ABA: Bar associations feeling the
According to a recent article from the American Bar Association’s Bar Leader
e-newsletter, bar associations across the nation are beginning to feel the
pinch of a membership trend that has only begun to affect bottom lines. With
older attorneys retiring and fewer students attending law school, bar associations
are paying closer attention to age demographics and looking for solutions to
protect their futures.
The ISBA maintains around an 86 percent membership rate in
the state of Iowa. However, the number of incoming attorneys falls short from numbers in years past.
"Even if we were able to recruit every single
newly-admitted attorney, we still wouldn’t be able to match the numbers of
attorneys getting ready to leave the profession here in Iowa,” said ISBA
Assistant Executive Director Harry Shipley. He went on to say that he is
testing different strategies to ensure newly-admitted attorneys find value in
"We are beginning to offer greater benefits to our younger
attorneys,” Shipley said, "by offering free online CLE to members with five
or fewer years of practice, and younger attorneys are receiving ISBA services
at reduced rates or free all together.”
ISBA staff will continue to test different strategies, but
in the end look to member volunteers to assist in spreading the message of
value offered by the ISBA. Those interested in volunteering to champion the
cause are encouraged to contact Shipley at the ISBA office.
Kutzko to join Iowa Volunteer
Hall of Fame
Kutzko, a senior vice president at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, was selected to join the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame, the most
prestigious volunteer award given by the state of Iowa. Kutzko will be one of
five honorees inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The inductees will
be honored at the state capitol April 13.
Commission on Volunteer Service will also be awarding a People's Choice Award
to an inductee during the ceremony. Voting is open during the month of March at the volunteer Iowa website.
Members are encouraged to cast their votes.
Legal Aid nominated Kutzko for this distinguished award to recognize her
dedication to providing hope, dignity and justice to low-income Iowans and
furthering the legal profession. Among Kutzko’s many contributions are her
efforts to encourage lawyers to provide support for legal aid services of which
she has been a long-standing proponent.
served as the board president of Legal Services Corporation of Iowa (LSCI) and
was vital in facilitating the successful merger of LSCI and Legal Aid Society
of Polk County to form Iowa Legal Aid in 2003. In 1996, Kutzko played a key
role in obtaining Iowa’s first state appropriation to support civil legal aid,
which has continued every year since. She was also instrumental in the creation
of the Shuttleworth & Ingersoll Intake Project in the Cedar Rapids Regional
Office, and participates in Iowa Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Her additional contributions to the legal profession include her service
with the Iowa State and American Bar Associations and on the Linn County Bar
Board of Governors. Kutzko was Iowa’s delegate for many years to the American
Bar Association and a former member of The Iowa State Bar Association’s Board
Seeking nominations for Rolland Grefe
Pro Bono Publico Award
The Rolland E. Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award is awarded
annually to an attorney who has enhanced the human dignity of others by
improving or delivering pro bono legal services to those who, for one reason
or another, are unable to afford a lawyer. Any member of ISBA is eligible
for nomination. The selection committee is asking for nominations for an
Iowa lawyer who would be a fitting recipient of this year’s award.
The award recipient will be selected based on commitment
to pro bono publico and the delivery of legal services to the poor in his or her
community and around the state of Iowa. The Iowa Rule of Professional
Conduct 32:6.1 clearly lays out the aspirational expectation for every attorney
in Iowa, and this award recipient should exemplify that rule.
Send nominations along with a brief description to Brett
Toresdahl at the ISBA Public Service Project by March 31 at email@example.com.
Ag Law attorneys urged to attend
beginning farmer workshops
Attorneys who work with beginning farmers and military
veterans who want to farm can choose from six half-day workshops being held
around the state designed to raise awareness
of programs that support beginning farmers and military veterans. The free workshops are co-hosted by the Iowa Agricultural
Development Division, a part of the Iowa Finance Authority.
Each workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and
adjourns at 11:30 a.m. Included on the agenda are presentations on the
beginning farmer programs offered by the Farm Service Agency and the Iowa
Finance Authority, an update on the Veterans in Agriculture program and an ag
lenders panel on regional ag topics.
Click here to access a
flyer on the workshops. To register for a workshop, click on that
Reminder: Tomorrow is deadline for
filing annual reports with Supreme Court
If you haven’t already, you have until tomorrow, March 10,
to file your 2015 client security and continuing legal education reports with
the Iowa Supreme Court’s Office of Professional Regulation. Failure to file by
March 10 will result in a penalty of $100 if filed after tomorrow and before
April 12, $150 if filed between April 11 and May 12 and $200 if filed after May
11. Failure to file can result in a suspension of the right to practice law in
Iowa. (See Chapter 41, Rule 41.4.)
March 1 was the deadline for filing your biennial CLE
report for the federal courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.
If you haven’t already filed, click on this link to check out
the requirements, the report form and instructions for filing.
Iowa-licensed attorneys are required to complete 15 hours
of CLE each calendar year (Rule 41.3). The 15 hours shall include a minimum of
three hours of ethics every two years.
To file, click here to be taken
to the Iowa Judicial Branch’s Office of Professional Regulation page, and log
in with your user name and password.
|Supreme Court Opinions|
STATE OF IOWA vs. TRENT D. SMITH Defendant
appeals from conviction for domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury. DECISION
OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED IN PART AND VACATED IN PART; DISTRICT COURT
JUDGMENT REVERSED AND REMANDED.
STATE OF IOWA vs. JOSHUA SCOTT PEARSON Defendant
seeks further review of a court of appeals decision holding the district court
properly resentenced the defendant upon remand. DECISION OF COURT OF
APPEALS AND JUDGMENT AND SENTENCE OF DISTRICT COURT VACATED; CASE REMANDED WITH
IN THE INTEREST OF M.W. AND Z.W., Minor Children, R.W.,
Mother The juvenile court
terminated a mother’s parental rights to her two children. The State appeals a
court of appeals decision affirming the juvenile court’s termination of
parental rights for one child and reversing the termination of parental rights
for the other child. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED IN PART AND
REVERSED IN PART; JUVENILE COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
|In Other News ...|
Does SCOTUS have a
plan to avoid 4-4 rulings?
The U.S. Supreme Court granted no new cert petitions
Monday, which according to Bloomberg News could be a way to deal with what
could be a long vacancy following the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Bloomberg News notes that if a U.S. Supreme Court opinion has a 4-4 vote, the
lower court’s ruling is upheld.
Jane Kelly Supreme
Court nomination could pressure Grassley
Two Iowa lawmakers have spoken with FBI agents who are
helping the Obama administration vet federal appeals court judge Jane Kelly, a
longtime Cedar Rapids public defender, for a possible nomination to the U.S.
Supreme Court, they confirmed to The Des Moines Register. Her nomination would
turn up the heat on Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who has been a Kelly supporter
but has stood fast with Republican leaders who are refusing to consider any
Obama nominees for the seat left open by the unexpected death of Justice
Antonin Scalia in February.
The Des Moines Register
House plan would
let courts set salaries for judges, magistrates
Iowa House members are contemplating a "sea change” in
state government that most Iowans are unlikely to notice. The House
Appropriations Committee approved a proposal to move salary-setting authority
for judges from the Legislature to the Supreme Court. House File 2409 would
also give the Supreme Court the authority to pay them from general operating
money appropriated by the Legislature, Rep. Gary Worthan, R-Storm Lake, told
the committee Monday.
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