Iowa Lawyer Weekly (07/08/15)
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    July 8, 2015   
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District 2A dialogue event with ABA President-elect nominee builds momentum

More than 50 ISBA members participated in the District 2A event July 2, with Linda Klein, the President-elect nominee of the American Bar Association. Klein arrived in Mason City, Iowa, directly from the Dakotas to ask attendees what they need as lawyers that they are not getting now. 

Phil Garland, ISBA Rural Practice Committee Co-chair, expressed his thanks to Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Cady, Drake Law School Dean Ullem, University of Iowa College of Law Dean Agrawal, and all other attendees for engaging in last Thursday’s discussion. 

"Linda led a very sincere discussion,” said Garland. "She has always been supportive of rural practice in Iowa.” Common themes that emerged from the discussion include:

• Less interaction among attorneys due, in part, to changes in technology/
  relationships between attorneys;
• Attracting new and young lawyers to small communities, especially in light of
  student loan debt;
• Special challenges related to pro se litigants in civil and criminal matters

Those unable to attend July 2, can hear more about Klein in her own words via her brief address to the ABA House of Delegates last February by clicking here. A more in-depth article on Klein and the July 2, event will appear in an upcoming special edition of the Iowa Lawyer Magazine.

ISBA section and committee chair appointments

The following individuals were appointed as chairs to various ISBA sections and committees for FY 15-16.

Incoming Section Chairs
Business Law Section

R. Scott Van Vooren, Davenport

Construction Law Section

John A. Templer, Jr., Des Moines 

Corporate Counsel Section

Nicolle Schippers, Des Moines

General Practice Section

Eldwin (Charlie) A. Nichols, Fairfield

Intellectual Property Law Section

Jason Sytsma, Cedar Rapids

International Law Section

James S. Sheets, Des Moines

Litigation Section

Tim Semelroth, Cedar Rapids

Probate, Trust & Estate Planning Section

Matthew D. Gardner, Urbandale

Real Estate & Title Law Section

Scott Hall, Des Moines

Taxation Section

Susan H. Willey, Cedar Rapids

Incoming Committee Chairs
Access to Justice Committee

Anjela Shutts, Des Moines

Ann Naffier, Des Moines

Appellate Practice Committee

Aaron Oliver, Des Moines

Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee

Emily Chafa, Johnston
Henry J. Bevel, III, Waterloo

Public Relations Committee

George F. Davison, Jr., Des Moines

Ways and Means Committee

Jay Eaton, Waukee

Iowa Lawyer Magazine call for entries: Diversity, inclusiveness

The editor of the Iowa Lawyer Magazine is looking for Iowa attorneys interested in speaking about diversity and inclusiveness for an upcoming issue. The September/October Issue is going to feature different aspects of diversity and inclusiveness in both the legal profession as well as the bar itself.

But the issue wouldn’t be complete without the help of ISBA members. If you can answer any of the following questions comfortably, we want to talk to you!

• Why is diversity and inclusiveness important to you and to the legal profession?
• What are your personal success stories when it comes to diversity and
• What are the biggest challenges in diversity and inclusiveness that the profession is
• What steps could the ISBA take to ensure a more diverse and inclusive environment
   now and into the future?

To submit an entry, email and include "Diversity and Inclusiveness” in the email subject line. Include your full name, a short bio and a paragraph or two answering any of the above questions. Have something to say about diversity and/or inclusiveness that wasn’t asked above? That’s fine, too. All entries will be taken into consideration. The ISBA communications staff will be in touch with you as soon as your entry is received. Deadline for submission is August 15.


Join Sioux City law firm for craft beer and BBQ during RAGBRAI, July 18


Crary, Huff, Ringgenberg, Hartnett & Storm, P.C. in Sioux City, will be hosting a kick-off party in conjunction with the opening weekend of RAGBRAI. Members of the ISBA and any other legal professionals participating in RAGBRAI are invited to attend from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 18. Complimentary beef brisket, pulled pork, craft beer and a variety of other refreshments will be offered.

Crary Huff Law Firm is located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, just a few blocks from camping and other RAGBRAI entertainment. For directions, click here. Those interested in attending may RSVP by contacting McKenzie Shipley at or by calling 712-277-4561.


Harper Lee book, 'Go Set a Watchman' preview July 10, release July 14


A new story that includes literary and film iconic lawyer Atticus Finch will be released July 14. "Go Set a Watchman,” is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from "To Kill a Mockingbird,” some twenty years later. Scout, Jean Louise Finch, has returned to Maycomb, Ala., from New York City to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

Harper Lee says, "In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called ‘Go Set a Watchman.’ It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout's childhood, persuaded me to write a novel from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told. I hadn't realized it had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it. After much thought and hesitation I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years."

Publisher HarperCollins releases Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird” companion novel "Go Set a Watchman” July 14. To learn more on how to preview the first chapter from one of a variety of sources July 10, click here. To learn more about the discovery of the novel, click here.


In Other News ...

Iowa Civil Rights Act turns 50 - Despite progress, 'you still need the law'
In the past few weeks, the issue of civil rights in the United States has taken center stage… "If everyone in our society would act righteously, which is to say according to that principal, we would not need the law to declare and enforce the principle,” he said. "Until that day, however, we need the Iowa Civil Rights Act and should be grateful for its enactment 50 years ago.”
The Cedar Rapids Gazette

Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground
A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge's order to share with the new owner the passwords of the business' Facebook and Twitter accounts, which the judge had declared property.
KWWL Eastern Iowa Channel 7

Jury rejects conservative's bias suit against U. Iowa dean
The former dean of the University of Iowa law school didn’t commit illegal political discrimination when she passed over a conservative lawyer for teaching jobs, a jury ruled Monday. After a six-day trial, a federal jury in Davenport rejected Teresa Manning’s assertion that then-Dean Carolyn Jones rejected her for the faculty because of Manning’s political beliefs and associations.
The Washinton Post

Iowa court limits warrantless searches inside suspects' cars
A divided Iowa Supreme Court concluded its term Tuesday with a ruling that will often require police officers to obtain warrants before they can search inside suspects’ vehicles. In a 4-3 decision, the court outlined a new rule that declares officers can conduct warrantless searches of glove compartments and other places inside vehicles only when safety concerns are at issue. Once suspects are arrested and removed from vehicles, officers generally will need to get warrants to conduct a search — even when they have reason to suspect illegal contraband is hidden inside.
Newton Daily News

Linn County fails to push for Brandstad veto on state court debt collection
Linn County officials on Monday said they and officials in 50 other Iowa counties got the short end of Gov. Terry Branstad’s veto pen late last week when the governor declined to block a change in how the state collects court debt. The officials were among county officials who had asked Branstad to keep the state’s debt collection system as is rather than approving sections of Senate File 510 that county officials say will steer more of the revenue from court debt collection to the state and away from county collection operations.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette


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