Changes to two title standards approved by the ISBA Board of
Governors at its annual meeting in June have now been posted on the ISBA
website. The approvals were based on recommendations by the ISBA Real Estate
& Title Law Section’s Title Standards Committee.
Revisions approved include Revised Title Standard 6.1 pertaining
to the showings required for foreclosures (generally) and Revised Title
Standard 1.4 pertaining to abstracts.
You can download the entire set of title standards in PDF or Word
formats from the ISBA’s website by clicking on "Title Standards” under the
"Practice Tools” tab. To be taken directly to the list of new and revised
standards and the links to download the entire set, click here.
YLD’s mentorship program
kicks off with training session
The YLD held a training
session Monday, July 20, at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, to
provide YLD Mentorship Program participants with tips and examples to make the
most of their year-long mentoring relationships. West Des Moines attorney and
mediator, Kim Stamatelos, provided an energetic dialogue on mentoring
Stamatelos stressed the
importance of establishing a solid foundation at the beginning of the mentoring
relationship to ensure the relationship provides value to both parties. To
build a good foundation, she advised mentoring pairs to take time at the onset
of a relationship to consider the following:
the purpose and expectations of the relationship,
necessary boundaries between the mentor and mentee, and
a schedule of regular interactions.
Begin with a project in mind
and provide a measure of accountability, she advised. She stressed the
importance of regular interactions. In her own mentoring relationships, she
meets with mentees in person once a month and asks that her mentees provide her
with an accountability email once a week to review progress on their
established goals. She said it‘s important for mentors to provide healthy
empowerment, share life experiences and provide resources so that mentees can
make their own informed decisions.
Program participants could
attend the event in person or via webinar. And, for widest dissemination of the
training session, the ISBA recorded the session and will make it available on
the ISBA website soon. Direct links to the recorded webinar video and
Stamatelos’ Effective Mentoring outline will be shared in next week’s Iowa
In addition to being a
mediator and collaborative attorney, Stamatelos is an adjunct professor of law
at Drake University Law School and is the author of the book The Compassionate
Lawyer. She teaches and trains in mediation,
collaborative law and compassionate lawyer topics. She can be reached by email
at email@example.com. For questions about the YLD Mentorship Program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justice Stras shares
insights and predictions at U.S. Supreme Court term review
Minnesota Supreme Court
Justice David Stras presented a review of the October 2015 U.S. Supreme Court
term July 16 at ISBA headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of the Iowa
Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society’s annual Supreme Court review. Stras’
remarks on this historic term ranged from the major decisions to highlights of
"sleeper” cases that may greatly impact the day-to-day work of lawyers and
For example, as a result of
the ruling in Johnson v. U.S., a case focused on the constitutionality
of the residual clause in the Armed Career Criminal Act, Stras predicts an
increase in claims that criminal statutes are void for vagueness. Also, based
on the decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, a
case focused on whether a state professional regulatory board had state-action
immunity from antitrust law related to its actions towards non-dentists, Stras
predicts potential changes in state supervision and the way boards interact
with market participants.
When asked to remark on the
impact of the media’s emphasis on phrases in recent dissenting opinions, like "[p]ure applesauce,” Stras said that he wondered whether the term’s elevated rhetoric
is good for the court.
Stras became an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court July 1, 2010. Prior to his appointment,
Stras was a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School
from 2004 through 2010. In addition, Stras clerked for Justice Clarence
Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.
For more information on
developments in federal law, watch for information on speakers and panels
to be featured during the December 18 ISBA Federal Practice Seminar at the Embassy
Suites Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, in upcoming issues of the Iowa Lawyer Weekly.
Calling all attorney
The ISBA Communications
Department is looking for members who have taken up the task of blogging on
legal topics. The department hopes to feature some of the members’ top blogs in
an upcoming issue of the Iowa Lawyer Magazine.
If you write or manage a
blog, contact the communications department by emailing a link to your blog to email@example.com.
Members’ blogs not only may be featured in the magazine, but could also be sourced
in the Iowa Lawyer Weekly eNewsletter. Please also include a short summary of
why you decided to start blogging and how it has helped or hindered your
Any questions regarding this
call-out can be directed to the ISBA Communications Department at 515-697-7898
Iowa Utilities Board
The Iowa Utilities Board,
the utilities division of the Iowa Department of Commerce that regulates the
rates and services of electric, natural gas and water utilities, seeks qualified
candidates for an attorney position. The successful candidate will provide
advice and counsel to a three-member board and the board’s staff as a member of
the Office of General Counsel.
Applicants should 1) complete an electronic or paper application form available
via the Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise
website and 2) e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or send a cover letter and resume, post marked by the closing date of the
posting, August 5, Attn: Lynn R. Zook-Slagg, Administrative Assistant 2, Iowa
Utilities Board, 1375 E. Court Ave., Des Moines, Iowa, 50319-0069.
To read the complete position
description, click here.
Questions about the position should be directed to Lynn R. Zook-Slagg, administrative assistant, email@example.com.
|In Other News ...
President nominates Strand as U.S. judge Cedar
Falls attorney, disabilities rights advocates mark 25 years of ADA
Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated U.S. Magistrate Leonard Terry Strand to serve
as the next U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Iowa.
Strand’s nomination will next go before the U.S. Senate for a vote. If
approved, he will succeed U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett, who took senior
status in June. Strand has served in the Northern District as a federal
magistrate in Sioux City since 2012. Bennett said last month that Strand will
make an "excellent” district judge.
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Twenty-five years ago,
through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation committed itself
to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities. The U.S.
Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is proud to play a critical role
in enforcing the ADA, working towards a future in which all the doors are open
to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration
and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities.
The Waterloo Cedar Falls
drug court to close due to funding shortfall
Because of budget concerns,
the Fourth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services will shut down
drug court on Oct. 1. Drug court started in January 2000 as a way to both
rehabilitate drug addicts and keep them out of jail. Currently, there are about
40 offenders in the program, said Kip Shanks, the director of the Fourth
Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.
The Omaha World-Herald
points out possible abuse of public funds
A man accused of torching
his apartment hired a private attorney but then asked the court this week for
public funds to hire an arson expert to aid in his defense, which a judge
granted. While it’s not a common practice, lawyers and judges say, it does
happen and Iowa law allows it if the court determines the defendant cannot
afford to pay for a needed expert or some other cost to ensure an adequate
The Cedar Rapids Gazette
takes over [Southwest] Iowa Legal Aid
Whitcher has always just wanted to help others. While at the University of Iowa
Law School, Whitcher worked for AmeriCorps, the National Organization for
Women, the Nebraska branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) and
even worked at a hospital in Australia for 10 months. "Nonprofits have always
been where my heart is,” Whitcher said Monday from her new downtown Council
Bluffs office at the Southwestern Chapter of Iowa Legal Aid.
Nonpareil, Council Bluffs
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