Supreme Court requests comments on amendments
to rules on professional regulation
order filed Aug. 21, the Iowa Supreme Court asks for comments on proposed
amendments to the Iowa Court rules on professional regulation. The comment
period deadline is 4:30 p.m., Oct. 21.
the proposed amendments and the court rules affected are:
requirement that sole practitioners have a written plan of succession for their
practices, and that plan be available for review upon request by the
director of the Office of Professional Regulation (Rule 39.18);
exemption from the CLE attendance requirements of Rule 41.3 for active members
of the bar who reside in another state or the District of Columbia and didn’t
practice law in Iowa during the reporting period, provided they attend at least
15 clock-hours of CLE accredited by the their states (Rule 41.9);
to three hours of CLE credit per calendar year for preparing an accredited CLE
presentation that includes written materials (Rule 42.2);
against the legal ethics CLE attendance requirement for instruction regarding
bias in the court system and attorney professional relationships (Rule 42.1).
of the order can be seen here. It contains
instructions for filing comments. A marked-up copy showing the deletions and
additions in the proposed amendments by rule number is available at this link. A discussion of the
recommended changes is accessible here.
Walker welcomes incoming law students
ISBA President Bruce Walker welcomed
approximately 140 freshman law students at the University of Iowa College of
Law Aug. 16.
He issued three challenges to the
students: 1) Complete your education; 2) Serve clients, and 3) Engage in the
ISBA. He also told the students not to forget themselves and their families, to keep a
sense of humor and not to take themselves too seriously.
first year is critical to your career,” he said.
ISBA presidents welcome incoming law students at both U of I and Drake
University. Due to obligations that required Walker to be out of town, ISBA
Vice President Steve Eckley welcomed the incoming freshman at Drake University
Law School on Aug. 17.
Civil Rights Commission seeking volunteer
Iowa Civil Rights Commission is seeking volunteer mediators throughout the
state to conduct confidential mediation sessions with parties involving claims
of discrimination under Iowa Code Chapter 216 and federal anti-discrimination
mediators assist the ICRC in meeting regulatory requirements and contractual
mandates with the federal government. The assistance significantly decreases
the length of time spent in case resolution and reduces the costs associated
with litigation. The purpose is to help the parties reach a compromise without
having to go through a full investigation.
interested, please contact Heidi Johnson, ICRC mediation coordinator, at
Motorcycle trip to Alaska and back
provides new perspectives for former ISBA president
Eaton, ISBA past president (1999-2000) and current Ways and Means Committee
chair, checked off what most people would describe as an item on their bucket
lists this summer – a motorcycle trip from Iowa to Alaska and back.
Eaton doesn’t have a bucket list. "Never have,” he says, in the almost-daily blog he used to record impressions and pictures of the nearly 12,000-mile, two-month
journey that took him to places, some with familiar names and many without.
Along the way, he saw many sights and met many individuals that the majority of
people will never experience.
The Waukee, Iowa, resident, who retired in
December 2013 from the Nyemaster law firm in Des Moines, Iowa, and is now
of-counsel with the firm, recorded these thoughts about life on Aug. 1 as he departed
Pickstown, So. Dak., for home on the final day of his adventure: (Read more.)
ACLU of Iowa to celebrate 80 years, present
awards to several
The American Civil Liberties Union
of Iowa will celebrate its 80th birthday Oct. 2 at the World Food
Prize building in Des Moines, Iowa, with an old-fashioned birthday bash. The
celebration starts at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers, birthday cupcakes and a cash
A program beginning at 7 p.m., will
recognize 2015 Louise Noun Award winner Jean Basinger; the Edward S. Allen
Award honorees Mary Garst, Art Neu and Dennis Barnum; and the Robert Mannheimer
Student Advocacy Award winner Glori Dei Filippone.
For more information and to purchase
tickets, visit www.aclu-ia.org,
or call 515-243-3576.
Tickets are $70 for an individual, or $520 for a table of eight.
Services for retired Iowa
Attorney General Larry Scalise
A memorial service for
former Iowa Attorney General Larry Scalise will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,
Sept. 26. The memorial service will take place at the St. Joseph Chapel at Dowling Catholic High School, 1400
Buffalo Rd, West Des Moines, Iowa. Information regarding the service will be
published in the Des Moines Register.
Scalise was Iowa Attorney
General from 1965-67. He became one of Iowa’s most esteemed trial attorneys, a
past president of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and an ISBA leader. Scalise
died Friday, June 12.
|In Other News ...
fines himself for ringing cellphone
judge in Hillsboro, Ohio, held himself to the same standards as others in his
courtroom Tuesday when his cellphone began to ring. Judge Rocky Coss fined
himself $25 for the infraction, WCPO reports. Coss
has a sign warning all those who enter his courtroom to turn off their
cellphones, and he enforces the measure with $25 fines when he hears a ringing
phone. Coss says he left his cellphone in his shirt pocket and forgot all about
it until his wife called him. It’s his first offense, he adds.
County leaders consider raising minimum wage
Johnson County leaders appear set to approve a minimum wage increase, but
the county’s largest employer may not be subject to the pay hike. University of
Iowa spokeswoman Jeneane Beck said the UI doesn’t have a position on the
proposal, but because the institution is a state agency, university attorneys
believe such a rule wouldn’t apply to the school. Beck told the Iowa City
Press-Citizen that if the ordinance is adopted, the university will seek an
opinion from the state Attorney General’s office on the matter.
us the vote: 50 years after the Voting Rights Act
been 50 years since the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. Author and
investigative journalist Ari Berman says the legislation was supposed to serve
as an enforcement mechanism for the 15th Amendment. "We passed prohibition on
racial discrimination on voting, but we didn’t enforce it. The Voting Rights
Act first abolished literacy tests and poll taxes in states they had been used
most frequently. Then it sent federal officials to the south to register
voters. In places like Selma, only 2% of people were registered to vote.”
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