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    September 21, 2016
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ISBA tech support for Windows XP, Windows Vista to end

Technical support for the ISBA programs currently running on computers using Windows XP will end Jan. 1, 2017. Those currently running Windows Vista will have their support end on July 1, 2017.

The decision to end support for these two Windows operating systems was made because several software companies who provide software used internally to help support ISBA members with many different bar services have dropped their support of the programs running on these operating systems. Software programs that are no longer supported by the manufacturers run the increased risk of allowing malware attacks on computers running the unsupported operating systems. This makes the content on the owners’ computers more vulnerable to hacking by outside groups

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 4, 2014. The company is scheduled to end extended support for Windows Vista on April 11, 2017. It had already dropped mainstream support for the operating system in April 2012.

For more information about Microsoft’s dropping of support for Windows XP, click on this link. Information about the loss of support for Windows Vista can be found here.


Find a mentor new admittees told at swearing-in ceremony

Most of the speakers who addressed the 130 new lawyers who were admitted to the Iowa Bar yesterday stressed the importance of finding a mentor who can guide them through the intricacies of law practice. Iowa Board of Law Examiners Chair Lora McCollom, Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel, ISBA President Skip Kenyon, YLD President Reed McManigal and Iowa Legal Aid Executive Director Dennis Groenenboom all provided bits of advice for the new attorneys during the 1 ½-hour ceremony.

"Keep your mind and heart open to learning to be a better lawyer,” McCollom said. "Don’t be afraid to re-invent yourself – to try different things,” Kenyon told the group, citing his own career experiences as an example.

"Each of you has the capacity to be a great lawyer,” said Justice Appel. He stressed the importance of accuracy and diligence, and punctuated the message with quotes from Daniel Webster and Abraham Lincoln. He also advised the new attorneys to confront mistakes and fix them, rather than disavowing them. The latter approach always leads to trouble down the road, he said.

The new lawyers and their families were treated to a reception following the swearing-in and distribution of certificates. The YLD also hosted a gathering for the lawyers and their families at the bar office from 3-5 p.m.


Supreme Court seeks feedback on proposed rules dealing with EDMS

In an order signed Thursday, Sept. 15, the Iowa Supreme Court requests comments on a revised set of proposed final rules pertaining to the use of the electronic document management system in district courts. The deadline for comment is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14.

The current request comes as a result of the court’s revision of the EDMS rules to incorporate comments received last winter during a public comment period. The court has also recast Chapter 16 as the Iowa Rules of Electronic Procedure.

The revised rules, which can be viewed here in strikethrough format and here in a clean version, clarify when service is considered complete [16:201(11)], exceptions from electronic filing [16:302(2)], filing errors [16:308], computation of deadlines [16:309], submitting voluminous exhibits, videos and audio [16:412], and disallowing warrants and emergency applications in juvenile cases to be submitted via a tablet [16:702] [16:802]

Read the full order at this link.

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Participants needed for ABA Commission on Women in the Profession research project 


The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is looking for practicing attorneys across all generations and practice types to take part in a research project entitled: "This Talk Isn't Cheap: Women of Color and White Women Attorneys Find Common Ground."

The project aims to explore the racial and ethnic dynamics in the workplace between women of color and white women attorneys. Through a series of guided conversations, participants will discuss how women attorneys, across racial and ethnic lines interact in the workplace, and the implications of those interactions.

Volunteers in the project will participate in a confidential telephonic focus group led by a skilled facilitator. Participation would involve one session, to be conducted via teleconference in the fall of 2016, and will last approximately 60-90 minutes in length.

To volunteer for this study, contact Lynnea Karlic, program specialist, American Bar Association, at lynnea.karlic@americanbar.org.


Nuts & Bolts seminars on tap next month

"Run Your Practice Like a Business and Soar,” "Iowa Trust Accounts 101,” "Summary Judgement and Trial Management Tips” are a few of the nearly dozen topics that will be covered in the annual Nuts & Bolts seminars taking place next month. The central Iowa seminar will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston, Iowa. The eastern Iowa seminar will be at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa, on Friday, Oct. 21.

Both seminars begin at 8 a.m. with registration followed by the opening presentation on "Ethics and Trust Accounts." The seminars end at 5 p.m. Both provide seven state hours of CLE credit, which includes one ethics hour.

For more information and to register for the central Iowa seminar, click here. For the eastern Iowa seminar, click here.


Judges needed for moot court competition at Drake Law

Drake University Law School is looking for volunteers to serve as judges at the regional competition of the National Moot Court Competition. Judges are needed for the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds of the competition to be held on Nov. 16-19.

Co-sponsored by the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers, the National Moot Court Competition is the nation’s oldest and largest moot court competition. This is the first time in six years Drake’s Law School will host the competition.

If interested in volunteering as a judge or have questions regarding the event, contact Shannon Holmberg at shannon.holmberg@drake.edu.

SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
September 16

No. 14–0798
STATE OF IOWA vs. ROMEO CASINO HARDIN
A defendant appeals the district court’s imposition of a life sentence without parole for murder in the first degree, a crime he committed as a juvenile.
DISTRICT COURT SENTENCE VACATED AND CASE REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.

No. 15–0321

STATE OF IOWA vs. TERMAINE DESHAWN TOLES
The defendant challenges his sentence on the ground that the sentencing judge should have recused himself from the proceedings.   
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED IN PART AND VACATED IN PART;  DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED


No. 16–0731

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. KATHRYN S. BARNHILL
The grievance commission reports an attorney violated several rules of professional conduct and recommends a suspension.

LICENSE SUSPENDED.


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