Iowa Lawyer Weekly (10/10/2013)
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October 10, 2013

New ISBA website launched

After months of preparation, dedication and hard work The Iowa State Bar Association launched its newly designed website Monday afternoon
(Oct. 7). The URL remains the same at

The goal for the new website is to provide members with a user-friendly and personal experience. The new site will offer more functionality, easier navigation and more in-depth information for members and for the public. The homepage with its clean uncluttered design will facilitate navigating to needed information quickly.

The new website provides more content and functionality than the previous website, allowing you to personalize your experience. Soon you will be able to control when and how you receive emails, create new member connections, upload and share files, save your favorite pages within the site for quick access and utilize new or improved practice tools. Many of these new practice tools can be found within the Fastcase Legal Research that is provided free to members as a member benefit. The new tools include: annotated Jury Instructions, annotated Title Standards, Workers’ Compensation Decisions and the Iowa Code Annotated.

In the coming weeks, look for educational videos to help you take better advantage of the new functionality and services. In the meantime, if you experience any problems using the new website or if you have any suggestions, please visit this help page or contact

Due to technical limitations, your username and password has changed, so please check your inbox for an email from sent on Monday morning (Oct. 7) with your new information. If you are unable to locate this email, please contact ISBA Membership Director Mary Hill at to request the information.

IOLTA accounts target of apparent email scam

Be watchful for emails that state there are insufficient funds in your IOLTA Account. Last Monday (Oct. 7), the email filtering systems at the District of Columbia (DC) Bar detected and blocked numerous email messages addressed to employees bearing forged return addresses. The messages allege that the recipient’s IOLTA account has insufficient funds to pay an outstanding check, and include a .zip file attachment purportedly containing additional information and presumed to contain malware.

There is a strong possibility that these messages are part of a broader phishing attack targeted to legal professionals, says John Kinas, IT director at the DC Bar. Email headers indicate that these messages were sent from several different email servers scattered across the globe.

Read more, including what a representative scam email looks like, plus comments from ISBA IT experts, and a link to a weblog that discusses some of the scams affecting attorneys at this link.

Alert! Change your password if using Adobe

If you have a login to Adobe for any reason, such as purchasing or registering software, help blogs or training videos, support, using their cloud storage, etc., please go in immediately and change your password.

Adobe said Thursday that it recently suffered a massive security breach which compromised the IDs, passwords, and credit card information of nearly three million customers, according to a report in PC Magazine.

Read the full article.

2013 Nuts and Bolts seminar coming at end of the month

Do you need to learn the "nuts and bolts” of one or more areas of law? If so, this seminar is for you.

From litigation to family law to the essentials of being a successful attorney, this seminar will help any attorney, regardless of the area of law in which they concentrate their practice to better understand the issues and thus better serve their clients. The seminar is also an opportunity for newer members of the Bar to meet and socialize with their peers and become acquainted with the Iowa legal community.

Offered in two locations Coralville (Oct. 30) and Des Moines (Oct. 31), the seminar offers 7.25 hours of state CLE which includes 1 hour of ethics and 3.5 hours of federal. The seminar is just one of the courses sponsored by the YLD Professional Development Committee.

To register for the Coralville location click here. To register for the Des Moines Location click here.

Wrongful convictions expert to speak in Iowa City and Des Moines Oct. 10 & 11

Professor Jon Gould from American University will present his recent research on predicting wrongful convictions in two presentations this Thursday (Oct. 10) and Friday (Oct. 11).

Thursday’s presentation will be 5 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium at the University of Iowa College of Law. Friday’s presentation will be at noon in 213 Cartwright Hall at Drake University Law School. The presentations are free and open to the public.

The talks are based on Gould’s study of the systemic factors that contribute to the conviction of the innocent which will be published in an upcoming issue of the Iowa Law Review. Each presentation is approved for 60 minutes of CLE credit.

Gould’s visit is co-sponsored by the Innocence Project of Iowa, the Iowa Law Review, Drake University Law School, the Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Iowa State Bar Association, and the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. More information on his research can be found at this link.

YLD hosting tailgating party at UNI Homecoming, Oct 12

The Young Lawyers Division Membership Committee and the Northeast Iowa YLD District Representatives invite you to join them for a tailgate party before the UNI versus Southern Illinois football game this Saturday (Oct. 12). Food and beverages are provided and families are welcome. All you need to bring are your own lawn chairs and your favorite tailgating games.

You can also buy tickets to the game, provided there are still some left. The group rate is $12 per ticket. Find more information here.

ABOTA Trial College to be held Oct. 17-18

The Iowa Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates is looking for a few more attorneys for its trial college. The college will be held Oct. 17-18 at the Sheraton Hotel, 1800 50th St. in West Des Moines.

Attendees will be able to sharpen their trial practice skills. They are presented with a condensed set of problem materials for a fictitious civil lawsuit and conduct live day-long mock trials with the help of volunteer jurors and witnesses. The mock trials proceed under the watchful eyes of a faculty consisting of lawyers and judge.

Read more about the trial college in the June 2012 Iowa Lawyer magazine.

To sign-up for the college, click on this registration form.

Did You Know...

that you can get a 25 percent savings on website development and hosting from ESQSites? ESQSites is an ISBA-preferred vendor. All you have to do is use the ISBA group code when contacting the firm. Here’s the link.

Benefit of the Week

Want to find that CLE presentation you heard back in 2004 that would be appropriate for a case you have now? You can do that fairly easily with the ISBA CLE Index. It gives you access to all of the ISBA CLE outlines from 2000 to the present. Best of all, you can search by subject, author or any keyword.

Iowa Supreme Court Decisions

No decisions released the week of September 30th.