Supreme Court requests comments on
amendments regarding exempt license classification
The Iowa Supreme Court on Monday issued an order asking
for public comment on proposed amendments to provisions in Division III of the
court rules that would divide the existing exempt license classification into
two separate classifications. A new retired license classification would be
created for fully retired attorneys. The exempt license classification would
remain for attorneys who are inactive in Iowa but want to retain the ability to
reinstate to active status.
Under the proposed amendments, attorneys in the exempt classification would be required to
file an annual report and pay an annual exemption fee of $50, as well as any
late filing penalties. Those who are fully retired would not need to file a
report or pay fees.
"Iowa is one of the few states that does not maintain
contact with attorneys in inactive status and collect an annual fee from them,”
according to a memo from Paul
Wieck II, director of the supreme court’s Office of Professional Regulation.
The proposed amendments would "facilitate tracking inactive attorneys through
Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed amendments can
do so in person, by email or by mail through the U.S. Postal System.
Instructions for submitting comments can be found at the bottom of the order. The deadline for
submitting comments is 4:30 p.m., May 20.
Registration open for ISBA annual
Registration is now open for the ISBA's 2016 Annual
Meeting scheduled for June 13-15 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines,
Iowa. Members and staff alike are ramping up to make this year’s annual
meeting a valuable event for Iowa’s legal professionals.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s
event which has three full days of CLE and socializing. The meeting will be
held in conjunction with the Iowa Judges Association and the Iowa Court
Reporters Association. Annual Meeting Committee members designed the conference
to allow lawyers, judges and court reporters to tailor the conference to meet
their educational needs. Participants can attend all three days or just a
Law students can attend the annual meeting at no charge,
and special rates are offered to YLD members who have been practicing from
one-to-five years. The annual meeting is a great place to network and make new
connections. The Annual Meeting Committee has planned a number of social
events including the Joint Presidents’ Reception and the YLD Luau. Both events
are complimentary to annual meeting
Participants may register for the event on the ISBA website. Look for the complete
agenda for the annual meeting in the May issue of the Iowa Lawyer Magazine and
in future weekly newsletters.
Drake Law School hosts Supreme Court
Celebration Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Drake University Law School is holding its 79th Annual
Supreme Court Celebration Banquet and Awards Ceremony April 2 at the Olmsted
Center, Parents Hall, on the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa.
At the banquet, Drake University Law School award
recipients will be honored, as well as the Drake University Law School Alumni of
the Year. The keynote speaker is Paulette Brown, the president of the American
The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner at 7 p.m.
Guests are asked to register online. Cost is $50 per person. More information about the Supreme
Court Celebration can be found on the Drake University Alumni page. Those with questions regarding the event may
contact Kayla Choate at email@example.com or 515-271-4958.
Last call for high school mock trial
state tournament judges
Judges are still needed to provide significant learning
experiences for the 34 high school mock trial teams, their coaches and parents
who will descend on Des Moines, Iowa, Monday of next week for the 34th Annual
High School Mock Trial State Tournament.
Attorneys and judges provide the best learning experiences
for the students because of their knowledge of the law, says John Wheeler,
director of the ISBA’s Law and Civic Education Center, which organizes the mock
trial tournaments sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division. The students really
appreciate knowing they are being evaluated by individuals who are steeped in
This year’s tournament takes place at the Iowa Events
Center in Des Moines, with trial rounds scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. on Monday,
March 28, and 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29. You do not have to be
a trial attorney in order to participate as a mock trial judge. Judges are
asked to assess student performances as they take on the roles of attorneys and
witnesses in this year's criminal case of State of Iowa v. Robin Wayne. Last year, more than 600
members of the bar assisted as judges and coaches in tournaments held
Volunteers can sign up to be a judge at the upcoming state
tournament on the ISBA website or email Wheeler directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Seeking nominations for
Rolland Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award
Nomination deadline for this year’s Rolland E. Grefe Pro
Bono Publico Award recipient is quickly approaching. March 31 is the last day
to provide nominations to the ISBA Public Service Project.
The annually-presented award is given to an attorney who
has enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering pro bono
legal services to those who are unable to afford a lawyer. Any member of
the ISBA is eligible for nomination. The Iowa Rule of Professional Conduct
32:6.1 lays out the aspirational expectation for every attorney in Iowa, and
this award recipient should exemplify that rule.
Send nominations along with a brief description before
March 31 to Brett Toresdahl at email@example.com.
Supreme Court travels to Clinton for
The Iowa Supreme Court justices will travel to Clinton, Iowa,
on Thursday, April 14, to hear oral arguments in the case of State of Iowa v.
Mar’yo Lindsey, Jr. The arguments will take place in the Clinton High School
Auditorium, 817 8th Avenue South beginning at 7 p.m. A reception sponsored by
the Clinton County Bar Association will follow in the Clinton High School
In the case, the defendant seeks further review from the
supreme court after the Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction for
possession of a firearm as a felon, carrying weapons on school grounds, going
armed with a dangerous weapon and possession of a controlled substance. The
defendant argues that school officials conducted an unreasonable search and
seizure of his school-issued football equipment bag after he was injured in a
high school football game.
Attorneys’ briefs for the case, the court of appeals
decision and a guide to oral arguments are available on the Iowa courts website.
|Supreme Court Opinions|
IOWA INDIVIDUAL HEALTH BENEFIT REINSURANCE ASSOCIATION vs.
STATE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, and
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
Nonprofit reinsurance association seeks further review of a
court of appeals decision affirming a district court judgment that association
lacked capacity to sue members for unpaid assessments. DECISION OF
COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT ORDER REVERSED; CASE REMANDED.
PEG HUTCHISON, DAN JOHNSON, RUSS NICHOLS, SHAWN RIPPERGER,
LEIGH ANN SWAIN, and SHELLY VANDER TUIG vs. DOUGLAS SHULL, STEVE WILSON, DEAN
YORDI, THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR WARREN COUNTY, IOWA, and WARREN COUNTY,
employees appeal a district court judgment finding no violation of the open
meetings law found in Iowa Code chapter 21. REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH
GERALD P. YOUNG, MICHAEL L. HAIGH, and SUZANNE M. RUNYON,
Individually and on Behalf of Others Similarly Situated vs. HEALTHPORT
A company that
fulfills records requests received by healthcare providers appeals a district
court order denying its motion to dismiss. AFFIRMED AND CASE REMANDED.
The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued orders denying applications
for further review in 16 cases.
|In Other News ...|
High dropout rates may result in loss of accreditation
When a law school loses 20 percent or more of their
first-year law students, they may now lose their accreditation as well. The
American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and
Admissions to the Bar are discussing the new punishment for schools with
attrition rates of one-fifth or more of their first-year class. The proposal
would require schools to prove that they are meeting existing admissions
standards. Last year there were 15 law schools that reached the 20 percent
maximum. The average is around 7 percent.
Full-time female lawyers earn 77 percent of male lawyer
Median pay for full-time female lawyers was 77.4 percent
of the pay earned by their male counterparts, according to data for 2014
released earlier this month by the U.S. Census Bureau. In all law-related jobs,
median pay for female workers in 2014 was 51.6 percent of the pay received by
male workers, according to the data.
Adam Foss: A prosecutor's vision for a better justice
When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a
choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if
saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every
time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County
District Attorney's Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice
system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people's lives for the
better instead of ruining them.
Volunteers needed in the D.M. area
Iowa Legal Aid is seeking volunteer intake assistants to
work their Hotline for Older Iowans. The organization provides free legal
education, advice and representation to low-income and elderly Iowans with
civil legal problems that affect poor and vulnerable populations. To apply,
complete the online form at iowalegalaid.org/volunteers.
Des Moines Register
DOL's white collar overtime rule advances
Despite significant concern from some lawmakers and the
business community, the Department of Labor sent its final rule revising white collar
overtime exemption regulations to the White House Office of Management and
Budget (OMB) on Monday. OMB review is the last step in the regulatory process
before publication in the Federal Register. The average review period typically
lasts four to six weeks, which could mean the final rule will be published this
spring, as opposed to around Labor Day, the target date many Hill watchers had
Iowa Supreme Court ruling toughens open meetings law
A recent Iowa Supreme Court ruling is expected to toughen
the state's open meetings law, finding a county administrator should be counted
the same as an elected official in determining whether a majority of board
members were present at private meetings since she was acting as an "agent"
for other board members not in attendance. Many public bodies – including the
Bettendorf and Davenport City Councils – have in the past intentionally held
less-than-majority meetings to circumvent the state's open meeting law and
avoid 24-hour public notice and public inclusion in the sessions.
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ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individuals applied for admission on motion
to the Iowa Bar:
Anyone with questions or comments on the above
applicants should contact: Dave Ewert at the Office of Professional Regulation,
1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.
- Christopher L. Solfa, Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine, Warrenville, IL
- Lisa M. Scalf, Lucie, Scalf & Bougher, Macomb, IL
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