Iowa Lawyer Weekly (09/03/2014)
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September 3, 2014
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Judicial performance review survey open for submissions

The ISBA opened the 2014 judicial performance review online survey yesterday, Sept. 2, which will remain open until Sept. 11. Links to the survey were sent out to all ISBA membership to restrict access to the survey.

Within the e-mail was a link to the ISBA’s bi-annual Judicial Performance Review. Clicking on the link will take participants to the instructions for filling out the review, including the qualifications for doing so.

Results of the Judicial Review will be populated, reviewed by the Board of Governors and made available by Oct. 1 on the ISBA website and shared through various ISBA communications channels. Results will also be shared with the media and the public.

ISBA members who appear before these judges are in a unique position to render opinions about judges up for retention. Members who did not see the email sent Sept. 2 should check inboxes and spam filters. Members interested in participating in the survey who have not received the email should contact the ISBA at 515-243-3179 or

Supreme Court approves new court rules intended to reduce costs, time

The Iowa Supreme Court recently approved new court rules intended to reduce the cost and time needed to resolve many civil lawsuits. One new set of rules establishes special, expedited procedures for lawsuits with less than $75,000 at stake. For more information, click here to read the Iowa Courts press release.

Probate video premieres on ISBA’s "You and the Law” series

The Podcast Committee of the Public Relations Section recently released their newest "You and the Law” video regarding probate matters. The video is a helpful guide for attorneys to share with clients who are (or should be) planning their estates. The video was posted on the ISBA’s YouTube channel, here.

Other videos can be found on the ISBA website by going to the main page (or click here for a direct link). On the main page, a link to the "You and the Law” videos falls under the public information section under "resources.” The page also contains a number of brochures and podcasts on various topics.

The informational multimedia products produced by various sections and committees are meant to be used by attorneys who want to offer basic information to clients on various topics. They are not an attempt to provide legal advice. The ISBA encourages viewers to consult with an attorney regarding legal matters to ensure their rights and interests are protected.

For questions or comments regarding the "You and the Law” series, contact Chris Fritz at 515-697-7873 or

In Other News...

Law Schools Boost Enrollment After Price Cuts
A strategy rarely employed in legal education—price-cutting—appears to be paying off for a handful of U.S. law schools. Three institutions that trimmed tuition for some or all students are set to boost their first-year class sizes by 22% to 52% this fall compared with 2013, according to an analysis of preliminary enrollment data by The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal

The Register's Editorial: If Not the Bar Exam, Then What?
The requirement that law school graduates pass a grueling two-day examination to be admitted to practice is a rite of passage most lawyers will never forget and, God willing, will never have to repeat.

Upon passing the exam, lawyers enter an elite club that has a monopoly on the practice of law. Thus, it would seem lawyers would be loath to give up this special status conferred by the bar exam. Yet the Iowa State Bar Association has proposed doing just that, at least for graduates of the Drake University and University of Iowa law schools, the only law schools in Iowa.
The Des Moines Register

Free Elder Law Seminar for Older Iowans and Their Caregivers
Iowa Legal Aid’s Legal Hotline for Older Iowans and the Iowa Department on Aging are presenting a free Elder Law Seminar on October 23, 2014. The seminar will provide older Iowans and their caregivers with valuable information to protect their rights and limited resources. Pre-registration by October 17, 2014 is requested to ensure that everybody receives the written seminar materials.
Vinton Newspapers


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