A message from ISBA President Bruce Walker
past week, you received an email or two from the ISBA promoting October as Pro
Bono Month and encouraging you to consider taking a VLP case. I would like to
add my endorsement to this effort.
bono legal services are an important part of our profession. They are something
all of us can do. I find them to be a
rewarding part of my practice. The gratitude that I have received from clients
I have assisted is very heartwarming.
been volunteering and providing pro bono representation for as long as I can
remember. It isn’t always through the
traditional referral programs. I have
taken cases in the Iowa City area that other programs or agencies can’t take.
The reason I do pro bono is because as an Iowa lawyer, I can provide a service
to individuals in need that other professions can’t do. It is the right thing to do.
review the cases that you received by email. Pick one, even if it is not in your preferred area of practice. As an association, let’s provide access to
justice for our neighbors around the state.
Supreme Court issues orders on uniform bar
exam, rules of professional conduct, amendments to Chapter 46
Thursday last week, the Iowa Supreme Court filed three orders adopting
amendments to Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules to accommodate implementation
of the Uniform Bar Exam, adopting updates to the Rules of Professional Conduct
and amending Chapter 46 of the Iowa Court Rules.
Bar Exam (UBE)
court officially adopted the UBE as the exam for all individuals seeking
licensure in Iowa on Aug. 4, and requested comments on its proposed amendments
to Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules needed to incorporate the UBE. Based on
those comments, the court issued the amendments, effective immediately, to
chapter 31. A complete list of the nine amendments can be found here.
of Professional Conduct
to the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct in Chapter 32 of the Iowa Court Rules
allow them to remain consistent with the American Bar Association’s Model
Rules. This maintains uniformity with the rules of many other jurisdictions and
allows attorneys to be familiar with the ethics rules of other jurisdictions
where they may practice. It also facilitates legal research of ethical issues
and interpretation of ethical obligations. Read the changes to the rules.
46 of Iowa Court Rules
of the amendments last week adds a new section, 46.17, to chapter 46 of the
court rules, along with other changes. Section 46.17 allows stenographic
shorthand reporters from other jurisdictions to apply for certification in Iowa
through reciprocity, provided they meet specified requirements. The full
chapter with the new section added and other changes indicated can be found here.
Authors to discuss book on Iowa Supreme
Court’s Varnum decision
The Iowa History Center at Simpson
College will host former Des Moines
Register journalists Tom Witosky and Marc Hansen in discussions of their
book, "Equal Before the Law,
How Iowa Led Americans to Marriage Equality,” on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., in
Hubbell Hall I, Kent Campus Center, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa.
book explores the background events that led up to the unanimous April 2009
Iowa Supreme Court decision striking down the state’s 1998 Defense of
Marriage Act as unconstitutional. The book goes back to the first Iowa
Territorial Court decision in 1839, In
the Matter of Ralph (a colored man) on Habeus Corpus, and traces the
history of court decisions and legislative activities since that time to
demonstrate the historical foresightedness of Iowa’s courts.
Hubbell Hall, Kent Campus Center address is 701 North C Street in Indianola.
For more information, call 515-961-1528.
Reminder: Free on-demand CLE for attorneys
five or fewer years in practice
ISBA 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 of charge. 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.
There 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 a year.
ISBA CLE programs are
now available on-demand through PC, Mac, iOS, or Android devices. This allows
you to view mobile-ready content whenever you need, wherever you are
To 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 will recognize
individuals who qualify for the free videos and offer those videos at no
Harlan is next community to host Supreme
Court oral arguments
Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of State of Iowa v. Taquala Monique Howse, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.
4, at the Harlan High School Auditorium, 2102 Durant St., in Harlan, Iowa.
Howse case involves the issue of whether a stun gun is a dangerous weapon under
Iowa Code section 702.7. Howse was convicted in
district court for carrying such a weapon. That conviction was reversed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The
state sought and received further review by the supreme court.
briefs for the case are posted on the judicial branch website.
Registration now open for 2015 Bloethe Tax
is now open and the schedule is set for the 2015 Bloethe Tax School to be held at
the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 2 - 4.
Among the topics on tap for this year’s school are a
presentation on the Affordable Care Act, recent
developments in planning for retirement benefits,
partnership reorganizations and terminations and tax
consequences of entity conversions.
complete schedule, fees and online registration can be seen here. A printable
registration form is available here. Early-bird registration ends Dec. 1.
Iowa DIA general counsel position
Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals is seeking an attorney to serve as
general counsel for the department. Applicants must have graduated from an
accredited law school and have the equivalent of five years of full-time successful
and responsible experience in the practice of law, or the equivalent of three
years of full-time experience in the practice of law in the employing agency.
The attorney hired will provide legal counsel to the department and to its
divisions and attached units. He or she will also advise on employment issues.
For more information
about the position, click here. To apply,
email a cover letter and resume to Betty Tschetter, Iowa Department of
Inspections and Appeals at Betty.Tschetter@dia.iowa.gov,
or fax them to
515-242-6863 by Nov. 30, or until the position is filled.
|In Other News ...|
ruling gives 32,000 Iowa households tax refunds
About 32,000 Iowa households are eligible for refunds on
their state income tax returns over the past three years after a May U.S.
Supreme Court ruling that affects income surtaxes for schools. But property
owners in about 280 Iowa school districts will have their property taxes
automatically raised to make up for any lost school funding, Department of
Revenue officials said.
The Des Moines Register
Iowa’s new maximum security prison
year and nine months after the completion of the new Iowa State Penitentiary,
more than 500 of Iowa’s most dangerous offenders were transferred to the new
grounds. On this edition of River to River – a look inside
Fort Madison’s new $166 million maximum security prison. Host Ben Kieffer and
producer Emily Woodbury take a tour with Warden Nick Ludwick, who says the
architecture of the new prison helps maximize safety, even with fewer security
guards. He also says that the penitentiary has a certain "vibe” due to the
effort he and his staff put towards mutual respect.
Iowa Public Radio
Legal Aid office comes to the rescue
mid-June, David Beals started experiencing severe chest pain he thought was a
sign of a heart attack. Beals,
60, eventually discovered he has pleurisy, a painful inflammation of the tissue
in his lungs and chest cavity, along with a partially collapsed lung. The pain
problems caused him to miss some work, a situation made more complicated by
garnished wages due to decade-old unpaid medical bills.
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