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    March 16, 2016
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Nominations for ISBA president-elect, vice president, ABA delegate

The ISBA Board of Governors will nominate one or more bar association members for the offices of president-elect, vice president and ABA delegate for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The nominations will take place during the BOG’s quarterly meeting March 23 at the ISBA headquarters building in Des Moines, Iowa.

Current ISBA Vice President Steve Eckley, Des Moines, is expected to be nominated as president-elect. Current BOG member, Tom Levis, Des Moines, has already announced his intention to seek the nomination for vice president.

The nomination for State Bar Association Delegate to the ABA will be to fill the two-year term currently held by David L. Brown, Des Moines. Brown intends to run for another term. As an ABA delegate, he has served as a member of the select committee and nominations committee. Additionally, he serves on the standing committee of the federal judiciary that evaluates nominations from the president to the federal bench.

Bar association delegates to the ABA are expected to attend the out-of-state annual and mid-year ABA meetings and provide reports to the BOG when requested. Partial reimbursement of registration fees, airfare and lodging expenses are provided by the ISBA.

If interested in being nominated for any of these three positions, please contact ISBA Executive Director Dwight Dinkla at 515-697-7867 or

Membership dues now open for renewal

Iowa State Bar Association members can now log into their ISBA accounts and renew their 2016-2017 memberships electronically. Although renewing memberships online is the preferred method, the ISBA will also provide hard-copy dues statements via the U.S. Postal Service in April for members who prefer to mail in their renewals. 


Not only does renewing online reduce costs and the amount of work involved with the dues renewal process, it also ensures memberships are uninterrupted. If members go without paying their dues by July 1, the computer system will provide a small grace period before their memberships will become delinquent, and benefits will end by Sept. 30. 


The cost of annual dues remains unchanged from last year. However, members should note that their tenure in the association may move them into a new membership bracket especially if they are within their first six years of ISBA membership. Those individuals may see a cost increase as their membership moves toward a standard membership. 


To renew online, go to, log into the system and click on the renew link located under your member profile which is on the left hand side of the screen. If users have difficulties recalling their passwords, they can click on the ‘forgot password’ link below the login fields to recover their passwords. Individuals with questions may contact the membership department via email at


Register for the 2016 Bench-Bar Conference

A message from Dasha Ternavska, YLD member and Bench-Bar Planning Committee member.

The biennial bench-bar event is coming to Davenport, Iowa, May 4–6. Held at the historic Hotel Blackhawk, this year’s Bench-Bar Conference will focus on Iowa’s edge. Take a look at this year’s engaging programming that combines useful panels and presentations with fun social events and networking.

This event will provide you with 8.25 state CLE hours (1 ethics hour included). Check out the event flyer for details on what is planned for each day. The conference is now open for registration on the ISBA website.

We hope you join us for this interesting, fun and thought-provoking event. Special rates are available for the judiciary, judicial clerks and YLD members. Hotel Blackhawk is also offering a special ISBA rate for those who register by April 13.

Board of Governors to meet next week

The ISBA Board of Governors will come together for the spring BOG meeting at the ISBA headquarters building in Des Moines, Iowa, March 23. Members are encouraged to reach out to their district representatives prior to the meeting to discuss any concerns with topics to be discussed.


During the meeting, the governors will be casting their votes for the upcoming year’s leadership. Other items to be discussed or reported are:

  • Appointments to the LawPAC Board of Directors,
  • Appointments to the Legal Aid Board of Directors,
  • Proposed social media guide,
  • ABA Justice Award,
  • Rule 39.18 Study Committee’s work,
  • Access to Justice Study Group’s work,
  • Legislative session reports,
  • And a variety of routine business. 

As with many BOG meetings, comments are anticipated from Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady as well as representatives from Iowa's two law schools.


In addition to the meeting, the ISBA is hosting a Breakfast with the Bar event in the early morning prior to the meeting, inviting Iowa’s legislators down for breakfast and mingling with the governors and bar leadership. 


Members can find their BOG representatives’ contact information on the ISBA website. Additionally, all current BOG contact information can be found on page four of every issue of the Iowa Lawyer magazine.

IRS interest rates remain the same for second quarter

The Internal Revenue Service yesterday announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1 as they were in the first quarter. The rates will be:

  • Three percent for overpayments (two percent in the case of a corporation);
  • One-half (0.5) percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000;
  • Three percent for underpayments;
  • Five percent for large corporate underpayments.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis.  For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment and underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus three percentage points. Generally, in the case of a corporation, the underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus three percentage points and the overpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus two percentage points.


More details about the IRS interest rates and tables listing the historical rates back to the mid-70s can be found at this link.

Supreme Court Opinions
March 11

No. 14–0401 
PHUOC NGUYEN vs. STATE OF IOWA In this second application for postconviction relief, a defendant challenges his murder conviction under the state and federal constitutions and on state common law retroactivity grounds. DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED.


No. 14–1553 
The plaintiff agricultural supply company appeals the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendants in an action for indemnification. REVERSED AND REMANDED.


No. 15–1198 
Adopted person appeals juvenile court order denying application to unseal adoption records to identify her biological parents. AFFIRMED.


The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued orders granting or denying applications for further review in 34 cases


In Other News ...

Obama nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court
Settling for a centrist candidate with nearly two decades of judicial experience, President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland, a federal appeals judge in Washington, D.C., to the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. If confirmed, Garland, 63, wouldn't bring diversity to the court as much a lengthy résumé in public service, including stints in the Department of Justice and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where he has served since 1997 and is now the chief judge.
Huffington Post

After July 1, most juvenile court records in Iowa presumed confidential

Governor Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that will make most juvenile court records confidential. Advocates say it will help young African American men in particular turn their lives around after teenage mistakes. Paula Morris of Des Moines said it means once her grandson turns 18, his juvenile court conviction won’t come up when he applies for a job or college. 

Radio Iowa


Central High School's mock trial teams learns about legal system 

The first-degree murder trial of the State of Iowa vs. Robin Wayne played out Wednesday night in the Scott County Courthouse. The case: Wayne, a veteran officer with the Gotham City, Iowa, Police Department, is accused of fatally shooting career criminal and suspected drug dealer Ozzie Coblepot on May 22.  In a small room near the county attorney's office, prosecuting attorney Thompson Teasdale, 18, questioned Mickey Sloat, AKA "Fischer Mooney," about the night she saw Wayne shoot her cousin. Teasdale asked the witness what she noted before the shooting took place. 

Quad City Times


Clouds gather over Iowa's 'sunshine' records laws  

Costs and time spent defining what qualifies as an open record in Iowa are the biggest impediments to gaining access to information about how government functions and the way public money is spent. The cluster of rules defining public records in Iowa can be confusing or leave room for uncertainty. When a dispute arises, fighting for access to information can incur expensive legal fees despite the creation of the Iowa Public Information Board, which took effect in 2013 and can mediate record disputes. 

Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier 


Second funnel: What survived in the Iowa Legislature

There's renewed optimism about striking deals on key issues, including the state's $7 billion budget, as the Iowa Legislature enters the 10th week of its 2016 session. Lawmakers return to work on Monday with a pared-down list of bills following Friday's second "funnel" deadline, which resulted in scores of proposals being pronounced dead for this year. 

Des Moines Register


The Iowa Lawyer Weekly is an electronic newsletter published every Wednesday. Please submit comments, letters to the editor, articles, or photos, to Contact information should be included with submissions. The ISBA reserves the right to refuse any submission but will take all submissions into consideration for future publication.


March 14




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

  • Vicki Levy Eskin, Levy & Associates, P.A., Longwood, FL
Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicants should contact: Dave Ewert at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.


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Visit the Career Center for more information.

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