February 28, 2018  Past Issues

Reminder: March 10 is due date for annual CLE and Client Security Reports

The Iowa Supreme Court’s Office of Professional Regulation needs your annual CLE and Client Security Reports by March 10.

New questions that are related to Iowa Court Rule 39.18 compliance are included on the 2018 Client Security Reports. The new questions include, but are not limited to, the identification and authorization of a “designated representative” in the event of a lawyer's disability or death.

The ISBA is accepting requests to serve as designated representative for ISBA members who have not already named one. To learn more and submit your request, click here. Please direct questions to

For additional information on The Mandatory Basics of Iowa Court Rule 39.18 by ISBA member Gordon Fisher, click here. For additional resources on Rule 39.18 compliance, please visit the ISBA’s homepage, or click here.

If you are short some CLE hours you will need to file an extension so that courses you attend in 2018 can be included on your CLE transcript. There is a $25 fee to file for an extension.

Can’t remember the activity numbers for courses you attended? If you attended ISBA-sponsored events last year, click here for a list of those events, the amount and type of credit (state, federal, ethics and juvenile) and the activity numbers. For other events, click on the CLE Commission office link here.

YLD seeks survey information in recruitment efforts

The Young Lawyers Division recently formed a recruitment and retention committee, which is seeking to gain information on how to retain young attorneys as ISBA members. The committee has put together a survey to gather information from attorneys across various types of legal jobs, to see how the ISBA could increase membership value for young attorneys and ultimately retain them as ISBA members.

If you are a young attorney (under age 36 or in your first 10 years of practice) and feel your perspective could be valuable to this effort, please take the survey.


Register for the ISBA IP Section’s CLE Webinar Series for Updates on All Things IP

Jonathan L. Kennedy, IP Section chair
The Iowa State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section is happy to offer its CLE webinar series yet again in 2018. This year the IP Section is proud to offer eight excellent webinar CLEs.

The webinars include legal updates and trends for all of the major IP topics, including patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as CLEs on hot button issues including IP and Bitcoin/Blockchain Technologies, IP Mediation, IP Licensing, and Willful Patent Infringement Post-Halo.

It's not too late to register for the March 7 topic on Top Patent Law Stories of 2017 with national speakers Michael Borella, Kevin Noon and Donald Zuhn. Look for additional IP webinars on the ISBA website.

ISBA’s SOLACE Program Available for Critical Needs

The ISBA’s SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel, All Concern Encouraged) Program started several years ago but its purpose remains the same: to enable the legal community to reach out in a small, but meaningful and compassionate ways to those judges, lawyers, court personnel, paralegals, legal secretaries, bar staff and their families who experience a death or catastrophic illness or injury. The program is designed to provide services, guidance or other assistance when a critical need arises.

The ISBA SOLACE network collaborates with ISBA members and close friends and family of those affected by tragedy or dire circumstances to determine how best to express concern and provide support. Examples of requests made to the ISBA SOLACE program include referrals to medical specialists, donations of blood, assistance with travel related to doctor’s appointments or medical issues, etc. Requests for money, prayer chains, any form of substantive law practice support or referrals of a non-critical nature (i.e. looking for a job, handyman, etc.) are not accepted by the program.

When the ISBA’s SOLACE program administrator receives a request for help, the ISBA SOLACE network is activated via a message to the ISBA SOLACE listserv. Members of the ISBA SOLACE network respond when they can or want to help and there is no obligation to do so. If you want to sign up to be a part of the ISBA’s SOLACE listserv, please email

If you learn that a member of the legal community is in critical need due to tragedy or dire circumstances or if you have questions about the program, please send an e-mail request for help to the ISBA SOLACE program administrator at


Feb. 23

No. 16-0775
Oliver Fenceroy v. Gelita USA, Inc., Tom Haire and Jeff Tolsma
Interlocutory review of a district court order denying a protective order and permitting discovery into defense counsel’s prelawsuit investigation.

No. 16-1938
Francisco Villa Magana v. State of Iowa
An applicant for postconviction relief seeks further review of a court of appeals decision declining to reinstate his application.

No. 16-1974
Beverly Gardiner Nance v. Iowa Department of Revenue
The Iowa Department of Revenue seeks further review of decision of court of appeals that allowed taxpayer to avoid state inheritance tax through a postmortem family settlement agreement.

No. 17-1415
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Sean Joseph Barry
An attorney appeals a report of the grievance commission recommending we suspend his license to practice law in this state.

Advocates promote a right to counsel in civil cases, too
Although the guarantee of a right to counsel in criminal cases came in the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, the same right does not apply in civil cases.
ABA Journal

Iowa court debt approaches $732 million
Crime doesn’t pay and apparently many lawbreakers in Iowa don’t either.
The Gazette

City ordered to pay $57,325 legal bill
A judge has ordered the City of Ottumwa to pay more than $57,000 in attorney fees in a suit seeking RedSpeed ticket records.
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Ignition interlock devices would be required under drunk driving law advanced in Iowa Senate
An ignition interlock device would be required on any motor vehicle owned or operated by a person with a temporary restricted driver's license under drunken driving legislation advanced Monday by an Iowa Senate subcommittee.
Des Moines Register


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