Judgeship vacancy announced in District 5C
October Iowa Lawyer now available online
Criminal defense attorneys asked to complete survey for Princeton University study
Princeton University is currently conducting a research survey on attorney work attitudes, and is asking specifically for Iowa criminal defense attorneys to participate.
The survey takes less than five minutes to complete, and asks questions related to number of years in practice, caseload and work satisfaction. Once you complete the survey, you will be entered into a lottery to win one of two $100 Amazon gift certificates.
Please click here to begin, and if you have any questions about the survey, contact:
Joseph Avery, J.D.
Department of Psychology
Opportunity to renew preparer tax identification number opens soon
The IRS is reminding professional tax preparers to renew their PTIN (preparer tax identification number) between Oct. 16 and Dec. 31. Anyone who prepares or assists in preparing federal tax returns for compensation must have a valid 2017 PTIN before preparing returns.
To renew your PTIN, click here, then scroll down to the box “PTIN System” and fill in your user ID and password in the upper left corner of the window that opens. The process should only take about 15 minutes, according to the IRS. If you don’t have a current PTIN and will be compensated for preparing federal tax returns, you can apply for a number on the same page. There is no charge.
Before beginning the renewal process, review this checklist for information you’ll need to complete the renewal.
Supreme Court justices to discuss Iowa judicial system at Quad City-area schools
The justices of the Iowa Supreme Court will visit six Quad City-area high schools tomorrow (Oct. 12) and Friday to discuss the Iowa judicial system and the role of the courts in Iowa. All but one of the visits follows a Thursday 7 p.m. special session in which the court will hear oral arguments in the case State of Iowa v. Carlos Ariel Gomez Garcia.
A summary of the case, attorneys’ briefs for the case and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the judicial branch website at this link. A list of the schools to be visited, as well as the location for the special session can be found here.
Family Law Seminar only two weeks away
The Family and Juvenile Law Section presents its annual Family Law Seminar on Oct. 26 and 27. Family law attorneys from all over the state will converge on the West Des Moines Marriott to exchange ideas and discuss the latest family law news.
The list of speakers includes national presenters from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, judges, and experts from across the state. Topics includes 'How To Cross-examine a Business Valuation Expert,' 'How to Support or Cross-examine a Psychologist’s Report,' and 'Special Issues in Child Support Cases.' Jim Meade will also provide attendees with his case law outline and cover some of the important issues in family law cases this year.
Attorneys who still need three hours of juvenile law credit should attend the track on Friday morning. That track covers updates on issues in juvenile cases from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Uniform Child-custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act/Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (UCCJEA/ICPC). It also addresses disproportionality in the system. The event has also been approved for 15.5 state hours which includes 3.25 ethics.
On Thursday night, the Family Law Chair’s reception offers a chance to network with peers. The event is hosted by BCC Advisers and the ISBA Family Law Section. Registration is available on the ISBA website.
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The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
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Amanda Rae Gaikowski, Estate Planning Solutions LLC, Sioux Falls, SD
Daniel Singel, McCollum Crowley, Denver, CO
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