May 23, 2018  Past Issues

Annual meeting early-bird registration ends June 6

Those interested in attending the 2018 ISBA Annual Meeting are encouraged to register before June 6. After this date, early-bird registration rates will no longer be available leading to a $50 increase in registration costs. Registrations are accepted online or through a printable registration form.

The ISBA Annual Meeting, the association’s largest educational and social event, takes place June 18-20 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Des Moines. Various educational tracks have been designed to meet the needs of everyone from rural practitioners to urban attorneys, probate or criminal law practitioners, solo or large firm, younger and beyond.

Individual day registration is also available for those not able to attend all three days. Law students and YLD Members (Years 1-3) attend the CLE programming aspect of the event free of charge, making this an excellent opportunity for younger attorneys to connect with the association and its members.

May 31 is deadline to vote for ISBA leadership positions

It's that time of the year when ISBA members are asked to vote for bar association officers and an ABA Delegate for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year.

The Iowa State Bar Association's Board of Governors has nominated Willard (Bill) Boyd III, West Des Moines, as president-elect. He currently serves as vice president. Jerry Schnurr III, Fort Dodge, has been nominated by the board of governors as vice president for the upcoming year. Thomas J. Levis, of Des Moines, the ISBA's current president-elect, will automatically move up to president on June 20.

David L. Brown, Des Moines, has been nominated to serve as ABA Delegate.

Click here to vote now.

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The ISBA YLD and ISBA Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee are co-sponsoring an effort to put together a list of LGBTQ-friendly attorneys who commit to treating all clients with dignity and respect, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

If you would like to be included on this referral list, please contact Maggie White at with your name, employer, preferred e-mail address and practice area(s). The committee would like to compile a comprehensive list of attorneys in a variety of practice areas and with varying levels of experience, including newer attorneys. The goal is to provide a resource to potential clients, benefit Iowa attorneys with another referral source and demonstrate that Iowa attorneys are inclusive.

Court awards IOLTA grants to 12 organizations

The Iowa Supreme Court has approved $254,818 in grants to non-profit programs that provide legal assistance to low-income Iowans with civil legal problems. The grants, which are for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2019, were made to 12 different organizations throughout the state.

The grants are funded by the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA) program. The interest is generated from the client funds lawyers are required to deposit in interest-bearing accounts. A seven-member commission reviews grant applications and makes award recommendations to the supreme court.

With this year's grants, the supreme court has awarded more than $24.8 million in IOLTA grants since the program began on July 1, 1985. Click here to see which organizations received grants.

Survey: Nearly half of law firms miss billable-hour goals

A recent survey of law firms with 50 or more members shows that half of U.S. law firms aren’t meeting their billable-hour targets, and nearly seven in 10 partners resist efforts to change.

A report compiled from the survey, which is conducted annually by Altman Weil, states that law firms are being met by “a more volatile marketplace characterized by client demands for greater value at lower prices, non-traditional competitors taking market share and new technologies disrupting the status quo.” The result, according to Tom Clay, Altman Weil principal and survey co-author in a release published in the ABA Journal, is that “there are clear, systemic disruptors in play that pose a threat to the sustainability of the traditional law firm business model.”

Read the full survey report here.


May 18

No. 17-0638
Matthew Jahnke v. Deere and Company, Richard Czarnecki, and Bernhard Haas
The defendants were granted an interlocutory appeal from the denial
by the district court of their motion for summary judgment.

No. 17-1555
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Sandra Esther Suarez-Quilty
An attorney appeals a report of the grievance commission recommending we revoke her license to practice law in this state.

Rural lawyer shortage spurs affordable option: A La Carte services
At The Law Shop in Van Meter, attorney Amy Skogerson untied a piece of blue yarn from around a bunch of craft sticks.

Justice Served
James M. Richardson, Judge in the 4th Judicial District of Iowa, is retiring after 43 years in the field of law, having served for longer than any other district judge in the Fourth Judicial District.
Audubon County Advocate Journal

The war over confirming federal judges is heating up -- again
Democrats may hold 49 votes in the Senate but for all practical purposes, they have been completely disarmed when it comes to opposing President Trump's judicial nominees.

How a fake story about a Supreme Court decision went viral
According to a story widely disseminated on Facebook, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued “a direct and final blow to the Islamic indoctrination" of America's youth with a decision banning Sharia law from being taught in the classrooms.



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Business and Estate Planning Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Litigation Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Director of Policy and Legal Services - Iowa Association of School Boards, Des Moines, IA

Counsel-Agri/Farm Insurance - Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Hopkins & Huebner P.C., Adel, IA

Shareholder/Attorney - Confidential employer, West Des Moines, IA

Assistant General Counsel - Wells Enterprises, Inc., Le Mars, IA

Public Finance Attorney - Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Des Moines, IA

Director of Programs - Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc., Des Moines, IA

Lateral Hire - Stanley, Lande & Hunter, Davenport, IA

Hardin County Attorney - Hardin County Attorney's Office, Eldora, IA

Litigation Paralegal - Boyce Law Firm, LLP, Sioux Falls, SD

Associate Attorney - Shafer & Shafer Law Office, Waukon, IA

Contract Administrator (Sponsored Research Specialist) - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Staff Attorney - Litigation - Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD


The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:

David Arthur Weick, Honolulu, HI

William C. Loeffel, Kavanaugh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C., Peoria, IL

Bryan T. Bjorge, Folsom, CA

Owen Blood, Chicago, IL

Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicants should contact: Tre Critelli at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.


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