Reminder: Renew dues by next week to continue
receiving member benefits
of next week is the deadline for renewing your bar association dues in order to
continue accessing member benefits such as Fastcase, title standards, jury
instructions and CLE information on the ISBA website. After Sept. 30, anyone
who has not renewed his/her membership will be barred from accessing the member
benefits on the website until the dues are paid.
who wait until after Sept. 30 to pay their Fiscal Year 2015-2016 dues will
still be able to open the ISBA website. Click on the "Renew
Membership Here” button on the home page. It will take you to a page where you
can sign in. Once you click "Sign in,” you will be taken to a page with your
name, address, etc. already filled in. Simply check the sections you want to
belong to and the other contributions (bar foundation, LawPAC, Public Service
Project) you want to make, fill in your credit card information and submit.
phone number for the membership department is listed on the page should you
have any questions. The ISBA thanks you for renewing your membership.
Member benefit: Free on-demand CLE videos
for young attorneys
members who have been admitted to the bar for five or fewer years may view any,
or all, of the ISBA’s on-demand video courses free. This member benefit is
designed to help young attorneys gain knowledge and learn from the experiences
of presenters who have insights into specific areas of the law.
are nearly 30 on-demand video courses listed on the ISBA website. All qualify
for varying levels of CLE credit that may be applied to the annual
15-hour-per-year requirement. However, the Iowa Supreme Court limits the number
of CLE hours that can be obtained from on-demand video courses to six hours in
view the ISBA’s on-demand catalog listing all courses available, click here. Each video can be previewed before
selecting. To select a video, click on the "View Product” button next to the
video. That opens up the video’s product page, which requires members to log into
the ISBA website in order to purchase the video. Click on "add item” to
purchase, and go through the checkout process. The website should recognize
individuals who qualify for the free videos and offer those videos at no charge.
See upcoming and past civil jury
trials on YLD web page
to know what civil jury trials are coming up for the week around the state?
The Litigation Committee of the ISBA’s Young
Lawyers Division (YLD) offers a listing that identifies all civil jury trials
for the coming week. Although geared for young lawyers as a way of helping them
become skilled trial attorneys by participating in or watching a jury trial,
the service can be of value for all attorneys who are involved with civil jury
The information provided each week includes
the venue (county) where the trial will be held, the case name, case number,
the claims, and the plaintiff’s and defendant’s attorneys. Completed trials
also list the outcome in each case.
A complete list of trials dating back to June
9, 2014 can be found on the YLD web page on the ISBA’s website. Click here for a direct link to the list. Or access the
list at any time by clicking on "Young Lawyers Division” under the "Member
Groups” tab on the ISBA homepage, then by clicking on "Litigation,” and finally
on "View all Civil Jury Trials since June 2014.”
New admittees receive advice for
success in practice
communication skills, mentors and ethics were the major points Iowa Supreme
Court Justice Brent Appel made in his keynote address to the 191 new lawyers
attending the swearing-in ceremony last Friday at Hoyt Sherman Auditorium in
Des Moines, Iowa.
diligent and take time to be prepared, he said, citing, Abraham Lincoln as an
example. Lincoln didn’t work quickly, but he worked exhaustively.
working on your communications skills. You need to be a good writer. Conciseness
is the goal. Get a legal writing book.
out a mentor. There’s no substitute for experience. Asking for help is a sign
of strength, not weakness.
aware of ethics practices, and if you make a mistake, don’t cover it up. That
is disastrous. Admitted mistakes are inconsequential.
Past President Jane Lorentzen also stressed the importance of civility in the
law practice in her address to the new attorneys. Filling in for President
Bruce Walker, who was presiding over the quarterly board of governors meeting
in Iowa City, she said that clients will "want you to inflict further conflict
on opponents. Your job is to mitigate conflict.”
President Joe Goedken talked with the new admittees about the YLD’s mentoring
program, and urged them to participate in it. Right now the program has 60-70
matches, he said.
Reynoldson, chair of the Iowa Legal Aid Board of Directors, urged the new
attorneys to devote some of their time to pro bono activities. "Access to the
court system is especially critical for low-income Iowans,” she said.
High school students given inside look
at the judicial system on Constitution Day
100 students from several high schools around the state got an inside glimpse
of Iowa’s judicial process during Constitution Day activities at Iowa’s appellate
courts last Thursday.
from three high schools – Des Moines Scavo, Hampton-Dumont and Panorama -- attended
oral arguments in the "State of Iowa v. Dale Dean Pettijohn” case at 9 a.m. in
the supreme court courtroom on the fourth floor of the judicial branch
building. Following the oral arguments, they moved downstairs to the judicial
building auditorium where they listened to Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Anuradha
Vaitheswaran describe the role of Iowa’s appellate courts. Judge Vaitheswaran
also answered students’ questions about how a case makes it to the higher
courts, how long it typically takes to file an opinion after the case is submitted,
and why some of the questions raised by the justices were not answered by the
from Ballard and East High Schools attended the 1 p.m. oral arguments for the
case "In re Property Seized from Robert Pardee.” Following the oral arguments,
the Ballard students met with Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Christopher McDonald,
who talked with them about the role of Iowa’s appellate courts and answered
Constitution Day activities were co-sponsored by the ISBA, the Iowa Judicial
Branch and the Iowa Department of Education. Schools unable to send students to
the live presentations were encouraged to view an online orientation video and follow
the oral arguments via the court’s live streaming service.
|In Other News ...
Editorial: Strong courts contribute to a strong
Iowa often finds itself ranked among the 50
states on its "business climate.” One measure of how well Iowa rates for new
businesses that doesn’t show up in most rankings, however, is the quality of
the state’s courts. And on that score, Iowa consistently finds itself in the
top 10, according to one annual survey.
The Des Moines Register
Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments about juvenile
sentences during Manchester murder hearing
The Iowa Supreme Court
is considering whether a judge should be able to sentence a juvenile to life in
prison without parole. The justices heard oral arguments Thursday in the case
of Isaiah Sweet. He was 17-years-old when he killed his grandparents at their
home in Manchester three years ago.
Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments in cash seizure
The Iowa Supreme Court will
determine whether some tactics used by state troopers to nab drug traffickers
are legal. The state's high court heard
arguments Thursday in the request for review by an attorney for Robert Pardee,
who had more than $33,000 in cash seized by the Iowa State Patrol following a
2012 traffic stop.
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