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 July 19, 2017  Past Issues

Appointments, reappointments to Supreme Court boards and commissions

The Iowa Supreme Court yesterday announced the appointments and reappointments to its various boards and commissions. The terms are for three years ending June 30, 2020, except for several appointments and reappointments to the Grievance Commission.

See the order listing the new appointments at this link. See the list of those reappointed here.


Supreme Court releases further review cases, 2017-18 calendar

Late last week, the Iowa Supreme Court released the list of cases for further review that it has granted, denied or still has under consideration for the upcoming adjudicative session that begins in September. The court also has finalized its 2017-18 calendar for oral arguments, including those held outside the judicial branch building.

Click here to see the list of cases granted, denied and still under consideration. Click here to see the 2017-18 calendar that starts in September after the court’s two-month administrative session.


Survey shows legal malpractice claims hold steady but defense costs rise

Most leading legal malpractice insurers saw their claims level off in 2016 although their cost to defend claims continued to escalate.

A study by insurance broker Ames & Gough finds that while the number of new malpractice claims brought against law firms is stabilizing it remains above historical experience in years preceding the 2007 – 2009 recession.

In its seventh annual survey, Ames & Gough examined the trend by polling nine leading lawyers’ professional liability insurance carriers that on a combined basis provide insurance to approximately 80 percent of the top 100 firms. Read more about the findings in this article from the Insurance Journal.


Become a Certified Farm Succession Coordinator

The International Farm Transition Network is offering two upcoming Farm Succession Coordinator Certification Training programs.

These trainings are for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Farm Succession Coordinator, and are being held:

September 11-13 in Burlington
November 13-15 in Decorah

This seminar has been approved for 16 hours of Iowa continuing legal education credits, including two hours of ethics. For information on the International Farm Transition Network, click here. For questions, about the certificate program, contact farmtransition@gmail.com.



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Registration now open for Justice Fore All Golf Outing (Central)

The Young Lawyers Division is offering a choice to attorneys on Thursday, Sept. 7: Spend the day in the office bogged down in stacks of paperwork, or spend the afternoon golfing with friends and colleagues.

The golfing opportunity is the YLD’s annual Justice Fore All Golf Outing for the central part of the state. Held at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City, the event begins with registration at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start at noon. The registration fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, a boxed lunch and two beverage tickets for each participant.

Details about the event, including information about sponsorships, can be found on the ISBA’s website. Sponsorships are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration deadline is Aug. 31.


Iowa Supreme Court Commission report highlights the need to close the justice gap in Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission was formed in June 2016 and charged by the Iowa Supreme Court to identify and remove barriers to civil justice for low-income and disadvantaged Iowans. On July 12, the Access to Justice Commission issued its first report which identifies and assesses the current and future needs of low-income Iowans in civil matters, makes short-term recommendations and sets long-term goals.

Recent estimates indicate at least one million more Iowans have difficulty affording a lawyer to handle basic legal needs, and half of one million Iowans live at or below 125 percent of the poverty line. Many do not get the legal aid they need or choose to represent themselves in court.

The Access to Justice Commission’s 29 members led six workgroups and looked at the civil legal needs of low-income Iowans including those who are military veterans, those who live in rural areas of the state with few attorneys and those who need the assistance of an interpreter once in court. The commission also looked at ways to involve other groups such as Iowa businesses to help meet needs of disadvantaged Iowans needing access to the courts.

The commission’s full report is posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website.


Empty your closets for families in crisis

The Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys and the Pottawattamie County Women’s Bar Association will hold a clothing and book drive to help families in crisis.

For the third year, the organizations are seeking donations for the professional clothing closet at MICAH House in Council Bluffs.

Representatives of the two organizations will accept donations from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday outside the Smith-Davis Insurance Building, 532 First Ave. in Council Bluffs.

For more information, contact Katie Park at kpark@iowalaw.org.


SUPREME COURT OPINIONS

The court is currently on break, however the Court of Appeals has posted 53 opinions today. They are available on the Judicial Branch website.


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IN OTHER NEWS
Iowa Senate Republican staffer awarded $2.2 million in sex harassment trial
A former Iowa Senate Republican caucus staffer who accused supervisors of ignoring a "boy's club" culture that fostered rampant sexual harassment was awarded $2.2 million Tuesday by a Polk County jury.
Des Moines Register

Help wanted in most Iowa courthouses
Nine of Iowa’s 14 judicial districts — including the local 6th District — do not have enough staff to efficiently handle their caseloads while the others have too much staff, a state study shows.
Cedar Rapids Gazette

Lawsuit dropped in death of man who escaped patrol vehicle
The parents of a handcuffed detainee killed in a 2014 highway accident after escaping from an Iowa State Patrol car have dropped their lawsuit against the state.
KCCI-TV

Iowa Supreme Court to consider 2 speed camera cases
The Iowa Supreme Court gave new life to two legal challenges of speeding tickets issued by the automated traffic cameras on Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids.
Cedar Rapids Gazette

 

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JOB LISTINGS

Associate Attorney - Krahmer, Shaffer & Edmundson, Ltd., Fairmont, MN

Exchange Officer - IPE 1031, West Des Moines, IA

Full/Part-time Attorney - The Sayer Law Group, P.C., Waterloo, IA

Chief Deputy Clerk - United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, IA

Associate Attorney - Reynolds & Kenline, L.L.P., Dubuque, IA

Litigation Attorney - McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO, Omaha, NE

Intellectual Property, Data Security and Privacy Attorney - McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO, Omaha, NE

Associate Attorney - McEnroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman, P.C., West Des Moines, IA

Surety Claims Attorney - Merchants Bonding Company, West Des Moines, IA

Utility Attorney 2 - State of Iowa, Iowa Utilities Board, Des Moines, IA

Attorney 1 - Iowa Department of Revenue, Des Moines, IA

Chief Operating Officer - State of Iowa, Iowa Utilities Board, Des Moines, IA

Legal Secretary 2 - Iowa Department of Revenue, Des Moines, IA

City Attorney - City of Ames, Ames, IA

Administrative Assistant - City Attorney's Office - City of West Des Moines, West Des Moines, IA

Senior Casualty Claims Adjuster - York Risk Services Group, Johnston, IA

Estate Planning Attorney - BrownWinick Law Firm, Des Moines, IA


ADMISSION ON MOTION

The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:

Emily Kathleen Milewski, Dvorak Law Group, Omaha, NE

Kyu Han Oh, Minneapolis, MN

Kelu Lu Sullivan, Kelly IP, LLP, Washington, D.C.

Alison Klare Guernsey, University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA

Anyone with questions or comments on the above should contact: Dave Ewert at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.


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