Look for these new features at next
week’s annual meeting
new features will distinguish this year’s annual meeting from those in past
years. Attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate a plethora of
technical tools to make the law practice easier, more efficient and more secure
on Thursday afternoon. They’ll be able to dance and sing off the pent up energy
created by sitting in meetings all day during the YLD’s Dueling Pianos social
event on Tuesday night. And, they can keep track of everything going on at the
meeting, including being able to get outlines and bio information on speakers, via
a new app for smart phones, tablets and computers.
Tech show: Want to find out more
how attorneys get hacked and what you can do about it? Attend the ISBA’s second
annual tech show, specifically the 2:40 p.m. Thursday Litigation Track
presentation by Tom Mullins with LMG Security. He’ll talk about a 12-step
security program you can use to protect yourself and your practice.
presentation is just one of the 21 presentations being offered as part of the
tech show. Best of all, these presentations are free to annual meeting
registrants, and only $35 each for members and their office staffs who aren’t
able to attend the entire annual meeting. An additional $25 walk-in fee will begin on June
19. Learn more…
Dueling Pianos: Journey up to the
Grand Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Community Choice Credit Union
Convention Center (formerly Vets Auditorium) at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a
three-hour singing and dancing (or just watching) session featuring two people
dueling it out on pianos. The session is free thanks to the sponsorship of
ARAG, a global provider of legal solutions. ARAG will be handing out a limited
number of tickets good for a free cocktail drink. No drink ticket? Never fear,
beer is being provided free courtesy of the
ISBA. Click here for more
Annual meeting app: Sometimes it can be a
challenge during a convention to figure out what sessions or social events you
want to attend and when and where they’re being held. ISBA's new app designed and built for this year's annual meeting significantly reduces that
challenge. Download the app on your computer, iPhone, iPad or Android-based
phone or tablet and you’ll have all of the information at your fingertips. Best
of all if anything changes, the changes will be pushed out to the app, so
you’ll have up-to-the-minute accurate information.
best to download the app before you get to the meeting. That way you can create
your schedule (or at least the must-see portions of it) before you arrive. Here
are the instructions for downloading the
app, as well as much more information on what it can do.
Public notice for appointment of a US
United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa has a vacancy
for a Magistrate Judge position. Applications must be received no later
than July 14. For details regarding the vacancy click here.
ISBA Public Service Project presents forum
on Access to Justice Commissions
the past decade, there has been a movement in the Access to Justice community
across the country. This movement has seen the development of 31 state Access
to Justice Commissions. These commissions develop and implement solutions that
ensure people of limited means have meaningful access to civil justice.
ISBA Public Service Project will host Steve Grumm, Director of the Resource
Center for Access to Justice Initiatives at the American Bar Association,
during an informational forum at the ISBA annual meeting. From 1 p.m. to 2:30
p.m. Thursday, June 19, in room 321 of the Community Choice Credit Union, formerly
known as Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Grumm will discuss Access to Justice
Commissions. All interested bar members, judges, community leaders and
conference attendees are welcome to attend.
apps make viewing/editing word documents and PDFs easier on Apple devices
A number of new apps for the iPhone
and iPad make it easier for users of those devices to "open, create, view and
edit Microsoft Office documents,” according to an article in last week’s (June
3) Law Technology News. Author John Edwards describes four relatively
inexpensive apps that Apple device users can purchase and what each of those
apps will do. Here, in his words, are the descriptions of the four apps. More
details about the apps, and the ability to download them can be found by
clicking on each one.
"Reviewer 7 – allows iPad users to view and study most Microsoft documents, including tracked changes and
app also accurately renders and displays a variety of complex Word formatting
features, including footnotes, page headers, page footers, tables, paragraph
numbering and text frames. It also provides Word-to-PDF conversion and access
to email attachments. Requires iOS 7. Not iPhone compatible. Price: Free
(Review Tools add-on: $1.99).
"Office Reader: For
– helps iPhone and iPad users open, create, view and edit Microsoft Office
documents with access to popular formatting functions. The app also gives users
the ability to convert Word documents into PDF files, to view and add PDF
highlights and annotations, and to fill in forms and sign documents.
-- runs on both iPhones and iPads to let users view documents in many different
file types, including Microsoft Word and PDF.
The app can store files and folders directly on the iOS device. FileApp also
provides access to email attachments. Optional file encryption is also
available. Price: Free (several features require the purchase of a 99 cent
Files Pro: Document
provides high-quality views of Microsoft Office and PDF documents on both
iPhones and iPads. Scroll bars speed file and content access.
Users can also add bookmarks to documents for quick
access to often-viewed sections or jump directly to a specific page in long
Full cloud storage
integration with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive. The app also supports
USB file transfers via iTunes. Price: $4.99."
ISBA tech support limited today
of the ISBA’s IT staff members are out of the office today, so technical
support related to IowaDocs, emails, listserves, etc., will be extremely
limited. The situation will ease tomorrow (Thursday) and for the rest of the
week when one of the IT staffers returns to the office.
support will also be limited Monday-Thursday of next week when all ISBA
staffers will be at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Every attempt will be made to
field tech support questions next week, but there may be a longer-than-normal
the meantime, if you have an emergency technical question today, please call
the ISBA main number at 515-243-3179, and the receptionist will try to find
assistance for you.
No newsletter next Wednesday
will be no Iowa Lawyer Weekly newsletter next week (June 18) since all staff
members will be working at the 2014 Annual Meeting. The publication will resume
on Wednesday, June 25.
The Iowa Lawyer Weekly is an electronic newsletter published
every Wednesday. Please submit comments, letters to the editor, articles, or
photos, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact information should be included with submissions. The ISBA reserves the
right to refuse any submission, but will take all submissions into
consideration for future publication.
Did You Know...
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"Member Groups” tab in the gold bar near the top of the page. You can search
for the member by first and last name if you know both names. Or you can search
by last name or first name only.
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Iowa Supreme Court Decisions
June 6, 2014
CHRISTOPHER J. GODFREY vs. STATE OF IOWA; TERRY
BRANSTAD, KIMBERLY REYNOLDS, JEFF BOEYINK, BRENNA FINDLEY, TIMOTHY ALBRECHT,
Appeal from the Iowa
District Court for Polk County, Robert A. Hutchison, Judge. A claimant under
the Iowa Tort Claims Act appeals a district court decision dismissing some of
his claims. REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED.
IN THE INTEREST OF A.J.M., Minor Child. STATE OF
review from the Iowa Court of Appeals. Appeal from the Iowa District Court for
D. Fagan, Judge. The State appeals a decision by the juvenile court to waive
sex offender registration. DECISION OF
COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED IN PART AND REVERSED
IN PART; CASE REMANDED FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS.
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF GLEN A. WATERMAN,
Deceased JINGLES TI-OKAY WATERMAN
from the Iowa District Court for Clayton County, Richard D. Stochl, Judge. A
surviving spouse appeals a district court ruling on her claim for recognition
of her homestead interest in property sold by administrators of decedent’s
estate. AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED AND
REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.