needed for Supreme Court Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee
The Iowa Supreme Court asked ISBA President Skip Kenyon for help in locating a criminal defense
attorney who is not a public defender to serve on the court’s Rules of Criminal
Procedure Committee. The preference is for a female attorney from districts 3,
6 or 7.
If interested in
serving on the committee, or if you know someone who would be a good candidate,
please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business Friday, Aug. 12.
Include "Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee” in the subject line. In the
body of the email, include a brief paragraph describing your location, your
background in criminal defense, number of years you’ve practiced criminal
defense law and any other information that would assist the ISBA president in
selecting candidates to forward to the court.
More information about
the committee, including a list of the current members and when their terms
expire, can be found at the Iowa Judicial Branch's website.
YLD to cancel Trial by Jury unless help found
For many years, the
Young Lawyers Division has organized the Trial by Jury event at the Iowa State
Fair. The event included presentations by Iowa High
School Mock Trial students as well as mock trials by practicing attorneys. The
YLD formed a state fair committee to handle the public outreach event that
initially planned the high school presentation and later drafted the mock trial
problem for presentation. The committee organized lawyers, judges, and court
reporters to present the case for fair-goers on multiple evenings during the
In recent years,
fair-goer attendance has been dwindled. A couple years ago the event was held
outdoors with very poor attendance. It became more and more
difficult to find lawyers able to offer their time and talents to present the
case. With the committee’s re-focus on YLD members - particularly educational
opportunities and expansion to the offerings in the jury verdict reporter - the
committee just didn’t have enough people able to offer enough time to keep the
state fair event going. It is the committee’s goal to continue supporting young
lawyers. Anyone interested in taking on the public outreach Trial by Jury event
should contact the litigation committee co-chairs, Ben
Long or James
litigation committee of the YLD is excited to continue remolding its
focus on expanding education and resources for less seasoned litigators.
Many recognize the decreasing opportunity for young lawyers to get
trial experience. The committee is focused on promoting and bolstering
CLE opportunities focused on young trial lawyers and expanding resources
available through the Iowa Jury Verdict Reporter.
Tips for avoiding
Law firms that have
robust risk management practices in place may not only reduce their risk of a
professional liability claim, but may also have a distinct competitive
advantage over those firms that do not have such practices.
That statement in the
introduction of a white paper created by CNA, and made available to Iowa
attorneys through Lockton Risk Services, acknowledges findings by the ABA that between 4
and 17 percent of private practice attorneys can expect to be sued for
malpractice in a given year. In addition, attorneys can expect on average, at
least three malpractice claims over the course of their careers.
The paper lists 10
tips to assist in avoiding malpractice claims. Among them are using engagement
agreements, screening potential clients before agreeing to represent them, not
dabbling in cases outside their areas of practice and avoiding business
transactions with clients outside of legal representation.
To read the remaining
tips and an explanation of each, click here.
Bridge the Gap Gives
This year’s Bridge the
Gap seminar, to be held Sept. 8 and 9, will offer attorneys an opportunity to
give back to several charitable organizations from across Iowa.
Attorneys will first
notice the event’s theme, ‘Bridge the Gap Gives Back,’ on the registration
page, where they will have the opportunity to contribute to the American Cancer
Society, Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa or the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
Representatives will also be on hand at the event to discuss volunteer needs.
At this year's program, 15 state hours of CLE credit, which includes three ethics and 7.5 federal hours, may be earned throughout the two-day event. Also included with registration are three juvenile law hours available through the ISBA On-Demand CLE Catalog.
The seminar will cover timely topics like Federal Laws
Associated with Operating Drones, Ethics of Technology, Search and Seizure in
the Digital Age and many more topics to keep you up to date in your practice.
Judges needed for
competitions at Iowa Law
The University of Iowa
College of Law is looking for volunteers to serve as judges for moot court and
trial advocacy competitions in October and November. Volunteers are needed for
the Stephenson Trial Advocacy Competition, oral arguments for Appellate
Advocacy I, oral arguments for the ACMA Upper Midwest Regional Moot Court
competition and to grade briefs for Appellate Advocacy I.
Judges for the trial
advocacy competition may preside over or score the competition. Appellate
Advocacy I will have a three-judge panel for oral arguments only. The American
Collegiate Moot Court Association's undergraduate regional competition requires
judging for oral arguments as well.
Attorneys who are
interested in helping can register online for any of the competitions.
Questions regarding the events can be directed to Jill De Young.
|In Other News ...
Does Iowa's deduction for federal taxes prevent tax increases?
Iowa could lower its
high income tax rates significantly with no revenue loss if it traded lower
rates for elimination of Iowa's unusual deduction for federal taxes paid. Such
a trade-off plays a big part in the recently released Iowa Tax Reform Options
prepared by the Tax Foundation for the Iowa Taxpayers Association.
Can the access-to-justice gap be closed? These recommendations
might make it possible
As expected, the ABA
Commission on the Future of Legal Services delivered plenty of recommendations
for how the bar can close the access to justice gap in America, while steering
clear of the most contentious issue: whether alternative business
structures—most notably non-lawyer ownership of law firms—should be permissible.
New suits against social media giants seek to expand reach of US
Three lawsuits pending
in federal court make the sensational claim that Twitter, Google and Facebook
committed acts of "international terrorism" and are responsible for
compensating individuals injured by ISIS and Hamas. These improbable cases have
been brought pursuant to the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), a law permitting
American victims of international terrorism to sue and collect three times
their total damages, plus attorney fees and costs. They may be just the
beginning of a high-stakes litigation campaign aimed at online service
Expert lawyering before SCOTUS is 'exceedingly lopsided' in
criminal cases, law review article says
U.S. Supreme Court
expert litigators argue a majority of civil cases before the U.S. Supreme
Court, but in criminal cases the expertise is "exceedingly lopsided,” according
to a law review article that examined the backgrounds of lawyers representing
criminal defendants before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
Lucas Philip Robinson,
PER Software, Inc., Hamilton, TX
Scott Simeon Fintzen,
Gaido & Fintzen, Chicago, IL
Peter Antonio Gaido, Gaido
& Fintzen, Chicago, IL
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.
BENEFIT OF THE WEEK
Iowa Jury Verdict Reporter, published by the Litigation Committee of the ISBA Young Lawyers Division is a collection of Iowa civil jury verdicts. You can search hundreds of cases to view comparable verdicts and sample documents used within the various cases.
The Iowa Jury Verdict Reporter also includes an email service where upcoming trials and recent results are emailed to all members of the YLD, Litigation Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section on a weekly basis. If you are not a member of any of the groups listed above and would like to begin receiving these emails, please contact our membership department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more at the Jury Verdict Reporter webpage.
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