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    August 17, 2016
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Harkin receives ABA YLD Fellows Award

Tom Harkin, retired United States Senator from Iowa, was presented with the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Fellows Award on Aug. 5. Harkin was presented with the award at a gala during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. 


Alan Olson, current president of the ABA YLD Fellows and a Des Moines, Iowa, attorney, introduced Harkin and presented him with the award. The senator was selected in recognition of work throughout his long career, particularly his efforts to draft, pass and implement the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


Following Olson’s introduction, video greetings were provided by friends and colleagues including President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. 


Also in attendance supporting the ABA YLD and Senator Harkin were: his wife, Ruth Harkin, the Hon. Robert W. Pratt and his spouse, and Iowa attorneys Olson, David L. Brown, Thomas Tully, Scott A. Hall, Joseph and Rachel Goedken, Colleen MacRae, Maggie White, Reed and Christina McManigal, Thomas and Abigail Hillers and Abhay Nadipuram.

Incoming Drake law students welcomed by ISBA members during orientation

Three ISBA members – Vice President Tom Levis, David L. Brown and William Scales, Jr., – on Monday welcomed 110 freshman law students who will begin Drake Law School this fall. Susan Bunz, executive director of Meals from the Heartland, joined the welcoming panel. Their presentations were made as part of the first day of the week-long orientation for new students.


Brown told the students that they were entering a wonderful profession. Scales, a 2011 Drake graduate who works at the Whitfield & Eddy law firm in Des Moines, Iowa, talked to them about what life in the practice of law has been like in the five years since he began practice. Levis, a 1977 Drake graduate, told the students that the friends they make in law school will be the best friends they have in life. He also urged them to take advantage of their time in Iowa’s capitol city by attending trials at the Polk County courthouse and oral arguments at the Iowa Supreme Court.


Bunz urged the students to volunteer at Meals from the Heartland as a team-building exercise.


The orientation continues through Friday, Aug. 19.


Golf tournament deadline approaching

Golfers and sponsors interested in the Justice Fore All (Golf) Ball Tournament to be held Sept. 1 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny, Iowa can still register until Wednesday, Aug. 24. Each year the tournament, presented by the YLD, helps to raise money for the ISBA Public Service Project and its programs and activities.


The ISBA Public Service Project serves as the statewide support program for access to justice and pro bono activities, including providing the staff support to Iowa’s Access to Justice Commission which is working to develop initiatives that will improve access to justice for all of Iowa’s citizens.


The tournament is a four-person-best-ball-format golf outing which includes lunch, two beverage tickets for each participant and plenty of prizes (i.e. closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt).


Sponsors for the event get their own tee box sign and are published in the Iowa Lawyer magazine.


Interested golfers and sponsors can visit the event page for additional information.

YLD invited to supreme court socials

The Iowa Supreme Court has invited the Young Lawyers’ Division of The Iowa State Bar Association to join the court’s ‘on the road’ hearings over the next two months. 

On Sept. 9 the court will be at the University of Iowa College of Law. On Sept. 13, the justices will be at Ankeny High School, and on the 19th at Meyers’ Courtyard in Keokuk, Iowa. There will also be a hearing in Spencer, Iowa on Oct. 13.

YLD members are encouraged to attend the social mixers prior to oral arguments for the opportunity to interact with the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, and to meet attorneys, business professionals and citizens from the local venue.

The series of traveling hearings is part of the court’s outreach program, providing the public opportunities to see how the highest levels of Iowa’s justice system operate.

For more information about the events, contact YLD Vice President Tom Hillers.

Ag Law Seminar registration available

Online registration is now available for the annual Agricultural Law Seminar, presented by The Iowa State Bar Association Ag Law Section, the Iowa Farm Bureau, and Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural Law & Taxation (CALT). This year's seminar takes place Sept. 8 at the Quality Inn & Suites in Ames, Iowa and provides attorneys up to 7.5 hours of CLE credit which includes 1 ethics hour.


Sessions covered during the event include entity planning, bankruptcy, transitioning a rural legal practice, liens and leases, the 2016 amendments to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and hot topics such as water quality concerns.

There will also be a meet and greet reception following the seminar, sponsored by the Drake Agricultural Law Center and Drake University Career Development Center. Organizers hope attendees stay for the complimentary reception, where participants will have an opportunity to enjoy appetizers, drinks and the company of other seminar attendees.

For more information, or a printable registration form, see the event brochure provided by CALT.


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Bar association strengthens stand on harassment and discrimination

The American Bar Association voted on Monday afternoon to adopt Resolution 109, an amendment that heightens the consequences of discrimination and harassment in the field of law.



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Iowa court rules incarcerated employee entitled to unemployment benefits

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ABA announces plan to create Center for Innovation

The ABA has wasted no time acting on one of the recommendations from the Commission on the Future of Legal Services’ final report. On Monday, the ABA announced the creation of a Center for Innovation, which will be located at the ABA’s headquarters in Chicago. The purpose of the center will be to foster innovative and ground-breaking approaches to bridging the access to justice gap as well as to improve the delivery of legal services. The center will also serve as a resource center for ABA members, keep track of the ABA’s innovative efforts and provide fellowships for attorneys to collaborate with professionals in the technological, entrepreneurial and design industries.

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