Supreme Court appoints members of
Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force; seeks comments on issues,
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady signed an order last Friday, Aug. 28,
appointing 53 members to the Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task
Force. A list of those appointed can be seen here.
task force was created last January to review Iowa’s guardianship and
conservatorship laws and procedures, and to propose recommendations for new
court processes and improvements to the current process for statewide adoption.
A nine-member steering committee was appointed at the time the task force was
created to oversee the effort.
task force is actively seeking input from the bench
and bar regarding issues and problems with the existing guardianship and
conservatorship system. Any interested organization, agency or person may
submit a written statement and a request to present oral testimony.
According to the Supreme Court, there are currently 22,000 open
guardianship and conservatorship cases. More recognition is given to the need
for reform at the state and national levels as the number of cases continues to
Those interested in providing input or in learning more can view
the request for input here. The deadline for
submission of written testimony and to request the opportunity to present oral
testimony is no later than the close of business Sept. 14. Individuals may
contact Professor Josephine Gittler, member of the Task Force Steering
Committee and co-coordinator via email at email@example.com.
Home hosts sought for Kosovo delegation
The Iowa Sister
States organization is asking for volunteers to host members of a delegation
from Kosovo in their homes while the delegation is in Iowa from Oct. 1 through
Oct. 8. The delegation consists of five members of Parliament, two interpreters
and the delegation’s facilitator.
Home hosts must be willing to open their homes to
one of the delegates and to provide each with his or her own room. Iowa Sister
States will be responsible for the delegates during the weekdays from 8 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. The main expectation of the home hosts is to be welcoming and to help
show the delegates around Iowa during nights and weekends.
During their visit to
Iowa, the delegates will be meeting with Iowa legislators, government
officials, local business leaders and public interest organizations. The
delegation’s meetings will cover such areas as the legislative and
administrative processes, judicial processes, financing and delivery of
government services, elections, transparency, media relations and community
development. The mission is to
develop and implement international partnerships and programs that promote
cultural, economic and other interests of the State of Iowa and its citizens
through volunteer, public and private action.
If you have any questions about Iowa Sister
States or are interested in being a home host, please contact Kassi Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-725-3163.
Criminal Justice Summit set for Oct. 1 at UNI
A daylong bipartisan summit on criminal justice at the University
of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Oct. 1 will address disparities in
justice for minorities and others, such as the mentally ill and the homeless.
Eight speakers, including Iowa Representative Helen Miller; Senior
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Koch Industries, Mark Holden, and CNN political contributor Van Jones will address the various
issues with a twofold purpose of creating awareness of the issue among all
Iowans, and serving as a call and guide to action for the legislature, the
executive branch, the judiciary and community stakeholders, according to
Representative Miller, who has organized the summit with the assistance of
advisory and planning committees.
The ISBA’s Administrative Committee approved a grant of $2,500 to
support the summit.
More details about the summit, which will be held in UNI’s Maucker
Union, are available on the Iowa Criminal Justice Summit website. Click here to register.
Pitt vs. Iowa football
game tickets available
A limited number of excellent tickets for the Pittsburgh vs. Iowa
football game at Kinnick Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7:00 p.m. are available
at a group rate of $60.00 per person. Tickets are for section 125, rows 69 and
70. To view the section, click here. Attendees
are welcome to visit the University of Iowa College of Law for refreshments prior to the game.
Individuals interested in attending, please contact email@example.com no later than noon, Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Legislative Services Agency letter discusses
Legislative Services Agency’s Fiscal Topics August newsletter provides a good
historical background on poverty grants. By law, the Iowa Attorney General’s
Office must contract with a nonprofit corporation to provide legal counsel to
indigent people in civil matters. In Iowa, that organization is Iowa Legal Aid.
newsletter traces the formation of Iowa Legal Aid from the merger of The Legal
Aid Society of Polk County and the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa in Fiscal
Year 2003. It then describes the areas served by the organization, and the
types of clients served. For example, about 70 percent of the primary clients
are women, and more than 23 percent are older Iowans.
the entire newsletter.
Several job opportunities available in state
for attorneys have recently become available in state government. The Supreme Court’s Office of Professional Regulation is seeking contract
attorneys to provide ethics counsel for the Attorney Disciplinary Board. The
Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals is seeking an attorney to serve as
general counsel for the department.
Attorney Disciplinary Board
engaged by the board as contract attorneys must be active Iowa lawyers in good
standing with at least five years of trial and appellate experience. They will
prosecute individually-assigned ethics cases before the Grievance Commission
and the Supreme Court with compensation at a rate of $100 per hour. Residency
in the Des Moines area is not required.
attorneys should send a resume and email message to Charles Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a résumé
and letter of interest to Charles Harrington, Assistant Director for Attorney
Discipline, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Avenue, Des Moines,
Inspection and Appeals (deadline Sept. 20)
must have graduated from an accredited law school and have the equivalent of
five years of full-time successful and responsible experience in the practice
of law, or the equivalent of three years of full-time experience in the
practice of law in the employing agency. The attorney hired will provide legal
counsel to the department and to its divisions and attached units. He or she
will also advise on employment issues.
To apply, email a
cover letter and résumé to Betty Tschetter, Iowa Department of Inspections and
Appeals at Betty.Tschetter@dia.iowa.gov, or fax them to
515-242-6863 no later than Sept. 20.
U.S. Department of Labor seeks trial attorney
U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor in Kansas City, Mo., is
seeking a trial attorney with at least two years of litigation experience for
the Kansas City branch of the Chicago Regional Solicitor’s Office.
must have a strong academic and writing background, be a U.S. citizen and a
member of a bar. Experience in employment and labor law preferred. Foreign
language fluency is considered an asset.
successful applicant would handle and litigate cases arising out of various
foreign worker programs, including the H-1B, H-2A and H-2B programs, as well as
select cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
position is full time, but is limited to 54 weeks. There is no guarantee of
permanent employment with the Office of the Solicitor.
apply, send a cover letter with résumé and writing sample to: Nancy Curtis,
Office of the Regional Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, 2300 Main Street,
Two Pershing Square, Suite 1020, Kansas City, MO 64108. Deadline for receiving
applications is Sept. 15.
|In Other News ...
names Iowa justice policy reform panel
leaders in Iowa left a daylong summit on racial disparity issues Friday with
newfound hope that Gov. Terry Branstad and other state officials will take
steps to remove inequalities within Iowa’s criminal justice system and curb bad
law enforcement tactics. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds joined more than
200 people from minority, social-justice and faith-based groups, academia, law
enforcement agencies and all three branches of state government for a
wide-ranging discussion of racial profiling, so-called "ban the box”
fair-chance employment, the "school to prison pipeline,” personal
responsibility, implicit bias and Iowa’s No. 1 ranking nationally for
incarcerating African Americans on a per capita basis.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette
lawyer joins task force on guardianship and conservatorships
a problem that has gotten the attention of the Iowa Supreme Court. A shortage
of guardians and conservators has forced the court to create a task force to find
a solution to the problem. The court started the group, Iowa Guardianship and
Conservatorship Reform Task Force back in January, and just last week appointed
53 members to serve. Iowa has over 22,000 open conservator and guardianship
cases, and a lack of people to fill those roles. That number is also expected
to grow in the coming years.
a pariah, now a judge: the early transgender journey of Phyllis Frye
four decades before Caitlyn Jenner introduced herself to the world, Phyllis
Randolph Frye came out as a transgender woman in a far less glamorous way. No
Diane Sawyer, no Vanity Fair. It was the summer of 1976. As Bruce
Jenner, 26, was celebrating his decathlon victory at the Montreal Olympics,
Phillip Frye, 28, was admitting defeat in suppressing his gender identity. He,
becoming she, had already lost a lot: He had been forced to resign from the
military for "sexual deviation.” He had been disowned by his parents, divorced
by his first wife and separated from his son. He had been dismissed from
several engineering jobs.
The New York Times
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