Annual Meeting shaping up as biggest and best in recent history
Like the proverbial snowball rolling down the hill, the ISBA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held June 16-19 in downtown Des Moines, is growing larger by the day.
For one thing, the annual event will be held at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly Vets Auditorium). The convention center offers more room to spread out and accommodate all of the activities that will take place at this year’s meeting.
Among those activities is the 2nd Annual ISBA Tech Show open to all attendees. Come and learn all the latest technical trends in the legal field including:
- Paperless office
- Cloud computing
- Practice management
- Must-have apps
- Document storage and management in the cloud
In addition, this year’s annual meeting will feature more than 60 hours of CLE and many social events, all conveniently located within the convention center. You can learn and talk shop with old friends and new ones without ever leaving the building.
Registration forms will be on the ISBA website soon, as will information for reserving rooms in nearby hotels.
Free ethics webinar next week
Your Office Inadvertently Leaking Confidential Information?
is the title of a free ethics webinar to be presented next Thursday (March 13)
from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar, which is being offered to all members of the
bar by the ISBA Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee, will cover your
ethical obligation to remove client confidential metadata hidden within your
electronic documents, and your obligation to redact confidential and sensitive information
from your electronically filed documents.
presenter will show how to removed metadata in a Microsoft Word document, and
how to permanently remove protected information from documents to be filed with
the EDMS and CM-ECF electronic filing systems.
is being handled by GoToMeeting.com. Click here to register.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information
about joining the webinar.
information about the webinar is available on the ISBA website at this link.
Iowa Trial Academy seminar includes
panel of young lawyers addressing mentorship
panel of four young lawyers told the couple hundred attorneys attending the
annual Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers seminar last Thursday and Friday (Feb.
27-28) that mentoring is invaluable for them in order to gain experience in
Chargo told the assembly that 99 out of the 100 benefits of mentoring probably
accrue to the young attorney, but hopefully senior attorneys can gain some
benefits from mentoring a young associate. As an example, she said that she
learned a lot about court procedures while clerking for a district court judge
and the Iowa Court of Appeals before joining Bradshaw Fowler Proctor &
Fairgrave PC in Des Moines, and sometimes she is able to use her knowledge to
answer questions on court procedure from senior attorneys in her firm.
Kuehner, an associate with Grefe & Sidney in Des Moines, said that new
attorneys come into the practice without knowing how to do the practice. He
said he has learned a lot from opposing counsel.
Zenor, also an associate with Grefe & Sidney, told the group that because
of so many fewer jury trials, it’s more important than ever for young attorneys
to join professional organizations such as Inns of Court, etc.
Caption: Four young attorneys (from left) Catherine
Chargo, Michael Kuehner, Erik Bergeland and Adam Zenor address those attending
the Iowa Academy seminar. David L. Brown (right) moderated the panel.
Need for mock trial judges continues
regional High School Mock Trial competitions will take place next week, and
judges are still needed for them.
(March 10) is the regional competition for the Des Moines area. It will be at
the Iowa Events Center, with the playoff round the next day at the same
(March 13) will be the regional competition for central Iowa at the
Marshalltown Community College. Friday (March 14) will be the Southeast Iowa
regional competition at the Comfort Suites Event Center in Burlington.
you can help judge, please go to this link on the ISBA website. A description of this year’s case and other
pertinent information is available here.
Reminder: ISBA’s lawyer referral
program only online
receptionist desk at the ISBA has been receiving a large volume of calls
recently from individuals wanting to use the association’s lawyer referral
program. In many cases, they were told by individuals at law firms to call the
five years ago, the ISBA switched to a web-based lawyer referral program –
FIND-A-LAWYER. Individuals seeking the assistance of an attorney must go to the
where they can select their counties, their towns, areas of law covered by
their problems and, optionally, their preferred language. When they click on
the "Search” button, they will be provided a list of attorneys who offer
services based on the criteria selected.
members who answer incoming calls at the ISBA are unable to help individuals
who call in for help, other than to direct them to the website.
Time to nominate candidates for
Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.) seeks nominations for its
annual Arabella Mansfield and Gertrude Rush awards. The awards are presented at
the organization’s annual meeting and awards dinner being held this year on
June 19 at
the Forte’ Banquet and Conference Center in downtown Des Moines.
for nominations for both awards is March 28. A description of the awards and
online forms for nominations can be found on the I.O.W.A. website.
Completed forms can be emailed to the awards committee. Forms can also be
downloaded, printed and mailed to the address shown on the website.
Iowa Legal Aid annual event slated for
Legal Aid will host its annual Equal Justice After Hours event on Thursday
(April 10) at the Temple for Performing Arts, 1011 Locust Street, in downtown
Des Moines. The event runs from 5 – 7 p.m.
Justice After Hours 2014 will showcase how Iowa Legal Aid makes a positive
impact in the lives of the people it helps, providing thousands of low-income
Iowans with hope, dignity and justice each year, according to the flyer
promoting the event.
"This year we are focusing on the
impact of donors’ support on clients served,” says Iowa Legal Aid Executive
Director Dennis Groenenboom. That focus "will be implemented in a few different
ways, including a client video,” he says.
Tickets and event sponsorships are
available by contacting Terri Bennett at 515-243-2980, Ext. 1611, or via email
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here
to see the types of sponsorships available.
Drake Law School students place third
in National Moot Court competition
students comprising Drake Law School’s National Moot Court team placed third in
the 64th Annual National Moot Court competition last month in New
York City, N.Y.
team made up of 3L students Mara Jones and Kyle Mendenhall, and 2L student
Louis Sloven earned a berth in the national competition after winning the
regionals last November. They competed against 29 other law schools around the
country in the finals.