sought for grievance commission, disciplinary board
the authority of Iowa Court Rules 35.1 and 35.2, the Iowa Supreme Court has
asked the ISBA, as one of several lawyer organizations in the state, to provide
nominees for its Attorney Disciplinary Board and Grievance Commission. The
nominees are needed to fill vacancies for terms beginning July 1.
lawyer positions are open on the disciplinary board and a number of positions
are open on the grievance commission. Vacancies exist in nine of the 14
judicial election subdistricts. See all available positions here.
be considered for nomination, please complete and submit the ISBA nominations online form. Alternatively, you
can email the information, using the online form as a guide, to ISBA@iowabar.org. Be sure to put
"Board/Commission Nominee” in the subject line.
nominations must reach the ISBA office by Friday, Feb. 20. President-elect
Bruce Walker and bar leadership will review the nominations and submit them to
made for boards, commissions of the court
Iowa Supreme Court published an order Feb. 10 announcing the appointments and
reappointments of individuals to the boards and commissions of the court:
Jennifer Clemens-Conlon, Dubuque, reappointed for four-year term
Joel Vos, Sioux City, appointed member for four-year term
Trust Account Commission:
Artemio Santiago, Fort Madison, reappointed for three-year term
Kimberly K. Murphy, Council Bluffs, appointed member for three-year term
Jay East, Garner, appointed lay member for three-year term
Appointments made for task force steering committees
Last month the Iowa Supreme Court established two task forces:
one to study Iowa family law case processing and the other to review Iowa’s
guardianship and conservatorship reform. Below are the individuals appointed to
each of the steering committees:
Law Case Processing Reform Task Force Steering Committee:
Honorable Thomas D. Waterman, Justice, Iowa Supreme
Court, Davenport, chair
Matthew J. Brandes, attorney, Cedar Rapids,
co-chair and reporter
Lora L. McCollom, attorney, West Des Moines, co-chair
Dan Bechtol, Southwest Iowa Mediation Services,
Honorable Thomas N. Bower, Iowa Court of Appeals,
David Boyd, State Court Administrator, Des Moines
Andrea Charlow, Drake University Law School,
Honorable Randy S. DeGeest, District Judge,
Ann Estin, University of Iowa College of Law,
Andrew B. Howie, attorney, West Des Moines
Chad Kepros, attorney, Iowa City
Steven Lytle, attorney, Des Moines
Amy Moore, Mid Iowa Mediation, Ames
Carrie O'Connor, Iowa Legal Aid, Dubuque
Laura Parrish, attorney, Decorah
Terry Parsons, attorney, Cedar Falls
Elizabeth Rosenbaum, attorney, Sioux City
Jenny L. Schulz, Kids First Law Center, Cedar
Anjela A. Shutts, attorney, Des Moines
and Conservatorship Reform Task Force Steering Committee:
Honorable Bruce B. Zager, Justice, Iowa Supreme
Court, Waterloo, chair
Honorable Jeffrey Larson, Chief Judge, Fourth
Judicial District, Council Bluffs
Honorable Cynthia Danielson, District Judge, Mount
Honorable Craig Block, District Associate Probate
Gail Agrawal, Dean, University of Iowa College of
Law, Iowa City
*Josephine Gittler, Professor, University of Iowa
College of Law, Iowa City
Ben Ullem, Dean, Drake University Law School,
*Jerry Foxhoven, Professor, Drake University Law
School, Des Moines
Greg Kenyon, attorney, Des Moines
Molly Kottmeyer, Counsel to the Chief Justice, West
Des Moines, ex officio member
* serves as coordinator of the steering committee
Mentorship application deadline this weekend
deadline for application to The ISBA Young Lawyer Mentorship Program is almost
here. Mentor and mentee applications for the program will be accepted through
Sunday, Feb. 15, for the year-long program set to begin March 15.
YLD officially launched the ISBA Young Lawyer Mentor Program in early January.
Members interested in becoming mentors or mentees should download the mentor or mentee applications online
and submit them this week to be considered for the 2015-2016 mentorship year.
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).
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 email@example.com.
Theatre of Iowa to feature Clarence Darrow: A One Man Play
Repertory Theatre of Iowa is producing a one-man show portraying one of
America’s turn-of-the-century criminal attorneys: Clarence Darrow. The show is
scheduled for various times March 11-14 at the Kum&Go Theater at 9th
and Cherry in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
U.S. Attorney Richard Richards will be performing the lead role. Richards, an
ISBA member, has been a contract artist performing with regional opera and
theater companies for the past 20 years.
read more about Richards or the production, visit the Repertory
Theatre of Iowa’s website, or to contribute in other ways, read the contribution request
from the theater.
|In Other News...|
IowaDocs is now published On HotDocs Market
Market, the innovative new virtual marketplace from the document assembly
experts at HotDocs, is now a platform for the distribution of IowaDocs
automated legal content. Offered to Iowa State Bar Association’s members,
IowaDocs is a library consisting of hundreds of legal documents, automated with
HotDocs to create intelligent templates where the user answers questions to
create customized documents based on the responses. This member-only service
saves time, effort and cost in the production of documents and forms. The
documents and forms cover a range of practice areas such as business law, civil
litigation, family law and employment law and were available only on CD prior
to distribution on HotDocs market.
Iowa Gov. Branstad's
legal counsel leaves for private sector
Terry Branstad’s legal counsel is leaving state government for work in the
private sector. Branstad announced Thursday that Brenna Bird would leave his
administration after four years of service. A press release did not provide any
further details on Bird’s future plans. Bird launched an unsuccessful
Republican bid for attorney general in 2010. Her last day was Friday, Feb. 6. Branstad
has appointed policy adviser Michael Bousselot as his new legal counsel. He
took over the role Monday, Feb. 9.
Press via Omaha World Herald
needs assistance, Iowa counties say
it comes to funding courthouse operations, including security, counties would
like a little help from the state. James Bronner, finance director for Black
Hawk County, on Tuesday told a panel of state lawmakers that many courthouses
contain extensive state operations — particularly the court system — yet
funding comes exclusively from county budgets. Bronner said he would like to
see the state help pick up a portion of the bill.
Black Hawk County
dismantles obsolete law library
Black Hawk County law library today is a dark and lonely place. Few attorneys
still venture back to library — once a vital tool for the local legal community
— tucked away behind courtrooms and offices on the third floor of the
courthouse. "It's used very, very rarely if at all," said Linda
Nilges, district court administrator. "With the online accessibility of
information these days, it has made this library a little obsolete." The
county board of supervisors voted last week to authorize the district court to
dispose of the large collection of mostly dated county-owned law books and
legal publications currently lining shelves and stacked on the floor of the
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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
February 6, 2015
STATE OF IOWA vs. SCOTT ROBERT ROBINSON
Defendant seeks further review of a court of appeals decision affirming his conviction for first-degree kidnapping. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED IN PART AND VACATED IN PART; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED.
STATE OF IOWA vs. ROBERT LYNN VAUGHAN
The State seeks further review of a court of appeals decision reversing the defendant’s first-degree arson conviction and remanding for a new trial based on pretrial counsel’s conflict of interest. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
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