Iowa Lawyer Weekly (02/05/2014)
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February 5, 2014
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Governor appoints judicial nominating commissioners

Governor Terry Branstad has appointed 17 individuals as judicial nominating commissioners in Iowa’s 14 judicial districts, and two individuals to the Iowa Parole Board.

The commissioners, who are charged with selecting candidates for open judgeship positions in their districts, will serve six-year terms ending in 2020. Each district judicial nominating commission consists of 11 members, five of whom are appointed by the governor, and five who are elected by Iowa-licensed attorneys residing in the district. The chief judge in the district serves as the eleventh member and chair of the commission.

The names of the new commissioners elected by attorneys in the district should be available in the next day or two. They will be posted in the Legal News section of the ISBA website, and published in next week’s newsletter.

View the list of appointees made by the governor.

Bar leaders host lawyer-legislators at annual dinner

Current and past ISBA leaders met with Iowa’s lawyer-legislators at a dinner in Des Moines last week. The dinner, the 39th annual, provided an opportunity for lawyer-legislators and bar leaders to discuss issues impacting the legal profession in the state in a casual, social atmosphere.

ISBA President, Guy Cook (see photo), welcomed everyone at the beginning of the dinner. Each legislator addressed the group briefly during the dinner, as did the current and past bar leaders.

See the real Cuba this September

The ISBA is sponsoring a People-to-People Educational Exchange to Cuba next September. The trip, which is limited to 25 people, is designed to offer interactions with the country’s citizens and immerse travelers in the country’s life and culture.

Go Next, the ISBA-endorsed travel company, is making the arrangements. Find out more information, including a link to download the trip brochure and a registration form, here.

ISBA seeking candidates for staff Communications Director position

The ISBA is actively seeking candidates to fill the position of communications director when the current director, Steve Boeckman, semi-retires at the end of August.

The successful candidate will work under Boeckman for several months prior to his retirement, then assume the director role. Plans are for Boeckman to continue working part-time for the association under the new director.

The ISBA Communications Director is responsible for producing the association’s monthly magazine and this weekly electronic newsletter, as well as fielding calls from the media, producing news releases on bar activities, photographing bar events, overseeing the production of audio and video presentations and social media activities, and numerous other duties related to communicating the ISBA’s activities to the members and the public

For more information about the position, including how to apply, click here.

Get rid of potentially embarrassing hidden information in Microsoft Office documents

The hidden metadata in Microsoft Office documents can potentially cause embarrassment for you and your firm should clients or opposing counsel look at it. Information such as how long you’ve worked on a document, the names of everyone who has worked on it and when it was created are all visible to recipients if they choose to look.

There’s a fairly easy way to get rid of this metadata before you send any documents. How-To Geek, a website maintained by a group of advanced computer users, offers tips on removing the metadata from Microsoft Office documents. The tips are offered for Office 2013, Office 2010 and Office 2007.

According to the Geeks, there is no way to stop Microsoft Office from saving metadata. Nor is there a way to remove the information from multiple documents at once. You have to remove it one document at a time.

Click on the above link to see the tips on removing the metadata.

Vanishing permanent, full-time salaried employment gives rise to agile lawyers

A Canadian lawyer, speaker, industry analyst and consultant wrote in a blog posted last week in the ABA’s Legal Rebels online publication that the legal profession is experiencing a decline in the traditional job structure that has been around for years.

As a result, Jordan Furlong suggests that lawyers in the future will see what he calls "agile lawyer employment.” In place of the traditional job whereby a lawyer "performs a range of tasks with defined responsibilities in a single location during specified hours at an agreed salary,” lawyers will have to customize the application of "their skills and talents to provide client value when and where it’s required.”

In other words, he says, "we need to create platforms that gather and organize good legal talent, align and match it with client opportunities, and facilitate the delivery of legal services in ways that serve the needs, schedules and budgets of both the client and the lawyer.”

Read more …

Did You Know...

…that as an active ISBA member, you are entitled to use the association’s Member Mark on your business cards, letterhead and other materials used to promote your practice? The mark conveys to the public and to fellow attorneys that you are a proud Iowa lawyer and an active, participating member in the 8,400-plus-member association. Click here for information about this free member benefit, including the rules of use, the licensing agreement and the application form.

Benefit of the Week

ISBA Headquarters

The Bar Headquarters is the home of the lawyers and judges of Iowa. It is their professional gathering place. ISBA members may reserve any of the Bar conference rooms (3 conference rooms, 2 private offices and a CLE Center) on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are free of charge for law-related meetings (food, soft drinks and coffee are extra). Conference Center hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Contact Meetings Coordinator Lisa Hanson at or call (515) 697-7876 for more information or to reserve a room.

Iowa Supreme Court Decisions

January 31, 2014

No. 12-1378


Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Adair County, John D. Lloyd, Judge.

Subcontractors appeal ruling on scope of remedies under Iowa Code section 573.2 for unpaid work on state project. REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.