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 May 31, 2017  Past Issues

Deadline extended to join ISBA mentoring program

The ISBA YLD Mentoring Committee has extended their deadline for applications to serve as mentors and mentees for the 2017-2018 year. You now have until Monday, June 5 to submit your application.

The year-long mentor program will begin June 15. You can learn more and find applications on the ISBA Mentoring Program web page.

ISBA members who have been licensed for fewer than five years in the state of Iowa are eligible to be a mentee. To serve as a mentor, attorneys must have been licensed for five years or more in Iowa, have a clean disciplinary record and carry malpractice insurance (if required). The program guidelines are minimal: a recommended six hours of contact over the year between mentor and mentee (ideally in-person) with no formal curriculum.

Please contact the YLD Mentoring Committee with further questions at mentorprogram@iowabar.org


ANNUAL MEETING IN-DEPTH: A CLOSER LOOK AT PRESENTATIONS

The 2017 Annual Meeting is only four weeks away, with late registration penalties beginning June 6. There are over 80 presentations in 25 educational tracks over a span of just three days, with the CLE portion free this year for ISBA members in their first three years of practice.

Two presentations are featured this week:

Data Breach! Now What?,’ on June 19, is part of the corporate counsel track and will discuss current cybersecurity issues through the lens of real case studies. Presented by John Lande of Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen PC, it will cover current threats, liability issues, insurance coverage and mitigating cybersecurity risk. 

iLitigation: Essential Apps and Websites for Litigators,’ on June 20, is part of the litigation track and provides a brief overview of applications and websites useful in a litigation and trial practice. Robert Livingston of the Stuart Tinley Law Firm LLP and Joseph Moser of the Finley Law Firm, PC, will touch on applications relevant to research, writing, billing, jury selection, document review and document production, among others.

A full schedule, including course descriptions, is available in the Annual Meeting program. Registration is available on the ISBA website.


New iowabar.org website goes live

The Iowa State Bar Association launched a preview-version of its newly-designed website on Monday. You can access the new ISBA site at the same URL: www.iowabar.org. Be aware that you may experience some technical difficulties in the next week as ISBA staff works to finalize the website.

This updated version of the site is mobile-friendly and responsive no matter which device you are using to access the content. It also has a more streamlined homepage to provide members a user-friendly experience and quick access to information.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the new website, please contact isba@iowabar.org.


Iowa attorneys invited to fundraiser for Belize children

The "Books and Bricks for Belize" fundraising event, which raises scholarship money to send Belize children to high school, is coming up on Thursday, June 22. The annual event is organized by a group of Des Moines-area attorneys, led by Drake Law Professor Jim Albert.

Last year, with more than 300 attendees, the event raised $72,500. All proceeds go to the James Arthur Albert Foundation, which in addition to providing scholarships, also funds the construction of new classrooms in Belize.

“Books & Bricks for Belize” fundraiser
When: Thursday, June 22
5:30-7 p.m. Happy Hour
7-9 p.m. Program and Auction
Where: Stine Barn – 4000 Turnberry Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265

For more information, visit helpingbelizekids.org and look for an in-depth article on the attorneys behind this fundraising effort in the June issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine.


IOLTA grant recipients announced

The Iowa Supreme Court released its list of 14 IOLTA grant recipients on May 30. This year, $240,101 was approved for nonprofit programs that provide legal assistance to low-income Iowans with civil legal problems.

The IOLTA program is managed by a seven-member commission that reviews grant applications and then makes award recommendations to the Supreme Court. Including this year's grants, more than $24.6 million has been awarded since the program began on July 1, 1985.

A full list of the grants and recipients is available at the Supreme Court's website. Also listed are recipients of grants from a $2.8 million donation from Bank of America. That money comes from a settlement between the bank and U.S. Department of Justice in August 2014.


june IOWA LAWYER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The June issue of The Iowa Lawyer is now available online. This month, you’ll meet the incoming ISBA President Stephen Eckley, learn about the law firm incubator movement and hear from an Iowa attorney who witnessed the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in-person. Also read the inspiring story of how a group of Iowa attorneys is helping put hundreds of children through high school in Belize.

Those who elect to receive the print version of the magazine should see it in mailboxes this week. Those who no longer wish to receive the printed version of the magazine can elect to receive it electronically by navigating to their ISBA account settings and selecting "yes” for the "Iowa Lawyer Magazine Online” option.


SUPREME COURT OPINIONS

No. 14-0792
STATE OF IOWA vs. TAEVON DAVONTE WASHINGTON
The State of Iowa seeks further review of a court of appeals decision on discretionary review reversing the district court’s denial of Taevon Washington’s motion to dismiss.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED AND CASE REMANDED FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS

No. 14-0793
STATE OF IOWA vs. DEANTAY DARELLE WILLIAMS
The State of Iowa seeks further review of a court of appeals decision on discretionary review reversing the district court’s denial of Deantay Williams’s motion to dismiss.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED AND CASE REMANDED FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS

No. 14-0812
STATE OF IOWA vs. CORDARREL DONTYA SMITH
The State of Iowa seeks further review of a court of appeals decision on discretionary review reversing the district court’s denial of Cordarrel Smith’s motion to dismiss.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED AND CASE REMANDED FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS

No. 15-0235
STATE OF IOWA vs. SAYVON ANDRE PROPPS
A juvenile challenges his sentence as unconstitutional under the Iowa Constitution.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED

No. 15-0971
STATE OF IOWA vs. EDDIE LAMONT VIRGIL
Defendant seeks further review of court of appeals decision affirming his conviction for domestic abuse assault.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED IN PART AND VACATED IN PART; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED FOR NEW TRIAL

No. 15-1464
STATE OF IOWA vs. BRADLEY STEVEN GRAHAM
Defendant seeks further review of a denial of a motion to correct an illegal sentence.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AND JUDGMENT OF DISTRICT COURT AFFIRMED

No. 15-1807
STATE OF IOWA vs. JESUS ANGEL RAMIREZ
The defendant appeals his convictions following a jury trial on drug offenses, arguing among other things that the results of a search performed under a federal search warrant should have been suppressed.
AFFIRMED

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Spectator is found in contempt of court after snapping fingers at officer's murder hearing
A courtroom spectator was found in contempt of court Thursday after snapping his fingers to indicate approval of a Chicago judge’s refusal to dismiss murder charges against a police officer.
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An attorney who served as counsel to Gov. Kim Reynolds when she was No. 2 to former Gov. Terry Branstad has been named the state's next public defender.
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Judge allows suit over underfilled candy boxes; Hershey's says consumers alerted by 'audible rattle'
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JOB LISTINGS

Experienced Attorney, Redfern, Mason, Larsen & Moore P.L.C., Cedar Falls, IA

United States Marine Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps, U.S.

Associate Attorney, Meardon, Sueppel & Downer, P.L.C., Iowa City, IA

Attorney - DeKoter, Thole, Dawson & Rockman, P.L.C., Sibley, IA

Attorney - Caldwell, Brierly, Chalupa & Nuzum, PLLC, Newton, IA

Firm Administrator - Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson, P.C., Sterling, IL

Exchange Officer - IPE 1031, West Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Stanley, Lande & Hunter, Davenport, IA

Executive Director - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - McEnroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman, P.C., West Des Moines, IA

ADMISSION ON MOTION

The following individual applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:

Erick Randall Opsahl, Wells Enterprises, Inc., Le Mars, IA

Samuel David Schrieber, Omaha, NE

Anyone with questions or comments on the above should contact: Dave Ewert at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.


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