|Editor's Note: The Judicial
Performance Review Survey that was mentioned in last week's edition of the Iowa
Lawyer Weekly was
delayed. The survey was originally scheduled to go out this past Monday.
Because of scheduling issues, the survey will be emailed out to members
tomorrow, July 28th.
Candidates wanted for
Supreme Court advisory committees
ISBA President Skip
Kenyon is seeking individuals interested in serving on the following Iowa
Supreme Court Advisory Committees:
- Probate Procedure and
- Rules of Civil
- Rules of Criminal
- Rules of Juvenile
A brief description of
each committee and a list of the current members of the committee and when
their terms expire can be found on the judicial branch website at this link. President Kenyon will select and forward
the names of the nominees to the court. The court will appoint the new members prior to Sept.
If interested in
serving on one or more of the committees, please send an email to email@example.com by Tuesday,
Aug. 9. Include "Supreme Court Advisory Committee” in
the subject line. In the body of the email,
list the name of the
committee(s) you are applying for and a
brief paragraph describing where you are located, your employer,
type of practice, years of practice and any other pertinent information that
would be helpful for President Kenyon.
Reminder: YLD seeking
leaders for Student Debt Task Force
The Young Lawyers
Division is seeking five high-energy young attorneys to lead the newly
established Student Debt Task Force. Any motivated YLD member will be
considered, but those with a background or interest in banking and finance are
preferred. Those interested should notify YLD leadership no later than Friday,
July 29, at 5 p.m. for consideration.
The task force was
established based on recent responses to a student debt survey that went out to YLD members. YLD officers
created the task force and charged it with implementing a comprehensive
debt-relief program for young attorneys. Young attorneys who have not already
done so, should complete the survey by July 29 as the responses are being used to craft
the final agenda of the task force.
YLD members who are
interested in taking on a leadership role should email Reed McManigal at RMcManigal@holmesmurphy.com or Tom Hillers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialty Court posts annual evaluation
The Iowa Business
Specialty Court began its annual review process July 19. Attorneys who took
cases before the court were asked to complete an evaluation on the progress and
effectiveness of the business court that would help determine whether it should
continue operations. The latest evaluation was recently posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website.
The business court
began as a three-year pilot. In February it was extended based on information
from the previous years’ reviews. Information gathered is combined with an
analysis of the cases heard by the courts in order to improve on the business
court program and ensure it is meeting the goals set forth at its inception.
In prior years, all responding attorneys agreed this system was needed as a
permanent component, saying they would seek assignment of qualifying cases in
The business court
accepts a broad range of complex commercial cases with $200,000 or more in
dispute or with claims seeking primarily injunctive or declaratory
relief. In addition, cases must satisfy at least one of nine criteria
listed in the Iowa Supreme Court's Memorandum of Operation outlining the
three-year pilot program. Three Iowa district court judges with experience
in handling the complex issues facing businesses staff the business court.
August Iowa Lawyer now
The August Iowa Lawyer
Magazine is now available
online. The issue recaps the annual meeting, highlighting new leadership
and award winners for 2016. In addition, see how Iowa attorneys are
contributing to a stronger justice system overseas.
Those who elect to
receive the print version of the magazine should see it in mailboxes in the
next week or so. To view the digital version, navigate to www.iowabar.org, click on "Publications,” then "Iowa Lawyer
Magazine.” Those who no longer wish to receive the printed version of the
magazine can elect to receive it electronically by navigating to their ISBA
account settings and selecting "yes” for the "Iowa Lawyer Magazine
the Iowa Lawyer Magazine can be directed to the ISBA Communications Department
at email@example.com or 515-697-7898.
Supreme Court adopts
amendments to media coverage rules
Last Friday, the Iowa
Supreme Court ordered the adoption of amendments to the Rules for Expanded
Media Coverage in chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules. The amendments reflect
technological advancements in media coverage and allow a more consistent use of
expanded media coverage statewide while promoting Iowa’s long history of transparency of court processes.
The amendment to Rule
25.3(2) specifies that only one request for expanded news media coverage is
required for all district court proceedings in the same case or trial, except
for initial appearances in criminal cases which require a separate request. The
amendment to Rule 25.5(2) addresses expanded news media coverage for the
supreme court and court of appeals. Read the amendments to both rules here.
The court also amended Forms 1 and 4 in Rule 25.10 to reflect the changes in the above
rules. Form 1 is the news media coordinator’s notice
of request for expanded news media coverage to the attorneys and the judge involved
in the case at least seven days before the proceeding begins. Form 4 is the news media coordinator’s notice
of request for expanded news media coverage of appellate court proceedings,
which must be filed no later than the Friday immediately preceding the week in
which oral arguments are held.
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.
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