IOLTA Supreme Court grants
The Iowa Supreme Court has approved more than $211,638 in
grants to non-profit programs that provide legal assistance to low-income
Iowans with civil legal problems. The court awarded grants to 15 different
organizations throughout Iowa. The grants are funded by the Interest on
Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA) program. Over the last 30 years, the supreme
court has awarded more than $24.2 million in IOLTA grants since the program
began on July 1, 1985.
"IOLTA grants help support important legal services
such as the legal hotline for older Iowans and legal services for young Iowans
who are victims of sexual assault," Chief Justice Mark Cady said.
"Unfortunately, many legal service organizations have suffered severe
decreases in state and federal funding. At the same time, demand for civil
legal assistance is increasing."
IOLTA grant funds are generated entirely from interest
earned on certain pooled trust accounts held by Iowa lawyers. Lawyers
practicing law in Iowa are required by court order to deposit clients' funds
the lawyers hold in interest-bearing accounts. When the funds involved are so
small in amount or held for such a brief period of time that it is not possible
for the funds to economically benefit the individual client, court rules
require that lawyers deposit the funds in pooled interest-bearing trust
will probably not be IOLTA receipts as high as those in 2009 or 2010 until the
Federal Reserve raises interest rates,” said Paul H. Wieck II, director of the
Office of Professional Regulation, Iowa Judicial Branch. "Even then, it will
take time for the Federal Reserve’s action to be reflected in the interest
rates paid on Iowa trust account balances.”
The IOLTA program is managed by a seven-member commission
that reviews grant applications and then makes award recommendations to the
supreme court. In the 30-year history of the IOLTA program, the supreme court
has awarded most of the grants to organizations that assist low-income Iowans
with civil legal problems such as divorce, domestic abuse, unsafe housing, and
illegal evictions. The court has also presented grants to law-related education
projects. IOLTA grants do not support criminal legal defense.
For more information about this year’s grants, click here.
Tara Lawrence new interim director at
Iowa Title Guaranty
Tara Lawrence was recently named the interim director for Iowa
Title Guaranty. Lawrence graduated with her J.D. from Drake University Law
School with honors in 2009 and received her undergraduate degree from Drake as
Lawrence currently serves on the board of the Iowa Organization of Women
Attorneys, is an active participant in the Polk County Women Attorneys and Commercial
Real Estate Women and has been a member of the ISBA Real Estate Section since
her admission to the bar. Tara also serves on the American Land Title
Association Title Counsel and Real Property Records Committees.
more information about Iowa Title Guaranty, click here.
Professional photos taken at 2015 Annual
Members attending the annual meeting who are looking to
update their professional photos can take advantage of an opportunity to
get a free, professional, digital photo taken right at the meeting
site. Meeting attendees can schedule their sessions at the registration desk in
the lobby of the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly Vets
Auditorium), the site of this year’s annual meeting.
Photo sessions will be spread throughout the week, but
will be limited to scheduled time slots only. Attendees will not have to sign
up for a photography session immediately when they sign in at the
registration desk, but once the pre-determined time-slots are filled, there
will be no more opportunities. It is anticipated that the limited number of
sessions will go quickly.
Those interested in guaranteeing
a photo session time-slot can contact the ISBA communications
department prior to the annual meeting to get first pick of photo-session
time-blocks when they become available. Contact the ISBA Communications
Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or
by calling 515-697-7898.
To register for the annual meeting, click here.
Early morning Red Mass to be offered for
all who seek justice
celebration to request guidance for the upcoming year for judges, attorneys,
law school professors, students and government officials and all who seek
justice will be held at 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, during the ISBA’s annual
meeting. The Catholic service is open to everyone, and offers the opportunity
to reflect on the power and responsibility of all individuals who work in the
"Red Mass,” so named because of the red vestments the presider traditionally
wears for the service, will be held at St. Ambrose Cathedral on the corner of
6th and High Streets in Des Moines – a few blocks south of the Community Choice
Credit Union Convention Center (formerly Vets Auditorium) where all of this
year’s annual meeting events take place. Richard Pates, bishop of the Des
Moines Catholic Diocese, will preside. He will be assisted by Father Brian
Feller, son of ISBA President Joe Feller, who will be ordained to the
priesthood in early June.
year’s Red Mass is the second to be held in conjunction with the ISBA Annual
Meeting. It is being organized and sponsored by the Saint Thomas
More Society, an organization that celebrates the life of its namesake Sir
Thomas More, the patron saint of attorneys, statesmen and politicians. The
first recorded Red Mass in the United States was at Saints Peter and Paul
Church in Detroit, Mich., in 1877.
YLD Eastern Iowa Justice Fore All Golf
5 is the deadline to register online for the 2015
YLD Justice Fore All Golf (Eastern) tournament. This year’s event
will be held Thursday, June 11, at Saddleback Ridge Golf Course on the
outskirts of Solon, Iowa.
golf outing is a four-person, best-ball tournament with a shotgun start. Registration
includes two beverage tickets for each golfer, hole prizes, awards for the top
three teams and plenty of all-around fun. Golf begins at 1:15 p.m. and
concludes with a barbeque dinner and awards ceremony when all golfers are
earned through player fees and hole sponsorships support the programs and
activities of the ISBA’s Public Service Project, which works to promote access
to justice throughout the state.
registration is available here.
Questions about the event should be directed to Reed McManigal at email@example.com or
|In Other News ...
signs ‘Safe at Home’ bill into law
Branstad has signed a bill into law that’s designed to help victims of domestic
abuse, stalking, sex abuse and human trafficking who want to keep their address
secret, so their abuser can’t find them. "Often
the victims live in a state of constant fear,” Branstad said during a bill
signing ceremony in his formal statehouse office. "This bill takes the steps to
protect victims…by establishing an address confidentiality program in the
office of the Secretary of State.”
Court upholds Iowa county’s no-contact order
court procedure that changes how domestic abuse victims in Muscatine County can
ask for modifications to no-contact orders will stand, despite objections from
the county's top prosecutor, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. Muscatine
County Attorney Alan Ostergren asked the justices to review a July 22
administrative order from District Judge Thomas Reidel that allows victims in
the county to go directly to a judge with requests related to a no-contact
order, including terminating the order. Under the rule, a judge would only
approve such changes if the county attorney's office signed off.
The Des Moines Register
interviews spur Orrick to adopt generous parental leave policy
Herrington & Sutcliffe is adopting a new parental leave policy designed to
retain more women lawyers. The law firm says its new parental leave policy is
the most generous of any major U.S. law firm, the Am Law Daily (sub. req.)
reports. Orrick will offer paid parental leave of 22 weeks and up to nine
months of unpaid leave for primary caregivers. Currently the firm offers 18
weeks of paid parental leave and up to seven months of unpaid leave for primary
caregivers. A firmwide "leave liaison” will oversee the program.
The ABA Journal
court clerks get new job descriptions as filing changes
than 725 court clerks who work at courthouses in Iowa’s 99 counties are getting
new job descriptions and titles. Their duties are being updated to reflect
changes in the way Iowa courts do business, especially the adoption of a
paperless system that requires litigants to file their own court documents
electronically. The clerks’ new title will be judicial specialists. Their new
job descriptions show they may be expected to have a bigger role assisting
judges with courtroom operations.
KCRG, Cedar Rapids Channel 9
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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
May 8, 2015
RE THE MARRIAGE OF TRACY LYNN HOFFMAN AND ERNST FRANKLIN HOFFMAN, Upon the
Petition of TRACY LYNN HOFFMAN.
On review from the Iowa Court of Appeals.
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Robert J. Blink, Judge.
father seeks further review of a court of appeals decision denying a change in
physical care of the father’s two children after his former wife moved from
Polk County to Monroe County with her new spouse. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS
AFFIRMED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED.
JOSEPH H. SANFORD and SUZANNA L. SANFORD vs. LYNN
FILLENWARTH and JULIE FILLENWARTH, as Executors of the Estate of KENNETH
FILLENWARTH, and JAMES LAWLER vs. CARI LAWLER, JOHN LAWLER, MATT LAWLER,
MICHAEL LAWLER, and TERRY LAWLER, Third-Party Defendants.
Appeal from the Iowa
District Court for Dickinson County, Don E. Courtney, Judge.
injured person seeks damages based on dramshop liability against a resort that
served alcoholic beverages. REVERSED
MUSCATINE COUNTY ATTORNEY ALAN R. OSTERGREN,
Plaintiff, vs. IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR MUSCATINE COUNTY.
Certiorari to the
Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, Thomas G. Reidel, Judge.
Muscatine County Attorney sought a writ of certiorari after the district court
issued an administrative order establishing a protocol permitting any person
protected by a no-contact order issued in a criminal case to petition the
district court for modification or termination of the order. WRIT ANNULLED.
The Iowa Supreme Court recently posted an order for
Case No. 13-1072, State of Iowa vs. Kendall Lee Ware. To see the order, click here.
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