Dubuque County Bar meeting
President Guy Cook, Executive Director Dwight Dinkla and Assistant Executive
Director Harry Shipley traveled to Dubuque yesterday (Nov. 12) to attend the
Dubuque County Bar's monthly meeting. Following the meeting, they met
with a reporter from the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald.
Cook brought the attendees up to date on the ISBA’s Blue Ribbon Committee that
is examining current practices on educating and licensing attorneys. He also
told the Dubuque County Bar members that the biannual Bench-Bar conference will
be held at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque on May 14-16, 2014. This is the first time,
at least in recent history, that the conference will be held in the eastern
demonstrated several features of the new ISBA website. He told the attendees
that the new website offers many more opportunities to benefit their practices
than were available under the old website.
Cook discussed the ISBA outreach on legal literacy, defense of judges, and the bench-bar conference in an interview with
Erik Hogstrom at the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald (see photo) following the county
2013 Bloethe Tax School begins Dec. 4
Dec. 4, marks the opening day of the 2013 Bloethe Tax School. If you haven’t
already registered, now is the time. Early bird registration ends Dec. 3.
year’s tax school will be held at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel beginning
with registration at 8 a.m. The first session – a tax update by Iowa State
University Professor Neil Harl – starts at 12:45 p.m.
have a number of options for receiving materials for this year’s tax school. A
hard copy of the 2013 Tax Manual and outlines are included in the registration
fee. The tax manual CD is $35 if attending tax school and $50 if not.
Organizers point out that the CD contains a
number of sections not included in the hard copy manual.
more information on the topics and presenters and to register, click here.
replace section listserves on ISBA website; switch planned for early December
Iowa State Bar Association has migrated to a new member database program and
updated its website over the last few months. Things are going well and the few
wrinkles that have cropped up are being ironed out.
of the exciting new features made possible by the new website technology is
online forums. These will replace the outdated section listserves that have been
used for years. The technology also makes it possible for committees to have
their own forums.
benefits of these new forums are greater flexibility for the members in how
they want to participate, a more consistent mechanism for posting messages, and
better search functionality as well as improved administration. Also, the
very nature of the online forum concept provides for a feature many have been
asking for -- a real-time online archive
of the information posted.
videos are being created to demonstrate how to access and post inquiries and
responses on the forums. More information will be forthcoming in the next few
weeks as the existing section listserves are phased out and the forums are
phased in. The transition from listserves to forums will begin in early
December starting with the section listserves.
appointed as magistrate judge for Southern District
Helen C. Adams will
be appointed as the new United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern
District of Iowa upon the retirement of Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Shields.
Judge Adams is
currently corporate counsel for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., in Des
Moines, and previously was a trial lawyer with the Des Moines firm of Dickinson,
Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. She will preside primarily in the United
States District Courthouse in Davenport, with additional duties at court
facilities in Des Moines and Council Bluffs.
Judge Adams received
her law degree in 1988 from the University of Iowa, with high distinction and
Order of the Coif. From 1988 to 1990, she served as a Law Clerk to U.S.
District Judge Harold D. Vietor. In 1990 she joined the Dickinson firm as an associate,
becoming a shareholder in 1995. In 2009, she joined the legal department of
Pioneer Hi-Bred International.
She served as chair
of the ISBA’s Labor & Employment Law Section from 2008-2009.
"Helen Adams will be a first-rate
magistrate judge,” said ISBA President Guy Cook. "She has a sharp legal mind,
extensive federal experience and a strong work ethic."
elected national president of DRI
Rapids attorney Mike Weston has been elected president of the DRI — The Voice
of the Defense Bar. He was elected last month at the organization’s annual
meeting in Chicago.
Weston, who was born
in Anderson, Ind., earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa
and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is a
principal at Lederer Weston Craig, with offices in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.
He also is a former president of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association and a
fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association
is the world’s largest professional organization of defense attorneys with
22,000 members in 30 countries.
Meyer Betts, managing attorney for the Waterloo Regional Office for Iowa Legal
Aid, recently pointed out a website link which provides resource materials for
helping military service members, veterans and their families with mental
link to MentalHealth.gov lists a number of
services available depending on the issue facing the service member, a veteran
or both. The website also lists a Veterans Crisis Line with a toll-free phone
number for those who need immediate help.
link also is posted on the ISBA web page for the Military Affairs Committee and the ISBA’s
website under the heading "For the Public.”
argues drug dealer case before U.S. Supreme Court
Moines attorney Angela Campbell argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court
earlier this week that could have implications for how a drug dealer is treated
when his/her customer dies.
who represented a drug dealer sentenced to the federally mandated minimum 20
years in prison for the death of a user, argued that the words of the federal
law require that a straight line must be established from her client’s drugs to
the user’s death, according to an article in yesterday’s (Nov. 12) New York Times.
She argued that, based on the instruction given to the jury at the time of the
trial, the heroin he sold to the victim "was not the primary cause of death,
but, rather merely played a part in the death.”
question before the justices was "the meaning of a federal law that requires a
mandatory sentence ‘if death or serious bodily injury results from’ drugs sold
by a defendant,” according to the New York Times article.
the full article, which includes
statements from several of the justices.
Did You Know...
that you can "connect” with other members on the
ISBA’s new website? Once connected, you can send private messages to the
person, view photos they post on their profile page, etc. You can even send
messages to all of your connections, or any combination of them, at one time.To
connect to another member, type the person’s name in the search box above "Your
Member Profile” on your own profile page, then click on the "Connect” button
above the person’s name. Enter a short message, if you want, in the window that
opens and click the "Request” button. You’ll receive a message when the person
accepts or declines.
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Iowa Supreme Court DecisionsNovember 8, 2013
SUE HOOK vs. TITO TREVINO, Individually, and TITO TREVINO d/b/a TREVINO LAW
from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, Gary L. McMinimee, Judge.
attorney appeals judgment on legal malpractice claims, and plaintiff
cross-appeals interest issue. AFFIRMED ON APPEAL, REVERSED ON CROSS-APPEAL,
AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.
SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. ATTORNEY DOE NO. 762
review of the report of the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa.
witness in a proceeding before the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of
Iowa filed an interlocutory appeal after the commission quashed the appearance
of her counsel. REVERSED AND REMANDED.