Updated IowaDocs form library
The ISBA officially released its 2016 IowaDocs library
earlier this week. Users of the service will notice a fresh, new look to the
forms once they upload the new library.
Current IowaDocs desktop subscribers
should have received notifications via HotDocs allowing them to update their
desktop library. IowaDocs subscribers who use the cloud version will
automatically update to the new library with no action required by the
there be any questions regarding this update, contact IowaDocs Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Iowa justice
dies at 81
Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice James H. Carter died
Feb. 27 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A memorial service
is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home in Cedar
In 1982, Governor Robert D. Ray appointed Carter to the
Iowa Supreme Court where he served until his retirement in 2006. His obituary is available online, and more can be read in a
recent Gazette article.
Alert: Scam targets lawyers wiring funds
Lawyers should beware of a sophisticated new hacking scam
the FBI refers to as "Business E-mail Compromise.” Lawyers in multiple states
have recently reported being victimized by this scam. The hoax targets lawyers who
process client funds from their attorney trust accounts. Transactions involving
real estate closings or legal settlements are vulnerable to this ploy.
A whitepaper created by the lawyers who work for CNA to
provide risk management and loss prevention services to attorneys insured by
the ISBA’s endorsed professional liability insurance provider, Lockton
Affinity, L.L.C., outlines the details of the scam, ethical and legal concerns
for lawyers and risk management tips.
To read the entire paper, click here. For more information, contact Mike Schrandt, senior
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Equal Justice After Hours event to
highlight health and law project
Iowa Legal Aid will highlight its health and law project
at this year’s Equal Justice After Hours event to be held Thursday, March 31,
from 5 to 7 p.m. at the American Enterprise Group building, 601 6th Avenue in
downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The health and law project has grown to 10 sites
since it was started in 2006, and has processed an estimated 8,100 cases
during that time.
The health and law project was started because of the
recognition that health problems are often made worse when patients face legal
problems such as domestic violence, substandard housing and lack of nutritional
and financial support. Iowa Legal Aid staff and volunteer attorneys partner
with hospitals and clinics to address legal issues that exacerbate health
problems. A PBS News Hour video on the subject can be found here.
Presently, Iowa Legal Aid has partnership arrangements
with hospitals and/or clinics in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque, Oskaloosa
and Sioux City in Iowa, as well as a site in Omaha, Neb. This year’s Equal
Justice After Hours event will feature an address by a doctor from Nebraska
Medicine in Omaha, and an address by a client from one of the health and law
Also on tap at the event will be the annual BOG financial
challenge match. President-elect Skip Kenyon will ask members of the ISBA Board
of Governors to pledge contributions to Iowa Legal Aid at the March 23
quarterly BOG meeting. Attendees at the Equal Justice After Hours event will
then be asked to match the amount pledged. Last year, attendees pledged $6,360,
which exceeded the BOG pledge of $5,800, for a total of $12,160.
For more information about the Equal Justice After Hours
event, including sponsorship opportunities and tickets, contact Terri Bennett
at 515-243-2980, Ext. 1611, or email@example.com.
Supreme court justices meet with
central Iowa students
Iowa Supreme Court Justices are meeting with students from
eight central Iowa schools today and tomorrow. In addition to a special session
tonight at Ames High School, the justices are making stops at high schools in Gilbert, Nevada,
Ames, Ballard, Perry, Boone and Roland-Story as
well as Gilbert middle school over both days.
The meetings were arranged for a discussion with students
about the Iowa judicial system, and the role of the courts in the state. The
special session is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Ames High auditorium at 1921
Ames High Drive.
|Supreme Court Opinions|
STATE OF IOWA vs. DONALD BENJAMIN EARL REED
seeks further review of a court of appeals decision affirming his convictions
and 100-year prison sentence. COURT OF APPEALS DECISION AFFIRMED IN PART AND
VACATED IN PART; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED IN PART AND REVERSED IN PART;
CASE REMANDED FOR RESENTENCING.
STATE OF IOWA vs. AQUILES GONZALEZ ALVARADO
defendant contends there was insufficient evidence to convict him of lascivious
acts with a child because the phrase "touch the pubes or genitals of a child”
in Iowa Code section 709.8 requires skin-to-skin contact. DECISION OF COURT OF
APPEALS AND DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
LARRY R. HEDLUND vs. STATE OF IOWA; K. BRIAN LONDON,
Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Individually; CHARIS M.
PAULSON, Director, Division of Criminal Investigation, Individually; GERARD F.
MEYERS, Assistant Director, Division of Criminal Investigation, Individually;
and TERRY E. BRANSTAD, Individually
A former state law enforcement agent
appeals a district court’s interlocutory ruling dismissing his claim for
wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. APPEAL DISMISSED.
IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. JAMIE
Grievance commission recommended thirty-day suspension of
attorney’s license. LICENSE SUSPENDED.
|In Other News ...|
Clarence Thomas breaks 10 years of high court silence
For the first time in 10 years, Justice Clarence Thomas asked a question from the bench. The query happened during remarks by Justice Department attorney Ilana Eisenstein in the case Voisine v. U.S., a challenge to the federal ban against firearm ownership by convicted domestic abusers. Having spent the last 15 minutes defending the ban against people convicted of "reckless" misdemeanor charges, Eisenstein asked whether there were any more questions, and Thomas unexpectedly raised his voice. "Ms. Eisenstein, one question," Thomas said.
Courthouse News Service
Cue '2112': What happens to your digital assets when you
A crucial detail: Instead of the executor of a will or
trustee of an estate being given all a client's digital assets by default,
users while still alive now must make some deliberate step to grant certain
levels of access. But rest assured that the tech companies very much wanted to
reach some consensus. "They’re really looking for this uniformity to figure out
how to deal with these issues," Weidemann said. The new legislation has
been introduced in at least 22 states, he added, so Iowa stands a chance to be
among the first to pass it.
The Des Moines Register
Minority women are disappearing from BigLaw--and here's
Statistically, Jones faces a grim career outlook.
Eighty-five percent of minority female attorneys in the U.S. will quit large
firms within seven years of starting their practice. According to the research
and personal stories these women share, it’s not because they want to leave, or
because they "can’t cut it.” It’s because they feel they have no choice.
Lawyers say business court prevents delays, cuts
One of the biggest frustrations for lawyers is preparing
for a complicated civil trial only to see it get bumped at the last minute for
a criminal case, which takes higher priority in the judicial system. A civil
trial may not get back on the docket for a year and may increase expenses for
litigants. However, the Iowa Business Specialty Court may provide a solution,
with quicker resolutions, less continuances and less costs.
When should a judge recuse himself? Supreme Court weighs
The Supreme Court hears arguments Monday testing whether a
Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice violated the Constitution when he ruled in a
death penalty case that he had been involved with as a prosecutor. At issue is
whether then-Chief Justice Ronald Castille, by refusing to recuse himself,
denied the defendant, Terrance Williams, a fair hearing. In hindsight, Williams
was, as some put it, a "Jekyll-and-Hyde" personality.
Iowa Public Radio
Hogg is first 2016 US Senate candidate to file for
Democratic primary ballot
Today is the first day Iowa Republican and Democratic
candidates may turn in the paperwork to place their names on the June Primary
ballot. Democrat Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids is a candidate for the U.S. Senate
and he turned in 13,000 petition signatures this morning. That’s more than six
times as many petition signatures than were required.
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