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    May 18, 2016
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ISBA Ethics Committee to broadcast free CLE on local radio station

The ISBA’s Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee, in cooperation with KMA Radio Shenandoah, Iowa, is scheduled to present a live CLE broadcast Saturday morning, May 21. The broadcast will cover conflicts of interest in view of the Iowa Supreme Court’s recent attorney discipline decision.

The CLE covers recommendations on how to identify Rule 32:1.7, concurrent client conflicts; Rule 32:1.9, prior client conflicts; and Rule 32:1.10, imputed conflicts. The CLE will also cover timing and content of conflict waivers.

Registration for the CLE is free and provides one hour of ethics CLE credit. Simply send an e-mail to with "KMA Webinar” in the subject line to receive a link to course materials.

The broadcast begins at 9 a.m. on channel 960 AM or 99.1 FM. The radio station broadcasts out of Shenandoah and has a listening area that covers all of Southwestern Iowa. Some listeners may be able to tune in as far away as Des Moines or even Sioux City, Iowa. Those not in the listening area can listen to the live broadcast stream online.

YLD to host Luau in the Lot

The YLD will once again host the popular Luau in the Lot social event during the ISBA Annual Meeting next month. The Hawaiian-themed party is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in the parking lot of the ISBA Headquarters, 625 East Court Avenue, in Des Moines, Iowa.

A variety of food and drinks will be available, along with outdoor games and music to entertain guests as they socialize with colleagues. Not only are ties not allowed at this casual event, everyone is encouraged to wear their best Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts.

The event is open to all ISBA members and their guests. Those interested in attending should be sure to indicate their planned attendance when registering for the annual meeting.

Also, hotel rooms that are reserved for annual meeting are going fast, so be sure to make your reservations now. The ISBA has a room block at the following host hotels:

  • Holiday Inn - Mercy Campus
    1050 6th Avenue, Des Moines
    515-283-0151, $109 plus tax
  • Hampton Inn Downtown
    120 SW Water Street, Des Moines
    515-244-1650, $139 plus tax
  • Des Moines Marriott Downtown
    700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines
    515-245-5500, $143 plus tax

For questions about the Luau in the Lot or hotel room blocks, please contact Lisa Hanson at 515-697-7876 or For more information and to register for the annual meeting, click here.

Young lawyers seek mentors. Apply today

The ISBA YLD Mentoring Program is accepting applications from attorneys looking to mentor or be a mentee. This year is expected to have more than enough mentees and is hoping to get as many mentors as possible. Applications will be accepted through June 1.

The program that began in late 2014 with the intent to build collegiality, requires at least six hours throughout the year, preferably with three or four in-person meetings. The program helps guide interactions with suggested topics but is designed to be customized for individuals’ needs.

To become a mentor, members are required to have practiced for five years and have a clean disciplinary record. Selected mentor applicants are then matched to their best mentee partners in order to help create valuable relationships. Mentors can help in the development of practical skills and judgment and can instill the ethical and professional values that characterize excellent lawyers.

To apply to be a mentor or to be connected to a mentor, please visit the YLD’s Mentoring Program page.


Iowa mock trial team wins at nationals

The Marion Home School Association’s Slayhawks mock trial team walked away with the top honors in the 2016 National High School Mock Trial competition last week in Boise, Idaho. This is the first national title for an Iowa team in 10 years. A team from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, won the title in 2006.

This year’s win gives Iowa four national titles since the national competition began in 1984. As a result, Iowa is now tied with Georgia for the most national wins.

Forty-six teams, all state champions in their respective states, traveled to Boise for this year’s two-day competition. The Marion team represented the plaintiff in the case, which pitted a sheep herder against a cattle rancher, twice on Friday and the defense three times on Saturday, including in the championship round. It defeated teams from California, Texas, Michigan and Idaho to make it into the finals, where it faced a Nebraska team that was the 2015 national champion.

John Wheeler, director of the ISBA’s Center for Law and Civic Education, said that the Marion team was motivated from the start to win the national contest. The team finished sixth in the nation last year in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Only two home school associations have won the national championship previously in its 32-year history. Both of those teams were from Tennessee; they won in 2002 and 2003.

Students, teacher honored for Law Day projects

A total of 33 students and one teacher in the Des Moines metro area were honored at a luncheon last week for their projects in the 2016 Law Day competition co-sponsored by the Polk County Bar Association and ARAG®. Judy Bradshaw, director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and former chief of the City of Des Moines Police Department, delivered the keynote address to the students and the attorneys and judges attending the luncheon.

Students in grades K-5 and 6-12 expressed their understanding of citizen rights under the Miranda Warning – this year’s ABA Law Day theme – through essays, visual arts, music and performing arts, poetry, posters and coloring competitions. The winning students each received a certificate commemorating their achievements.

Megan Willard of St. Theresa Catholic School in Des Moines, Iowa, received the "Best Teacher” participation prize. Click here to see a list of the students who won.

Golf for a good cause

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host its Justice Fore All Golf Outing for the eastern part of the state Thursday, June 9, at the Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon, Iowa. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 1:15 p.m. A catered dinner will follow.

The four-person best-ball-formatted tournament is one of two hosted each summer by the YLD to generate monies for the ISBA Public Service Project. The registration fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, two beverage tickets per participant, hole prizes, prizes for the top three teams and the catered dinner.

Click here for details and a registration form. Registration deadline is June 2.

Supreme Court Opinions
May 13

No. 14–1860
 Former clients of an attorney moved to disqualify him as counsel in an action against them. The district court denied the motion for disqualification. DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED.

No. 15–1824
Grievance commission reports respondent committed ethical misconduct involving two clients and recommends a combination of a public reprimand and a concurrent three month suspension. LICENSE SUSPENDED.


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