join Iowa lawyer ranks in admission ceremony last week
A total of 197 new attorneys
from 50 law schools around the country took the oath to uphold the
constitutions of Iowa and the United States during the 125th Bar Admission
Ceremony Thursday, Sept. 18, at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. They
represented 81 percent of the 253 who took the Iowa bar exam the end of July.
Iowa Supreme Court Justice
Daryl Hecht gave the keynote address and administered the lawyer’s oath. ISBA
President Joe Feller urged the newly admitted attorneys not to doubt their
skills or confidence, to know that clients need them, particularly as older
lawyers retire, and that they provide value to older lawyers with their fresh
view of the law practice.
YLD President Amos Hill
outlined the benefits of being involved with the bar association, specifically
the Young Lawyers Division, and Dennis Groenenboom, executive director of Iowa
Legal Aid, encouraged the new lawyers to devote time to pro bono activities.
Slightly more than 83
percent (202 out of 245) of those who took the exam for the first time were
successful. Three fourths (three of four) of those who took it the second time
passed. Only one of the two people who took the exam for the third time was
successful. And, neither of the two individuals who took the exam the sixth
time succeeded. (See a breakdown of all the statistics at this link.)
Click here to
see the complete list of those who were sworn in.
tips for the new lawyer
Recently admitted attorneys
may be interested in a helpful list of tips aimed at newer attorneys to help
them ease into the legal workforce. A group of thought leaders, innovators and
practitioners came up with a list of tips and bundled it all into one helpful
document available online.
Some tips include practical
advice on working with clients and partners, daily office struggles and other
teaching points that may not have been taught in law school. For more
information, check out their website at attorneyatwork.com or to download the
PDF, click here.
Middle School Mock Trial judges needed
The ISBA Center for Law and
Civic Education is looking for volunteer lawyers and judges to act as judges
for the Iowa Middle School Mock Trial competitions held throughout Iowa this
trial, students get a hands-on opportunity to examine legal processes and
current legal issues. In addition to providing familiarity with the law, mock
trials also help students develop important critical thinking skills and aid in
the development of fundamental research, preparation, and presentation skills.
Below is a list of regional
events where judges are needed:
- Nov. 3 (Comfort Suites Conference Center)
- Oct. 27 (Iowa Western Community College)
- Nov. 1
(Kirkwood Community College)
Oct. 25 (Scott County Courthouse)
- Oct. 29-30 (Iowa Events Center)
- Nov. 5 (Loras College)
Oct. 24 (Marshalltown Community College)
- Nov. 11 (North Iowa Area Community College)
- Nov. 8 (Central Lyon Middle School)
are also needed for the state tournament held at the Iowa Events Center Nov.
Those interested in
volunteering can fill out the online form here. For questions regarding the Mock Trial Program visit the Center for
Law and Civic Education Mock Trial page on the ISBA website or contact John
Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Iowa Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Storm Lake
The Iowa Supreme
Court will hear oral arguments in Storm Lake, Iowa, Oct. 15. The proceeding
will take place in Anderson Auditorium in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum on
the Buena Vista University campus, 610 West Fourth Street. The session is open
to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.
regarding this Iowa Courts release, visit their
PCWA hosts 13th Annual Basket Auction in Des Moines
The Polk County
Women Attorneys are scheduled to hold their 13th Annual Basket
Auction at the Forte Banquet Hall in Des Moines Oct. 23. The money raised
during the auction will benefit the Young
Women’s Resource Center in Des Moines.
The event is
open to the public. A silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., and the live auction
begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per ticket or $175 for a table of eight. PCWA is also accepting donations. For more details or to purchase tickets,
visit the website,
or for questions, email Lynzey Kenworthy at Lynzey.email@example.com.
Save the date: INADR to host two-day seminar at Drake
The International Academy for Dispute Resolution is scheduled to
host a two-day seminar at the Drake University Law School Legal Clinic Oct.
17-18. The 6th Annual World Congress features speakers from around
the world including speakers from here in Iowa.
I went to the World Congress for the first time and would not miss it again!”
said Laurie Stewart of Stewart Law & Mediation, P.L.L.C. in Panora. "In
addition to receiving outstanding training and information from amazing
mediators from around the world, the networking proved to be a huge benefit. My
mediation practice and circle of mediator colleagues has expanded
Fifteen hours of
CLE, including 3 hours of ethics, have been applied for. Those interested in registering or
reading more about the event, can go to the INADR website. All
questions should be directed to Susan Ewing at 515-283-0331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|In Other News...|
Omaha to western Iowa: Attorney finds ‘a better fit’
Daniel Fischer is used to
being the youngest attorney on the block, and when he resumes practice at Hall
Hudson law firm in Harlan, Iowa, in November, that won’t change. What will
change are the 27-year-old’s environs. Fischer recently left Baird Holm law
firm in Omaha to join the family farm in southwest Iowa. His practice areas
will remain the same — planning for estates, taxes and real estate — but he’s
looking forward to the relocation.
Omaha World Herald
cuts at UI law may be boosting enrollment
A decision to decrease
tuition at the University of Iowa College of Law may have contributed to a
significant boost in enrollment, according to recently published data on the
school’s current first-year law students. The entering class at the law school
last year dropped last fall to 93 students, down from 155 who enrolled the
previous year and 180 new enrollees the year before that. In response, the law
school reduced tuition by about 16 percent this year, with in-state tuition to
date costing about $22,000.
Iowa City Press-Citizen
the "Bright Radical Star"
Iowa gained attention for
the Supreme Court decision overturning a ban on same sex marriage. But the
ruling was no surprise given the court's history. Iowa became only the third
state in the nation to allow same sex marriage in April, 2009. Host Ben
Kieffer talks with Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal
and lead council in the Varnum v. Brien case. She says her team did
"extensive research," on Iowa's legal history before deciding it was
the best place to file suit on the issue. Among the considerations was
Iowa's long history of expanding and protecting civil rights, partially
explained in the timeline below.
Iowa Public Radio
Aid has been a key part of courts for 40 years
Access to our court system
is important for everyone, but especially to low-income people. Every day
low-income Americans need help with civil legal matters that go to the very
heart of their safety and security. Court decisions involving domestic abuse
protection orders, evictions, and home foreclosures have a major impact on
whether low-income families will be safe or in danger of violence, housed or
homeless. Agency decisions about food, medical assistance, disability and
unemployment benefits, and cash support for children may be the difference
between being fed or going hungry.
The Des Moines Register
Bluff attorney runs in honor of former colleague
400 people participated in the June E. Nylen Cancer Center Race For Hope in
Sioux City Sept. 20. Lindsey Buchheit, with Buchheit Law, P.L.C, in
Sergeant Bluff, dedicated her race to Delaine Peterson, a former colleague at
Corbett Anderson Law Firm in Sioux City, who fought and lost his battle with
cancer more than a year ago.
will always appreciate the mentorship Delaine provided me,” Buchheit said. "He
was an exceptional attorney and an even better person. Even when I was
working at a competing firm, Delaine took time out of his day to discuss estate
planning and probate matters with me. I loved listening to Delaine
reminisce about past cases and his experience as a Trust Officer.”
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