ISBA Ethics Committee to broadcast
free CLE on local radio station
The ISBA’s Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee, in
cooperation with KMA Radio Shenandoah, Iowa, is scheduled to present a live CLE
broadcast Saturday morning, May 21. The broadcast will cover conflicts of
interest in view of the Iowa Supreme Court’s recent attorney discipline
The CLE covers recommendations on how to identify Rule
32:1.7, concurrent client conflicts; Rule 32:1.9, prior client conflicts; and
Rule 32:1.10, imputed conflicts. The CLE will also cover timing and content of
Registration for the CLE is free and provides one hour of
ethics CLE credit. Simply send an e-mail to email@example.com with
"KMA Webinar” in the subject line to receive a link to course materials.
The broadcast begins at 9 a.m. on channel 960 AM or 99.1
FM. The radio station broadcasts out of Shenandoah and has a listening area
that covers all of Southwestern Iowa. Some listeners may be able to tune in as far away as Des
Moines or even Sioux City, Iowa. Those not in the listening area can listen to
the live broadcast stream online.
YLD to host Luau in the Lot
The YLD will once again host the popular Luau in the Lot
social event during the ISBA Annual Meeting next month. The Hawaiian-themed
party is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in the parking lot of
the ISBA Headquarters, 625 East Court Avenue, in Des Moines, Iowa.
A variety of food and drinks will be available, along with
outdoor games and music to entertain guests as they socialize with colleagues.
Not only are ties not allowed at this casual event, everyone is encouraged to
wear their best Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts.
The event is open to all ISBA members and their guests.
Those interested in attending should be sure to indicate their planned
attendance when registering for the annual meeting.
Also, hotel rooms that are reserved for annual meeting are going fast, so be sure to make your
reservations now. The ISBA has a room block at the following host hotels:
- Holiday Inn - Mercy Campus
1050 6th Avenue, Des Moines
515-283-0151, $109 plus tax
- Hampton Inn Downtown
120 SW Water Street, Des Moines
515-244-1650, $139 plus tax
- Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines
515-245-5500, $143 plus tax
For questions about the Luau in the Lot or hotel room
blocks, please contact Lisa Hanson at 515-697-7876 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to register for the
annual meeting, click here.
Young lawyers seek mentors. Apply
The ISBA YLD Mentoring Program is accepting applications
from attorneys looking to mentor or be a mentee. This year is expected to have
more than enough mentees and is hoping to get as many mentors as possible.
Applications will be accepted through June 1.
The program that began in late 2014 with the intent to
build collegiality, requires at least six hours throughout the year, preferably with three or four in-person meetings. The program helps guide interactions
with suggested topics but is designed to be customized for individuals’ needs.
To become a mentor, members are required to have practiced
for five years and have a clean disciplinary record. Selected mentor
applicants are then matched to their best mentee partners in order to help
create valuable relationships. Mentors can help in the development of practical
skills and judgment and can instill the ethical and professional values that
characterize excellent lawyers.
To apply to be a mentor or to be connected to a mentor,
please visit the YLD’s Mentoring Program page.
Iowa mock trial team wins at nationals
The Marion Home School Association’s Slayhawks mock trial
team walked away with the top honors in the 2016 National High School Mock Trial
competition last week in Boise, Idaho. This is the first national title for an
Iowa team in 10 years. A team from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa,
won the title in 2006.
This year’s win gives Iowa four national titles since the
national competition began in 1984. As a result, Iowa is now tied with Georgia
for the most national wins.
Forty-six teams, all state champions in their respective
states, traveled to Boise for this year’s two-day competition. The Marion team
represented the plaintiff in the case, which pitted a sheep herder against a
cattle rancher, twice on Friday and the defense three times on Saturday,
including in the championship round. It defeated teams from California, Texas,
Michigan and Idaho to make it into the finals, where it faced a Nebraska team
that was the 2015 national champion.
John Wheeler, director of the ISBA’s Center for Law and
Civic Education, said that the Marion team was motivated from the start to win
the national contest. The team finished sixth in the nation last year in
Raleigh, North Carolina.
Only two home school associations have won the national
championship previously in its 32-year history. Both of those teams were from Tennessee;
they won in 2002 and 2003.
Students, teacher honored for Law Day
A total of 33 students and one teacher in the Des Moines
metro area were honored at a luncheon last week for their projects in the 2016
Law Day competition co-sponsored by the Polk County Bar Association and ARAG®.
Judy Bradshaw, director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and former chief of
the City of Des Moines Police Department, delivered the keynote address to the
students and the attorneys and judges attending the luncheon.
Students in grades K-5 and 6-12 expressed their
understanding of citizen rights under the Miranda Warning – this year’s ABA Law
Day theme – through essays, visual arts, music and performing arts, poetry,
posters and coloring competitions. The winning students each received a
certificate commemorating their achievements.
Megan Willard of St. Theresa Catholic School in Des
Moines, Iowa, received the "Best Teacher” participation prize. Click here to see a list of
the students who won.
Golf for a good cause
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host its Justice Fore
All Golf Outing for the eastern part of the state Thursday, June 9, at the
Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon, Iowa. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m.,
with a shotgun start at 1:15 p.m. A catered dinner will follow.
The four-person best-ball-formatted tournament is one of
two hosted each summer by the YLD to generate monies for the ISBA Public
Service Project. The registration fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, two
beverage tickets per participant, hole prizes, prizes for the top three teams
and the catered dinner.
Click here for details and a registration form. Registration
deadline is June 2.
|Supreme Court Opinions
NUSTAR FARMS, LLC vs. ROBERT ZYLSTRA and MARCIA
ZYLSTRA Former clients of
an attorney moved to disqualify him as counsel in an action against them. The
district court denied the motion for disqualification. DISTRICT COURT
JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED.
IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. LARRY
ALAN STOLLER Grievance
commission reports respondent committed ethical misconduct involving two
clients and recommends a combination of a public reprimand and a concurrent
three month suspension. LICENSE SUSPENDED.