Supreme Court requests comments on amendments to rules on professional regulation
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In an order filed Aug. 21, the Iowa Supreme Court asks for comments on proposed amendments to the Iowa Court rules on professional regulation. The comment period deadline is 4:30 p.m., Oct. 21.

Among the proposed amendments and the court rules affected are:

1) A requirement that sole practitioners have a written plan of succession for their practices, and that plan be available for review upon request by the director of the Office of Professional Regulation (Rule 39.18);

2) An exemption from the CLE attendance requirements of Rule 41.3 for active members of the bar who reside in another state or the District of Columbia and didn’t practice law in Iowa during the reporting period, provided they attend at least 15 clock-hours of CLE accredited by the their states (Rule 41.9);

3) Up to three hours of CLE credit per calendar year for preparing an accredited CLE presentation that includes written materials (Rule 42.2);

4) Credit against the legal ethics CLE attendance requirement for instruction regarding bias in the court system and attorney professional relationships (Rule 42.1).

A copy of the order can be seen here. It contains instructions for filing comments. A marked-up copy showing the deletions and additions in the proposed amendments by rule number is available at this link. A discussion of the recommended changes is accessible here.