Altoona lawyer Ed Skinner dies
attorney, Democratic party insider, philanthropist and strong supporter of Iowa
LawPAC died Monday evening, Jan. 12. He leaves behind a legacy in the legal
profession. Son, Brad, daughter, Geri Huser, and granddaughter, Kelli Huser,
all followed in his footsteps as Iowa lawyers.
one to mince words, the former lawyer-legislator said in a recent Iowa Lawyer magazine article
(December 2014, Page 38) of Iowa LawPAC and its role in
developing the laws governing the state that "There isn’t an attorney in
this state who doesn’t have an obligation to give back to the state. We’ve been
given a privilege, and we owe it back to our citizens to fulfill that
addition to his dedication to the ISBA and its PAC, the patriarch of Skinner
Law Office in Altoona served as city attorney for Altoona for 20 years and was
the current city attorney for Pleasant Hill and Runnells, the latter for 50
years. He also was heavily involved in the development of Prairie Meadows
Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, and was instrumental in developing a
scholarship fund for Southeast Polk High School students and a scholarship for
Southeast Polk graduates who attend Drake University Law School.
Practice Committee’s meet and greet considered a success
frigid temperatures and poor road conditions in many parts of the state, 17 lawyers and
21 students traveled to ISBA headquarters in Des Moines last Friday, Jan. 9, to
participate in the Rural Practice Committee’s first meet and greet event.
and students at a reception following the two-hour session pronounced it a
success. One of the participating lawyers said in an email the following Monday
that she had already been contacted by four students with whom she had met. She
described the opportunity to meet with students a "smashing success".
the 2-4 p.m. meet and greet session, students spent six minutes visiting with a
lawyer, then moved to the next lawyer. The purpose was to enable each student
to meet every lawyer and each lawyer to meet every student, with the goal that
lawyers and students would find a mutual interest that they could pursue in
follow-up emails, phone calls and personal visits. Some of the lawyers are
looking to hire full-time associates; others are interested in hiring clerks
for the summer. Students shared the same desires.
who would like to hire a full-time associate or a summer clerk but weren’t able
to attend the Friday event, can still participate. Simply send a message
indicating your interest in hiring to committee co-chair Phil Garland, or
co-chair Amy Skogerson. Garland’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skogerson’s email address is email@example.com.
The two will provide the information needed to become involved.
information about the Rural Practice Committee’s program to attract new
attorneys to rural areas can be found on the ISBA website here.
Mentor Program still in need of mentors
The ISBA Mentor Program developed by the Young Lawyers Division is
in search of seasoned attorneys interested in becoming mentors to younger
attorneys for the 2015-2016 mentorship year.
"We are anticipating a large number of mentees in the
program's inaugural year, so we are encouraging our more experienced members to
sign up to mentor the future leaders of the Iowa Bar," said Leslie
Behaunek, the YLD publicity chair. "We have a need for attorneys in all types
of practice: private firms, government attorneys, ALJ's, judges, in-house
counsel, lobbyists, etc. Our young attorneys are doing all of these things, or
hope to one day, so we need mentors to assist in all areas.”
Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15. Mentors and mentees
will be matched with the year-long program set to begin March 15. Download the mentor or mentee applications online.
Once accepted into the program as a mentor or mentee, attorneys
will receive additional materials regarding the program which includes a mentor
guide, information on mentor training, and a mentor/mentee match. The program
commitments are minimal: six hours of contact over the year between mentor and
mentee (ideally in-person) with no formal curriculum, although a suggested list
of topics and issues is provided.
Who can apply? ISBA members who have been licensed for fewer than
five years in the state of Iowa are eligible to be a mentee. To serve as a
mentor, attorneys must have been licensed for five years or more in Iowa, have
a clean disciplinary record, and carry malpractice insurance (if required). The
YLD Mentoring Committee anticipates a high number of mentee applications, and
are asking those who are eligible to serve as a mentor to consider joining the
More information about the program is available in the December Iowa Lawyer magazine (Pages
8-11). For questions regarding the mentoring program, contact the YLD Mentoring
Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowa State Bar Association renewed its publishing agreement with Hotdocs, Inc.,
in order to continue to provide members with IowaDocs® services. The new
agreement not only allows the ISBA to distribute IowaDocs® on CDs as in the
past but now via the cloud using HotDocs Market.
to IowaDocs® through HotDocs Market began Jan. 7, and all future IowaDocs®
renewals will be completed by using HotDocs Market. If members have an
invoice for renewal from the ISBA, they can disregard the invoice and use the
HotDocs Market for renewal, effective immediately. If members have already
renewed subscriptions for 2015, an account will be established over the next
several days. Those members will receive a notification once their
accounts have been established.
of accessing IowaDocs® on HotDocs Market:
No software to install annually
• Can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with current web browser
No need to worry about template updates or using the current form
Updates are made by the ISBA and are immediately available for all users
Sessions (Answer files) are saved in HotDocs Market or can be downloaded
subscription process is easy: users can simply visit www.hotdocsmarket.com and
register with the email used for their Iowa Bar membership, choose the appropriate
license based on the attorneys in the firm and then subscribe to IowaDocs®
using a credit card. Once the 2015 subscription is processed, members can start
using IowaDocs® content on the web as well as desktop versions. Members
will also be able to download the 2015 version of IowaDocs® from the Market
when available. The 2015 version should be available Feb. 1.
cooperation with HotDocs, the ISBA will offer weekly webinars for Iowa Bar
members to learn how to subscribe to and use IowaDocs® on HotDocs Market. Those webinars
began Jan. 8. Click
here to participate in these webinars or to obtain additional information
about IowaDocs® and the HotDocs Market.
Members will be able to continue using IowaDocs®
on their desktops or servers as long as their subscription is current. The only changes are how renewals are paid and how the program
will be delivered. You will renew using HotDocs Market and download the
software for installation.
questions regarding the new updates, please contact the ISBA IowaDocs® Support
underwrites IowaWatch Connection
at the beginning of the year, radio listeners may have heard short
sponsorship clips from The Iowa State Bar Association. The ISBA Public
Relations Committee recently began sponsorship of the IowaWatch Connection, a state-wide, weekly
radio program with a broadcast range covering nearly all of Iowa.
public affairs program is hosted by ISBA member Jeff Stein who records the
weekly public affairs program each week and distributes it to around 20 radio
stations throughout Iowa. The program airs at various times on or around the
weekend, depending on the station, and covers a variety of subjects.
ISBA sponsorship is currently set for six months, but the Public Relations
Committee hopes to extend that to a full year if they can gather the needed
funding. The committee provides short sponsorship clips which include mentions
of the Iowa Find-A-Lawyer Program and other ISBA resources in place to help
find out more about the program, visit the IowaWatch
Connection website where you can find participating stations, previous and upcoming shows and
about the ISBA’s sponsorship of the program can be directed to Ashlee Lolkus,
the ISBA communications director at email@example.com
to Art Neu
Des Moines weekly newspaper recently published an extensive
tribute to long-time ISBA member and supporter Arthur Neu, who died Jan. 2
from complications of pneumonia.
headline in the Des Moines Cityview article called Neu "A forceful Iowa icon.”
It quoted a number of long-time friends and associates who remembered him and
his works fondly, including former Governor Robert Ray, under whom Neu served
as lieutenant governor from 1973-1979, and Governor Terry Branstad who
succeeded Neu as lieutenant governor.
article was written by Douglas Burns, a fourth-generation newspaperman in
Carroll, the community where Neu lived and where he served as mayor from 1982-1985. Click
here to read the full tribute.
week’s Iowa Lawyer Weekly also contained an article about Neu’s legacy. It can
be found here.
|In Other News...|
What it means when law firms and startups give away legal documents
the past five years, law firms in Silicon Valley, New York and Boston have put
online – for free – the documents that startups need to execute basic legal
transactions. New sites, Cooley GO and WHLaunch, join first-movers Founders’
Workbench and Start-Up Forms Library, to enable entrepreneurs to incorporate
their company, secure early-stage financing, hire employees and compensate them
with stock options. SeriesSeed.com has emerged as an industry standard for
documenting seed investments, and StartupCompanyLawer.com offers answers to
over 100 frequently asked questions, along with a term-sheet generator.
Supreme Court sets IJH hearing date
Iowa Supreme Court has set the date to hear oral arguments in the case
regarding the future and fate of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. The justices
will hold an evening session at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Des Moines to hear the case
brought more than a year ago by the public employees union and four state
lawmakers against Gov. Terry Branstad over his handling of the closure of the
Cedar Falls Courier
married couples from medieval shackles
an Iowa married couple sitting down with an attorney and asking, "We'd
like you to prepare an agreement to ensure that our property goes where we want
it to go after our deaths." The attorney's response in Iowa will be:
"I'm sorry, but Iowa law does not allow you to do that. You could have
made an agreement before your marriage, but now that you are married, you
can't." Read Past Probate & Trust Law Section Chair
Mike Nelson's thoughtful guest column published in the Des Moines Register
urging the legislature to recognize post marital agreements.
Des Moines Register
Register's Editorial: Crack open highest court with cameras
his year-end report on the judiciary, John Roberts, the chief justice of the
United States, talked about how technology affects the federal courts. He
described the court's progress from sending decisions by pneumatic tubes to
posting electronic files on the Internet. One not-so-modern technology the
chief justice did not mention: Photography. The absence of discussion of
cameras in the Supreme Court was the proverbial elephant in the report. The
Supreme Court is bound by its traditions: Spittoons remain in the courtroom,
while cameras are kept out.
Des Moines Register
Data Collection by United States Reauthorized
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reauthorized the federal government's
bulk collection of telephone metadata last month, according to a declassified
order made public by the director of National Intelligence on Monday. The
order, signed on Dec. 4 by FISC Judge Raymond Dearie, found "reasonable
grounds to believe that the tangible things sought are relevant to authorized
investigations (other than threat assessments) being conducted by the FBI to
protect against international terrorism."
|The Iowa Lawyer Weekly is an electronic newsletter published every Wednesday. Please submit comments, letters to the editor, articles, or photos, to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
January 9, 2015
MAXINE GAIL VEATCH vs. CITY OF WAVERLY and JASON LEONARD, individually and in his official capacity
On review from the Iowa Court of Appeals.
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Bremer County, DeDra Schroeder, Judge.
The City of Waverly seeks further review of a court of appeals decision reinstating a plaintiff’s false imprisonment claim against the City and one of its police detectives. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
STATE OF IOWA vs. BEAU JACKSON MORRIS
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Christopher L. McDonald, Judge.
Inmate appeals rescission by the district court of prior order increasing restitution payments deducted from his prison earnings. REVERSED.
STATE OF IOWA vs. CARRIE McIVER
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, James D. Birkenholz, Judge.
Appellant challenges the rulings by the district court to deny her motions to suppress. AFFIRMED.
STATE OF IOWA vs. JILLIAN JANE STEWART
On review from the Iowa Court of Appeals.
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, James D. Scott, Judge.
Defendant seeks further review of a court of appeals decision affirming her conviction and holding the offense of possession of a controlled substance does not merge with the offense of introduction of a controlled substance into a detention facility. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED.
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