October 11, 2017  Past Issues

Judgeship vacancy announced in District 5C

The Polk County Court administrator announced last week that a judgeship vacancy will be opening in District 5C as a result of the resignation of the Honorable Mary Pat Gunderson.

Any attorney wishing to apply must be admitted to practice in Iowa, a resident of Judicial District 5C and be able to complete one six-year term of office prior to reaching age 72.

Application forms must be obtained from Sherrie Schuck at the district administrator's office and submitted to the chairperson of the Judicial Nominating Commission, District 5C, with a copy (e-mail encouraged) submitted to each of the 10 members of the commission.

Contact information for the commission and the vacancy announcement can be found on the Iowa Judicial Branch website. Applications are due by Oct. 27. at 4 p.m.

October Iowa Lawyer now available online

The October issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine is now available online. In this issue, you will read about the Iowa Court of Appeals as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, as well as learn how the new director of the SPD’s Wrongful Conviction Division is working to identify and remedy wrongful convictions. This issue reveals eight simple steps for succession planning success, and provides a summary of action taken during the fall ISBA Board of Governors meeting. The October issue also recognizes Iowa’s Pro Bono Honor Roll, in honor of pro bono month.

Those who elect to receive the print version of the magazine should see it in mailboxes this week. Those who no longer wish to receive the printed version of the magazine can elect to receive it electronically by navigating to their ISBA account settings and selecting "yes” for the "Iowa Lawyer Magazine Online” option.

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
Princeton University


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.


Activist groups sue Iowa over ag whistleblower law
Animal rights and free speech organizations have sued the state of Iowa, challenging a 2012 law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm through misrepresentation to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation.
The News Tribune

Waiver weirdness: What the Oklahoma and Iowa cases could mean for other states seeking ACA exemptions
Lately, some odd developments have arisen in the world of Affordable Care Act waivers. First, Oklahoma officials sent a curtly worded letter withdrawing the state’s Section 1332 waiver, saying it had no choice since the Trump administration failed approve its application in a timely manner.

Puerto Rican law students head to mainland universities
51 Puerto Rican law students have signed up to enroll in universities. 18 schools, including seven in Florida, have agreed to help students fleeing the battered island.

Patients, health insurers challenge Iowa's effort to privatize Medicaid
Iowa is one of 38 states that radically changed the way it runs Medicaid over the past few years. The state moved about 600,000 people on the government-run health program into care that is managed by for-profit insurance companies.
Iowa Public Radio

Senate Republicans lay out new federal sentencing agendas
Three bills introduced in the past eight days have put federal sentencing reform front and center in the U.S. Senate’s criminal justice agenda.
Free Beacon



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Attorney - Duncan, Green, Brown & Langeness P.C., Des Moines, IA

Intellectual Property, Data Security and Privacy Attorney - McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO, Omaha, NE

Executive Director of the Legal Clinic and Experiential Programs - Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Hartung & Schroeder, L.L.P., Des Moines, IA

Assistant City Attorney I - City of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

Trial Attorney - Confidential employer, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Confidential employer, Boone, IA

Business Litigation Associate - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Des Moines, IA

Executive Director - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Stanley, Lande & Hunter, Muscatine/Davenport, IA

Product Liability & Environmental Associate - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Des Moines, IA

IT Manager - Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., Des Moines, IA

Paralegal II - GuideOne Insurance, West Des Moines, IA

Associate Director, Procurement - Cambridge, Fairfield, IA

Attorney - Lynch Dallas P.C., Cedar Rapids, IA


The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:

Katherine A. McNamara, Fraser Stryker PC LLO, Omaha, NE

Amanda Rae Gaikowski, Estate Planning Solutions LLC, Sioux Falls, SD

Daniel Singel, McCollum Crowley, Denver, CO

Anyone with questions or comments on the above should contact: Tre Critelli at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.


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