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    August 12, 2015   
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Iowa Supreme Court Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force seeks input, suggestions

The Iowa Supreme Court Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force Steering Committee is actively seeking input from the bench and bar regarding issues and problems with the existing guardianship and conservatorship system and suggestions for improving the system. Any interested organization, agency or person may submit a written statement and request to present oral testimony.

According to the Iowa Supreme Court, there are currently 22,000 open guardianship and conservatorship cases. As the number of cases continues to grow, there is increasing recognition of the need for reform at the state and national levels.

The Iowa Supreme Court, like state courts across the country, is playing a leadership role in addressing guardianship and conservatorship challenges. The Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform is charged with the review of Iowa’s guardianship and conservatorship laws and procedures in order to ensure the system is efficient and responsive to the needs of Iowans.

Those interested in providing input to the Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force or learning more can view the request for input here. The deadline for submission of written testimony and to request the opportunity to present oral testimony is no later than the close of business Sept. 14. Individuals may contact Professor Josephine Gittler, member of the Task Force Steering Committee and co-coordinator via email at

Special edition of Iowa Lawyer Magazine available online now

The second special edition of the Iowa Lawyer Magazine is now available online. Members who elect to receive the Iowa Lawyer in print should expect their copy of the magazine through the U.S. Postal Service in the next few days. This issue focuses on the 2015 ISBA Annual Meeting.

Members interested in viewing the online version of the magazine can do so by clicking here or by navigating to clicking 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 account settings and selecting "yes” for the "Iowa Lawyer Magazine Online” option.

The Iowa Lawyer is free online or in print to ISBA members as part of their annual dues. The magazine informs members on issues, events and developments in the law specific to Iowa that impact their practices and their lives as attorneys. Questions regarding the Iowa Lawyer Magazine can be directed to the ISBA Communications Department at or 515-697-7898.


Supreme Court seeks comment on proposed updates to Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct

The Iowa Supreme Court seeks public comment on proposed amendments to the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct, chapter 32 of the Iowa Court Rules. The court requests public comment on specific proposed amendments to chapter 32 of the Iowa Court Rules that incorporate updates from the model rules. The deadline for submitting comments is no later than Oct. 6.

The ABA changed the model rules after the Iowa Supreme Court’s last revision of the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct, chapter 32 of the Iowa Court Rules, 10 years ago. The objective of the proposed amendments is to maintain the high ethical standards required of attorneys practicing in Iowa and create uniformity with the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

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 or mailed to the clerk of the Supreme Court. Those providing comments should review the order for formatting specifications.

ISBA past president spends 16-plus hours finishing fourth ironman competition

Past President Bob Waterman and his two sons, David (28) and Michael (26), recently finished the 2015 Ironman competition in Lake Placid, New York, on July 26. It was Bob’s fourth ironman competition, and David’s and Michael’s first.

An ironman competition consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile run. Bob, a partner at Lane and Waterman in Davenport, Iowa, finished the event in 16 hours, 25 minutes. David, who was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2013 and currently clerks for Judge Michael Melloy on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, completed the competition in 12 hours, 26 minutes. And Michael, who works in the oil and gas industry in New York City, completed it in 13 hours.

"It was a long day for Dad!” Bob reports.

The elder Waterman, who served as ISBA president from 2011-2012, finished his first ironman event in 2001, also in Lake Placid, New York, along with his brothers Tom and Jim and sister Julie. Since then, he has competed in ironman events in Kona, Hawaii (2002) and Panama City, Fla., (2005). The only reason he decided to do another ironman was "because my sons David and Michael urged me to sign up with them. They wanted to return to where it began for me 14 years earlier,” he says.


In Other News ...

Volunteers needed for local projects
Iowa Legal Aid is looking to recruit and train volunteer attorneys from around the state in the event of a disaster. Volunteers must be currently able to practice law in the State of Iowa. Volunteers must be age 18 and older.
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Journalists receive court summons nearly a year after reporting in Ferguson
A year after he was in Ferguson, Mo., a reporter at The Washington Post has been ordered to appear in court. Wesley Lowery, who covered the 2014 demonstrations in Ferguson, was detained in a McDonald's while reporting. He's now been charged in St. Louis County with trespassing and interfering with a police officer and ordered to appear in court.
Iowa Public Radio

Why girls charged in Slender Man stabbing at age 12 will be tried as adults
Two girls accused of stabbing a friend at age 12 to please the fictional Slender Man character will be tried as adults after a judge upheld a Wisconsin law governing the issue. Judge Michael Bohren of Waukesha County ruled on Monday that the adult court would protect the public longer than juvenile court, which would release the girls into the community at age 18 with no supervision, report the Associated Press, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Waukesha Now.
ABA Journal

Drug courts: Costly up front, money-saving in the long run
The drug court model came to Iowa in 1996, when the first court was set up in Polk County. Then in 2000, then-Governor Tom Vilsack called for more courts to be started across the state, and they were often launched with federal grant money. Since 2001, more than 1100 offenders have graduated from adult drug courts across Iowa. They’ve turned out to be very popular among prosecutors, judges, and community leaders. Yet despite this, these courts have experienced sluggish legislative funding and are now in jeopardy.
Iowa Public Radio

HHS and DOJ issue technical assistance for child welfare systems under the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) today issued joint technical assistance to state and local child welfare agencies and courts on the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The technical assistance released today is part of a new partnership between HHS and DOJ to help child welfare agencies protect the welfare of children and ensure compliance with nondiscrimination laws.
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

UI art colony helps spread the good news of Grant Wood
Although "American Gothic" remains Grant Wood's best-known painting, the artist's largest and most time-consuming masterpiece just might be the Iowa City home he lived in and extensively restored toward the end of his life. And through the recent long-term leasing of a group of four houses bordering the 19th-century, brick, Italianate-style home at 1142 E. Court St., the University of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Regents are moving forward with the Grant Wood Art Colony in Iowa City — and thus strengthening their connection to one of the most famous UI faculty members of all time.
Press-Citizen, Iowa City

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