March 21, 2018  Past Issues

More judges needed for State Mock Trial

Regional high school mock trial competitions have finished, and volunteers are still needed for the state tournament preliminary rounds. The competition will be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

Dates and times that still need judges are Monday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m. Roughly 20 judges are still needed for each of the three rounds.

For questions, or to volunteer, email John Wheeler.

Two more ISBA Affirmative Agenda bills pass through legislature

Two bills on the 2018 ISBA Affirmative Agenda passed unanimously in the Iowa Senate on Monday: HF2125 – Distribution of Very Small Estates by Affidavit; and HF2318 – Redemption from Tax Sale of Property Owned by Persons with Disabilities. Both bills will now head to the governor’s desk.

This is in addition to two ISBA-sponsored bills that had previously passed both houses and are headed to the governor's desk: SF2139 - Waiver of Spousal Share; and SF2098 - Conforming Probate Code to EDMS Standards.

For additional information on which bills have been passed on to Governor Reynolds this session, click here.

U of I selects new dean

Kevin Washburn, Regents professor of law and former dean at the University of New Mexico School of Law, has been named the N. William Hines dean of the University of Iowa College of Law beginning June 15. He will be the 18th dean of the college, which was founded in 1865.

Washburn, 50, succeeds Gail Agrawal, who has served as dean since July 2010. Agrawal announced last August that she would step down from her role as dean by June 30. She will continue at the college as a member of the law faculty.

More information about Washburn and his appointment is available here.

Annual Bench-Bar Conference offers more than just a seminar

By Heather Prendergast
Waterloo, Iowa is excited to host the 2018 Iowa Bench-Bar Conference May 9-11 and showcase all that Waterloo has become in recent years. With over 106 miles of biking and hiking trails to participate in, a recently renovated Courtyard by Marriott directly next to the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, and multiple restaurants and venues, Waterloo is a city with a lot to offer for conference-goers. The new and exciting craft brewery, Singlespeed, provides an awesome and unique opportunity to showcase downtown Waterloo’s revitalization and its exciting new buildings.

Whether you wish to explore downtown Waterloo and stop by Jameson for a Guinness, or whether you wish to ride your bike among the miles of trails available in Waterloo/Cedar Falls, this Bench-Bar will offer you multiple opportunities to do so. With over 54 holes of golf to play on a number of Waterloo’s public courses and the opportunity to spend time with your colleagues, this year’s Bench-Bar Conference aims to please. Black Hawk County Bar Association has been eagerly awaiting its arrival, and discussions have been ongoing for several months in preparation for the event. Our local bar is excited to showcase the changes that have occurred in Waterloo and eager to socialize. Awaiting your arrival is downtown Waterloo that is now bustling with activities, pedestrians, over 20 locally-owned eating establishments, as well as the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

The Conference will feature small group sessions, panels and presentations from many individuals, including Iowa Supreme Court Justice Edward Mansfield, Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Mary Tabor, and Arne Sorenson, JD, president and CEO of Marriott International, Inc. To learn more about the conference and to register please click here. It has been approved for 8.25 state CLE hours which includes 1 hour of ethics CLE. Please join us in downtown Waterloo for the 2018 Bench-Bar Conference!


U.S. News & World Report releases 2018 law school rankings
Yale Law School kept its No. 1 ranking in a list of the top law schools for 2019 released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report. The University of Iowa College of Law ranked 27th. Creighton University ranked 125th, while Drake University Law School ranked 133rd.

To read more about the latest rankings, read this article from the ABA Journal.

Supreme Court’s jury selection review committee issues report

A committee appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court last October to review the process of selecting jury pools and jurors in Iowa has released recommendations addressing 13 areas related to ensuring the makeup of jury pools and jurors represents a cross section of the community.

One of those recommendations is to make the master jury list available for the public to review. Another is to give courts the ability to change the venue of the trial, or import jurors from other counties, to ensure the jury pool reflects the defendant’s characteristics. A third is to develop a timely and consistent follow-up with jurors who fail to respond to a jury questionnaire or who fail to appear for service.

Read all 13 recommendations at this link.

IRS interest rates increase for second quarter of 2018

The Internal Revenue Service has increased interest rates for the calendar quarter beginning April 1. The new rates will be:
*Five percent for overpayments (four percent in the case of a corporation);
*2.5 percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000;
*Five percent for underpayments;
*Seven percent for large corporate underpayments.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis. For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment and underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus three percentage points. For corporations, the underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus three percentage points and the overpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus two percentage points. The rate for large corporate underpayments is the federal short-term rate plus five percentage points.

The second-quarter interest rates are computed from the federal short-term rate determined during January, based on daily compounding. A more complete explanation is available in Revenue Ruling 2018-07.


March 16

No. 16-1080
City of Des Moines v. Mark Ogden
The defendant seeks further review of a court of appeals decision that affirmed the district court order enjoining him from continuing the nonconforming use of his property as a mobile home park due to its violation of current and past zoning ordinances.

No. 16-1392
Ray J. Kraklio v. Kent Simmons
Criminal defense attorney seeks further review of court of appeals decision that reversed district court’s summary judgment dismissing legal malpractice action.

Iowa Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in traffic camera case
The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month in a high-profile lawsuit between two branches of government over who makes the rules for automated traffic enforcement cameras.
The Gazette

In potential blow to conservation efforts, U.S. court rules restoration moves harmed farmers
A federal judge ruled last week that a federal agency’s actions to improve habitats for endangered species along the Missouri River exacerbated floods, causing damage to local farmers whose land was temporarily inundated.

Iowa House debates whether proposed constitutional amendment could derail future gun laws
House Republicans moved forward with their effort to enshrine the "right to keep and bear arms" within the Iowa Constitution on Monday amid concerns the change could derail future efforts to institute "commonsense" firearms restrictions in the state.
Des Moines Register

Bail industry battles reforms that threaten its livelihood
A little more than a year ago, New Jersey all but eliminated cash bail for criminal defendants, except for those charged with certain violent offenses.



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Associate Attorney - Davis Brown Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Gislason & Hunter LLP, Des Moines, IA

Product Liability & Environmental Associate - Faegre Baker Daniels, Des Moines, IA

Lateral Attorneys - Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Stanley, Lande & Hunter, Davenport, IA

Business and Estate Planning Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Litigation Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Paralegal - Wandro & Associates, P.C., Des Moines, IA

Director of Policy and Legal Services - Iowa Association of School Boards, Des Moines, IA

Counsel-Agri/Farm Insurance - Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Bordwell Law Office, P.L.C., Washington, IA

Staff Attorney (SPED and AT) - Disability Rights Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Mankato, MN

Associate Attorney - Stumme, Collins, Gritters & Epley, PLLC, Waverly, IA

Staff Attorney - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Staff Attorney or Fully Accredited Representative - Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, Des Moines, IA

Manager, GEICO Staff Counsel - GEICO Staff Counsel, Des Moines, IA

Managing Attorney - Legal Hotline for Older Iowans - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Staff Attorney - Community Economic Development Project - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Intellectual Property Attorney - BrownWinick Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

Assistant County Attorney I - Office of the Johnson County Attorney, Iowa City, IA


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

Nathan A. Seger, Iowa City, IA

Matthew W. Johnson, Freeman Law Firm LLC, Chicago, IL

Nicholas J. Vogelzang, Vogelzang Law, Chicago, IL

Mark A. Ufkes, Ufkes & Bright, Santa Ana, CA

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


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