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    August 24, 2016
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Iowa Supreme Court orders new classification for retired attorneys

The Iowa Supreme Court created a new licensing class for retired attorneys by approving amendments to chapters 39, 41 and 42 of the Iowa Court Rules on Aug. 19. Some of the amendments will become effective Sept. 1. The rest will become effective Jan. 1, 2018.

The new licensing class will be for attorneys who are fully retired, while the exempt status will remain for those who are inactive but want to retain the ability to reinstate to active status. The new classifications are available prospectively and include a five-year period of conversion privileges for attorneys in exempt status.

The order, amendments and a memo from the Office of Professional Regulation regarding the new rules are available for further review on the court's website

Help requested for flooded attorneys, legal personnel in Louisiana

"Our colleagues in Louisiana really, really need help.” Those are the opening words in a letter sent to SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel – All Concern Encouraged) members in Nebraska by Omaha attorney Michael F. Kinney referring to the areas in Louisiana hard hit by the recent floods.

ISBA Past President Bill Scherle forwarded the message in hopes that Iowa attorneys and legal personnel might also be able to help.

"While we cannot help with a lot of the requests and needs, one huge need is to replace clothing,” Kinney wrote. "Food and hotels are two other immediate needs.”

Gift cards to stores such as Target, WalMart, Home Depot. Costco etc., are especially helpful, as are Visa, Master Card and American Express gift cards.  The Louisiana SOLACE program has in place a receipt and distribution process that can accept gift cards, money and anything else that might help.

Assistance items should be mailed to: Flood Relief 2016 Grant Applications, Baton Rouge Bar Foundation. 544 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801, or to: P. O. Box 2241, Baton Rouge, LA 70821. 

To read Kinney’s full letter, click on this link. To learn more about Iowa’s SOLACE program, click here.


Judges needed for Regional National Moot Court Competition at Drake Law School

Drake Law School is looking for attorneys to volunteer as judges for the Regional Competition of the Sixty-Seventh Annual National Moot Court Competition this fall. 

This is the first time in six years that Drake Law School has hosted the competition, scheduled for Nov. 16-19. The event is the nation’s oldest and largest moot court competition, co-sponsored by the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Drake Law is requesting judges for the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds of the competition. Each round will require as little as two hours of work. For attorneys who are interested in serving as a volunteer judge for the Regional National Moot Court Competition, registration can be completed online.

After submitting the online form, you will receive an email response to confirm your commitment. Any questions regarding the event may be directed to Shannon Holmberg at

Western Justice Fore All Golf registration closing soon

The registration deadline for golfers interested in the western Justice Fore All Golf Tournament to be held Sept. 8 at Willow Creek Golf Course in Le Mars, Iowa is Sept. 2. The western edition of the tournament, now in its second year, is co-sponsored this year by the Young Lawyers Division and the Plymouth and Sioux County Bar Associations. A portion of the proceeds earned go directly to the ISBA Public Service Project.

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 event is a four-person best ball format golf outing with "shotgun” start including one beverage ticket for each participant, hole prizes, and a day of fun away from the office. You can sign up as a single, a pair, threesome, or a complete foursome.

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

YLD joining Drake Law for softball tournament

The Young Lawyers’ Division is drafting a softball team for an upcoming slow pitch tournament in West Des Moines, Iowa. The slow pitch tournament will be sponsored by Drake Law and the YLD and is scheduled for 8 am to noon, Oct. 1.

YLD members who are interested must contact Van Everett no later than Sept. 9 in order to join the team. The YLD needs at least one team, but would be open to more if there is enough interest.


In Other News ...

'I will meet you at the gates of hell,' victim's brother tells killer
A new sentence and chance at parole offer Joseph White Jr. hope that he might someday get out of federal prison. But a prosecutor and relatives of one of the people he killed on Nov. 29, 1992, during a robbery at the Drake Diner promise to fight any chance  the Iowa Board of Parole gives him for release.
Des Moines Register

Legal Industry Should Wake Up Before it’s Too Late (Perspective)
The legal industry is facing what Harvard’s Clayton Christensen calls the "Innovator’s Dilemma.” Disruption in the delivery of legal services caused by advances in technology is threatening incumbent legal services providers.
Bloomberg Law

Bail schedules are unconstitutional and bad public policy, DOJ says
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief condemning the use of financial bail. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an amicus brief last week in
 Walker v. City of Calhoun, Georgia, a challenge to that city’s use of financial bail. The plaintiffs in that case allege that Calhoun’s use of a bail schedule—a document that lists set financial amounts corresponding to offenses—violates the 14th Amendment due process and equal protection rights of those arrested.
ABA Journal

NLRB Rules Graduate Students Are Employees With The Right To Unionize

The National Labor Relations Board ruled 3-1 Tuesday that graduate students working as teaching or research assistants at private universities are employees with the right to collective bargaining.


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