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    July 27, 2016
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Editor's Note: The Judicial Performance Review Survey that was mentioned in last week's edition of the Iowa Lawyer Weekly was delayed. The survey was originally scheduled to go out this past Monday. Because of scheduling issues, the survey will be emailed out to members tomorrow, July 28th.

Candidates wanted for Supreme Court advisory committees

ISBA President Skip Kenyon is seeking individuals interested in serving on the following Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committees:

  • Probate Procedure and Forms
  • Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Rules of Juvenile Procedure

A brief description of each committee and a list of the current members of the committee and when their terms expire can be found on the judicial branch website at this link. President Kenyon will select and forward the names of the nominees to the court. The court will appoint the new members prior to Sept. 30.


If interested in serving on one or more of the committees, please send an email to by Tuesday, Aug. 9. Include "Supreme Court Advisory Committee” in the subject line. In the body of the email, list the name of the committee(s) you are applying for and a brief paragraph describing where you are located, your employer, type of practice, years of practice and any other pertinent information that would be helpful for President Kenyon.

Reminder: YLD seeking leaders for Student Debt Task Force

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking five high-energy young attorneys to lead the newly established Student Debt Task Force. Any motivated YLD member will be considered, but those with a background or interest in banking and finance are preferred. Those interested should notify YLD leadership no later than Friday, July 29, at 5 p.m. for consideration. 


The task force was established based on recent responses to a student debt survey that went out to YLD members. YLD officers created the task force and charged it with implementing a comprehensive debt-relief program for young attorneys. Young attorneys who have not already done so, should complete the survey by July 29 as the responses are being used to craft the final agenda of the task force. 


YLD members who are interested in taking on a leadership role should email Reed McManigal at or Tom Hillers at


Iowa Business Specialty Court posts annual evaluation

The Iowa Business Specialty Court began its annual review process July 19. Attorneys who took cases before the court were asked to complete an evaluation on the progress and effectiveness of the business court that would help determine whether it should continue operations. The latest evaluation was recently posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website.


The business court began as a three-year pilot. In February it was extended based on information from the previous years’ reviews. Information gathered is combined with an analysis of the cases heard by the courts in order to improve on the business court program and ensure it is meeting the goals set forth at its inception. In prior years, all responding attorneys agreed this system was needed as a permanent component, saying they would seek assignment of qualifying cases in the future. 


The business court accepts a broad range of complex commercial cases with $200,000 or more in dispute or with claims seeking primarily injunctive or declaratory relief.  In addition, cases must satisfy at least one of nine criteria listed in the Iowa Supreme Court's Memorandum of Operation outlining the three-year pilot program. Three Iowa district court judges with experience in handling the complex issues facing businesses staff the business court.

August Iowa Lawyer now available online

The August Iowa Lawyer Magazine is now available online. The issue recaps the annual meeting, highlighting new leadership and award winners for 2016. In addition, see how Iowa attorneys are contributing to a stronger justice system overseas.


Those who elect to receive the print version of the magazine should see it in mailboxes in the next week or so. To view the digital version, navigate to, click on "Publications,” then "Iowa Lawyer Magazine.” Those who no longer wish to receive the printed version of the magazine can elect to receive it electronically by navigating to their ISBA account settings and selecting "yes” for the "Iowa Lawyer Magazine Online” option.


Questions regarding the Iowa Lawyer Magazine can be directed to the ISBA Communications Department at or 515-697-7898.

Supreme Court adopts amendments to media coverage rules

Last Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court ordered the adoption of amendments to the Rules for Expanded Media Coverage in chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules. The amendments reflect technological advancements in media coverage and allow a more consistent use of expanded media coverage statewide while promoting Iowa’s long history of transparency of court processes.


The amendment to Rule 25.3(2) specifies that only one request for expanded news media coverage is required for all district court proceedings in the same case or trial, except for initial appearances in criminal cases which require a separate request. The amendment to Rule 25.5(2) addresses expanded news media coverage for the supreme court and court of appeals. Read the amendments to both rules here.


The court also amended Forms 1 and 4 in Rule 25.10 to reflect the changes in the above rules. Form 1 is the news media coordinator’s notice of request for expanded news media coverage to the attorneys and the judge involved in the case at least seven days before the proceeding begins. Form 4 is the news media coordinator’s notice of request for expanded news media coverage of appellate court proceedings, which must be filed no later than the Friday immediately preceding the week in which oral arguments are held.


In Other News ...

Why go solo? Some have no choice, but discover they like the flexibility and client interaction.

Some lawyers who go solo make the choice after discovering they don’t like doing document review or working for others. Others can’t find a job. About 4.4 percent of the law school class of 2014 went solo, according to statistics compiled by the National Association for Law Placement in 2015. (sub. req.) spoke with several newbie solos about their practices.

ABA Journal


Transgender prison nurse accuses state of discrimination

A transgender male who is a longtime Iowa Department of Corrections nurse has filed a complaint against the state and his insurance provider alleging he was discriminated against because of his gender identity.

Des Moines Register


Appeal rulings to be announced in 2 major Iowa cases

Iowa Court of Appeals is expected to release rulings Wednesday in two high-profile cases: Eddie Tipton vs. the State and Seth Techel vs. the State.



To reduce bias, some police departments are rethinking traffic stops

Though it's his job to enforce the law, Thomas Wydra — police chief of Hamden, Conn. — is not so sure about the laws on defective equipment.



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