Enhancements made to Child Support Calculator
In early 2019, the ISBA added a Child Support Calculator to the IowaDocs system, and staff is continually adding enhancements at the request of users. Updates this week include a summary page that provides a side-by-side analysis of all numbers related to the petitioner and respondent. Click here to see an example.
Additional new features:
• Desktop (Windows only) and online versions available
• Online version works on any device
• Instant preview of results
• Editable in the word processor of your choice
• Case-specific information savable for future use and created alternate scenarios
• Includes Form 1, Form 2, Cover page, Affidavit of Financial and Summary page
Simply update your desktop IowaDocs program to gain access to these new capabilities.
ISBA makes it easier for attorneys to do Limited Scope Representation
New forms are now available on IowaDocs to assist you with practicing Limited Scope Representation (LSR).
Due to increasing client demand for LSR, the Access to Justice Commission recently released a tool kit to help attorneys navigate the rules for providing limited scope service, which includes written agreements and notices to protect the client and the attorney. The ISBA is now including both the tool kit and all related forms in the newest version of IowaDocs.
• Limited Scope of Service Agreement
• Notice of Limited Appearance Pursuant to IRCP 1.404(3)
• Notice of Completion of Limited Appearance Pursuant to IRCP 1.404(4)
• Completion of Representation Letter
To take advantage of these new forms, make sure you update your IowaDocs program today. The ISBA has also recently added information about limited-scope legal services on its IowaFindALawyer.com website.
Ethics CLE credit reporting required for 2019
Each calendar year, Iowa’s lawyers and judges must complete a minimum of 15 hours of legal education accredited by the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. The 15 hours must include a minimum of three hours every two calendar years ending in the odd-numbered year (2019) devoted exclusively to the area of legal ethics. Up to six hours may be earned through unmoderated “on-demand” events. These requirements help ensure that Iowa’s legal community keeps abreast of the latest legal developments.
To assist Iowa attorneys in fulfilling their CLE requirements, the ISBA is offering more than 20 CLE programs in a variety of formats and in a wide range of practice areas before the end of the year. Within the 20 programs exist nearly a dozen ethics programs to choose from. Ethics program highlights include:
Oct. 18 - Welcome to the Bar (3 state; 3 ethics)
Oct. 24-25 - ISBA Family Law Seminar (15 state; 3 ethics; 4.25 juvenile)
Nov. 21 - Shifting Landscapes: Adapting Your Firm to Emerging Threats (2 state; 2 ethics)
Dec. 31 - The Attorney-Client Relationship: A Review of the Rules and Cases (1 state; 1 ethics)
View the ISBA CLE Calendar and the ISBA On-Demand CLE Catalog for all available CLE presentations. For complete CLE credit information, visit the Commission on Continuing Legal Education’s website.
Supreme Court extends comment period for proposed amendments to Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct
Chief Justice Mark Cady has signed an order extending the public comment period on proposed amendments to the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct, Chapter 32 of the Iowa Court Rules. The comment period will now close Dec. 30.
Click here to read the order and learn how to submit comments. Click here to read the proposed amendments.
October Iowa Lawyer magazine now available online
In honor of National Pro Bono month, the October issue of The Iowa Lawyer puts the spotlight on Iowa attorneys’ pro bono work, including one who alone has responded to 150 questions posed on the ISBA’s IA Free Legal Answers service.
Do you fear the cloud? In this issue, a self-professed attorney “computer geek” tells you why you should embrace it. And a senior judge explains how successful trial attorneys view trying a lawsuit as merely another way to tell a story. Additionally, an Iowa attorney shares her experience with miscarriage and infant loss to break the silence on these difficult subjects.
The printed version of the magazine will be mailed next week.
Please help! Judges needed for middle school mock trial tournaments
The Iowa Middle School Mock Trial Tournament will begin at the end of this month, and attorney-judges are still needed to fill up volunteer time slots.
This year's regional tournaments will be held across the state Oct. 31 through Nov. 13, with the middle school state tournament scheduled for Nov. 19 through 21 in Des Moines. You can sign up to volunteer as a judge by visiting iowabar.org/MSMockTrial or by contacting ISBA Center for Law & Civic Education Director John Wheeler at 515-697-7882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Artists: Dickinson Law’s 8th Annual Iowa Artists on Display
Applications are now being accepted for the Iowa Artists on Display program sponsored by Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C.
Artists selected for the program are provided the opportunity to display their works within reception areas and conference rooms at the firm's headquarters in downtown Des Moines. Each year during the Des Moines Art Festival, the firm hosts an art show-style open house so the public can interact with the artists and view their work.
Artists interested in the program are encouraged to submit an online application by Dec. 31.
|SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
IN THE INTEREST OF T.G., N.G., A.G. AND J.G., Minor Children
The court, Christensen, J., taking no part, being evenly divided, declares this case affirmed by operation of law. See Iowa Code § 602.4107 (2019).
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ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
Daniel Ross Garcia, Dan Garcia Law, Austin, TX
William Henry Barfield, McDonald Worley, Houston, TX
Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicants should contact Dan Saar at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-348-4670.