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    April 12, 2017
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Three new forms added to IowaDocs, update required

Three new real estate forms were added this week to the ISBA's IowaDocs® 2017 library. All desktop users will have access to the following forms, once they do the April 10, 2017 IowaDocs® update:

• Notice to Quit Pursuant to Iowa Code §562A.27A, #375
• Notice of Termination of Tenancy Iowa Code §562A and Demand for Possession, #376
• Farm Lease - Fixed Cash Rent, #134

For more information about this update, visit this link. For assistance with this update, please visit http://www.iowadocs.net/downloads.cfm, email IowaDocs® Technical support at support@iowadocs.net or call 866-597-6040.

The addition of the three documents was approved by the ISBA Board of Governors, at the request of the Legal Forms Committee, during the Spring Quarterly BOG Meeting.


Virtual, pro bono legal clinic launching in Iowa this month

Looking for the opportunity to provide short-term, pro bono legal service from anywhere at your convenience? IA Free Legal Answers is part of a nationwide, ABA pro bono initiative called ABA Free Legal Answers. Since August 2016, over 2,200 attorneys in the 30 participating states have registered to respond to questions. Last month, the ISBA Governors approved the launch of IA Free Legal Answers via the ISBA’s Find-A-Lawyer website.

IA Free Legal Answers is designed like a virtual walk-in legal clinic where qualified clients post questions to the secure website. Then, volunteer attorneys log in to the site, preview questions and select questions to answer. After questions are answered, clients receive an email telling them to log back in to see their answers.

Prior to launching this service, volunteer attorneys are needed to sign-up to answer questions in family law, housing, consumer debt, work issues, public benefits, probate and guardianship. Experienced practitioners with substantive knowledge in their practice area(s) are highly desirable volunteers for this opportunity.

Attorneys who want to volunteer:
• Remain anonymous to clients (with limited exceptions)
• Are covered by the ABA's malpractice insurance
• Perform limited scope representation (just within the website)
• Commit to about one hour a month, which provides legal help for two to five people
• Spend 10-25 minutes to answer one question based on reports from volunteer attorneys
• Count volunteer hours as pro bono publico service pursuant to Iowa Supreme Court Rule 32: 6.1.

For more information about this service or to see how it works, watch this 14 minute video. If you are interested in signing up to help, please send an email to Attorney-IA-FLA@iowabar.org.


Special data breach coverage now offered by ISBA-endorsed insurance provider

The FBI has identified law firms as a major target of hackers. In response, CNA, the country’s eighth largest commercial insurance company, now offers firms with up to five attorneys a new Lawyers Data Breach and Network Security Endorsement available on their Lawyers Professional Liability (LPL) policy. This endorsement affords the following additional coverages not included in CNA’s standard LPL policy:

• Network Damage Claims – Coverage is afforded, up to the Lawyers Data Breach and Network Security Limit of Liability for Network Damage Claims set forth in the endorsement, for Network Damage Claims brought by non-client third parties.
• Privacy Event Response – Coverage is afforded, up to 10 percent of the Network Damage Claim Limit Liability, for reimbursement of certain expenses incurred by the Named Insured.
• The Network Damage Claim limit and Privacy Event Expenses limit are separate from and do not erode the LPL Limit.
• The Limits of Liability for Network Damage Claim Limit (both per Claim and Aggregate) and the Limit of Liability for all Privacy Event Expenses are sub-limits of the All Network Damage Claims and Privacy Event Expenses in the Aggregate Limit of Liability of the endorsement. The amount of the Aggregate Limit of Liability offered for all Network Damage Claims shall be the same as the amount offered for the All Network Damage Claims and Privacy Event Expenses in the Aggregate Limit of Liability.
• There are separate deductibles for this endorsement for Network Damage Claims and Privacy Event Expenses which would apply in addition to the LPL deductible to the extent coverage is available under both the policy and the endorsement.

A standalone cyber liability policy is also available. To learn more, contact Lockton Affinity, the ISBA’s endorsed provider of professional liability insurance, at 1-800-679-7154.

Additionally, Lockton is making available several resources related to cybersecurity protection:
8 Tips for Cyber Security Practices in Law Firms
Knowing What You’re Up Against: 3 Leading Causes of Information Breaches
Safe and Secure: Cyber Security Practices for Law Firms


ISBA-endorsed health insurance provider offers solutions for those affected by loss of individual insurance plans in 2018

Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc., the ISBA’s endorsed provider of health insurance products, is offering multiple solutions for Iowa Bar members who may be losing coverage for themselves or their employees as a result of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s and Aetna’s decisions to exit the individual health insurance marketplace in Iowa. The decisions by the two major insurance companies mean individual plans that were written after Jan. 1, 2014 will be terminated at the end of this year.

Wellmark's decision to stop selling individual policies both on and off the state's Affordable Care Act exchange will affect 21,400 of the company's 1.7 million enrollees in Iowa. Aetna did not specify how many of its customers would be affected.

Please contact David Fini or Kristi Rullestad with Reynolds & Reynolds at 855-870-4261 for assistance.



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Windows support for Vista officially ends

Microsoft's support of Windows Vista officially ended April 11. As a result of this change, IowaDocs support for Vista will also end no later than July 1. 

If third-party vendors discontinue their support sooner, it is possible that IowaDocs will move that date forward. Windows 7, now the current oldest version of the operating system, is scheduled to maintain support through at least 2020.


Free guide simplifies law firm accounting

Clio, the ISBA-endorsed supplier of practice management software, is offering a free guide to making the accounting function of the law office easier. Entitled “5 Steps to Easy(ier) Legal Accounting,” the nine-page guide walks users through the process of setting up a chart of accounts, choosing an accounting tool and handling trust accounts.

Having an accounting system that integrates all functions of the firm allows management to move beyond spreadsheets and boxes of receipts. This enables managers to make routine evaluations of the financial health of their firms and implement improvements where indicated, according to Clio representatives.

To download the free guide, click here.


Juvenile and Criminal Law CLEs next week

The ISBA's annual Juvenile and Criminal Law CLEs, set for April 19 and 20, will once again be available at a discount to attorneys interested in attending both seminars.

This year’s juvenile program will focus on best practices, including effectively engaging with DHS, ICWA update, trends in marijuana usage, shackling in delinquency cases, trial techniques, procedural ethics in termination of parental rights cases and case law updates. It will provide 6.75 state CLE hours (1 hour of ethics included). For a complete schedule and more information, click here.

The criminal law programming includes some familiar topics, including updates on case law, in rem forfeiture procedures, bond and cell phone forensic discovery. An additional topic this year focuses on forensic metrology (the study of measurement) presented by one of the country’s leading legal scholars on scientific measurement for lawyers, judges and criminalists. It will provide six state CLE hours (including two hours federal credit). For a complete schedule and more information, click here.

Registration for the bundle discount is available here.


SUPREME COURT OPINIONS

No. 15-0308
STATE OF IOWA vs. ANDRE LETROY ANTWAN HARRINGTON
Appellant seeks further review of a court of appeals decision affirming the district court’s imposition of sentence under an enhancement for repeat offenders.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED IN PART AND CASE REMANDED

No. 15-1081

IOWA SUPREME COURT COMMISSION ON THE UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW vs. RAYMOND WILLIAM SULLINS
Disbarred attorney appeals district court order enjoining him from the unauthorized practice of law.
DISTRICT COURT INJUNCTION AFFIRMED

No. 16-0649
ESTATE OF MICHAEL G. COX II by Executors, JOLEEN COX and MICHAEL G. COX SR., and JOLEEN COX, Individually and MICHAEL G. COX SR., Individually. Appellants, vs. DUNAKEY & KLATT, P.C. n/k/a KLATT, ODEKIRK, AUGUSTINE, SAYER, TREINEN & RASTEDE, P.C.
Plaintiffs appeal a district court order granting the defendant’s motion to enforce a settlement agreement.
AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED

No. 16-1009
DENNIS WILLARD vs. STATE OF IOWA
The State appeals from a district court ruling granting plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery.
REVERSED AND REMANDED

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JOB LISTINGS

Attorney

McGrath North, Omaha, NE


City Attorney
City of Bettendorf, Bettendorf, IA

 

Child's Attorney
Kids First Law Center, Des Moines


City Administrator

City of Fayette, Fayette, IA

Corporate Counsel
Midco, Sioux Falls, SD

Associate Attorney
Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP, Lincoln, NE

Experienced Attorney
Redfern, Mason, Larsen & Moore P.L.C., Cedar Falls, IA

 

Attorney
Boliver Law Firm, Marshalltown, IA

 

Full/Part-time Attorney
The Sayer Law Group, P.C., Waterloo, IA

 

Corporate Associate

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Des Moines, IA

 

Corporate Counsel

Cambridge, Fairfield, IA

United States Marine Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps, U.S.

Contract Administrator (Sponsored Research Specialist), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


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

Thomas S. Dean, Baird Holm, Omaha, NE


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.


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