today, help shape ABA agenda with ABA president-elect nominee, July 2
Klein, the president-elect nominee of the American Bar Association, invites you
to join her at the Historic Park Inn, Mason City, Iowa on July 2. As Klein
plans the future direction of the ABA, she is specifically requesting a dialogue
that includes attorneys’ and judges’ candid feelings, suggestions and
recommendations to assist the profession.
plans to arrive at the Historic
Park Inn at 11 a.m., or shortly thereafter, July 2. The
meeting is expected to conclude at 1:15 p.m. The event is free to attend, however there is a small fee for those interested in lunch.
is very sincere in wanting to hear from the bench and bar,” says Phil Garland, co-chair of the ISBA Rural Practice Committee. "She has
been a strong advocate for rural attorneys.”
Klein seeks the input of main street attorneys and
judges to better understand how the ABA can improve to help all
practitioners, particularly those in our rural communities. Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark
Cady and ISBA President Bruce Walker are both scheduled to attend.
you to those who already registered. For those who have not registered and are
interested in lunch, please note that there is a small $10 fee provided the
ISBA receives your reservation by noon on Thursday, June 25. For
reservations made after noon on June 25, the cost of the meal is $20.
Please RSVP to Lisa Hanson at email@example.com
if you have not already done so. Questions
about the event may be directed to ISBA Executive Director Dwight Dinkla via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
policy change - estate tax closing letters issued only upon taxpayer request
IRS recently announced that estate tax closing letters will only be issued upon
taxpayer request for estates filed on or after June 1. Under this change in IRS
estate tax closing letter policy, rather than including requests for estate tax
closing letters with estate tax returns, taxpayers are asked to wait at least
four months before making closing letter requests.
with questions regarding this policy change may visit the frequently asked
questions about estate tax information available at IRS.gov by clicking here.
Those with additional questions about estate tax closing letter requests may
questions, help develop disaster response volunteer attorney training and technology
Legal Aid is partnering with a technology firm to adapt mobile technology to
provide disaster-related resources to disaster survivors and attorneys.
As one of the first Legal Services Corporation Midwest Legal Disaster
Coordination Grant awardees, Iowa Legal Aid plans to recruit and train
volunteer attorneys to respond in the event of a disaster. The Iowa Legal
Aid Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project captures Iowa Legal Aid's
experiences responding to disasters in 1993 and 2008 for the next generation.
answering questions, prospective volunteer attorneys can share their opinions
on what training and technology they would like Iowa Legal Aid to offer.
Iowa Legal Aid would provide training on how to recognize a disaster legal
problem and substantive training on disaster-related legal issues. In
addition, Iowa Legal Aid would provide ongoing support through its Disaster
Relief Coordinator and other staff.
To take this brief multiple choice survey, click here. For
more information, contact Iowa Legal Aid staff attorney Lisa Gavin
Leahy introduce legislation to protect whistleblowers in criminal antitrust
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick
Leahy recently introduced legislation to extend whistleblower protection for
employees who provide information to the U.S. Department of Justice related to
criminal antitrust violations.
Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act seeks to protect whistleblowers in
criminal antitrust cases by prohibiting employers from retaliating against an
employee who provides information to the Department of Justice regarding
conduct that violates the criminal antitrust laws. The Senate unanimously
passed a similar version of the legislation last Congress.The legislation
is based on recommendations from a Government Accountability Office report
released in July 2011. The bill allows an employee who believes he or she
is the victim of retaliation to file a complaint with the Secretary of Labor,
and provides for that employee to be reinstated to his/her former status if the
Secretary finds in his/her favor. Grassley and Leahy authored similar
whistleblower statutes as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002. To view the
proposed bill, click here.
City law firm to host RAGBRAI BBQ, July 18
Huff, Ringgenberg, Hartnett & Storm, P.C. in Sioux City, Iowa will be hosting a
kick-off party in conjunction with the opening weekend of RAGBRAI. Members of
the ISBA and any other legal professionals participating in RAGBRAI are invited
to attend from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 18. Complimentary beef brisket,
pulled pork, craft beer and a variety of other refreshments will be offered.
Huff Law Firm is located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, just a few blocks
from camping and other RAGBRAI entertainment. For directions, click here.
Those interested in attending may RSVP by contacting McKenzie Shipley at email@example.com or by calling
Iowa Attorney General Lawrence F. Scalise dies
Iowa Attorney General Lawrence F. Scalise died Friday, June 12. Scalise was
Iowa Attorney General from 1965-67. Scalise became one of Iowa’s most esteemed
trial attorneys, a past president of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and an
was one of the greatest trial lawyers this state has ever produced,” said David L. Brown, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Secretary/Treasurer. Scalise held many
public positions in Iowa and throughout the nation during the course of his
for Scalise were held Thursday, June 18, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic
Church in Santa Barbara, Calif.
job opening: Attorney advisor position, Omaha, Neb.
Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
in Omaha, Neb., is currently hiring for the attorney advisor position. An
attorney advisor drafts administrative law judge decisions, notices and other
written materials essential to ODAR’s mission. The attorney advisor also
conducts important legal research for the office. The salary for this position
starts at the GS-9 level.
candidates may learn more about SSA and ODAR by clicking here. To apply, submit a
resume and writing sample no later than Friday, July 10, via email to: ODAR.R7.Omaha.HO@ssa.gov.
Application transmittal emails should include "Resume – Attorney Advisor” in
the subject line. Individuals with questions may email Cory T. Allan, SSA ODAR
Hearing Office Director at Cory.Allan@ssa.gov
|In Other News ...
Juror showed poor judgment, not bias, in murder case
Iowa Supreme Court is letting a man’s murder conviction stand even though a
juror communicated with the victim’s stepmother on Facebook during and after
the trial. The court ruled Friday the juror showed poor judgment, but not bias,
in the trial of Tyler Webster of Fairfield. Jurors found Webster guilty of
second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting of his best friend, Buddy Frisbie.
Cedar Rapids Channel 9
Iowa court ruling says doctors can prescribe abortion drugs by video
Iowa Supreme Court struck down a rule on Friday that would have prohibited
doctors from using telemedicine to dispense abortion-inducing pills to patients
in remote clinics around the state, saying the ban placed an "undue burden” on
a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. Planned Parenthood clinics
in Iowa have been using telemedicine to provide medication-induced, nonsurgical
abortions since 2008, seeing it as a way to expand access to women living in
the state’s many rural areas. Under the system, the first in the nation,
doctors in Des Moines, Iowa City and Ames have used videoconferencing to
provide the service to more than 7,000 patients in seven clinics.
New York Times
A sentence, and lesson, of life
lesson learned through the Yvette Louisell prison sentence? That in Iowa, even
if you’ve had two or three court decisions go in your direction, it’s awfully
tough to get out from under a "life-in-prison” sentence. But you live with
hope. Another court decision is expected shortly — maybe even this month — and
this one, from the Iowa Supreme Court, might well be definitive.
Iowa courts electronic filing open house
officials are making preparations for the arrival of the Electronic Document
Management System (EDMS) in Winneshiek, Allamakee, Chickasaw and Howard
counties. Beginning June 30, all court filings in Winneshiek, Allamakee,
Chickasaw and Howard counties are required to be filed electronically.
The Decorah Newpapers
|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.
SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
June 19, 2015
STATE OF IOWA vs. TYLER JAMES WEBSTER
review from the Iowa Court of Appeals. Appeal from the Iowa District Court for
Jefferson County, Myron L. Gookin, Judge.
The State seeks further review of a
court of appeals decision reversing the defendant’s conviction of second-degree
murder and remanding for a new trial. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED;
DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. CLIFFORD LYNN MCNEAL
further review from the Iowa Court of Appeals. Appeal from the Iowa District
Court for Wapello County, Daniel P. Wilson (suppression) and Lucy J. Gamon
(trial and sentencing), Judges.
The State seeks further review of a court of appeals
decision finding the district court erred in denying defendant’s motion to
suppress and reversing defendant’s conviction for theft in the first degree.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
PARENTHOOD OF THE HEARTLAND, INC. and JILL MEADOWS vs. IOWA BOARD OF MEDICINE
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeffrey D. Farrell, Judge.
Providers appeal a district court judgment upholding a rule by the Iowa Board
of Medicine establishing standards of practice for physicians who prescribe or
administer abortion-inducing drugs. AFFIRMED IN PART AND REVERSED IN PART.
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