Supreme Court asking for
public comment on Iowa Rules of Evidence
Iowa Supreme Court on Monday filed an order seeking public comment on a
proposed non-substantive restyling of the Iowa Rules of Evidence, chapter 5 of
the Iowa Court Rules. The restyling (click here to see the working draft,
or here to view the cleaned-up
version) is designed "to bring the Iowa rules in line with their current
federal counterparts and to achieve a more consistent, easier-to-use, and plain
English-oriented set of rules,” according to the order.
federal restyling was the final effort of a decades-long project of the
Judicial Conference Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure
completed in 2011. As a result of that restyling, the Iowa Rules of Evidence
contain different language than their federal counterparts.
on how to make comments on the proposed changes are contained in the order. The deadline for
submitting comments is 4:30 p.m., Friday, July 15.
Ballot for electing ISBA
officers coming soon
your email for a link to an electronic ballot to be used for voting on the
2016-2017 ISBA officers and an ABA delegate. You should see the email the end
of this week.
the ballot are the nominees for president-elect, vice president and one ABA
delegate. They are uncontested.
link to the ballot is unique for each email recipient. Votes are anonymous.
ends with mixed results
2016 legislative session wrapped up last week with some highlights and disappointments
as far as Iowa attorneys are concerned.
to Doug Struyk, ISBA assistant legislative counsel, one of the highlights was
working with the State Public Defender to get a $3 million supplemental
appropriation to make sure that lawyers who contract with the state are paid
for their work between now and June 30. Indigent defense is projected to
exceed the budgeted amount appropriated last session by $3 million.
highlight was convincing legislators to appropriate $6,715,443 from the Rebuild
Iowa Infrastructure Fund to pay for furniture and equipment for the Polk County
the disappointments, Struyk said, is that the 2016 legislature still did not
act on the probate costs bill.
For a rundown of legislative bills being tracked during the 2016 session, view the latest edition of the Legislative Report. Members can also learn more about legislative bills of interest to practicing attorneys at the 2016 Annual Meeting being held June 13-15 in Des Moines.
ABA releases nationwide lawyer populations by
The American Bar Association recently released the results of
its annual survey of lawyers in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The results
list the number of lawyers in each state this year (as of Dec. 31, 2015) and
last year with the percentage of increase or decrease between the two years.
Most states, including Iowa, had only a slight change in number
of attorneys from last year to this year. Iowa had an increase of 0.5 percent.
See the numbers for all of the states and territories at this link.
I.O.W.A. seeks nominees for
2016 Arabella Mansfield, Gertrude Rush awards
Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.) is asking Iowa attorneys to
nominate individuals for its 2016 Arabella Mansfield and Gertrude Rush awards.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 27.
in 2002, the Arabella Mansfield award recognizes outstanding women lawyers in
Iowa who have promoted and nurtured women in the legal profession. The award
was named after the first woman lawyer admitted to the practice of law in the
Gertrude Rush award was co-established and co-sponsored with the Iowa Chapter
of the National Bar Association in 2003. It recognizes lawyers who manifest the
pioneering spirit of Gertrude Rush, demonstrate leadership in the community and
the legal profession and show concern for human and civil rights. Rush was the
first African-American woman to be admitted to the practice of law in Iowa – an
event that occurred in 1918.
More information about the awards, as well as the application forms can
be found here.
Annual Dean’s Cup competition pits Drake against Iowa
the 12th year in a row, alumni, faculty and students at Drake
University Law School will compete against alumni, faculty and students from
the University of Iowa College of Law in the annual Dean’s Cup competition to
raise money for Iowa Legal Aid. This year’s contest will be held on Monday, May
16, at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City, Iowa.
in past years, the event will feature two formats – match play and best shot.
Match play begins at 8:30 a.m., and best-shot play begins at 11:30 a.m.
who aren’t graduates of either school may participate in the best-shot format
by declaring temporary allegiance to one of the two schools at the time of
registration. Non-golfers may make a donation of $25 to be added to the dean’s
list of their preferred schools and to attend the reception following the golf
round. The school with the most members on the dean’s list receives a
one-stroke advantage for one team in the best-shot competition.
Details are available on the registration
form, which includes email addresses for each school’s organizers in case
there are additional questions.
|Supreme Court Opinions
STATE OF IOWA vs. MARVIS LATRELL JACKSON
A defendant requests further review of a court
of appeals decision affirming the denial of a motion to suppress evidence
obtained after a police officer searched a closed backpack. DECISION OF
COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED.