Supreme Court adopts amendments to court rules on professional regulation
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On Friday, Nov. 20, the Iowa Supreme Court adopted a number of amendments to several rules in Division III of the Iowa Court Rules, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The adoption followed a period of public comment on the proposed amendments.


A subsequent order on Tuesday, Nov. 24, changed the effective date of new Rule 39.18 to March 1, 2016. New Rule 39.18, which was one of the 10 provisions adopted, requires solo practitioners to file a succession plan (see article at the beginning of this newsletter).


Among the new amendments to the court rules are:


  • Collection of the costs of special trust account audits when conducted based on specified causes, if the audit shows the account was not in substantial compliance with trust account rules;
  • Credit against the legal ethics CLE attendance requirement for instruction regarding bias in the court system and attorney professional relationships;
  • Limited CLE credit for attorneys who prepare written materials and speak or serve on a panel of speakers at accredited CLE events;
  • Investigation procedure by the commission on the unauthorized practice of law.

A summary of the 10 new provisions can be found in the Nov. 20 order here. A complete listing of the rules as amended can be found here.