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 February 7, 2018  Past Issues

ISBA members urged to contact lawmakers on two crucial legislative matters

The Iowa Senate budget deappropriation bill, which includes $4.8 million in cuts to Iowa’s judicial branch, has still not been scheduled for full debate in the Senate. That means there is still time for ISBA members to contact their state senators and urge them to remove the cuts for the judicial branch in SF2117 or, at a minimum, adopt the governor’s recommended cuts to the judicial branch of $1.6 million. The House has not yet proposed a bill addressing the budget cuts. You can read the latest reporting on this issue here, or read the February Iowa Lawyer magazine President’s Letter on this issue here.

A new issue of major significance is the Senate Commerce Committee approving SF2169, which provides for a monetary cap on recoveries against dram shop licensees (bars and restaurants). This would be the second lowest cap in the United States, according to a study performed by the National Council of State Legislatures. Currently, there is no cap and this would be a major change in Iowa law restricting the rights of citizens who have been injured by persons intoxicated as a result of the conduct of a dram shop serving a person to the point of intoxication. The ISBA lobbying team is urging members to contact their state senators and to vote no on SF2169. This memo sent to senators contains additional information.

There is a companion bill that will be considered by the House Commerce Committee sometime this week or next week, HSB594. ISBA members are urged to contact their Iowa House member to oppose HSB594, which also provides for a $75,000 cap of recoveries in dram shop cases.

To find contact information for your legislator, click here.

New appointments to District Judicial Nominating Commission announced

Last week the Iowa Supreme Court released a listing of results from the District Judicial Nominating Commission election. Terms for the selected attorneys expire Jan. 31, 2024.

The full list is available here.

February Iowa Lawyer now available online

The February issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine is now available online. In this issue, you will read about the funding fight for Iowa's judicial branch and the ISBA's 2018 legislative priorities, as well as meet Iowa's lawyer-legislators serving this session. The Attorney Disciplinary Board explains why most ethics complaints are avoidable, and you can learn about the Iowa State Bar Foundation's capital campaign.

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.


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Thanks to speakers – From December and January ISBA events

Due to space constraints in the February issue of The Iowa Lawyer, the usual list of speakers from the prior month was not able to be included in the magazine. Click here to view the list of individuals who participated in December and January ISBA events.

Pritchett named director of Drake Legal Clinic

Suzan Pritchett has been named director of clinical and experiential programs and associate professor of law at Drake University Law School, effective July 1. She comes to Drake from the University of Wyoming College of Law where she is currently an associate professor and the faculty director of the Family and Immigrant Justice Clinic.

Pritchett earned her bachelor’s degree in religion and gender and women’s studies from Grinnell College, a master’s in international development from the University of Sussex in England, and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. Before joining the permanent faculty at Wyoming, she served as a visiting professor and the Robert J. Golten Fellow at the UW College of Law, where she also co-directed the Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy.

Established in 1971, the Drake Legal Clinic allows students to apply their classroom knowledge to the representation of real clients under faculty supervision. It offers eight clinical programs: Children’s Rights Clinic, Juvenile Delinquency Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic–Trial, Elder Law Clinic, Entrepreneurial/Transactional Clinic, General Civil Practice Clinic, and Advanced General Civil Practice Clinic.

“Drake has long been a national leader in clinical legal education, and we are thrilled to have Professor Pritchett join us,” said Jerry Anderson, dean of Drake Law School. “She has a strong vision for our clinic and will give students the added benefit of her expertise in the increasingly important area of immigration law.”

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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
Feb. 2

No. 16-1213
State of Iowa v. Jose Willfredo Lopez
A criminal defendant appeals his conviction for indecent exposure, contending his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to challenge the sufficiency of the evidence, and his sentence for stalking, contending imposition of the Iowa Code section 911.2B surcharge violates the constitutional prohibition against ex post facto laws.
DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED IN PART, SENTENCE VACATED IN PART, AND CASE REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS

No. 16-0900
State of Iowa v. James Michael Coleman
The defendant challenges his conviction for failure to comply with the sex offender registry.
CONVICTION AFFIRMED, SENTENCE VACATED, AND CASE REMANDED


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Some experts are predicting a surge in divorces this year as spouses paying alimony seek to take advantage of the deduction before it is eliminated.
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A wrongful firing, an impacted molar: Iowa forks out more money to settle lawsuits
Iowa agreed Monday to pay almost $800,000 to settle several lawsuits over a variety of claims, including impacted molars and wrongful firings.
Des Moines Register

'Chaotic' damage seen to Iowa courts under budget cuts
The state’s courtrooms are operating under a financial duress significant enough to delay justice and cause emotional and monetary harm to Iowans, say many who work in and advocate for the justice system.
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Iowa court: Offensive text photos aren't indecent exposure
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that text messaging a photo of one’s genitals to another person is not indecent exposure under state law.
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JOB LISTINGS

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

Attorney - Liberty Mutual Group, Omaha, NE


Labor & Employment Associate - Faegre Baker Daniels, Des Moines, IA

Managing Attorney - Iowa Legal Aid, Davenport, IA

Associate Attorney - Davis Brown Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Gislason & Hunter LLP, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Leff Law Firm, LLP, Iowa City, IA

Associate Attorney - Hinshaw, Danielson & Marquess, P.C., Marshalltown, IA

Law Clerk - Hupy and Abraham, S.C., West Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Mankato, MN

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

Lateral Attorneys - Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Stanley, Lande & Hunter, Davenport, IA

Business and Estate Planning Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Litigation Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Paralegal - Wandro & Associates, P.C., Des Moines, IA


ADMISSION ON MOTION

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

Patrick M. Ardis, Wolff Ardis, P.C., Memphis, TN

Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicants 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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