Reminder: ethics biennium deadline rapidly approaching
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The deadline to earn ethics continuing legal education credits within the ethics biennium is rapidly approaching. The Iowa Supreme Court’s Commission on Continuing Legal Education requires lawyers and judges who are in active status to complete a minimum of 15 hours of legal education each year, including three hours of ethics CLE credits some time during the period Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec. 31. Lawyers admitted during 2015 are exempt from the requirement.


The ISBA’s CLE department has compiled a list of upcoming telephone- and webinar-based CLE seminars that provide ethics hours for those who need ethics credit by Dec. 31. To view a complete list of ethics CLE options, click here.


"Taxation Legal Ethics,” approved for 1.5 hours of ethics credit (Iowa) will take place on Dec. 17, from 12 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. via live webinar. The CLE will address some of the most common ethical issues that arise in the representation of clients during the estate and/or business planning process. Included in the discussion will be the defenses to malpractice claims, common areas of liability, the special issues that arise concerning the representation of older or infirm clients and the marketing of estate planning services. For more information or to register for this live webinar, click here.


Additional ethics CLE options include: "Competence in a Client-Lawyer Relationship. Are You Meeting the Ethical Standard?” (Dec. 14), "The Ethics Complaint Process – and Tips to Help You Avoid It Altogether” (Dec. 15), "Unauthorized Practice of Law” (Dec. 16), "Implicit Bias: Know it When You See it, and Learn How to Avoid it” (Dec. 28), "Don’ts: A Review of the Aspirational Rules of Professional Conduct” (Dec. 31). To sign up for any of the CLE opportunities above, click on the CLE titles.


Active attorneys and judges may check their CLE status at the professional regulation website: Individuals who have forgotten their lawyer account passwords may click on "Forgot Password”, then "Get Lost Password”, use the pull-down screen to select "Supreme Court Commissions”, then click "Next” and follow the prompts. Individuals with additional questions may contact the staff of the Office of Professional Regulation at telephone (515) 725-8029 or by email at