Iowa Lawyer Weekly (10/15/2014)
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October 15, 2014
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October is Pro Bono Month

In the October issue of The Iowa Lawyer, the ISBA recognized 56 Iowa attorneys for each donating 50 or more hours toward eligible pro bono legal services in the past year. The attorneys accumulated the hours through the three volunteer lawyer projects and other pro bono activities.

The names of attorneys who donated pro bono time in the past year are listed on the ISBA website here. Login is required to view the attorneys listed. Without the time these attorneys put forward, hundreds of Iowans would not have received needed legal assistance.

Attorneys interested in donating pro bono time can do so by contacting Brett Toresdahl, the ISBA Public Service Project director, at or 515-697-6881.

Iowa attorneys, judges encouraged to attend reception for Kosovar Judge Delegation

The Davis Brown Law Firm will host a meet and greet reception for a Kosovar judge delegation at their law firm in Des Moines, Oct. 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. The group of young judges from Kosovo are visiting Iowa throughout next week through the Open World Leadership program.

The program, piloted in 1999, is a U.S. exchange program that pairs post-Soviet countries with sister-states in the United States to establish lasting professional relationships between up-and-coming leaders. Delegations normally consist of political and civic leaders selected through a competitive vetting process.

The five Kosovar judges are participating in the Open World Leadership Center program, under the theme ‘Judicial Rule of Law.’ They will be accompanied by Zana Berisha, U.S. Agency for International Development Rule of Law Project Management Specialist.

Iowa attorneys are encouraged to join in the reception where light appetizers and drinks will be available. Those interested in participating must RSVP by Monday, Oct. 20. RSVPs can be sent to Hannah Borge, International program manager at Iowa Sister States at

Human trafficking awareness event to be held in West Des Moines

A West Des Moines church is hosting a human trafficking awareness event Oct. 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. The event is open for all to attend.

The event is meant to inform Iowans of a crime affecting more than 300,000 adolescent girls lured into the U.S. sex industry annually, many from right here in Iowa.

The event will feature Tina Frudnt a trafficking survivor and victims expert. Tina will be joined by Michael Ferjak, Senior Criminal Investigator with the Iowa Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General and Director of the Department of Justice Human Trafficking Enforcement and Prosecution Initiative. Michael will be sharing an update on trafficking developments in Iowa.

For more details on this event, visit the church’s mission page here or contact Patty Robertson at

Fastcase partners with Clio, offers time savings

Fastcase, a free legal research tool for ISBA members, recently partnered with Clio, a law practice software offered to ISBA members at a 10 percent lifetime discount, integrating legal research and practice management. The integration allows legal professionals the ability to track time spent researching specific client matters, reducing the need for time spent on administrative tasks.

Fastcase provides a walk-through of the integration in a recent blog post here. Attorneys who subscribe to both services need to log in to Fastcase, select "Options” from the top menu and click "Connect to Clio.” Once logged in to both accounts, the two sync automatically.

For more details on how the integration works, visit the Fastcase blogpost at

Volunteers Sought for National Moot Court Competition at Iowa Law

Volunteers are still needed to judge the Region 14 National Moot Court Competition hosted by the University of Iowa College of Law in November.

The appellate advocacy program is designed to give second-year students a chance to prepare and argue an interrelated question of law and fact in an adversarial setting.

Judges are needed for the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. rounds Friday, Nov. 14, and at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. In addition, undergraduate regional moot court judges are needed for rounds at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, and 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Brian Farrell at

Supreme Court Justices to Meet with Storm Lake Area Students, Visit Area Courthouses

Tomorrow, Oct. 16, members of the Iowa Supreme Court will visit three Storm Lake area high schools and Buena Vista University to meet with students and discuss the role of the courts. The justices will visit St. Mary's, Washington Cherokee and Storm Lake High Schools. The justices will also visit clerk of court offices in courthouses near Storm Lake.

The supreme court will also hold a special session in Storm Lake this evening, Oct. 15, in Anderson Auditorium on the Buena Vista University campus. During the special session, the court will hear oral arguments in two cases. The session begins at 7 p.m., and the oral arguments are open to the public. A public reception with the justices in the auditorium lobby will follow the oral arguments.

For more details and a complete schedule, interested parties can view the full Iowa Judicial Branch news release on their website here.

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American Bar Association

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