Iowa Lawyer Weekly (04/30/2014)
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April 30, 2014
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One lucky winner will leave annual meeting with two tickets to paradise

Two tickets with round trip airfare. Ten days, four countries. Stateroom accommodations. All-inclusive meals and entertainment. One lucky annual meeting attendee and a guest will be living the life of luxury for 10 days just for a paid registration to the 2014 Annual Meeting. ISBA members can increase their chance of winning this luxurious prize by registering for the annual meeting prior to May 15.


The European cruise, valued at more than $5,000, will take one member and a guest to Spain, France, Monaco and Italy. All members who register for the annual meeting by May 15 will find one drawing ticket in the registration materials. This will be their first opportunity to win. The second opportunity will come during the show when they have vendors sign their cards.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win big. Register today! See a complete CLE listing and schedule by downloading the 2014 Annual Meeting eight-page brochure.

Want to handle court-appointed cases?

The State Public Defenders Office (SPD)  is offering training sessions for attorneys who would like to contract with the SPD to handle court-appointed cases. The training for criminal work will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 15, and the training for juvenile work will be at the same times on May 16.


For more information on how to apply for an Indigent Defense Contract or to obtain information about the two upcoming, no-charge training sessions, click here.

Annual Tech Show: not just for attorneys

After the success of last year’s tech show, ISBA staff and event planners are beefing up this year’s show with more opportunities and content. But this tech show isn’t just for attorneys. For only $35, law office staff members can attend and soak up handy tech knowledge, and even get lunch out of the deal.


Some of the tech show headliner topics include navigating social media; virtual meetings: fewer hassles, more billable hours; Office 365 for law offices; HotDocs: the future of document automation; Adobe Acrobat essential training; embracing the paperless office and hot tips and tricks on assorted technology topics with subject-matter experts. (See the full list of topics.)


The tech show is included in the annual meeting fee so attorneys attending the annual meeting can drop into the tech show at no additional cost. For those not attending the annual meeting, but wishing to attend the tech show, registration is available online here.

Members can register for annual meeting here, or for 
a complete schedule download the 2014 Annual Meeting eight-page brochure

Remembering the Holocaust

The Iowa National Guard is scheduled to hold a National Day of Remembrance event, open to the public, tomorrow, May 1, at the Camp Dodge Theater in Johnston from noon to 1 p.m. The subject for the remembrance event is Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses.


During the event there will be readings, a video presentation from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, guest speakers and a question and answer session. David Wolnerman, a Holocaust survivor from Des Moines, is scheduled as the guest speaker.


The public is encouraged to participate. People interested in attending must bring a photo ID to enter the Camp Dodge gate. Drivers licenses are accepted. Those attending the event are encouraged to bring a lunch. The event is sponsored by the State Equal Employment Manager’s Office of the Iowa National Guard. All questions can be directed to that office here.

81 new attorneys raise their right hand to join Iowa’s legal profession

Justice Waterman SpeakingWith words of encouragement and congratulations ringing in their ears, 81 new law school graduates took the oath to uphold the laws of Iowa and the United States and to perform their duties as lawyers ethically and in the best interests of their clients during the swearing-in ceremony Monday, April 28, at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines.


"You will be tested the rest of your life,” Iowa Supreme Court Justice Tom Waterman told the graduates in the opening speech before the swearing-in. However, "those tests will take place in conference rooms and courtrooms,” he said.


Joining Justice Waterman at the podium in the 45-minute ceremony were David L. Brown, representing the ISBA; Ian Russell, representing the ISBA’s Young Lawyers Division; and Dennis Groenenboom, representing Iowa Legal Aid.


Click here to see a list of Iowa’s newest attorneys.

Changes to make to minimize Internet Explorer and AOL security breaches

If you regularly use Internet Explorer as your web browser and AOL for email, you may want to make a few changes to increase your protection with both.


A number of news outlets have carried stories the last few days about a security gap in the popular web browser Internet Explorer that could allow hackers to take control of a person’s computer if the user clicks on a malicious link. AOL admitted yesterday that its network and systems were recently breached.


In an Associated Press article broadcast on ABC News yesterday, Microsoft encouraged users of its Internet Explorer browser to enable a firewall, apply all software updates and install anti-malware software. Meanwhile, the company is working on a fix that it will provide in a software update on May 13. If none of those options sounds feasible, consider using a different browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome, both of which are free, until Microsoft is able to fix the problems with Internet Explorer.


AOL said it began investigating a potential problem when the amount of "spoofed” emails from AOL mail addresses increased significantly. "Spoofing” is a tactic used by spammers to make it appear that the message is from an email user known to the recipient to trick the recipient into opening it. As an immediate solution, AOL "strongly encourages” users to reset the passwords used for any AOL service and, at the same time change their security question and answer that is used when resetting a password.

Bridge the Gap quickly approaching

Vegas sign with Bridge the GapThe annual, two-day Bridge the Gap seminar organized by the YLD will be held May 8-9 and is quickly approaching. Those interested in attending should ensure they are registered prior to May 7.


The Bridge the Gap seminar is a two-day "nuts and bolts” seminar that provides information on a wide variety of topics from introductory to intermediate levels. This year’s theme is Vegas-related and scheduled to be at the West Des Moines Marriot.


Those attending will earn 15 hours of state CLE which includes three ethics hours. The seminar is unique in that for a low fee one can obtain all federal, state and ethics CLE requirements. Those attending Bridge the Gap should be aware that seminar materials will be electronic only and will be emailed prior to the event.


Members can click here to register online and view the most up-to-date schedule, or click here for a printable registration form.  For any questions, members can contact the ISBA CLE Department at or 515-697-7874.


For more ISBA CLE opportunities, including the 2014 Annual Meeting, click here or download the 2014 Annual Meeting eight-page brochure.

Next week’s Spring Tax Institute to feature Natalie Choate

Natalie Choate smilingThe ISBA is excited to have Natalie B. Choate as the featured speaker for the 60th Annual Spring Tax Institute held at the University Club in Iowa City May 9. Choate, back by popular demand, was invited to the Annual Spring Tax Institute after receiving rave reviews for her 2009 presentation.


Choate is the preeminent retirement benefits planning speaker in the country. She will provide guidance and insight to practitioners on understanding the minimum distribution rules, case studies in estate planning for retirement benefits, and 201 best (and worst) planning ideas for your client’s retirement benefits.


The event is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Law and the Taxation Section of the ISBA.


Time is running out for members to register for the 60th Annual Spring Tax Institute in Iowa City. To register online, please click here or for a printable registration form click here.

For more ISBA CLE opportunities, including the 2014 Annual Meetingclick here or download the 2014 Annual Meeting eight-page brochure

Update on U.S. Will Registry article in last week’s newsletter

The U.S. Will Registry officials have decided to offer their services free for one year, a value they claim is worth about $240. The announcement came in a news release a day after the article was published in last week’s Iowa Lawyer Weekly.


The U.S. Wills Registry is a website designed to keep track of people’s last wills and testaments and their living wills that was developed after eight years of research and the guidance of 22 top retired estate planning attorneys throughout the country, according to information in a news release put out by the company. The goal is to have attorneys register wills with the central database so that heirs or caregivers can locate them by filing a request with the registry. The registry then forwards the request to the attorney or law firm on record as having registered the will with a request that the attorney/firm follow up with the individual making the request.


According to the U.S. Will Registry website, the charge for registering a living will is $5, a last will and testament $9.95, and both $12.95. Those fees have been waived for the first year. More details are available on the website.

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Iowa Supreme Court Decisions

April 25, 2014

No. 13–0964

Review of a report filed by the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa recommending the suspension of an attorney’s license.

No. 13.1606
IN THE INTEREST OF J.S. & N.S., Minor Children, A.S., Mother On review from the Iowa Court of Appeals. Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Julie A. Schumacher, District Associate Judge.

The State seeks further review of a court of appeals decision that reversed, in part, an adjudication of two children as children in need of assistance.