for comment on proposed changes to pro hac vice rule
The Iowa Supreme Court is requesting comments on proposed
amendments to Iowa Court Rule 31.14 that specify the requirements to practice
pro hac vice before Iowa courts. The amendments were proposed by the Office of
Professional Regulation and contain seven provisions. The provisions include the requirement
that applicants register and pay a $250 pro hac vice fee at the OPR website. Paying the fee would allow attorneys to file applications for admission pro hac vice in Iowa
Courts for five years from the date of registration without paying additional
Background information about the proposed amendments can
be found in these slides
prepared by the OPR. The amended language in Rule 31.14 can be seen here.
Any interested organization, agency or person may submit
comments regarding the proposed amendments. Specific details on how to submit
comments can be found here.
Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Dec. 28.
listserv postings now available for probate, real estate sections
of the Probate, Trust & Estate Planning and the Real Estate and Title Law
sections can now search postings on the section listservs as far back as
2007. The two sections are the first to receive the archived postings.
"We will be expanding to several of the more active lists in the near future,”
says Harry Shipley, ISBA assistant executive director.
A search button on the page allows members to type in
keywords for the subject they are seeking. Hitting "Search” again brings up all
of the postings – both the initial question and the responses – containing
those key words. The list shows the date/time of the post, the person posting
and the subject of the post.
Now that the system is set up, all future posts are
automatically deposited into the database, Shipley says.
To see the archives in action, click here for
the Probate, Trust and Estate Planning section, and here for
the Real Estate and Title Law section. You can also go to the respective
section web pages on the ISBA website and click on the archive link under the sub-heading, "Section Listserv Archives."
leaders discuss human trafficking, awareness
morning, state leaders attended a roundtable discussion on human trafficking
hosted by former Iowa Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen. The discussion included a
review of and progress report on 2015 legislation, reports from the Iowa
Attorney General’s Office, the Iowa Department of Public Safety and advocacy
groups such as the Network Against Human Trafficking. ISBA Vice President Steve
Eckley represented the association at the discussion.
NAHT Executive Director Teresa Downing-Matibag echoed the sentiment expressed by many in attendance when she stated that the public needs to be informed of the outstanding
legislation already in place in Iowa.
to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, public awareness and education play
key roles in combating and preventing human trafficking. Last year, the ISBA
joined others in taking a role in increasing public awareness that human
trafficking is taking place in Iowa and the need to work together to protect
people so they do not become victims. It is
anticipated that today’s discussion is the beginning of an expanded commitment
to the issue of human trafficking in Iowa.
Deadline for renewing IRS preparer tax identification number Dec. 31
forget to renew your preparer tax identification number by Dec. 31 this
year if you will prepare 2015 federal income tax returns for clients and
receive compensation. You should have received notification from the IRS that
your PTIN is expiring.
renew, go to the IRS website and click on "Renew
or Obtain a PTIN for 2016” under the "Tools” column. You can click on a
checklist to see what information you need to have when filling out the renewal
form. The renewal fee is $50.
you have questions, call the PTIN help line at 1-877-613-7846. You may also contact Alan Gregerson,
Internal Revenue Service Senior Stakeholder Liaison, at 651-726-1589 or Alan.J.Gregerson@irs.gov.
the IRS representative assigned to work with the Iowa Bar on IRS-related
Court justices to visit Harlan-area high schools tomorrow
As has been their custom when holding oral arguments
around the state, Iowa Supreme Court justices will visit high schools in the
west central part of the state tomorrow morning, Nov. 5. The visits follow a
special session of the court at the Harlan High School Center for Performance
at 7 p.m. tonight. During that special session, the justices will hear oral
arguments in the case State of Iowa v. Taquala Monique Howse, case no.
13-1997, from Black Hawk County District Court.
The schedule for the high school visitations,
as well as information about the case can be found here.
Practice Seminar coming soon
is now available for the 2015 Federal Practice Seminar to be held Friday, Dec.
18, at the Embassy Suites hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual seminar,
sponsored by the ISBA Federal Practice Committee, features updates on federal
civil and criminal law topics.
This year’s civil law breakout session focuses on E-Discovery, changes to Rules
26, 37 and other new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The criminal law
breakout session includes a three-person panel discussing the shifting
landscape of federal sentencing.
These sessions will be followed by an ethics
session to conclude the seminar.
Registration information is available by clicking here,
or by going to "Upcoming CLE/live events” under the CLE Information tab on www.iowabar.org.
|In Other News ...|
comments sought on Iowa Child Support system
will have a chance to offer their take on Iowa's child support system at an
upcoming public hearing. The Iowa Child Support Advisory Committee has
scheduled the public hearing as a way to gather comments before making a
recommendation to the Iowa Supreme Court. Chief of the Bureau of Collections
Carol Eaton tells KMA News the public hearings help the committee when forming
justice reform issues need more attention, some say
weeks ago at an NAACP-sponsored summit, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced the
formation of a task force that would recommend justice policy reforms. Now that
the Governor’s Working Group on Justice Policy Reform is nearly finished with
its work, some are pushing for a permanent commitment to the effort. One
possibility discussed is for the state Public Safety Advisory Board, formed in
2010, to take up some of the issues that members of the working group believe
need attention, some said.
The Des Moines Register
court takes on racial discrimination in jury selection
U.S. Supreme Court wrestles Monday with a problem that has long plagued the
criminal justice system: race discrimination in the selection of jurors. "Numerous
studies demonstrate that prosecutors use peremptory strikes to remove black
jurors at significantly higher rates than white jurors."
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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
OF IOWA vs. ERIC WILLIAM QUERREY
from the Iowa District Court for Lucas County, Terry Rickers, Judge.
defendant appeals the district court’s judgment entry following a resentencing
DISTRICT COURT SENTENCE VACATED AND CASE REMANDED.
CROW vs. EDWIN E. SIMPSON, Individually and d/b/a SIMPSON TRUCKING AND
review from the Iowa Court of Appeals. Appeal from the Iowa District Court for
Monroe County, Myron L. Gookin, Judge.
The defendant seeks further review of a
court of appeals decision granting the plaintiff a new trial. DECISION OF COURT
OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.
SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. HEATHER MARIE KINGERY
from the report of the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
attorney contends the grievance commission’s recommended sanction for
violations of disciplinary rules is excessive and features improper auxiliary
conditions on reinstatement. LICENSE SUSPENDED.
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