open for district judicial nominating commissioners
district judicial nominating commissioner election voting period is now open
until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31. A total of 15 attorney positions are open in each of
Iowa’s 14 judicial election subdistricts. The election will be conducted
electronically and is completely confidential.
the exception of judicial election district 5C, all districts are to elect one
eligible elector. The person to be elected in Districts 1A, 1B, 3A, 3B, 5A, 5B
and 7 shall be a female; the person to be elected in Districts 2A, 2B, 4, 6, 8A
and 8B shall be a male. The eligible resident members in District 5C are to
elect two electors; one shall be a male and one shall be a female. See Iowa
Code §46.4 and 602.11111(3)(2015) for procedural details. Members of the
district judicial nominating commissions serve six-year terms.
following lawyers filed nominating petitions and will appear on the ballot:
Stephanie Fueger (1A)
Whitney Schiller (1A)
Nina Forcier (1B)
Brian Miller (2A)
Joel Yunek (2A)
Stuart Cochrane (2B)
Jonathan Holscher (2B)
John Jordan (2B)
Benjamin Smith (2B)
Jennifer Wippert (3A)
Jennifer Zupp (3B)
Gregory Barntsen (4)
Thomp "T.J." Pattermann (4)
Ashley Grieser (5A)
Meggan Guns (5A)
Loretta Harvey (5B)
Kevin Driscoll (5C)
Gerald "Jake" Feuerhelm (5C)
Sarah Kouri (5C)
Ann Smisek (5C)
Donald Stanley, Jr. (5C)
Coreen Sweeney (5C)
Brooke Timmer (5C)
Tammy Westhoff Gentry (5C)
Jacob Koller (6)
Darin Luneckas (6)
Raymond Stefani II (6)
Mark Thompson (6)
Jennie Clausen (7)
Korie Shippee (7)
Timothy Dille (8A)
Webber III (8A)
Ross Braden (8B)
Nicholas Pothitakis (8B)
a ballot, attorneys should first log into their accounts on the Office of
Professional Regulation website at www.iacourtcommissions.org.
Then, locate the menu item "Judicial Nominating Elections,” clicking the menu
button "Vote in Current Election,” and selecting "January 31, 2016” from the
drop-down box. From there, attorneys should make their selections and click
"Cast Ballot” to submit their votes.
about the voting procedure should be directed to email@example.com
Anderson named dean of Drake University Law
Anderson, the Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law, has
been named dean of Drake University Law School, effective July 1, 2016. He
succeeds Ben Ullem, who is currently serving a two-year term as dean
of the law school.
honored to be selected to lead the law school during an important time in its
history,” said Anderson, who has served on the Drake University Law School faculty since 1991.
"We are in the midst of a transformative period in legal education, and Drake
is well-positioned to creatively adapt to the changing needs of students and
Ullem has done excellent work to lay a foundation for several important
initiatives that I plan to carry forward," Anderson said. "I thank him for
his incredible service to the law school, both as an alumnus and as dean.”
recent years, Drake University Law School has introduced new and revamped program
offerings designed to serve modern employment needs, including a master’s
program designed for non-lawyers who need some knowledge of the law in order to
enhance their professional careers. The law school also revamped its master of jurisprudence and juris doctor programs, so students can now take courses
part-time, making it more convenient for working professionals.
hopes to enhance the 150-year-old Drake University Law School's visibility and profile on
the national scale—and also locally, where the law school serves the Greater
Des Moines community, including through pro bono work performed by the Drake
University Legal Clinic.
earned his B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Kansas and his
J.D. at Stanford Law School. Before joining Drake University Law School in 1991, he taught
at the Catholic University of America Columbus Law School and University of
Oklahoma Law School.
at Drake University Law School, Anderson has twice been selected as the Leland Forrest
Outstanding Professor of the Year, and he served as associate dean from 1996 to
2001. His areas of expertise include administrative law, environmental law,
natural resources law and property law.
information about Anderson is available at this link.
attorney admitted to the Iowa Bar by UBE
Cooney, who took the Uniform Bar Exam in the State of Washington, is officially
the first person to be admitted to the Iowa Bar by a transferred UBE score. She
filed her application just days after the Supreme Court opened the transfer
admissions process Dec.1, 2015, and was sworn in Dec. 29, 2015.
The Iowa Supreme Court announced last year that the Iowa
Bar Examination would consist of the UBE prepared by the National Conference of
Bar Examiners. The UBE consists of a multiple choice portion, six essay
questions, and two performance tests. The first UBE will be given in
February 2016, but giving the test is only one aspect of the UBE’s impact.
"Certainly the primary benefit of the UBE is enabling
applicants who take the examination here to obtain a portable bar exam score
they can take to other participating states and seek admission without having to
take another bar examination,” said Dave Ewert of the Office of Professional
Regulation. "This benefit not only improves job opportunities and lowers
costs for beginning lawyers, but it also gives firms the ability to expand
their reach by having young lawyers licensed in multiple jurisdictions.”
The UBE also allows firms to more quickly bring in
new attorneys who have achieved a UBE score in another state that meets Iowa’s
passing score. The applicants just have to pass the character and fitness
process and meet any other conditions of admission.
"I am thrilled
to return to my home state and look forward to practicing law in Iowa,” said
Cooney. "I am so glad I was able to utilize the UBE score transfer process to
do so. Obtaining my license via UBE score transfer was quick, efficient,
and allowed me to return to Iowa without the stress of studying and sitting for
another bar exam. A process that would typically take several months took
only a few weeks. The UBE recognizes that we are living in an
increasingly mobile society and provides a way for attorneys to start
practicing in their new jurisdiction in far less time than before. I
am confident Iowa's adoption of the UBE will attract talented attorneys from
other UBE jurisdictions and strengthen the caliber of our bar, and I am so
proud to be its newest member.”
"Cooney will no doubt be a
welcome addition to the Iowa bar, and UBE should be a boon to Iowa for years to
come,” said Ewert.
RSVP by next Monday for Rural Practice
Committee’s group attorney-student interviewing event
drawing near to RSVP for the ISBA Rural Practice Committee’s second "meet and
greet” event to be held on Friday, Jan. 15 at the ISBA headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. Reservations are requested by
Monday, Jan. 11, to give the committee time to make the final preparations.
"meet and greet” event provides attorneys looking to hire an associate or a
summer clerk an opportunity to interview numerous students in one location in a
short period of time. Plans are to hold a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon
for 3L students and attorneys wishing to hire full-time associates. An
afternoon session from 1- 4 p.m., will be dedicated to 1L and 2L students and
attorneys wanting to hire summer clerks. Attorneys and students attending the
morning session are also welcome to participate in the afternoon session.
lunch will be provided for attorneys and students from noon to 1 p.m.
RSVP by Jan. 11 to Phil Garland, committee chair, or
Steve Boeckman, committee staff liaison. Garland’s contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or
641-923-3792. Boeckman’s contact information is email@example.com or
515-490-2279. Please indicate your hiring preference and which session (or
both) you will attend. Also indicate whether you will be eating lunch.
IRS rates on overpayments/underpayments to
remain the same for next quarter
Internal Revenue Service recently announced that interest rates on the
overpayment or underpayment of taxes will remain the same for the calendar
quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2016, as they were in the previous quarter. The
rates will be:
- Three percent for overpayments -- two percent in the
case of a corporation;
percent for underpayments;
- Five percent for large corporate underpayments; and
- One-half percent for the portion of a corporate
overpayment exceeding $10,000.
the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly
basis. For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment and
underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus three percentage points.
Click here to read how the IRS
determines quarterly interest rates on overpayments and underpayments of tax
under Section 6621 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Aflac accident, cancer/specified-disease
insurance policies now available
ISBA is now making Aflac accident and cancer/specified-disease insurance policies
available to ISBA members. Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc., is the ISBA endorsed
broker for insurance products and services other than professional liability
specifically, for a covered accident, Aflac policy holders receive cash
benefits. In addition, Aflac's cancer/specified-disease insurance policies are
designed to pay cash benefits that can be used to help offset cancer-related
expenses and to help with a variety of daily living expenses.
products are available through payroll deduction including short term
disability, critical illness and hospital. Aflac coverage is underwritten by
American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, Georgia.
interested in additional information regarding the Aflac insurance policies now
available to ISBA members, click
here or contact Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc., by phone at 515-557-1251 or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dept. of Labor trial attorney vacancy
U.S. Dept. of Labor is seeking applicants for a trial attorney position for the
Kansas City, Missouri, branch of the Chicago Regional Solicitor’s Office. The
full-time appointment will be filled at the GS-11, 12 or 13 level. Applications
must be received no later than Jan. 11, 2016.
Applicants should have at least two years of litigation
experience, an excellent academic record and strong writing and litigation skills.
Experience in employment and labor law is preferred. U.S. citizenship and bar
membership is required. To apply, send a cover letter with resume and writing
sample to Shelly Zipp, Office of the Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of
Labor, 2300 Main Street, Two Pershing Square, Suite 1020, Kansas City, MO
|In Other News ...
end of lawyers? Not so fast.
have been described as the canaries in the coal mine in the face of a wave of
automation now beginning to displace highly skilled white-collar workers. In
recent years, the increasing reliance on so-called "e-discovery” software in
lawsuits raised the specter that $35-an-hour paralegals as well as $400-an-hour
lawyers would fall victim to programs that could read and analyze legal
documents more quickly and accurately than humans.
The New York Times
for elders suffering financial abuse and exploitation
older population in the United States is expected to increase dramatically in
the years ahead as members of the Baby Boom generation reach age 65. By 2030,
there will be about 72.1 million senior citizens, comprising about 20 percent
of the country’s total population. Given this projection, the United States
should prepare itself for the many changes that will accompany the rise in population
of older Americans.
Charitable Rollover federal law
Friday, December 18th, 2015, was a historic day in
American philanthropy. Congress passed, and President Obama signed, the IRA
Charitable Rollover law. This law presents huge opportunities for nonprofits
and the donors who fund them. What does this mean? The IRA Charitable Rollover
allows individuals aged 701⁄2 and older to donate up to $100,000 from their
IRAs directly to charities, tax-free.
Gordon Fischer Law Firm
column: transgender issues in the workplace
is a "transgendered” person? Is a transgendered person protected from
discrimination and harassment under Iowa law? Transgender individuals are
people with a gender identity that is different from the biological sex
assigned to them at birth. Someone who is born male but who identifies as
female is a transgender person and a woman. Similarly, a person born female but
who identifies as male is a transgender person and a man.
The Gazette, Cedar Rapids
Justice Roberts wants less courtroom gamesmanship
most senior judge in our land had some critical words for his more junior
federal counterparts and for lawyers in general. In Chief Justice Robert's
opinion, there's just too much in the way of bad-faith tactics in the practice
of law. Whatever happened, lamented the Chief Justice, to just, speedy, and
efficient resolutions to civil disputes?
|The Iowa Lawyer Weekly is an electronic newsletter published every Wednesday. Please submit comments, letters to the editor, articles, or photos, to email@example.com. Contact information should be included with submissions. The ISBA reserves the right to refuse any submission but will take all submissions into consideration for future publication.
SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
KAREN McQUISTION vs. CITY OF CLINTON, IOWA; MARK
REGENWETHER; JEFFREY FARWELL; and JEFFREY HORNE
from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Henry W. Latham II, Judge.
Claimant appeals from summary judgment
dismissing claims of pregnancy discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act
and equal protection and due process violations under the Iowa Constitution. AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND
TIPS & TRICKS
ADMISSION ON MOTION
following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
Devadas, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Johnston, Iowa;
Scott Rousseau, Brimfield, Massachusetts;
Noga, Guide I Insurance, West Des Moines, Iowa;
Gene Cook, Jr., Macomb, Illinois;
Abel Nieman, Nieman Law Group, Moline, Illinois;
J. Temple, Mulherin, Rehfeldt & Varchetto, P.C., Wheaton, Illinois;
Bertke Nestor, Genesis Health, Davenport, Iowa;
James Rybarik, MidAmerican Energy, Des Moines, Iowa;
Dianne Jackson, Premier Bankcard, L.L.C., Sioux Falls, South Dakota;
Diane Corbine, Fredericks, Peebles & Morgan, L.L.P., Winnebago, Nebraska;
L. Droll Scott, ACT, Inc., Iowa City, Iowa;
Edward Hamilton, Council Bluffs, Iowa;
Jon Blaess, Grimes, Iowa;
Rex Walters, Jr., Justice for Our Neighbors, Omaha, Nebraska;
E. Rice, Jr., Baker, Sterchi, Cowden & Rice, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri
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.
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