Appointments made to Supreme Court
Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice
Mark Cady signed an order last Thursday appointing the following individuals to
the court’s boards and commissions. Each will serve three-year terms ending
June 30, 2019, except where noted.
Attorney Discipline Board
- Michael J. Chozen, Spirit Lake
- Karen J. Erger, Ely
- Mark C. Smith, Des Moines
Commission on Continuing Legal
- Michael G. Pagel, Dubuque
- Margaret J. Popp Reyes, Council
- Daniel P. Kitchen, Washington
- Mindi M. Vervaecke, Mason City (to
complete an unexpired term ending June 30, 2017)
- Jill M. Kistler, Waukon (1A)
- Brian John Williams, Waterloo (1B)
- Greg M. Lievens, Allison (2A)
- Richard H. Moeller, Sioux City (3B)
- Beatriz A. Mate-Kodjo, Pella (5A)
- Peter W. Blink, Newton (5A)
- Gregory A. Witke, Des Moines (5C)
- David M. Erickson, Des Moines (5C)
- Lisa M. Epp, Cedar Rapids (6)
- Katie L. Ranes, West Des Moines (5A) (to complete an unexpired term ending June 30, 2017)
- Ralph W. Heninger, Davenport (7) (to complete an unexpired term ending June 30, 2017)
- Ryan J. Mitchell, Ottumwa (8A) (to complete an unexpired term ending June 30, 2017)
- Susan C. Daniels, Centerville (8A) (to complete an unexpired term ending June 30, 2018)
The full order includes the
individuals appointed as chairs of the boards and commissions, and the lay
people who are not listed in this article.
New and revised Iowa Land Title
The ISBA’s Title Standards
Subcommittee of the Real Estate and Title Law Section has prepared, and the
Board of Governors has approved, updated title standards. The updates, which
became effective last month, include:
- Title Standard 1.2 pertaining to
short form acknowledgements
- Title Standard 2.1 pertaining to
when a conveyance is made by a municipal corporation, a county, a school
district, a community college, or a merged area of the state
- Title Standard 3.4 related to name
variances. It has been transferred to Title Standard 8.11
- New Title Standard 8.11 regarding
name variances of legal entities.
To view the latest updates, visit the ISBA title standards page.
Links to download the full title standards in PDF or Word formats are also
available on the page.
YLD’s jury-verdict database now
searchable on ISBA website
The Young Lawyers Division database of Iowa civil jury verdicts on the ISBA website can now be searched by
the type of case – brain injuries, for example – by the name of the case, by
the county, by the opposing counsel’s name, or by a number of other keywords.
From this information, you can review all of the filings on the cases in EDMS.
The YLD Litigation Committee began
compiling the statewide civil jury verdicts several years ago as a way of
helping trial counsel assess the value of a case, support the demand or offer,
decide whether to take a case to trial or settle, and access actual pre-trial
filings, motions in limine, trial briefs and jury instructions. The
compilations are emailed weekly to interested individuals.
Now anyone can access the database
by clicking on the blue "Jury Verdict Reporter” ribbon on the right side of the ISBA
website main page.
To search for a specific verdict, click the search button above the "Iowa Civil
Jury Verdicts” title on the page that opens.
Contact Ben Long or James Russell,
co-chairs of the YLD Litigation Committee who compile the database and send out
the weekly email, at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or if you are a young attorney and
would like to be involved with the Litigation Committee’s efforts.
Drake Law School among best in
nation for post-graduation employment
The American Bar Association
collected employment data from all 204 law schools nationwide and ranked Drake
Law School 36th for 2015 graduates. With 92.3 percent of last year’s class
employed 10 months after graduation, the school finished well above the national
average of 84.6 percent.
The school also ranks among the top
30 for graduates in positions that require bar passage at 86.3 percent. Data
for the study was collected and submitted by Drake’s Career Development
"Our employment rate reflects our
mission here at Drake Law School -- to provide a solid education and practical
experiences that prepare outstanding professionals who are ready to use their
law degrees in a variety of careers,” said Ben Ullem, former dean of Drake Law
The Career Development Office keeps tracking information on graduates’ employment as well as providing career and
job search assistance.
Panel to address changing dynamics of
Iowa Supreme Court’s work
A diverse panel of individuals will
delve into the changes that have occurred in the Iowa Supreme Court’s work
since the ousting of three justices in 2010. The discussion will take place
from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 14, on the third floor of the EMC Building,
700 Walnut St., in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. A reception will follow on the
Nyemaster Goode, P.C., terrace.
Sponsored by the Des Moines Register
and Nyemaster Goode, P.C., the event is free and open to the public. However,
reservations are required. View the event webpage to see a list of the panelists and a brief biography
on each, and to RSVP.
|Supreme Court Opinions
STATE OF IOWA vs. JUSTIN ALEXANDER
MARSHALL The State seeks further review of a
court of appeals decision reversing the defendant’s conviction for murder in
the first degree. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED IN PART AND VACATED
IN PART; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED.
KELLI JO GRIFFIN vs. PAUL PATE, In
His Official Capacities as the Secretary of State of Iowa, and DENISE FRAISE,
In Her Official Capacities as the County Auditor of Lee County, Iowa Claimant appeals district court ruling holding her drug
conviction fell within the scope of "infamous crime” as used in article II,
section 5 of the Iowa Constitution. AFFIRMED.