Judicial performance review survey
open for submissions
The ISBA opened the 2014 judicial performance review online survey yesterday,
Sept. 2, which will remain open until Sept. 11. Links to the survey were sent
out to all ISBA membership to restrict access to the survey.
Within the e-mail was a link to the ISBA’s bi-annual Judicial Performance
Review. Clicking on the link will take participants to the instructions for
filling out the review, including the qualifications for doing so.
Results of the Judicial Review will be populated, reviewed by the Board
of Governors and made available by Oct. 1 on the ISBA website and shared
through various ISBA communications channels. Results will also be shared with
the media and the public.
ISBA members who appear before these judges are in a unique position to
render opinions about judges up for retention. Members who did not see the
email sent Sept. 2 should check inboxes and spam filters. Members interested in
participating in the survey who have not received the email should contact the
ISBA at 515-243-3179 or email@example.com.
Supreme Court approves new court
rules intended to reduce costs, time
The Iowa Supreme Court recently approved new court rules intended to
reduce the cost and time needed to resolve many civil lawsuits. One new set of
rules establishes special, expedited procedures for lawsuits with less than
$75,000 at stake. For more information, click here to read the
Iowa Courts press release.
Probate video premieres on ISBA’s "You
and the Law” series
The Podcast Committee of the Public Relations Section recently released
their newest "You and the Law” video regarding probate matters. The video is a
helpful guide for attorneys to share with clients who are (or should be)
planning their estates. The video was posted on the ISBA’s YouTube channel, here.
Other videos can be found on the ISBA website by going to the main page (or click here for a direct link). On the main page, a
link to the "You and the Law” videos falls under the public information section
under "resources.” The page also contains a number of brochures and podcasts on
The informational multimedia products produced by various sections and
committees are meant to be used by attorneys who want to offer basic
information to clients on various topics. They are not an attempt to provide
legal advice. The ISBA encourages viewers to consult with an attorney regarding
legal matters to ensure their rights and interests are protected.
For questions or comments regarding the "You and the Law” series, contact
Chris Fritz at 515-697-7873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|In Other News...|
Law Schools Boost Enrollment After Price Cuts
A strategy rarely employed in legal education—price-cutting—appears to be
paying off for a handful of U.S. law schools. Three institutions that trimmed
tuition for some or all students are set to boost their first-year class sizes
by 22% to 52% this fall compared with 2013, according to an analysis of
preliminary enrollment data by The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal
The Register's Editorial: If Not
the Bar Exam, Then What?
The requirement that law school graduates pass a grueling two-day
examination to be admitted to practice is a rite of passage most lawyers will
never forget and, God willing, will never have to repeat.
Upon passing the exam, lawyers enter an elite club that has a monopoly on
the practice of law. Thus, it would seem lawyers would be loath to give up this
special status conferred by the bar exam. Yet the Iowa State Bar Association
has proposed doing just that, at least for graduates of the Drake University and
University of Iowa law schools, the only law schools in Iowa.
The Des Moines Register
Free Elder Law Seminar for Older
Iowans and Their Caregivers
Iowa Legal Aid’s Legal Hotline for Older Iowans and the Iowa Department
on Aging are presenting a free Elder Law Seminar on October 23, 2014. The
seminar will provide older Iowans and their caregivers with valuable
information to protect their rights and limited resources. Pre-registration by October 17, 2014 is
requested to ensure that everybody receives the written seminar materials.
The Iowa Lawyer Weekly is an electronic newsletter published
every Wednesday. Please submit comments, letters to the editor, articles, or
photos, to email@example.com.
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.
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