Iowa Lawyer Weekly (07/09/2014)
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July 9, 2014
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Help needed in unauthorized practice of law violation

The Iowa Supreme Court Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law is asking ISBA members to contact the commission if they have any knowledge of Kiara Jayne Eppinga’s advertising of divorce and marriage services, or Eppinga Legal Service.

On June 6, 2014, Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer of the Third District of Iowa issued a permanent injunction against Eppinga enjoining her from the advertising of legal services and engaging in the unauthorized practice of law within Iowa.

Eppinga, a non-lawyer, advertised her "marriage and divorce” services through her website and a Facebook page. In her advertisements she noted that because she was both an ordained minister and a former legal assistant she could "officiate your wedding or help you end a marriage with divorce….”

According to the complaint filed by the Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Eppinga was charging $200 for a "standard divorce” with additional fees for in-person consultations. She was also filing dissolution documents for individuals in Buena Vista and Humboldt counties using the EDMS system.

Anyone who sees evidence of this violation of the unauthorized practice of law should contact the UPL Commission at

August is open enrollment for new ISBA vision plan

Members who want to take advantage of a new vision plan the ISBA has worked out with Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc., its endorsed healthcare provider, need to act fairly quickly. Open enrollment is from Aug. 1-31. Members not enrolling during the month of August will have to wait until the next open enrollment period in 2015.

Highlights of the plan, which is being offered through DeltaVision of Iowa, include: Competitive rates, comprehensive exam and eyewear benefits, choice of independent and retail providers and DeltaVision top notch customer service and support, according to officials at Reynolds & Reynolds.

A more complete explanation of the new plan for individuals and groups can be found here (click here to find a vision provider). A listing of the benefits, including co-pays, can be found at this link. The application form is available here.

Is law school like an undervalued stock?

The author of the "Moneybox” column in the online magazine, Slate, thinks so. He was quoted in a recent article in the ABA Journal’s Law News Now as saying that for individuals "who really do dream of becoming a lawyer,” it’s a good time to think about law school.

Jordan Weissmann looks at an investment in law school the way people look at an investment in the stock market. "Right now,” he says, "law school looks like a stock that crashed too far after a panic, and is suddenly a bit undervalued.”

Read the full article here. It also contains links to additional articles, including the Moneybox column that is cited in the ABA Journal posting.

Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference scheduled for August

Judges of the Eighth Circuit have assembled more than 42 presenters for the 2014 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference scheduled for Aug. 6-8 at the Hilton Omaha Hotel in downtown Omaha, Neb. A broad range of civil, criminal, bankruptcy and specialty practice topics will be covered.

This full bench-bar conference is held in conjunction with the Nebraska Supreme Court, the Nebraska and Iowa state bar associations, the Eighth Circuit Bar Association and the Omaha Bar Association. All attorneys are cordially invited and encouraged to attend.

The deadline for hotel registration is July 11, and online conference registration will close July 25. For more details, download the conference flyer, or visit the conference webpage to register.

Readership survey closed, results to be analyzed

The 2014 Iowa State Bar Association Readership Survey closed last week and the results are scheduled to be published in an upcoming issue of the Iowa Lawyer magazine. The staff of The Iowa State Bar Association appreciates the time taken by members to complete the survey.

More than 600 members responded to the survey, which ran from late May until Jun 30. The survey consisted of eight questions relating to ISBA communication methods and preferences and five optional demographic questions. The intent of the survey is to ascertain whether current communication methods are effective and providing member value, as well as to capture comments and suggestions.

The results of this survey may be the impetus for future communication changes within the association. Members who were not able to participate in the survey but have questions, suggestions or comments may email the communications department at All submissions are taken into consideration.

Only 1 ½ weeks remain to participate in YLD’s Justice Fore All Golf outing

July 18 is the deadline to register online for the 2014 YLD Justice Fore All Golf (Central) outing. This year’s event will be held Thursday, July 24, at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny.

The outing is a four-person, best-ball event with a shotgun start at noon. A boxed lunch is provided starting at 11:30 a.m., and a reception and awards ceremony takes place as soon as all golfers are finished.

Profits earned through player fees and hole sponsorships support the programs and activities of the ISBA’s Public Service Project, which works to promote access to justice throughout the state.

Online registration is available here. Questions about the event should be directly to Jay Syverson at or 515-645-5510.

Newsletter to take a summer vacation

This Iowa Lawyer Weekly newsletter will be taking a week’s summer vacation starting next week. There will be no July 16 issue, unless news significantly important to members occurs between now and next Wednesday.

The newsletter will resume publication on Wednesday, July 23.

Also, there likely will be no supreme court decisions in the newsletter for the next several weeks. The Iowa Supreme Court began its summer administrative term on July 1. The court will resume reviewing and deciding on cases Sept. 1.

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.

Did You Know...

you can receive price breaks on office supplies including computers and printers, furniture, cleaning supplies and even promotional items such as pens, mugs, hats, etc., through Staples? The ISBA is part of the Staples Advantage program that makes discounts on commonly used items in the law practice available to members. Contact Renee via email at, or via phone at 800-693-9900, Ext. 24729 for more information.

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