Access to justice funding proposals open for public
The Supreme Court of Iowa filed an order Oct. 1
requesting public comments on recent access to justice
funding recommendations. In addition to the ISBA
Access to Justice Committee’s proposed pro hac vice fee, the court included other proposals in its request for comment.
Iowa Legal Aid proposed an adoption of a
mandatory $100 annual fee for attorneys which would be put in the IOLTA fund.
The court is also interested in public comments regarding
its proposal that is similar to the Iowa legal Aid suggestion, but would allow attorneys
the opportunity to affirmatively elect not to pay the $100 annual fee.
ISBA President Joe Feller, an attorney from
Sibley, encourages members to take a close look at the
funding proposals in
the Supreme Court order
and provide comments to the court before the closing date, Jan. 5.
The Iowa Judicial Branch made all the supporting
documents available on its website here.
interested in commenting can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emails should include comments in a Microsoft Word attachment, and "Access to
Justice” should be listed as the subject matter. Comments may also be mailed
into the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court
Ave., Des Moines, Iowa, 50319.
Judicial Performance Review results open to public
Results from The Iowa State Bar Association’s
biennial survey of judges standing for retention in this year’s general
election were tabulated and are now available to the public.
The ISBA has conducted the biennial
performance review since 1962 when Iowa adopted its merit system for selecting
judges. The review is designed to give voters information on which to base
their decisions about keeping a judge in office. The ISBA encourages members to
share the results with their friends, family, clients and communities.
here to view the full results of this year's performance evaluation.
Additionally, Iowa voters can find information about the professional
qualifications and background of every judge at the Iowa Judicial Branch
Judicature Society closes its doors after 101-year run
After 101 years of fighting for fair and
impartial courts across the nation, one of the bastions of that fight has
closed its doors. Friday, Sept. 26, the Board of Directors of the American
Judicature Society (AJS) approved a plan to dissolve the society and wind up
Founded in 1913 and headquartered for many
years in Des Moines, AJS moved to Nashville, Tenn., a couple of years ago.
According to AJS President Tom Leighton, the membership model upon which AJS
was built has become more challenging in the last several years for many
non-profit organizations around the country. At the same time, new non-profit
entities with organizational and financial structures more suited to the times
have joined AJS in its fight for fair and impartial courts. The American
Judicature Society’s Board of Directors decided that rather than operate on a
limited scale, and rather than duplicate the excellent work of other similar
entities, AJS should find new homes for its core functions.
In the coming weeks, AJS will reach out to
these entities in an effort to ensure the continued operation of its Center for
Judicial Ethics and its journal, Judicature,
which serves as a forum regarding all aspects of the administration of justice
and its improvement.
Among the society’s notable accomplishments
are the development of the "Missouri Plan” for judicial selection, the creation
of state judicial conduct commissions and judicial nominating committees and
publication of its award winning peer-reviewed journal, Judicature.
Read President Leighton’s complete comments here.
Court Judgeship vacancy opens due to retirement
to the retirement of Honorable Carla T. Schemmel, Election District 5C, the 5C
Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications to fill the judgeship
deadline for applications is Nov. 6. Interviews are expected to be
held at the Polk County Courthouse Nov. 13.
wishing to be considered for the position must be an attorney admitted to the
practice of law in Iowa, a resident of the Judicial District 5C and must be
able to complete the initial and one regular term of office prior to reaching
age 72. A regular term for a district judge is six years.
applications can be obtained from Sherrie Schuck, Office of the District Court
Administrator, Room 409, Polk County Courthouse, in Des Moines. The
applications must be submitted to the chairperson of the Judicial Nominating
Commission, District 5C, with a copy submitted to each member of the
further details, interested individuals can view the Notice of Judicial Vacancy here.
Court of Appeals to Hear Two Days of Oral Arguments in Iowa City
Iowa Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Oct. 15-16 at the University of
Iowa College of Law. The event is open to the public, although seating is
oral arguments will begin at 9:10 a.m. in the law school’s Levitt Auditorium,
room 295, in the Boyd Law Building at Melrose Avenue and Byington Road in Iowa
City. The nine-member court of appeals decides cases with randomly selected
panels of three judges. Each of the three panels will hear three cases both
A complete schedule of the 18 arguments is on
the Judicial Branch website here. To read the full press release, click
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Judge Jeffrey White to deny the plaintiffs partial summary judgment and instead
rule for the government, the Monday filing from the Department of Justice says
that the National Security Administration's information-collecting techniques
do not violate the Fourth Amendment.
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