Message from ISBA President Bruce Walker: Mock trial judges needed
I am requesting that you agree to serve as a judge in the 2016 Iowa High School Mock Trial Regional Competition on the dates
and in the venues shown on the schedule. Each time I have served at mock trials in the
past, the students seem to really appreciate having a lawyer listen to them and
You do not have to be a trial attorney in
order to participate as a mock trial judge. You will be asked to assess students’
performances as they take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Last year,
more than 600 members of the Bar assisted as judges and coaches in tournaments
held throughout Iowa.
One morning, afternoon or evening is not a
great sacrifice in relationship to the good that you can do. Please serve at
the regional tournament(s) near you, and/or at the state tournament held in Des
The high school regional tournaments are held
from late February through mid-March; the high school state tournament is
scheduled for March 28-30. To see the complete competition schedule, click here.
To learn more about high school mock trial, click here. To volunteer
or email ISBA Center for Law & Civic Education Director John Wheeler
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
to serve on ISBA committees, section councils
ISBA President-elect Arnold "Skip” Kenyon, III, is
preparing to make appointments to the committees and section councils for next
fiscal year. To provide an easy method of nomination, the ISBA set up an online
form for members to apply with their section council or committee choices.
Submissions completed via the online application form must be received by March
1. Members may apply for more than one position by indicating preferences in
the event a particular section council or committee is full. Applicants should
note that the number of vacancies are limited. The majority of vacancies for
each section council or committee are three or fewer.
"The opportunities for networking, interaction and
the expanding of your practice lie within these groups,” said Kenyon, a
Creston, Iowa, attorney. "In order to assure consistency and a smooth
transition, it is essential that we establish a succession plan for each
committee and section. It is my intention to have all appointments completed
and in place so that they will become effective at the time of the annual
meeting in June.”
Questions or requests for additional information concerning any of the
sections or committees can be directed to the ISBA office or to President-elect Kenyon at email@example.com or 641-782-7007.
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Not all section councils or committee will have vacancies. However,
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interest.Submit nominations by completing the online application form.
to release updated form library
The ISBA is preparing to release its 2016 IowaDocs library
this month. The complete release is expected to occur as early as next week. IowaDocs users
will notice a fresh, new look to the forms once the new library is uploaded.
Iowa Code began to implement formatting standards, IowaDocs was forced to
change layouts as well. Because of this, the look of the forms suffered. Now,
IowaDocs is refreshing copyrighted forms to provide a more professional,
updates consist of modifications to the ISBA copyrighted forms. The forms will
have typeface consistency, adjusted margins, date-format consistency, standardized captions,
standardized ISBA logo and justified text. To see details regarding the format
changes and to compare old forms with the newly formatted forms, visit the
IowaDocs website at iowadocs.net/newform.cfm.
the library update becomes available, current IowaDocs desktop subscribers will
receive notifications via HotDocs allowing them to update their desktop
library. Anyone using the cloud version
of IowaDocs will immediately be updated to the new library and no action will
be required by the user. Should there be
any questions regarding this update, contact IowaDocs Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Court justices to hear oral arguments Tuesday in Des Moines
Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case The Estate of Paul Dedrick Gray, et al. v. Daniel J. Baldi,
et al. during a special evening session next Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the supreme
court courtroom on the fourth floor of the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East
Court Ave., in Des Moines, Iowa. The session begins at 7 p.m., and is open to
wife and minor child are appealing the district court’s summary judgement
dismissing their petition alleging medical malpractice due to the defendant
physician's excessive or conflicting prescribing of pain medications that
resulted in Gray’s wrongful death. The plaintiffs contend the district court
erred by finding their claims were barred by Iowa’s two-year statute of
limitations, and that the court erred in ruling that an unborn child could not
recover for loss of parental consortium under the limitations of actions
chapter of the Iowa Code.
who was a musician best known as the bassist and one
of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band, Slipknot, died May 24, 2010, from an overdose of morphine, according to autopsy results. At
the time, his wife was pregnant with the couple’s daughter.
The appellant brief can be found at this link. The
appellee brief and appellant reply brief are available at appellee and appellant.
will be streamed live from the Iowa Judicial Branch website, which can be
accessed here. A public reception with
the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments on the second floor
of the Judicial Branch Building.
announces schedule of free webinars
the legal research tool that is offered free to all ISBA members as part of
their membership, has announced the first part of its 2016 free webinar
schedule to assist members in using the service to its fullest. At present, 12
of the seminars, from Feb. 11 through June 7, are listed on the ISBA website.
webinar, entitled "Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase,” is repeated on
March 3, April 7 and May 12 for those who are unable to attend the session
tomorrow. Two other presentations, "Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research
on Fastcase” and "Introduction to Boolean (Keyword) Searches,” are also repeated
several times. The first session on advanced tips begins on Feb. 18. The first
session on boolean searches begins on Feb. 25.
has applied for one hour of state CLE credit for each webinar.
more details on each of the webinars, all of which are held from noon to 1
p.m., click here. The schedule can also be
accessed by clicking on "Upcoming CLE” under the "CLE Information” tab on the
ISBA website homepage, then clicking on "Webinars.”
also offers help and training, including video tutorials, at this link.
|Supreme Court Opinions|
The Iowa Supreme
Court recently issued orders granting or denying applications for further
review in 22 cases.
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judicial nominee, Ebinger, clears Senate
Senator Chuck Grassley said today that the nomination of
Judge Rebecca Ebinger to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of
Iowa was passed by the Senate tonight by a vote of 83-0. Ebinger's nomination
will now be sent to President Barack Obama who nominated her on Sept. 15, 2015.
'Judge Ebinger is high quality and high character. Her appreciation for the
Constitution and the rule of law set her apart from others. I appreciate my
colleagues' votes in favor of her nomination,' Grassley said.
Grassley press release
Constitution contest leads to real learning
Last fall the Iowa Bar Association put out the Know Your
Constitution test for students’ grades 9-12. The test consisted of a 50
question open-book multiple choice test and a short essay question. The goal of
the test was to get students to learn about the U.S. Constitution. Before I
participated in this I would say I knew a good amount of information about the
Constitution from previous social studies classes. However, I did not know as
much as I thought until I had to research a lot of the questions for the test.
I knew that the Constitution was the supreme law of the land and sets up our
government, but it goes into further detail that not many people know about.
show Iowa has backlog of criminal appeal cases
The Iowa attorney general's office has gained approval to
temporarily hire lawyers to deal with a backlog of criminal appeal cases that
have piled up since an Iowa Supreme Court rule change in 2012. Chief Deputy
Attorney General Eric Tabor described the conditions in a Jan. 7 letter to the
Iowa Executive Council that outlined plans to hire three outside lawyers on a
temporary basis to reduce the load. The council, made up of statewide elected
officials, on Jan. 19 approved Tabor's request, which included a request by his
office to use civil forfeiture money to cover the expense.
Sioux City Journal
Iowa court ruling makes defense attorney malpractice suits easier
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a man who pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for sex but later had the conviction overturned can sue his defense attorney for legal malpractice without being required to prove he’s innocent. The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a man who pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for sex but later had the conviction overturned can sue his defense attorney for legal malpractice without being required to prove he’s innocent.
The IRS says identity thieves hacked its systems again
Identity thieves attempted to breach computer systems at the Internal Revenue Service to file fraudulent tax refunds. The criminals were especially after E-file PINs, which are used by some individuals to electronically file a return, the agency said in a statement released Tuesday. Around 464,000 unique social security numbers were involved, and of that total, 101,000 SSNs were used to successfully access an E-file PIN.
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ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
- Robert James Poggenklass, ACLU of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
- Jean Elizabeth Paul, LinebargerGoggan Blair & Simpson, Austin, Texas
- Ethan Domke, Iowa City, Iowa
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.
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