Iowa Lawyer Weekly (10/30/2013)
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October 30, 2013
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Video: ISBA president urges members to use the association’s new website

ISBA President Guy Cook recently taped a video describing some of the unique features of the association’s new website and urging members to sign in and use it.

In the video, he stresses that the new website is easier to use than the previous site. As an example, he points to the list of resources such as Fastcase, ethics opinions, the CLE calendar and practice tools that can be accessed from the home page.

He also discusses the drop down list of sections and committees which permits the user to select a section or committee simply by hovering the mouse over "Committees & Sections” at the top of the home page. In addition, he describes the activities, such as viewing the section council members or committee members, posting a question or comment in the "forum”, or posting photos, that the user can do after selecting on a specific section or committee page.

"This is a really excellent website and a good work product,” he says in conclusion. "I encourage you to jump in and take advantage of it.”

View the entire video.

Supreme Court seeks comments on expanded media coverage proposal

On Monday (Oct. 28), the Iowa Supreme Court released its proposal to revise the Iowa Court Rules for Expanded Media Coverage (EMC). EMC rules regulate audio and video recording and photography of courtroom procedures.

The proposal broadens the court's definition of news media and allows for live electronic reporting, such as tweeting and blogging, from the courtroom by members of the news media, with advance approval from the presiding judge. The court is asking for public comment on the proposal by 4:30 p.m., Jan. 6.

An overview of the proposed changes with a link to the actual order, the proposed changes and where to send comments can be found in this news release.

Young Chinese government officials visit ISBA headquarters for a reception

Seven members of a Chinese delegation of young up-and-coming political leaders spent an hour and a half at a reception in their honor at the ISBA headquarters last Wednesday (Oct. 23) evening. The reception was hosted by the ISBA’s International Law Section.

The 13-day trip for the Chinese young people was arranged by The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL). It was designed to introduce the seven young Chinese political leaders, ages 25 to 35, who were selected based on their current political leadership roles and potential for future achievement, to the U.S. The delegation visited Washington, D.C. for four days, then flew to Iowa for a four-day visit before departing for California and back to China.

President Guy Cook welcomed the seven young people and their translators and sponsors with a description of the ISBA and the legal profession in Iowa. Judge Mark Schlenker, chair of the International Law Section, also spoke about the importance of global relationships.

Several ISBA members who attended the reception praised the association for hosting it. One member who wrote to President Cook expressed his appreciation this way: "It is always good to see how the ISBA reaches out - and out into our global community. As a member of the International Law Section Committee I think your assistance was invaluable.”

Members of the delegation presented gifts to President Cook (see photo). He, in turn, presented them with mementos of their visit to the association. (See more photos of the visit on the International Law Section webpage here.)

Justices to hear oral arguments, visit schools in Burlington on Nov. 5-6

Iowa Supreme Court justices will visit schools in the Burlington area on Nov. 6, following their special session to hear oral arguments the night before.

Justices will hear oral arguments in two cases -- Palmer College of Chiropractic v. Davenport Civil Rights Commission, and Aaron Cannon and Joseph DeMocko, et al. vs. Iowa Department of Natural Resources -- in the auditorium at Edward Stone Middle School, 3000 Mason Road in Burlington. The oral arguments begin at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a public reception sponsored by the Des Moines County Bar Association in the auditorium lobby.

Here is the list of schools the justices will visit.

Polk County Bar Association to host program on proposed civil action rule, discovery reforms

The Polk County Bar Association is sponsoring a presentation on the proposed new expedited civil action rule and proposed discovery reforms at its monthly noon luncheon on Tuesday (Nov. 12).

Justice Edward Mansfield, Judge Eliza Ovrom, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Thompson and Steven Lawyer from the Lawyer Law Firm in Des Moines will be the presenters.

The luncheon will be held in the CLE Center at the ISBA headquarters. Tickets are $17 in advance, $19 at the door. Click on reservation form.

Rural practice clerkship alum featured in U of I ‘Iowa Now’ newsletter

Kelsey Hollingshead, who helped spearhead the ISBA’s rural practice clerkship program, is the featured "Hometown Hawkeye” in the latest issue of the University of Iowa’s "Iowa Now" newsletter.

According to Tom Snee with the University New Services, Hollingshead will also be featured in an upcoming football game program, although as this was being written, he wasn’t sure which game.

View the "Hometown Hawkeye" article here.

Clio introduces iPhone app for managing a law practice

Clio, the company that provides a complete law practice management system based on the cloud, recently announced its system is available as a free app for the iPhone. The company is also working on an app for Android-based phones, but hasn’t said when that app will be available.

Company officials said that the new app was designed from the ground up for iOS 7, the operating system running on iPhones. The app sets a new benchmark not just for legal practice management, but for iOS apps of any type, they said.

Several authors who write on legal technology have reviewed the new app. Read Bob Ambrogi’s review on iPhone J.D., Sam Glover’s review on the Lawyerist and Monica Bay’s review on Law Technology News.

To learn more about Clio for the iPhone, click here. The site gives you screen shots that show how each feature, such as the calendar or the timer, work. You can download the free app from the iTunes store here.

Did You Know...

you can find services such as private investigators and appraisers, as well as office needs, in the ISBA’s Vendor Mall? You can also list services you offer in the Vendor Mall. Click here to access the mall, or go to "Vendor Mall” under the "Practice Tools” tab on the ISBA home page.

Benefit of the Week

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Fastcase provides free live training webinars so that you can learn how to use Fastcase, right from the comfort of your own computer. Below are the topics available, the handouts for the subject, and the dates the webinar will be taking place. These webinars have all been approved for 1 state hour of CLE. Free, convenient, plus CLE credit = must register! Register here today!

Iowa Supreme Court Decisions

October 25, 2013

No. 12-1340
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF CARROLL IRVING SAMPSON, Deceased. CHERYL ANN MURKEN and MARY ANN SMITH, Coexecutors of the Christine Rosilia Sampson Estate

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, James C. Ellefson, Judge.

The coexecutors of a wife’s estate seek further review of a decision of the court of appeals, affirming an order of the district court reopening her husband’s estate. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED.

No. 13-0397


On review of the report of the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa. Grievance commission reports that respondent committed ethical misconduct and recommends a public reprimand. ATTORNEY REPRIMANDED.