educational debt statistics confirmed in 2015 ISBA Economic Survey
from the 2015 ISBA Economic Survey confirms that educational debt is still a
major issue for Iowa attorneys entering practice. According to the survey
results, attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 10 years had $117,000 in
educational debt on average at graduation.
More than 57 of the 288 respondents reported that there are 25 or more years remaining in
repayment for their educational loans before the balances are paid in full. On
average, respondents reported that there are 15.5 years remaining on the terms
of their educational loans. Based on the responses, the average monthly
payment on educational debt is $782.
figures and more are included in the data from this year’s survey, conducted by
Readex Research. Survey results also provide more detailed information on
educational debt held by Iowa attorneys licensed for fewer than 10 years and
average salaries for both new and more experienced attorneys based on a variety
of practice factors including average overhead expense, average billing rates
and average weekly work hours.
The complete 2015
economic survey report will be released at the 2015 Annual Meeting.
still looking for rural practice opportunities; financial assistance available
Approximately a dozen students from the law
schools at Creighton, Drake and the University of Iowa are still hoping for an
opportunity to spend the summer as a clerk or to be hired as a full-time
associate in a rural practice. That’s based on surveys made by representatives
in the career placement offices of the three schools last week.
Eight of the 12 are 3L students who graduated
this year and are looking for full-time positions. Two are 2L students and two
are 1Ls looking for summer clerkship opportunities. An additional 20 students,
who had posted resumes on the ISBA Rural Practice Committee’s webpage, have
not responded to the surveys, and their employment status is unknown.
Thus far, 11 students who expressed interest
in a rural practice opportunity have been hired by rural practice attorneys
either full-time or as clerks. The Rural Practice Committee would like to place
at least 15 students this summer.
To hire a student as a full-time associate or as a summer clerk, review the resumes on the Rural Practice Committee webpage here. To have resumes emailed to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students hired can apply for financial
assistance if approved by the hiring attorney. Details on those programs are
available on the Rural Practice Committee webpage. Click on "Application for Rural Practice Committee/Iowa
Legal Aid Stipend Program,” and on "Grant Application – ISBA Rural Practice Summer Clerkship Program.”
Join the YLD for the 2015 YLD Summer
This year’s YLD Summer Quarterly Meeting and
social events are too good to miss. Tuesday afternoon, June 16, YLD leaders will
pass the gavel and welcome all incoming YLD Executive Council and Committee
Chairs. This meeting is being held in conjunction with the 2015 ISBA Annual
Meeting, June 15 – 18, which takes place at the Community Choice Credit Union
Convention Center, formerly Vets Auditorium in Downtown Des Moines.
the summer quarterly meeting, YLD members are invited to attend the Joint
Presidents Reception where there will be hors d’oeuvres and drinks at 5 p.m.
in the Grand Ballroom Atrium.Then, join the YLD at the Luau in the Lot at
the ISBA Headquarters from 6 – 9 p.m. A variety of food and drinks will be
available along with outdoor games and music to entertain guests while they
mingle. Guests are encouraged to dress in Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts - no
ties are allowed at this event. Festive party favors will be available to attendees while supplies last.
For more information about registering for the
meeting or the social events, click here. Questions
about the meeting and events may be directed to ISBA Meetings Coordinator Lisa
Hanson at email@example.com or 515-697-7876.
Drake Law School prof. to lead legal
delegation to South Africa – educational travel opportunity
Law School Professor Mark Kende will lead the People-to-People Citizen
Ambassador Law Delegation to South Africa October 19 – 29. Delegates will learn
about South Africa’s history, constitution and government. This delegation
strives to provide a unique opportunity for participants to provide a global
impact through interaction with experts and the creation of relationships with
members of South Africa’s legal, governmental and NGO communities.
by President Eisenhower in 1956, People-to-People Ambassador Programs’ mission
is to offer extraordinary, life-changing, educational travel opportunities that
bridge cultural and political borders through direct interactions and unique
experiences for students, educators and professionals.
deadline for registration for this delegation is approaching. To view a full
itinerary, click here.
Individuals with specific questions may contact Professor Kende directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|In Other News ...
Iowa's judicial system could face budget cuts
hits a homer
support, divorces, paying fines, traffic tickets. Almost everybody uses their
local court system for something. Now the Iowa legislature is considering cuts
that could affect court services across the state. The Judicial Branch asked
for 8.6 million in additional money for next year in order to keep operating
the way they do currently… If
millions of dollars gets axed from the state judicial system, judges could be
forced to take days off without pay. It's same for the people who work in
county clerk offices.
is bittersweet. If you strike out, you go back to the dugout in a deep funk. If
you whack a homer, you’re king for a day. Rand Wonio, a longtime Quad-City
attorney, knows it both ways on the diamond. But on a recent Sunday afternoon,
he won his personal World Series. It was an overwhelming surprise for Rand, a
long-ago third baseman who has been involved in Little League and Pony League
for dozens of years. On May 3, he was invited to the ball diamond at
Garfield Park, 1224 E. 29th St., Davenport. He didn’t have a Cracker Jack of an
idea what it was all about. Hundreds were there. Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba
spoke. So did Craig Malin, Davenport city administrator and baseball
The Quad-City Times
column on woman’s sentencing omitted facts
As a lifelong Iowan, a practicing lawyer since
1977, a former law clerk to a federal judge, and past president of the Iowa
State Bar Association, I have a deep commitment to maintaining the integrity of
Iowa’s courts. That’s why I took a leading role in defending our Supreme Court
from unfounded criticism during the 2012 retention election. That’s why I
agreed to chair the committee appointed by Sen. Chuck Grassley that recommended
the nomination of U.S. Magistrate Judge Leonard Strand and Polk County District
Judge Rebecca Ebinger for federal judgeships in Iowa. And that’s why I was
dismayed to read the thinly veiled attack on Judge Ebinger in Rekha Basu’s May
17 column ("Woman went to prison for $20 theft”).
Des Moines Register
Supreme Court adds protection for 401(k)
The Supreme Court ruling on Monday is
expected to better protect people from high fees in their 401(k) retirement
plan investments. By a unanimous vote, the court said that companies managing
401(k) retirement plans have to monitor investments and "remove imprudent
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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
May 15, 2015
STATE OF IOWA vs. VICTOR HERNANDEZ GALARZA
review from the Iowa Court of Appeals. Appeal from the Iowa District Court for
Polk County, Odell McGhee, Judge.
Petitioner appeals the denial of his petition
for writ of habeas corpus. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AND JUDGMENT OF
DISTRICT COURT AFFIRMED.
BAKER and VALERIE BAKER vs. CITY OF IOWA CITY, IOWA and IOWA CITY HUMAN RIGHTS
from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Paul D. Miller and Marsha M.
Plaintiffs asserting a federal civil rights claim against a
city and a human rights commission appeal a district court grant of summary
judgment in favor of the city and the commission. The city and the commission
cross-appeal the district court’s decision to allow the plaintiffs to amend
their petition. AFFIRMED.
The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued orders denying applications for further review in 36 cases.
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