District 8B nominating commission accepting
applications for retiring Judge Danielson’s position
Judicial Nominating Commission for Iowa’s Eighth Judicial District, Subdistrict
B is accepting applications for a district court judge to replace Judge Cynthia
Danielson who is retiring effective Jan. 28.
Danielson, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, was appointed to the bench in 1999 after
working in private practice since 1976 during which time she also served four
years as a Henry County judicial magistrate and 12 years as a judicial hospital
referee for Henry County. She is a long-time member of the Iowa Judges
Association and served as its president from 2012-2013.
for the district judge position must be admitted to the Iowa Bar, live in
judicial district 8B, which is comprised of Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa
Counties, and be able to serve an initial and one regular term of office before
reaching the age of 72.
of the application can be obtained from the District Court Administrator’s
office for the Eighth Judicial District, 211 East Fourth Street, Ottumwa,
IA 52501, by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 641-684-6502, ext 110.
applications must be received by the court administrator’s office no later than
4:30 p.m., Nov. 13. The commission expects to conduct interviews Nov. 17.
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear cases
United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit will hold a special session Thursday, Nov. 5, at Drake University’s Neal and Bea Smith Law
Center, 24th Street and University Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.
Lavenski R.Smith, Steven M. Colloton and Jane Kelly will hear arguments in the cases of
National Surety Corporation v. Dustex Corporation, National Surety Corporation
v. Miron Construction Co., Clarke County Development Corporation v. Affinity
Gaming, et al., and Kathy Kelleher v. Wal-Mart Stores.
The special session begins at 1
p.m., and is open to the public. More information is available here.
Pro Bono Month nearing end; need for
Pro Bono Month is coming to an end. Organizers want to commend you for the good
work that has been done, and remind you there are still individuals hoping for
attorneys to take their cases.
to Brett Toresdahl, executive director of the ISBA’s Public Service Project, a
reminder email is being sent this week with a list of cases in your area that
still need assistance. Please take a moment to read the email, look at the list
and consider how you may be able to help meet this year’s goal of: "Every
client who is waiting for a volunteer will get an attorney by the end of
October is set aside as pro bono month, the need for pro bono is a year-round
issue, Toresdahl says. He urges all attorneys to experience the satisfaction of
assisting someone in need of legal help pro bono.
Record number of U of I students attend rural
40 students at the University of Iowa College of Law turned out for a
discussion of rural practice opportunities during a gathering at the law school
last Thursday, Oct. 22. The attendance represents the largest number of
students who have expressed an interest in rural practice in the four years
that the ISBA’s Rural Practice Committee has made presentations at the U of I.
chair Phil Garland moderated the panel of presenters. He provided background
information on the program and explained the concept of matching students with
rural attorneys for the summer as a way of letting students try out a rural
practice while also gaining practical knowledge in the practice of law.
Oskvig, a 2014 U of I College of Law graduate and now attorney with Cambridge
Investments in Fairfield, Iowa, told the students about the variety of
experiences she gained as a clerk during the summer following her first year of
law school. Carrie Rodriguez, a 2015 U of I graduate who joined Garland’s firm
in Garner, Iowa, as an associate, stressed the importance of communicating with
rural attorneys with whom they might like to work. "Reach out and establish
relationships,” she said.
President Bruce Walker stressed the importance of new, young attorneys taking
jobs in the state’s rural areas. A high percentage of rural attorneys currently
in practice are older and many are considering retirement in the near future.
If they aren’t replaced with new blood within the next few years, Iowa will
undergo the crisis in legal representation that states such as Nebraska and
South Dakota are already experiencing, he said.
to Drake Law School and Creighton University School of Law are scheduled for
the first part of next month. If attendance by interested students is comparable
to that at Iowa, the Rural Practice Committee will be looking for a sizeable
number of rural attorneys to hire a summer clerk or a full-time associate. If
you would be willing to hire a clerk or associate, please contact committee
chair Garland at email@example.com (641-923-3792), or
Steve Boeckman, committee staff liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org (515-490-2279).
News from the law schools
Drake University Agricultural Law Center, in cooperation with the Iowa State
University Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will host a two-day
conference to explore soil and water conservation policy on Nov. 19-20 at
Drake’s Olmstead Center. More than 40 speakers from a wide range of individuals
and organizations are scheduled to address issues such as: Are Iowa’s soil and
water resources adequately protected under state law? Are the soil conservation
programs and institutions created over the last 70 years up to the challenge of
protecting Iowa’s soil?
about the conference, including registration information, can be found at this link. Click on "Program.”
Citizen Lawyer Program at the University of Iowa will host a Pro Bono
Recognition Ceremony and Reception tomorrow, Oct. 29, at 12:40 p.m. in Levitt
Auditorium as part of the ABA's National Pro Bono Celebration.
ceremony will feature remarks by Matt Hulstein, a 2012 Iowa Law alumnus who
serves as a staff attorney with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. In addition,
members will be recognized and the winner of the 1L Service Challenge will be
announced. Refreshments will be served.
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State will investigate wrongful convictions
The Iowa Public Defender's
Office is establishing a special state unit to review and identify potential
cases involving wrongful convictions and to pursue legal remedies, Gov. Terry
Branstad said Monday. "We know that in a system run by humans, mistakes can be
made,” Branstad told reporters at an Iowa Capitol news conference. Iowans
have great confidence in their criminal justice system, but even in a
well-regarded system, issues can arise, he added.
The Des Moines Register
West grant helps Latinos seeking legal advice
Latino families in need of help with immigration law no longer have to cross
the Missouri River for legal help. In January, the Omaha-based branch of
Justice for Our Neighbors, which offers legal consultations provided by
professional attorneys who specialize in immigration law, opened a satellite
office at Centro Latino in downtown Council Bluffs.
The Daily Nonpareil, Council Bluffs
Volunteer attorney spotlights
The dedication of our local volunteer attorneys has played a key role in helping Iowa Legal Aid serve clients across the state, including in the North Central Iowa service area which stretches from Emmet to Floyd counties. Many outstanding volunteer attorneys work with our staff in the North Central Iowa Regional Office in Mason City to bring hope, dignity and justice to low-income Iowans who have nowhere else to turn. Among them are Phil Garland, Judge Don Bormann and Rolf Aronsen and we are so fortunate to have the talent, expertise and experience that they bring to Iowa Legal Aid and its clients.
RBG: The Supreme Court Justice turned cultural icon
Supreme Court justices are
generally robed and mysterious figures. Their faces are not emblazoned on
T-shirts, painted on fingernails, tattooed on arms and shoulders, and their
characters are not parodied on TV programs ranging from Saturday Night
Live to Scandal. At least not until Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
became a cultural icon at about the same time she turned 80. Much of that
iconic status is attributed to a Tumblr called "Notorious R.B.G.," which now
has been transformed into a graphic nonfiction book due out Tuesday.
National Public Radio
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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
OF IOWA vs. JOSEPH D. CERETTI
review from the Iowa Court of Appeals. Appeal from the Iowa District Court for
Polk County, Glenn E. Pille, Judge.
A criminal defendant appeals the sentences
imposed after he pled guilty to multiple offenses, contending the convictions
should merge because voluntary manslaughter requires that the defendant have
specific intent to kill. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AND JUDGMENT OF DISTRICT
COURT VACATED; CASE REMANDED.
OF IOWA vs. DANIEL LOGAN WALDEN
from the Iowa District Court for Mills County, James M. Richardson, Judge.
Defendant appeals from order denying motion to dismiss kidnapping charge as
time-barred. DISTRICT COURT ORDER REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.
OF IOWA vs. IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR DUBUQUE COUNTY
to the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Monica L. Ackley, Judge.
district court held both the Assistant County Attorney and the entire Dubuque
County Attorney’s Office were disqualified from prosecuting a case. The State
filed a petition for a writ of certiorari. WRIT SUSTAINED AND CASE REMANDED.
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