Supreme Court seeks nominations
for four advisory committees
Iowa Supreme Court invited ISBA President Bruce Walker to provide nominations
for four advisory committees with anticipated vacancies this fall. ISBA members
are encouraged to submit their names for recommendation by the ISBA no later
than Monday, Aug. 10.
committees with expected vacancies are:
on Probate Procedures and Forms
on Rules of Civil Procedure
on Rules of Criminal Procedure
on Rules of Juvenile Procedure
committees meet on an as-needed basis when the court assigns proposals. Counsel
to the Chief Justice, Molly Kottmeyer, welcomes questions from those who may be
interested in serving on any of the committees. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
be considered for ISBA nomination, email email@example.com,
with the subject, "Supreme Court Committee Nomination.” In the email, include
the nominated name, contact information (phone and email), location, considered
advisory committee and a brief paragraph outlining why the individual should be
nominated. Ensure nominations are sent to the ISBA no later than
close-of-business Aug. 10. Walker will make his nominations to the court after
considering all nomination requests. The Iowa Supreme Court will make the final
selection of committee appointments.
ISBA offers free Residential
Settlement Practices on-demand CLE
to the generous support of Iowa Title Guaranty, the ISBA is able to offer its
newest on-demand CLE, Residential Settlement Practices, free of charge. This
CLE, featuring Tim Gartin, a partner at Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, L.L.P,
in Ames, Iowa, covers the significant changes to the closing process of
secondary market residential loans that came into effect Aug. 1.
60-minute video was recorded during Gartin’s presentation at the 2015 ISBA
Annual Meeting in June. In it, Gartin, who previously served two terms as chair
of the ISBA Real Estate & Title Law Section, covers the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau’s new disclosures and loan closing procedures with the CFPB
disclosures. He also provides recommendations for those advising buyers and
on-demand video has been approved for one hour of state CLE. To access the free
video, visit the on-demand CLE section of the ISBA online store, or click
If you have questions for Gartin, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Court seeks comment on the adoption of the UBE, effective Feb. 2016
Chief Justice Mark Cady has signed an order adopting the Uniform Bar Examination as the
examination for admission to the Iowa bar beginning in February 2016. The court
requests public comment on proposed amendments to chapter 31 of the Iowa Court
Rules incorporating the UBE into Iowa's bar admissions process. The deadline
for submitting comments is no later than Sept. 4.
year, the court directed the Iowa Board of Law Examiners to study the UBE and
provide a recommendation regarding possible adoption of the UBE and suggest
potential improvements to the bar admission system in Iowa. To review the
Board’s report, click here.
Those interested in
providing public comments or learning more can view the order here or visit the Iowa Judicial
Branch website, navigating to "About the Courts,” then clicking
on "Supreme Court.” From the left navigation, click "Orders.” Public
comments may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the clerk of
the Supreme Court. Those providing comments should review the order for
Leaders, delegates attend 2015 ABA Annual Meeting
The 2015 American Bar
Association Annual Meeting was Aug. 1 - 4. It began with ABA President
William C. Hubbard presiding and closed Aug. 4 with new ABA President
Paulette Brown becoming the first woman of color to serve as president of the
organization. ISBA ABA Delegates Alan Olson and David L. Brown carried the Iowa
state flag into the Chicago Hyatt Ballroom Aug. 1 along with other state
delegates at the beginning of the General Assembly.
The National Council of Women’s Bar Associations, an
affiliate of the ABA with a vote in the ABA House of Delegates, presented the
Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys and the Polk County Women Attorneys with
the NCWBA Public Service Award for the Visiting Mom’s Project July 31 in
Chicago during the 2015 Women’s Bar Leadership Summit, held concurrently
with the ABA’s annual meeting. To read more about the project, click here.
Highlights included the
General Assembly Invocation delivered by Reverend Dr. Norvel Goff, Sr.,
Presiding Elder of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church of Charleston, South Carolina,
presentation of the ABA Medal of Honor to Roberta Cooper Ramo and the keynote
address delivered by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. During her acceptance
speech, Ramo recounted the day that she met Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King sitting
at a kitchen table in a South Side Chicago apartment with wall-to-wall attendees.
The meeting included a CLE Showcase that featured "The
Ethical Implications of Bias and Discrimination in the Legal Profession and the
Justice System,” "Mass Incarceration: A Nation Behind Bars,” and "50 Years:
Voting Rights in America.” To view Ramo’s acceptance
speech and Lynch’s keynote, click here. To read
more about the keynote address, click here. To view
Brown’s speech to the 2015 ABA House of Delegates outlining the goals for her
presidency, click here.
Magistrate Judge Vacancy -
United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa is accepting
applications for a full time Magistrate Judge in Sioux City, Iowa. The current
magistrate judge has been nominated by President Barack Obama to replace the
Honorable Mark W. Bennett, who took senior status in June 2015.
duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging and include but are not
limited to conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, including
plea hearings; trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; conducting various
pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on referral from district judges;
and trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The
basic authority of a United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. §
current annual salary for this position is $185,012, and the term of office is
eight years. To obtain full details on the position, visit here. Application
forms may be obtained from the clerk of court and the court's website.
Applications must be submitted personally or by mail to the clerk’s office by Aug.
internship opportunity – Iowa Utilities Board
Iowa Utilities Board is accepting applications for a part-time, paid intern in
Des Moines, Iowa. The intern will assist the Office of the General Counsel in
providing advice and counsel to a three-member utilities board and the board’s
staff. The duties of the position include assisting with the review of legal
and factual issues in board dockets and preparation of legal memoranda.
hourly rate of pay for the internship is between $13.78 and $20.07 per
hour. To obtain full details on the position, click here. For
application instructions, visit the Iowa Department of Administrative Services
– Human Resources Enterprise (DAS-HRE) and search for job code "90638 Law
Clerk.” The deadline for applications is no later than Aug. 28.
|In Other News ...
Davenport native named chief of staff
to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
Davenport native has been promoted to the Chief of Staff to Governor Terry Branstad
and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. Michael Bousselot, who served as the governor’s office
legal counsel, will be taking over for Chief of Staff Matt Hinch. Hinch is leaving
to pursue an opportunity in the private sector, said a statement from the
WQAD Channel 8, Quad Cities
Using Windows 10 for work - unmodified
- is probably an ethical violation
though the new, free upgrade version of Windows fixes a lot of the mistake that
was Windows 8, Microsoft has crafted Windows 10 from the ground up with the
ability to monitor and report back to it and its "trusted business partners”
almost everything you do on the web or Internet–including reading and reporting
the contents of your e-mail to whoever it wants to. Yes, that includes e-mail
to and from your partners, and to and from your clients. As you have an ethical
duty to assure client confidentiality, your act of agreeing to the Microsoft
Terms of Service is effectively you agreeing to NOT keep client matters
confidential, and your act of not modifying the Windows 10 settings, could be
ethical violations in each and every state.
Law Office Technology Bulletin
Voting Rights Act anniversary prompts
calls for action
Johnson remembers what it was like when voting came with a struggle. As a young
girl in Texas, Johnson helped her father gather signatures on petitions to try
to abolish that state's poll tax. Not until she was in her 30s did she see such
barriers struck down by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. "We finally got the
legal right to cast a vote," said Johnson, who moved to Minnesota and
became known as a civil rights pioneer and educator. "And I believe as a
citizen casting your vote and being able to express your wishes regarding
critical issues and people is what citizenship is all about. So, for me, this
is a historic moment."
Minnesota Public Radio
College student renters fight unfair
of college students who rent private apartments while attending Iowa’s three
public universities routinely are being taken advantage of by landlords who
withhold safety deposits that might be owed back to the students. It happens
because the students are transient, usually moving after graduation before
their lease expires; do not keep track of their expenses; and, in some
instances, do not even know they are being charged fees they might not owe.
Des Moines Register
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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
Iowa Supreme Court recently issued orders granting or denying applications for
further review in 35 cases. Click
for a list of cases.
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