Last call for
committee, section council nominations
Members interested in
making nominations for appointments to ISBA committees and section councils
must complete the online application before next Tuesday, March 1. After that date, ISBA
President-elect Arnold "Skip” Kenyon III, will begin making appointments
to the committees and section councils for next fiscal year.
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.”
Submissions are now
being accepted via the online application form.
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.
Questions or requests
for additional information concerning any of the sections or committees can be
directed to the ISBA office or to Kenyon at email@example.com or
March Iowa Lawyer now
The March issue of the
Iowa Lawyer Magazine is now available online. In this issue, ISBA focuses on
technology including data security, blogging, HotDocs and more.
Members can view the
digital version of the magazine by clicking here or by navigating to www.iowabar.org,
clicking on "Publications,” then "Iowa Lawyer Magazine.” Those who no
longer wish to receive the printed version of the magazine can elect to receive
it electronically by navigating to their ISBA account settings and selecting
"yes” for the "Iowa Lawyer Magazine Online” option.
The Iowa Lawyer is
free online or in print to ISBA members as part of their annual dues. The
magazine informs members on issues, events and developments in the law specific
to Iowa that impact their practices and their lives as attorneys. Members are
encouraged to submit articles and manuscripts for publication in the magazine.
Contact the communications team to discuss options and deadlines.
the Iowa Lawyer Magazine can be directed to the ISBA Communications Department
at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Court adopts amendments to rule for admission pro hac vice
The Iowa Supreme Court adopted amendments to Iowa Court Rule 31.14
that specify the fee and registration requirements to practice pro hac vice before
Iowa courts. The amendments were proposed by the Office of Professional
Regulation and contain seven key provisions. The court’s action comes after consideration of public comments. Public
comments were requested in a supreme court order filed Oct. 29. The changes take effect Jan. 1, 2017.
The amendments to Rule
31.14 include the requirement that applicants register and pay a $250 pro hac
vice fee at the OPR website. Paying the fee will allow attorneys to file
applications for admission pro hac vice in Iowa Courts for five years from the
date of registration without paying additional fees. The pro hac vice fees
collected will be deposited in the Client Security Trust Fund.
To see a summary of the amendments, read the
complete order here. Read the full amended chapters at this link.
Dept. of Revenue issues statement concerning coupling, IRC section 179
Iowa law allows a $25,000 limitation and a $200,000 investment limitation for Internal
Revenue Code Section 179 expensing. The Iowa Legislature may enact a law that
conforms with the permanent federal increases to expensing limitations but it
is improbable that such law could be in place and effective by next week’s March
1 filing due date.
avoid being subject to penalties and interest, farming and commercial fishing
taxpayers and practitioners with clients who derive at least two-thirds of
their income from farming and commercial fishing can file returns and pay in
full any tax due under current Iowa law on or before March 1. If Iowa law is
changed after March 1 to provide for different expensing limitations, taxpayers
and practitioners can file amended returns and potentially receive refunds for
For more information about federal limitations to
section 179 expense limits, click
here. For more information, click here to visit the
Iowa Department of Revenue’s website or contact The Center for Agricultural Law
and Taxation at Iowa State University via email at email@example.com
or phone at 515-294-6365.
Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Ames
The Iowa Supreme Court will
hear oral arguments from attorneys in the case of State of Iowa v. Kenneth
Osborne Ary in Ames, Iowa, March 2. The hearing is open to the public and
begins at 7 p.m. in the Ames High School Auditorium at 1921 Ames High Drive.
A court of appeals decision
reversed and remanded previous drug-delivery convictions based on an alleged
error in the jury selection process. The state contends that existing case law
does not allow a presumption that an entire jury can be biased based on
comments from one juror.
hearing, justices will participate in a public reception hosted by the Story
County Bar Association in the school’s media center.
|Supreme Court Opinions|
STATE OF IOWA vs. JOHN
A defendant seeks
further review of a court of appeals decision affirming his convictions for
forgery and falsifying a public document. DECISION
OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED IN PART AND VACATED IN PART; DISTRICT COURT
STATE OF IOWA vs.
TAQUALA MONIQUE HOWSE
The court of appeals
held there was insufficient evidence in the record to establish that an
inoperable stun gun was a dangerous weapon and reversed the decision of the
district court. DECISION OF COURT OF
APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
STATE OF IOWA vs.
RANDALL LEE LAMOREUX
The State requests
further review of a decision of the court of appeals reversing the denial of a
motion to suppress the defendant’s chemical test result. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
|In Other News ...|
These common mistakes can lead to
lawyer ethics complaints
complaints may get more attention, but it’s the run-of-the-mill problems that
are most likely to trip up lawyers, according to lawyers who handle such cases.
BNA’s U.S. Law Week spoke with several experts about common errors.
teachers and lawyers react to Harper Lee’s death
Harper Lee left a lasting legacy with "To Kill
a Mockingbird.” After her death on Friday, lawyers spoke about what her novel meant to the legal
profession, teachers about the lessons it still contains for their students and
writers about the conviction it took to address the subjects she did.
The New York
Nursing accommodations during Iowa
Bar Exam greatly improved
The Iowa Bar Exam is a
critical two-day test that allows lawyers to practice in Iowa. But its previous
policies on accommodating breastfeeding test-takers who wanted to nurse or pump
was inadequate—as are the test-taking policies for many other professions in
many other states.
Iowa legislators consider increased
transparency on closed police investigations
Family and friends of
Autumn Steele have many questions about the day the 34-year-old mom was
accidentally shot and killed by a Burlington police officer. Why was Officer
Jesse Hill holding a gun when responding to a domestic disturbance in Steele’s
front yard? Did Steele’s dog bite Hill as the officer alleged? How many shots
were fired? Steele’s supporters think most of these questions could be answered
with the video from the body camera Hill was wearing during the Jan. 6, 2015,
Rox Laird, veteran Iowa courts
commentator, joins On Brief
Rox Laird, former Des
Moines Register editorial writer and Iowa courts commentator, is joining this
blog as a regular contributor. Rox retired from the Register last fall
and, as former Register editor and NBC News president Michael Gartner recently
remarked, he took with him "43 years of institutional memory and 43 years’
worth of knowledge about how this city and this state work.” We’re thrilled
that Rox is bringing that knowledge to this blog, and we’re certain that Iowans
will be the beneficiaries.
Dead Iowans' digital assets focus
of Senate bill
The digital assets of
dead Iowans would be addressed under a bill approved 48-0 Monday by the Iowa
Senate. Current state law doesn't do a good job of focusing on what happens to
digital assets like social media accounts, email accounts, photographs and
other assets when a person dies, said Sen. Robert Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids.
The Des Moines
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