Legislative update video: ISBA
affirmative agenda faring well
Legislative Counsel, Jim Carney, painted an optimistic picture for the
legislation on the association’s Affirmative Legislative Program in a video he
recorded Friday (Feb. 21).
the video, the first update he has recorded during the 2014 legislative
session, Carney said all but two of the ISBA’s 12 proposals made it out of
committee in the houses in which they originated, and thus remain alive for the
session. Friday was "first funnel” day for this year’s session, meaning that
all bills had to be voted out of the committees in which they originated in
order to remain viable for the session.
two bills that will not see action in this year’s session are HSB 599/SSB 3175,
which deals with the recording of claims related to mineral rights in real
estate, and HSB 372, which would require electronic recording of the entire
process of custodial interrogation. The former proposal was pulled by the ISBA
because of drafting issues. The latter has created some concerns within the law
enforcement community that need to be ironed out.
the video by clicking on this
link. It is found on the ISBA’s
legislative page. While on the page, check out the ISBA’s Affirmative
Legislative Program and other features.
ISBA’s legislative update program
makes it easy to check out bills impacting the law practice
week’s "first funnel” in the Iowa Legislature weeded out some bills that the
ISBA has been watching. Bills that didn’t make it out of the committee in the
House or Senate where they originated are dead for the session.
ISBA’s new legislative tracking system allows you to see what bills of interest
to the type of law you practice are still alive. Click on this link
to open a pdf. that lists those bills. The bills are categorized by the ISBA
section that would be affected the most by their passage.
on the bill number on the left side of the document takes you to a screen that
provides more detailed information about the bill, including its history, the
position the ISBA has taken on it and a link to the full text of the bill.
There is also a button on the screen entitled "Post Your Comments” that allows
you to send a message to the ISBA with your thoughts on the bill.
Newest Iowa Lawyer magazine now online
latest issue of the Iowa Lawyer magazine is now online and available via
iPhone/iPad and Android phone/tablet apps. The online version typically is
posted several days before the print version is received in the mail.
read the magazine on the website, click here. To read it on your phone
or tablet, click on the Iowa Lawyer app.
you would like to add the Iowa Lawyer app to your smartphone or tablet, go to
the appropriate store – iTunes or Play Store – and search for Iowa State Bar
Association. The apps are free.
more than 15 percent of ISBA members have elected to read the magazine online
only and not receive a printed copy. The content and layout are identical to
the print version. If you would like to switch to the online version only,
click on "Manage Profile” in the upper left corner on the ISBA website, click on "Edit Bio” and scroll down
to "The Iowa Lawyer Magazine” and select "Yes” in the box. Be sure to click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the screen when you finish. An email will be
sent to all online subscribers notifying them that the new edition is online as
soon as it is posted.
Mock Trial judges needed for high
school regional competitions
is just around the corner (hopefully!), and that means high school mock trial
teams across the state will begin testing how well their hours of preparation have
paid off as they compete with other teams in regional tournaments.
also means that program director, John Wheeler, needs attorneys and judges in
the communities where the regional competitions are held to evaluate the
performances of the students. Attorneys and judges are best able to evaluate
the students’ understanding of the legal concepts in the case, which is why it
is so important to have legally-trained individuals doing the judging, Wheeler
says a total of 110 teams will compete in eight regional tournaments for the 32
spots in the state tournament, which begins on March 26 this year. Those teams
represent approximately 75 schools around the state.
first regional competition is March 3 at Morningside College in Sioux City,
followed by the competition at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in
Mason City the following day. A competition on March 5 at Iowa Western Community
College in Council Bluffs rounds out the regional schedule for the first week
see the dates and locations for all regional competitions, click here.
To sign up as a judge, click here.
Information for judges, as well as a description of the this year’s case is available
at this link. Wheeler
stresses that you do not have to be a trial attorney to participate as a mock
Judge McDonald sworn in as newest
judge on Court of Appeals
Terry Branstad administered the oath of office to new Court of Appeals Judge
Christopher Lee McDonald yesterday (Feb. 25) in an investiture ceremony in the
Supreme Court courtroom on the fourth floor of the judicial branch building.
President Guy Cook praised Judge McDonald for his "extraordinary work ethic”
and for his legal scholarship. "Simply put, Judge McDonald is uniquely
positioned, and superbly qualified, to lend his considerable skill, extensive
experiences, and extraordinary intellect to this important court,” he said.
Anderson, counsel for Wells Fargo & Company who has known Judge McDonald for
15 years, described the new judge as "incredibly smart” and "the hardest worker
I’ve ever known.” He added that Judge McDonald "likes people, has faith in
people and has hope in people.”
his remarks after donning his robe with the help of his children, Judge
McDonald told the assembled guests, after thanking all those who have helped
him get where he is, that he has a song lyric that he tries to live by. The
lyric states: "Never get high on your own supply.” The author of the
lyric probably had something else in mind when he wrote it, he said to a burst
of laughter in the courtroom.
reception for the new judge followed at the ISBA headquarters building.
Warning to Windows XP users
8 is the day that Microsoft will end all support for its 12-year-old Windows XP
operating system, which will leave XP users vulnerable to new security
breaches. An estimated 37 percent of law firms still use Windows XP, according
to a survey by the International Legal Technology Association.
an article published in the ABA Journal’s Law News Now, security firms caution
that hackers may be storing up bugs in the XP operating system that they can
sell on the open market once Microsoft drops its support for the system. Law
firms are major targets for hackers because of their "ethical responsibility to
protect client privacy and their high visibility,” the article states.
the problem is that many software programs law firms currently use are not
compatible with later versions of the Microsoft operating systems, namely
Windows 7 or Windows 8. While it’s relatively inexpensive to upgrade from XP to
Windows 8.1 Professional, for example, there are additional costs in upgrading
the other programs and in training staff to use the newer versions of these
Also, the primary cost associated with upgrading is not only in the upgrading of the
software, but the computers themselves.
Only the later generation XP machines have the speed, memory and video
capabilities to be upgraded to Windows 7 or 8, so many firms will have to buy
article contains several links to tools that can help law firms ease the
transition. See the entire article and the links to the transition tools here.
New scam: Beware of communiqués from
member Bill Cleaver in Moline, Ill., sent the following message he received
from a supposed "diplomat” a week ago as an example of yet another scam that is
apparently being foisted on lawyers.
an email message to Executive Director Dwight Dinkla, Cleaver simply stated:
"My contribution to the scam list.” Below is the text of the message he
After we have series
of meetings between the oil development in with United Nation and Members of
Economic West African States(Eco was) and G8 Committee your file fell among the
submitted list of beneficiaries to receive their consignment from United Nation
this last delivery batch for the year 2010.
To get your consignment delivered at your doorstep address as agreed by United
Nation,you will be required to forward to my Commission the followings: copy of
your identification (either driver's license or Intl.passport copy), your
office & home address, telephone numbers (including cell phone no. for
effective communication) and also the name of your nearest Intl. airport to
Please get back to me.
Diplomat Muhammad Hassan
YLD hosting Mardi Gras meet and greet to
assist Drake law students
Young Lawyers Division is teaming up with the Drake University Law School Student
Bar Association to host a Mardi Gras party from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday (March 4)
at Confluence Brewery in Des Moines.
from the gathering will be used to help Drake law students who’ll be traveling
to New Orleans to work with New Orleans Legal Aid in conjunction with the
city’s pro bono project.
are $10 per person and can be purchased via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at