Catch up on ISBA legislative action during funnel week
Help show support for funding for civil legal aid
At the ISBA Board of Governors Spring Quarterly meeting last week, the Board of Governors signed a resolution expressing support for full funding for the Legal Services Corporation, which is facing an elimination of funding. All ISBA members can show their support as well, by signing this online petition that will be presented to Iowa lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
ISBA President Skip Kenyon is leading a small ISBA delegation to Washington, D.C. on April 26 to speak with Iowa’s two Senators and Congressmen, urging, among other matters, adequate funding for Legal Services Corp.
In President Donald Trump's first federal budget blueprint, he proposed cutting $366 million in annual funding for the LSC, one of 19 agencies in line for total elimination of funding.
LSC provides civil legal aid to people who desperately need help to navigate the legal process. Their offices are in every congressional district and they help almost 1.9 million people annually. Iowa Legal Aid receives approximately $2.5 million annually from LSC and is able to help more than 16,000 Iowa families.
Please share this online petition with colleagues in your office or on your social media pages in an effort to get as many signatures as possible before the D.C. trip.
Updates to ISBA Lawyer Death and Disability Planning seminars
A new date has been confirmed for the ISBA's upcoming succession planning seminars to explain to attorneys the requirements of Iowa Court Rule 39.18 that go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. The seminars will also walk attorneys through a process for creating a written plan suggested in Rule 39:18(3) that supplements the designations made in the annual questionnaire and addresses more specifically the numerous issues that may arise in attorney succession.
The newly added broadcast will be at the Marina Inn Hotel & Conference Center in South Sioux City, Neb. on May 23.
Registration for the event, as well as for the others scheduled in Des Moines and Clear Lake, is available on the CLE page. A second event in Council Bluffs is tentatively scheduled for May 24 and additional information will be made available when details are confirmed. Seminars in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque are planned for early summer.
Sample documents accompanying the seminars have also been updated, and are being offered in both PDF and Word formats for convenience. Information on future seminars and updates will be provided as they become available.
Notice of website construction: New iowabar.org coming soon
The ISBA is preparing to launch a brand new iowabar.org website this summer, with more streamlined pages and a modern look. In anticipation of this launch, please be aware that ISBA staff will begin making some organizational changes on the current iowabar.org website. You may see some pages moved under new tabs, but the website will remain fully functional during the transition.
Please look to the Iowa Lawyer Weekly for future updates regarding specific changes, in anticipation of a June 2017 launch of the new website.
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