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    September 7, 2016
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‘Court on the Road’ in Ankeny

The Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments at Ankeny Centennial High School on Sept. 13. The arguments, based on the so-called ‘exclusionary rule’ are open to the public and begin at 7 pm in the school auditorium. 


In this case, State of Iowa v. Troy Richard Brooks no. 15-0101 from Polk County District Court, defendant Brooks argues that the Iowa Constitution requires the court to apply the exclusionary rule to improperly seized evidence during probation revocation proceedings. Brooks seeks to overturn a previous Iowa Supreme Court opinion that held the exclusionary rule does not apply to probation revocation proceedings.


This is the first of two sessions in the ‘Court on the Road’ series this month, with a second in Keokuk on Sept. 19. That case relates to the rezoning of land around the Field of Dreams baseball site. More information, as well as guides to the cases, can be found at the Supreme Court’s website.

YLD looking for fall mentors

The Young Lawyers' Division is reopening the application process for mentors in preparation for fall admittees to the Iowa Bar. 


The mentorship program was created in late 2014 to match experienced attorneys with newer members in order to build collegiality, enhance professionalism, grow relationships and better the legal profession.


Attorneys interested in becoming a mentor can find program information and the mentor application on the ISBA webpage. Further questions can be sent to

Update on veterans request

The communications team would like to thank everyone for the responses identifying veterans within the ISBA ranks. So far over 100 members who are either currently serving or have spent time in the armed forces have responded.


The November issue of the Iowa Lawyer Magazine will recognize members who are veterans, so there is still time to get your information in. Members who have served are encouraged to send their branch of service and years served to


Annual Corporate Counsel and Trade Regulation Seminar taking place Sept. 23

The Corporate Counsel and Trade Regulation Sections of the ISBA will host their annual joint seminar on Friday, Sept. 23 at the ISBA Headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.


This annual CLE event features a number of current topics particularly relevant to corporate in-house counsel, as well as attorneys in private practice who focus on business matters, business litigation, or complex civil litigation.


The program this year will include material that is always relevant to Iowa’s business community, including an antitrust update, Iowa and U.S. Supreme Court updates and an employment law update. Additional topics this year focus on employer compliance with immigration related issues and I-9s; updates in corporate governance and an introduction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


Every year, the seminar is a vibrant CLE with great in-person attendance and informative, engaging speakers. Registrants can also participate via web broadcast. Visit the event page for more information, including registration.

Supreme Court requests comments on proposed court rules for appellate processes 

The Iowa Supreme Court is requesting comments regarding proposed amendments to the Iowa Court Rules governing appellate processes. The proposed court rule changes affect the court’s consideration of comments related to the assimilation of Iowa Rules of Electronic Filing, Division XII, into the Iowa Rules of Appellate Procedure. Public comments were requested in a supreme court order filed Aug. 29.


Proposed changes would impact the Iowa Rules of Appellate Procedure throughout chapter 6, amendments to Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure 2.29 and 2.30 and rule 31.15 regarding practice permitted by law students and recent graduates. 


The order includes a detailed overview of the proposed changes and can be found along with the proposed amendments at the Iowa Supreme Court’s website. The deadline for comments is Oct. 31.

Title Standards Committee elects new representatives 

Voting for new members of the Title Standards Committee of the ISBA’s Real Estate and Title Law Section ended on Aug. 26. The following candidates received the most votes and will be appointed to three-year terms ending June 2019:


Jeremy Danilson, Urbandale (YLD representative)

David Erickson, Des Moines

Joe Holland, Iowa City

Kathy Law, Des Moines

Bill Vernon, Cedar Rapids


The Iowa State Bar Association thanks all candidates for running and encourages their continued participation in association work.

Supreme Court requests comments on proposed court rule regarding senior judges 

The Iowa Supreme Court is requesting comments on proposed amendments to Iowa Court Rule 22.12 relating to senior judges. Public comments were requested in a supreme court order filed Aug. 29. The order provides an overview of the Senior Judge Work Group’s report and the court’s review of the report’s recommendations.


The order requesting comments and the report are available at the Supreme Court’s website. The deadline for comments is Oct. 31.

September 2

No. 05-1365


A former attorney whose license to practice law was previously revoked submitted an application for reinstatement of his license to practice law. APPLICATION FOR REINSTATEMENT PROVISIONALLY GRANTED.


No. 16-0625


Grievance commission recommends the suspension of an attorney’s license for thirty days for the violation of ethical rules. LICENSE SUSPENDED.


In Other News ...

Iowa state settlements settle back near yearly normal

State government paid more than $4.65 million from the general fund in fiscal 2016

to settle claims and resolve disputes caused by employee mistakes, workplace misconduct or other damages -- a total that was down significantly from the previous year, according to state records.

Sioux City Journal


Disabled and fighting for the right to vote

Tens of thousands of Americans with disabilities have lost their voting rights. It usually happens when a court assigns a legal guardian to handle their affairs. Now, some of those affected are fighting to get back those rights.



Validity of forensic analysis routinely used in criminal trials is called into question

A draft report by a presidential advisory council is raising questions about the scientific validity of many kinds of forensic analysis routinely used in criminal trials, according to a newspaper report.



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