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January 8, 2020  Past Issues
 

Vote now for district judicial nominating commission positions
The voting period for the election of district judicial nominating commissioners is open until Jan. 17. You should have received an email from State Court Administrator Todd Nuccio, who administers the voting process, which describes the steps to vote electronically.

To cast your vote, follow these steps:
1. Go to the website for the Office of Professional Regulation (www.iacourtcommissions.org) and log into your lawyer account by entering your username and password in the upper left corner.
2. Locate the menu category entitled “Judicial Nominating Elections.”
3. Click on the option for “Vote in Current Election."
4. On the ballot submission screen, click on the election date drop-down box and then select “January 17, 2020.”
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to cast your vote.

According to ISBA Chief Legislative Counsel Jim Carney, it is extremely important you exercise your right to vote in nominating commission elections. During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers proposed a bill that would strip from attorneys the ability to vote in these district elections, instead giving that power to political leadership. "Use it or lose it," said Carney, warning of potential future efforts to change Iowa's judicial nominating process beyond what happened during the 2019 session.

Should you have any questions about the voting procedure, you may contact State Court Administration at dist.nominating.commis@iowacourts.gov or call 515-348-4880.


ISBA now on Instagram
The Iowa State Bar Association has expanded its reach on social media with the introduction of a new Instagram account. Instagram-using ISBA members are invited to follow the ISBA's new page here.

The ISBA is already active on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, using these platforms to push out news of interest and highlight important ISBA services or events.

If you have additional ideas for how the ISBA Communications team can connect and better share information with members, please send an email to communications@iowabar.org.


Interviews scheduled for Iowa Supreme Court applicants
Interviews will be held tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 9) for the 12 Iowans who have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Supreme Court that occurred with the passing of Chief Justice Mark Cady. View the list of applicants here.

The public is invited to observe the interviews, held in the Iowa Supreme Court Courtroom in the Judicial Branch Building, beginning at 9 a.m. The interviews will also be live-streamed and archived on the Iowa Judicial Branch YouTube channel.

Immediately following the interviews, the commission will begin deliberations to select a slate of three nominees for the governor, who has 30 days to appoint a new justice.


Microsoft ending support for Windows 7 next week
First released in 2009, Windows 7 is now being phased out. On Jan. 15, Windows 7 will leave “extended support,” which means Microsoft will stop issuing routine security updates and software developers will eventually stop supporting it with recent versions of their software. Microsoft’s recommendation is to upgrade to Windows 10.

Click here to read the notice from Microsoft about these changes, and here to read about "extended security update" alternatives.


 

You're invited to celebrate 100 years of women's right to vote
Iowa attorneys are invited to a reception at Drake University Law School celebrating the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the constitutional right to vote. The event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, beginning at 4:30 p.m., at Cartright Hall's Kern Commons on the second floor.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view the traveling exhibit "100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future" and listen to a short program, which will begin at 5 p.m.

The ISBA is a co-sponsor of this event. More information can be found here.


Public comment sought on changes to Chapter 23 of Iowa Court Rules
The Iowa Supreme Court is requesting public comment on proposed amendments to Chapter 23 of the Iowa Court Rules regarding time standards for case processing.

Currently, Iowa's case processing time standards are stated in terms of the length of time from filing to "commencement of trial." Since the vast majority of cases don't go to trial, the proposed amended language tracks the percentage of cases disposed from filing to "disposition." According to Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins, this approach should provide clearer guidance for judges and case managers and provide a more accurate measure of court performance.

To learn how to submit a comment on this proposed change, click here. To read the proposed amendment, click here.


Celebration of Life for Retired Justice Snell scheduled for February
Retired Iowa Supreme Court Justice Bruce Snell, Jr. passed away on Dec. 20, 2019. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Ida Grove. His obituary and more information about the service can be found here.



SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
No. 17-1961
Mark Leonard Milligan v. Ottumwa Police Department and City of Ottumwa, Iowa
A city appeals a district court judgment ordering it to release to a citizen the identities of all individuals detected as speeding by its automated traffic enforcement program under the Iowa Open Records Act.
REVERSED AND REMANDED

IN OTHER NEWS
Iowa's Tom Miller about to become longest-serving state attorney general ever
Iowa elected officials continue to leave their seemingly indelible marks on U.S. history books.
The Gazette

Iowa court: Automated speeding tickets not a public record
The names of car owners ticketed by automated speed cameras are not a public record, a divided Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday.
The Daily Nonpareil

Lawsuit alleges Waterloo broke the law with 'ban the box'
The lawsuit filed against the City of Waterloo by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry alleges Waterloo is violating state law with the controversial "ban the box" ordinance.
KWWL



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ADMISSION ON MOTION

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

Rebecca Lynn Huizenga, Fulton, IL

Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicant should contact Dan Saar at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-348-4670.


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