Iowa Lawyer Weekly (06/04/2014)
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June 4, 2014
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Free lawyer toolkit contains sample engagement, conflict of interest, etc. letters

Attendees at this year’s ISBA Annual Meeting, June 16-19, can receive a nice bonus if they stop by the Lockton Risk Services booth in the exhibitor area. Lockton, which is the ISBA’s endorsed provider of professional liability insurance, will be handing out a free toolkit for lawyers that contains sample letters for engaging or disengaging a client, and for other transactions.

Entitled "Lawyers’ Toolkit 3.0: A Guide to Managing the Attorney-Client Relationship,” the 90-page document is designed to assist attorneys in creating documents that enable them to better manage their interactions with potential and actual clients.

Included in the toolkit are these sample documents:

· 15 engagement letters

· 2 awaiting further action letters

· 1 non-engagement letter/declination letter

· 4 conflict of interest waivers

· 1 closing matter/disengagement letter

The Lockton booth is No. 4 in the center of the hallway on the main floor of the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly Veterans Memorial Auditorium).

Annual meeting to include nontraditional events

The 2014 Annual Meeting will host a number of events not normally held in conjunction with annual meetings. Event planners understand that attorneys who practice in rural communities are inconvenienced when attending these centrally located events and are hoping that the additions will help reduce travel costs for members.

A new addition this year includes the 2nd Annual Tech Show. The first tech show held last year was popular enough that event planners decided to make it an annual event. The tech show is divided into three different tracks this year: office productivity, law practice management, and litigation. Members can go online to see a full layout of the courses offered at this year’s tech show.

In addition to the tech show, the annual meeting will also host the Basic Skills Course this year. Attorneys needing to fulfill their basic skills training can do so while having the ability to attend a number of other annual meeting events. The Basic Skills Course will be offered June 17-18 and includes a complimentary ticket to the Creighton, Drake, or University of Iowa law school luncheons.

Lastly, this is the third year that the Iowa Judges’ Annual Conference will be held jointly with the ISBA annual meeting. Although the two events are normally held around the same time, having the two events in the same location allows attorneys and judges the ability to interact outside of the courtroom or the Bench-Bar Conference which is held bi-annually.

Those interested in taking advantage of these nontraditional events by attending the 2014 Annual Meeting can register online. Members can also register separately for the Basic Skills Course and the 2nd Annual Tech Show if they are unable to attend other annual meeting activities. For any questions regarding registration or any of the events discussed in this article, readers can email or call 515-697-7874.

An invitation from Incoming President Joe Feller to attend the Red Mass during annual meeting

"On June 18, I will accept the gavel from President Guy Cook and start my term as the 128th President of The Iowa State Bar Association. It is very important to me to get my term off to a good start, and what better way than attending the Red Mass to be held at 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, at the St. Ambrose Cathedral in downtown Des Moines, a few blocks south of our annual meeting site. Bishop Richard Pates will celebrate the Mass assisted by my son, Brian Feller, who will be ordained a transitory deacon on June 7 in Sioux City, just one year away from his priestly ordination.

Please join us that day at the Red Mass asking for the help we all need as lawyers and judges to use those talents we have been given to represent our clients well or render just and fair decisions. The Mass is open to all people, Catholic or not. You do not need to be registered for the ISBA Annual Meeting to attend.

Whether you can attend or not, please pass this message on to others who may be interested. Thanks to Frank Harty and the St. Thomas More Society for sponsoring this Red Mass at the same time as our annual meeting.”

YLD elects new officers, district directors

The following officers and district directors were elected to the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) executive council in voting that ended last month:

President-Elect: Joe Goedken

Secretary: Reed McManigal

District 1A: Jodee Dietzenbach

District 1B: Laura Folkerts

District 3A: Andrea Smook

District 4: Kyle Marcum

District 5C: Cynthia Boyle Lande

Ted Craig

Mirium Van Heukelem

Kelsey Knutson

Rebecca Reif

District 6: Genevieve Reinkoester

Abhay Nadipuram

Jace Jensen

District 8B: Beau Bergmann

Amos Hill, Des Moines, ascends to the presidency, replacing Ian Russell, Davenport. The new officers and directors begin their terms at the YLD summer quarterly meeting on June 17.

Save the date: Solo/Small Firm Conference

The General Practice Section is scheduled to host an event tailored for attorneys of solo or small firms at the Honey Creek Resort in Moravia Aug. 14-16. Details are nearly finalized and registration will open soon.

The conference will kick off with registration and a family-friendly welcome barbeque on Thursday night. Friday will consist of a full day of continuing legal education courses which will include lunch and an evening reception. The last day, Saturday, will hold a half-day of ethics considerations and a two-person, best-shot golf tournament. Not a golfer? Guided fishing and hiking tours will be available to attendees and their families as an alternative social event.

Some of the CLE topics include The Practice vs. The Business, Reaping the Financial Benefits--Selling or Transitioning a Practice, Making Your Point-- Communication with Clients, Counsel and Staff, and Bringing It Home – Fee Agreements and Collections.

Once the final details are worked out, registration will be available online at the ISBA website.

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Did You Know...

you can search for any ISBA member from the association’s website? Simply go to, sign in, then click on "Membership Directory” under the "Member Groups” tab in the gold bar near the top of the page. You can search for the member by first and last name if you know both names. Or you can search by last name or first name only.

Benefit of the Week

Young Lawyers Division's social event featuring dueling pianos
Call, text, and tweet Sweet Caroline, Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Jack and Diane, Proud Mary, Eleanor Rigby, and even your friends in low places. Invite them to celebrate good times with you at the Young Lawyers Division's social event featuring dueling pianos on Tuesday, June 17 from 7 - 10 p.m. The event is free to ISBA members and their guest. Simply R.S.V.P. here.

The Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center's Grand Ballroom will be the place to be on Tuesday. Come mingle with old friends and make new ones as you sing and dance the night away to the piano man playing your song. This YLD event is a time for ISBA members to come together and relax after taking care of business during the day at the ISBA's 2014 Annual Meeting

Iowa Supreme Court Decisions

May 30, 2014

No. 12-1491

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Thomas G. Reidel, Judge. The State seeks further review of a court of appeals decision holding that the State presented insufficient evidence to support the defendant’s convictions for possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to deliver. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AND SENTENCE AFFIRMED.

No. 13-0204

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Todd A. Geer, Judge. Taxpayers appeal a district court ruling on the applicability of statutory notice and sale provisions to road right-of-way held by the City. REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.

No. 13-1966

On review of the report of the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa. The grievance commission reports respondent committed ethical violations and recommends a six-month suspension of the attorney’s license. LICENSE SUSPENDED.

No. 14-0049

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