Nationwide study shows
need for changes in legal education, hiring practices
A major, multi-year,
nationwide study to identify what legal employers want in new graduates and how
to ensure graduates have the qualities employers want shows promise of
significantly changing traditional law school education and hiring practices.
That’s the conclusion of the first phase of the Foundations for Practice study
launched in late 2014 by the Institute for the Advancement of the American
Legal System (IAALS). IAALS is an independent research center at the University
of Denver dedicated to facilitating continuous improvement and advancing
excellence in the American legal system.
Based on responses
from more than 24,000 attorneys in all 50 states representing most types of
work settings and practice areas, only 23 percent of practitioners believe new
lawyers have sufficient skills out of law school to practice. According to the
report, the lawyers surveyed were clear that characteristics (such as integrity
and trustworthiness, conscientiousness, and common sense), as well as
professional competencies (such as listening attentively, speaking and writing,
and arriving on time), were far more important in brand new lawyers than legal
skills (such as use of dispute resolution techniques to prevent or handle
conflicts, drafting policies, preparing a case for trial, and conducting and
Those results, the
full details of which can be viewed here, complete the first of the study’s three
phases. The next two phases will look at developing measurable models of legal
education that support the characteristics identified by the responding
attorneys, and aligning market needs with hiring practices to motivate positive
improvements in legal education.
"The legal profession
and, notably, legal employers play a significant and often underestimated role
in the perpetuation of the current system -- a system with which they are
disenchanted,” the report states. "When they fail to hire entry-level lawyers
based on the skills, professional competencies, and characteristics they
desire, and hire instead on traditional criteria (such as prestige of law
school, class rank, and law review) they create incentives for law schools that
are misaligned with the objectives toward which we all must work.”
Iowa Lawyer Magazine
looking for veterans
The Iowa Lawyer is
looking to identify Iowa State Bar Association members who are military veterans for a Veteran's Day article in the magazine. Members are asked to please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that a full list can be compiled to
recognize the sacrifice that comes with being a veteran. Responses are needed
no later than Oct. 1 in order to be included in November’s issue.
20th annual Justice Fore All (Golf) Ball
Tournament registration now open
Registration is open
for golfers and sponsors for the 20th annual Justice Fore All (Golf) Ball Tournament.
Each year the tournament, presented by the YLD, helps to raise money for the
ISBA Public Service Project and its programs and activities.
The ISBA Public Service Project serves as the statewide
pro bono support program, promoting pro bono legal services, outreach to the
public and activities that work to improve access to justice for all of Iowa's
The tournament is a
four-person best ball format golf outing which includes lunch, two
beverage tickets for each participant and plenty of prizes (i.e. closest to the pin,
longest drive, longest putt).
Sponsors for the
event get their own tee box sign and are published in the Iowa Lawyer magazine.
This year's tournament will be held at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny,
Iowa, on Sept. 1.
Interested golfers and sponsors can visit the event page for additional information.
IRS offers free
webinar to help preparers safeguard client identities, data
Leaders from the IRS,
state tax agencies and the tax preparation community have launched an expanded
awareness campaign for tax professionals to assist in the fight against
identity theft and to protect their clients and their own businesses. The
campaign called Protect Your Clients;
Protect Yourself, will provide
computer security tips and other information leading into the 2017 tax filing
As part of this
campaign, the IRS is offering a free 1.5-hour webinar, Protect your
Clients; Protect Yourself from Data Theft, at noon on Wednesday, Aug.
17. Topics include:
- Security Summit
initiatives for FY 2017, including enhancing tax professional awareness of
client data safeguards,
- Legal requirements and
best practices to better protect taxpayer information,
- Emerging scams, as outlined
by our Criminal Investigation expert,
- Steps tax
professionals should take if they suffer a loss of taxpayer data,
- Opening remarks from
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and a live Q&A with IRS subject matter
Register for the free
seminar at this link. One continuing education credit in the category of federal tax
Two join YLD Student Debt Task
The Iowa State Bar
Association's Young Lawyers Division executives have now filled two of the five
seats on the Student Debt Task Force. Kyle Fry, staff attorney at
American Equity Investment Life Insurance, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Ben Meyer
an attorney at Alexander & Meyer Associates, Laurens, Iowa, have hit the
The YLD Executives are currently in the process of
interviewing applicants, and seeking motivated young attorneys who are willing
to make a difference for their peers. "I was caught off guard by the
amount of hard work that was completed by the group last week," said Reed
McManigal, president of the Young Lawyers Division. "The task force
has already collected the past legislative proposals, and has amassed an
impressive list of potential solutions," he said.
YLD members who are
interested in taking on a leadership role in the task force should email Reed McManigal at RMcManigal@holmesmurphy.com or Tom Hillers at email@example.com.
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Audio recorded by
warrantless FBI bugs outside courthouse didn't violate Constitution, judge
A federal judge in
California has refused to suppress conversations recorded by the FBI without a
warrant on secret devices outside courthouses in Alameda and Contra Costa
Police use fingertip
replicas to unlock a murder victim's phone
Dead men tell no
tales, but their phones might. Early last month, two detectives walked into the
lab of Anil Jain, a professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan
State University. They had heard of Jain's cutting-edge work in fingerprint
recognition and wanted his help in a murder investigation.
When a farm lease goes
bad -- 4 lessons learned
A recent decision by
the Iowa Court of Appeals offers some important lessons when thinking about
farm estate planning and farm leases. The court’s opinion in Hope
K. Farms, LLC v. Gumm, No. 14-1371 (Iowa Ct. App. June 29, 2016), may be
Social media in the courtroom
The courtroom was the
original reality show—before our televisions and telephones were giving us
access to entertainment 24 hours a day, the local courthouse was the best show
in town. Free, drama-filled, exciting, and the bonus of seeing someone hauled away
in handcuffs. As television invaded our culture, shows like Perry Mason, the
Defenders, LA Law, the Good Wife, and the ever-present Law & Order, along
with dozens of other lawyer-based shows, became the representation of our legal
system in the minds of the public.
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ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
Joel Allister Deutsch,
Deutsch & Deutsch, Rock Island, IL
Cari Ryan Campbell,
Campbell Legal, Dubuque, IA
Jesse H. Rigsby IV,
Duckworth, Invictus Law, Lindon, UT
Kuntsman-Stern, Center for Law & Social Work, Chicago,
Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicants should contact: Dave Ewert at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.
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