Public hearing held
today for ISBA diploma privilege recommendation
Justices of the Iowa Supreme Court held a special
public hearing today, Aug. 27, to listen to speakers present on the ISBA’s Blue
Ribbon Committee diploma privilege proposal. The Supreme Court made video of
the event available on their website here.Chief
Justice Mark Cady informed the attendees of the hearing that the Supreme Court
would listen to each side of the issue and would make a decision regarding the
proposal as soon as possible. He didn’t provide an expected date of decision. A
list of speakers can be found on the Iowa Courts website.
The Blue Ribbon Committee recommended to replace the
current multi-state bar exam with a diploma privilege concept, replace the
current bar exam with the Uniform Bar Exam for those graduates from other
schools or those who wish to take an examination for practice in Iowa and retain
the comprehensive Character and Fitness Screening of Applicants and successful
completion of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination as
requirements for admission to practice.
The Blue Ribbon Committee’s recommendations were unanimously
approved by The ISBA’s Board of Governors, the policy-making body for this
association, and submitted to the Iowa Supreme Court for consideration in
December 2013. More information on the Blue Ribbon Committee’s proposal
can be found on the homepage of the ISBA
website, including a video of Immediate Past President Guy Cook
who was unable to attend the public hearing.
Look for Judicial
Performance Review survey soon
biannual Judicial Performance Review (formerly called the "plebiscite”) will
open Tuesday, Sept. 2, for members to evaluate judges who’ll be standing for
retention this November. The survey will be available for members to register
their evaluations until Thursday, Sept. 11.
are 70 district and associate district court judges standing for retention this
year (see list here). Two Court of
Appeals judges – Thomas Bower and Christopher McDonald -- are also on the
ballot. There are no supreme court justices up for retention in 2014.
year’s evaluations will be done electronically as they have been the last
several years. Electronic surveys allow for greater anonymity for the
respondents and for quicker tabulation of the results.
will receive an email on Sept. 2 with a link to the survey. The link in the
email is uniquely yours; it will not work if you try to share the email with
ISBA issues updates
on these additional position papers
ISBA has updated four additional position papers on key legislative issues –
Caps on Damages, Civil Justice System Reform, Jury Nullification and Title
Insurance. The four join the three position papers – Funding for Legal
Services, Indigent Defense and Judicial Branch Budget -- previously updated and
reported in the Aug. 13 issue of this newsletter.
updates are part of President Joe Feller’s "Back to Basics” program. His goal
is to make the updated papers available to members for review and comment.
Comments should be made to your elected members on the ISBA Board of Governors.
list of governors by district, along with their contact information, can be
found on page 3 of the Iowa Lawyer magazine, or by clicking on "ISBA Board of
Governors” on the association’s website under the "Member Groups” tab.
read the four position papers in their entirety, please click here.
for community leaders
ISBA communications department is looking for ISBA members who are leaders
within their communities for a feature in an upcoming Iowa Lawyer magazine.
Mayors, project leaders, city council members, club presidents, volunteer
coaches, etc. are encouraged to share their stories.
can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommenders should
include the community leader’s name, location, leadership position, contact
information and a short background story. A member of the communications
department will contact the recommended individual with additional questions.
Help needed with pro bono
miss your chance to take on a pro bono case and provide access to justice for a
neighbor in need. Thousands of Iowans around the state are in need of
assistance that only attorneys can provide.
ISBA’s Public Service Project has compiled a list of cases throughout the
state. Click on this link to view the list.
cases have already been placed. Please take a look at the cases that are
available in your county or area and consider volunteering to take one. When
you find a case that you are willing to accept, simply click on the link which
will connect you to the email of the placement program responsible for the
Supreme Court seeks
comments on court interpreter rules
Justice Cady has signed an order requesting public comments regarding the rules
governing court interpreters--Chapters 47 and 48 of the Iowa Court Rules. The deadline for submitting comments is 4:30
p.m. Oct. 21.
links to the court order, which includes instructions for submitting comments,
as well as the amendments to chapters 47 and 48 here.
Need a conference
member recently contacted us about a conference room table that will not fit in
the new offices he and his staff are moving into. The table is a custom
racetrack conference table 19’6” x 8’
in four sections of 58 1/2” each.
table is made of cherry/elm wood with a Carpathian elm burl in the center. It
seats 20 people, and has electrical outlets underneath.
price is about one-fifth the price paid when new and includes the table and
chairs. It will be available the last week of October.
If interested, contact Ed
Whitver at 515-223-6564, ext. 201, or via email at email@example.com.
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.