SUPREME COURT APPROVES AMENDMENTS TO CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES
In an order dated July 20, the Iowa Supreme Court approved several amendments to Chapter 9 (Child Support Guidelines) of the Iowa Court Rules. The amendments stem from recommendations made by the Child Support Guidelines Review Committee established by the court in 2016 and include public comments on those recommendations. The amendments become effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Among the changes, are:
• A clearer definition of the allowable children’s portion of the premium cost of health insurance to be used in calculating support;
• Allowing the amount of cash medical support to be the lesser of the actual cost of the Hawk-I premium or the amount calculated under rule 9.12(4);
• Adding a definition for gross monthly income and clarifying the treatment of spousal support in child support calculations.
Read the complete order. See the changes to Chapter 9, including adjustments to the applicable grids and worksheets.
Women still make up fewer than 35 percent of lawyers in U.S. law firms, survey says
Progress for women lawyers seeking greater representation in U.S. law firms is incremental at best, according to a “Glass Ceiling Report” by Law360.
Women made up only 34.8 percent of lawyers at surveyed law firms at the end of 2016, up from 34 percent the prior year, according to Law360. Its report is based on Law360’s survey of 300 law firms with at least 20 U.S.-based attorneys.
The percentage of equity partners who are women continues to hover just shy of 20 percent. Only 17 percent of law firms reported that at least 40 percent of their lawyers were women.
You can read more in the ABA Journal. The New York Times DealBook also reported on the findings.
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SUPREME COURT REQUESTS COMMENT ON CHANGES TO RECORD RETENTION RULES
The Iowa Supreme Court released an order July 20 requesting public comments on a proposed new rule on the supreme court clerk's retention of appellate records, and on moving rules on purging district court civil and criminal case files to a different chapter.
The change to the supreme court clerk's policy addresses a concern of diminishing storage space throughout the Judicial Branch building. Appellate court records are currently housed there because the state archivist has been unable to accept them for a number of years.
A proposal is also included in the order to move rules 22.37 and 22.38--which focus on purging district court case files--into chapter 20, which is specific to court records of the judicial branch.
Instructions on how to submit comments are included in the order, which is available for review online. The deadline for submission is Sept. 18.
YLD'S BRIDGE THE GAP SEMINAR OFFERS FULL SPECTRUM OF LEARNING
Christine Halbrook and David Grooters, Bridge the Gap committee co-chairs
The Young Lawyers Division of The Iowa State Bar Association brings you yet another exciting lineup of speakers for its annual Bridge the Gap Seminar Sept. 14-15.
Conveniently located at the West Des Moines Marriott hotel, the seminar provides all of your required continuing education hours in one location over the two days. The topics covered are varied and unique. They include Labor and Employment and Workers’ Compensation from both the employee and employer legal perspectives, providing a wide and varied overview of those practice areas. A small sample of the other topics include case law updates, mediation, probate and forensic evidence.
Registration is available on the event page. Looking forward to seeing you there!
The hottest field in law? Ranking the lawyers
Stroking lawyers’ egos has become big business, reports The Wall Street Journal.
A proliferation of attorney awards and rankings is inundating law-firm marketing departments, and an industry of consultants has popped up to guide firms through the submissions process.
An estimated 1,200 rankings and awards globally include lawyers—up from 700 a decade ago.
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