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 June 7, 2017  Past Issues

Full details now available for Annual Meeting

The official program for the ISBA Annual Meeting is now available, with full details on the tracks and social events awaiting attendees.

The 32-page guide follows the individual tracks through the course of the event, providing a short description of each individual presentation. It also provides a closer look at what to expect from the nine social events available.

Along with the returning luncheons, such as the law school luncheons for Creighton, Drake and Iowa, there will also be a new outing to the Iowa Cubs game on June 19 and a tailgate in the ISBA parking lot June 20 hosted by the YLD. Interested parties may attend ticketed social events without registering for annual meeting programming.

The three-day event has now been approved for 17.5 state hours, including 4.75 ethics, 12.75 federal and 3.5 juvenile law hours.

Registration is available on the ISBA website or by sending in a printable form. Those interested in attending specific programming can also register for individual days. There are still rooms available at both the Hampton and Holiday Inns for those needing accommodations.


Find-A-Lawyer ad blitz happening this summer! Now is the time to add or update your listing

The ISBA is preparing to launch an advertising campaign for its newly-revamped Iowa Find-A-Lawyer website. In the coming weeks, you will see statewide digital ads for IowaFindALawyer.com on Google and Facebook, in the Des Moines Register and on DMRegister.com, as well as on buses in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Marshalltown.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to make sure your practice is listed on this site, as some of the ads will point potential clients to its searchable database of ISBA-member attorneys.

Other ads will focus more heavily on the free resources available on IowaFindALawyer.com and the new Iowa Free Legal Answers pro bono portal.

If you are not currently listed, please take a moment to fill out this application and send it back to membership@iowabar.org. If you are already listed on the site, please make sure that your attorney profile is updated and accurate. If you require changes, email: membership@iowabar.org or call the Membership Department at 515-697-7870.


New screening process at Neal Smith Federal Building now in effect

A new security screening process, similar to what is used at airports, began June 1 at the Neal Smith Federal Building in Des Moines, as well as at all other federal buildings across the country.

The procedures include an ID check, bag X-ray, metal detection and individual inspections for those entering the building.

The policy was created and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service. The full description of changes is available here.



YLD urges members to support student debt-related bills in Congress

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate to allow employees to receive up to $5,250 in student loan repayment assistance as a pre-tax benefit. The legislation amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion for employer-provided educational assistance to employer payments of qualified education loans.

The Senate bill is S.796, the Employer Participation in Repayment Act. The House bill is H.R.795, the Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act.

Currently, the employer education assistance program allows employers to contribute pre-tax earnings to help employees finance continued education, but does not allow pre-tax contributions for individuals who already have incurred student loan debt in the course of their undergraduate or graduate careers.

Both bills would allow employers to provide both tuition assistance and student loan repayment assistance, up to $5,250 per year, to their employees as a pre-tax benefit.

YLD leadership is urging ISBA membership to contact Iowa's representatives to express support for these bills:

Senator Chuck Grassley
Senator Joni Ernst
District 1 Representative Rod Blum
District 2 Representative Dave Loebsack
District 3 Representative David Young
District 4 Representative Steve King


Iowans Supporting Israel commemorate Six-Day War at bar office

The group Iowans Supporting Israel marked the 50th anniversary of the end of the Six-Day War by inviting guests to hear from Iowans who lived through the war. The event was held Tuesday, June 6, at the bar headquarters in Des Moines.

Speakers included Haim Naggar, who was 13 years old at the time of the Six-Day War, and Dr. Joseph Shinar, who spoke about his experience serving in the Israeli army. The war was fought between Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria, between June 5 and June 10, 1967.

The group Iowans Supporting Israel is chaired by ISBA member Tom Henderson and former Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, Matt Strawn.


SUPREME COURT OPINIONS

No. 15-0974
PAMELA PLOWMAN and JEREMY PLOWMAN vs. FORT MADISON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, PIL KANG, JOHN PAIVA, DAVIS RADIOLOGY, P.C., LEAH STEFFENSMEIER, THE WOMEN'S CENTER, and FORT MADISON PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS
Parents of severely disabled child appeal summary judgment dismissing their wrongful-birth medical negligence action against physicians providing prenatal care.
DISTRICT COURT SUMMARY JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED

No. 15-1191
SPENCER JAMES LUDMAN vs. DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION HIGH SCHOOL
A defendant appeals an adverse verdict finding it negligent in maintaining its premises.
REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED

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The Gazette


Supreme Court rules on a case involving birth defects and abortion
The Iowa Supreme Court rules parents can sue a doctor for failing to tell them their child may be born with a birth defect so the mother could have an abortion.
RadioIowa

 

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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

Associate Attorney - Krahmer, Shaffer & Edmundson, Ltd., Fairmont, MN

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

Executive Director - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

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

Full/Part-time Attorney - The Sayer Law Group, P.C., Waterloo, IA

Chief Deputy Clerk - United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, IA


ADMISSION ON MOTION

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

Lisa Christine Billman, South Law P.C., Overland Park, KS

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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