes and Microsoft have both offered recommendations on how to protect yourself against the attack. The Forbes info is available here. Microsoft’s guidance is here, as well as specific info on Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Need a new website photo or professional portrait?
ISBA Annual Meeting attendees who are looking to update their professional photos can take advantage of an opportunity to get a free, professional, digital photo taken right on-site.
Meeting attendees can visit the photo location near room 321 during most session breaks throughout the conference or visit the ISBA registration desk in the lobby of the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center for assistance.
To register for the ISBA Annual Meeting, visit the event page. Early bird registration is available until June 5. After June 5, a $50 late fee will be added for all registrants.
New look for iowabar.org coming soon
The Iowa State Bar Association is getting ready to launch a newly-designed website this coming Monday, May 22. The URL will remain the same at www.iowabar.org, but this version of the site will be mobile-friendly and responsive no matter which device you are using to access the site’s content.
The goal for the new website, with a more streamlined homepage, is to provide members a user-friendly experience to get to information quickly. All of the membership and practice tools sections from the old site will be transferred over to the new site, so there will be no lapse in accessing needed information. However, the organization of some of the pages will change to make site navigation easier.
In the first couple of weeks after the launch, you may experience some technical difficulties, but the ISBA staff will be working quickly to fix these. If you have any questions or suggestions about the new site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership ballots hit member inboxes
Drake University Law School launching new Entrepreneurial Clinic
Drake University Law School’s Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic has received a $500,000 grant to provide free legal services to current and aspiring entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods.
The new Entrepreneurial Clinic will provide entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders with comprehensive pro bono legal services including trademark protection, entity formation, employment agreements, contracts, licensing agreements and leases.
The Iowa Supreme Court awarded the grant, to be issued over a two-year period beginning July 1. Read more about the new program in this news release from Drake University.
Justice Fore All Golf Outing (Eastern) registration open
The annual Justice Fore All Golf Outing (Eastern), sponsored by the YLD, is now open for registrants. This year’s tournament will be at Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon on June 8.
The event is a four-person best-ball format with a shotgun start at 1:15 pm. A full group is not needed to play, as the ISBA will work to create complete teams for anyone who wants to register as an individual, duo or trio. There are only a maximum of 18 teams allowed, with slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Individual registration is $75 and cost for a foursome is $300. Participation includes cart access, two beverage tickets, hole prizes, prizes for top teams and dinner. There are also hole sponsorship opportunities available.
Those interested in registrating can sign up online at the event page, or print and mail in a hard copy registration form.
SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
LAURIE FREEMAN, SHARON MOCKMORE, BECCY BOYSEL, GARY D. BOYSEL, LINDA L. GOREHAM, GARY R. GOREHAM, KELCEY BRACKETT, and BOBBIE LYNN WEATHERMAN vs. GRAIN PROCESSING CORPORATION
Defendant appeals district court ruling certifying case as a class action.
DISTRICT COURT CLASS CERTIFICATION ORDER AFFIRMED
IN RE THE DETENTION OF JEFFREY ANDERSON, JEFFREY ANDERSON
The district court revoked the release-with-supervision status of a person committed under the Sexually Violent Predators Act. The committed person now argues the revocation of his release-withsupervision status and his placement in the transitional release program violates due process.
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Iowa Supreme Court certifies class-action in pollution case
The Iowa Supreme Court has certified a class-action lawsuit of Muscatine residents who say pollution from an industrial plant blanketed their properties for decades.
Drake enters agreement with historically black colleges and universities
Drake University in Des Moines is entering into an arrangement it hopes will increase diversity at the private school. Drake is signing an agreement with three historically black colleges and universities.
Iowa Public Radio
Iowa's 'shameful' forfeiture law improved but still broken, advocates warn
Iowa’s attempt to reform its law allowing the government to confiscate cash and property is so weak that it could subvert efforts to better protect people's property rights, constitutional rights advocates said.
Des Moines Register
Upsetting the applecart of legal research
If you had to pick the most staid area of legal technology, you might choose legal research. After all, Westlaw and LexisNexis pretty much set the standard for online legal research long ago, and many of the smaller research services that have come along since are essentially less-comprehensive variations on the same theme.
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ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individual applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
Mark Scofield Carter, Inman & Fitzgibbons, Ltd., Chicago, IL
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.