Recently, the Iowa Supreme Court filed three orders adopting
amendments to Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules to accommodate implementation
of the Uniform Bar Exam, adopting updates to the Rules of Professional Conduct
and amending Chapter 46 of the Iowa Court Rules.
Bar Exam (UBE)
court officially adopted the UBE as the exam for all individuals seeking
licensure in Iowa on Aug. 4, and requested comments on its proposed amendments
to Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules needed to incorporate the UBE. Based on
those comments, the court issued the amendments, effective immediately, to
chapter 31. A complete list of the nine amendments can be found here.
of Professional Conduct
to the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct in Chapter 32 of the Iowa Court Rules
allow them to remain consistent with the American Bar Association’s Model
Rules. This maintains uniformity with the rules of many other jurisdictions and
allows attorneys to be familiar with the ethics rules of other jurisdictions
where they may practice. It also facilitates legal research of ethical issues
and interpretation of ethical obligations. Read the changes to the rules.
46 of Iowa Court Rules
of the amendments last week adds a new section, 46.17, to chapter 46 of the
court rules, along with other changes. Section 46.17 allows stenographic
shorthand reporters from other jurisdictions to apply for certification in Iowa
through reciprocity, provided they meet specified requirements. The full
chapter with the new section added and other changes indicated can be found here.