January 9, 2019  Past Issues

Learn about ISBA's newest member benefit: Email encryption

While emailing your clients is convenient, are you confident that your message is secure? To help protect both your clients and your firm, the ISBA has partnered with Trustifi to provide a state-of-the-art encryption program that can integrate into your email communications.

The ISBA’s partnership enables members to purchase encryption for $25 annually, per email address. If you are interested in finding out more about this service, please signup for this 30-minute no-obligation webinar held TOMORROW, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m.

New ethics opinion informs on best practices for client selection and case processing

The ISBA Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee issued a new opinion on Dec. 10 that is now posted on the ISBA website.

It introduces a system known as "CHELP" to protect the client and lawyer from the risk of inadvertency. CHELP is an acronym which stands for: Conflicts, History, Evaluation, Limitations and Plan. The details of each step are outlined in the opinion.

The Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee was created at the request of the Iowa Supreme Court. Its purpose is to issue opinions regarding matters of ethics, and to give assistance to the practicing bar through practice guidelines. You can read other opinions issued by the committee here.

Practice before you apply: Supreme Court Application Bootcamp

The Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (IOWA) has scheduled Supreme Court Application Bootcamps for Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The morning session will include a presentation on tips, tricks, pitfalls and likely topics of discussion in interviews, as well as a breakdown of interviews from the last cycle. The afternoon will offer the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with candid feedback.

• Western Iowa – Sioux City Public Museum - Click here to register
• Eastern Iowa – Shuttleworth & Ingersoll offices in Cedar Rapids - Click here to register

This is a free event, and any Iowa attorney is welcome, even if you are not applying for this current cycle.


ISBA CLE Index for 2018 now available
The ISBA's listing of CLE credit information for all events from 2018 is now available. The list, including activity numbers for both live and on-demand events, is available in PDF format.

Those interested can download the info sheet here. It will also be available on the ISBA's CLE page for future use.

Drake Law names new director of Agricultural Law Center

Drake University Law School selected Jennifer Zwagerman as the next director of its Agricultural Law Center. Neil Hamilton, who served as the director since the founding of the center in 1983, will retire later this year. 

Zwagerman is a 2004 graduate of Drake Law School and served as editor-in-chief of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. Zwagerman became director of the Career Development Office at the law school in 2011, and associate director of the Drake Agricultural Law Center in 2015. 

More information about Zwagerman and the Agricultural Law Center can be found here.

Nominate someone for a Drake Law Alumni Award

Drake Law School is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Alumni Awards through Jan. 18. Award winners will be recognized at the 82nd Annual Supreme Court Celebration Banquet and Awards Ceremony on March 30.

You can submit a nomination by filling out forms found at this link.


Debi Durham will lead Iowa Finance Authority, remain director of economic development; Matt Strawn to run lottery
Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will remain in that post and take over the troubled Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday.
Des Moines Register

Shutdown deadline for Federal Courts extended
The federal courts system said Monday it will be able to run through Jan. 18 during the ongoing partial government shutdown, a week longer than initially anticipated.
Courthouse News Service

Rather than increasing 1L class size in 2018, some law schools shrunk strategically
While 117 law schools this year increased their first-year class sizes, following a growth of more than 8 percent in applications, a few others purposely had fewer 1L students in 2018.

Salix mother/attorney claims Mrs. Iowa International crown
Emilee Gehling had to do something once she earned the Mrs. Iowa International 2019 title.
Sioux City Journal



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General Practice/Litigation Attorney - Clemens, Walters, Conlon, Runde & Hiatt, LLP, Dubuque, IA

Legal Administrator - Paralegal - The Weitz Company, Des Moines, IA

Corporate Counsel - Great West Casualty Company, South Sioux City, NE

Associate Attorney - Wetsch Abbott Osborn Van Vliet PLC, West Des Moines, IA

Special Assistant United States Attorney (HIDTA/ Iowa Attorney Genereal's Office) - United States Attorney Southern District of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Municipal Attorney - Hopkins & Huebner P.C., Des Moines, IA

Coverage Attorney - Great West Casualty Company, South Sioux City, NE

Associate Attorney - Harned & McMeen, Marengo, IA

Lateral Attorney - Confidential Employer, West Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Confidential Employer, Denison, IA

Associate Attorney - Rawlings Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Assistant Attorney General - Iowa Attorney General, Sioux City, IA

Corporate Counsel - Bankers Trust, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Califf & Harper, P.C., Moline, IL


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

Timothy J. Conlon, ACT, Inc., Iowa City, IA

Michael Ryan Schmidt, Minneapolis, MN

Amie Elizabeth Penny Sayler, Bassford, Minneapolis, MN

Sarah Hinchliff Pearson, Creative Commons, Des Moines, IA

Joel Cohen, Dallas, TX

James Marshal Stanford, Byrd Adatto, Dallas, TX

Joseph Michael Deeney, Solon, IA

Sydney C. Aase, Knudsen Law Firm, Lincoln, NE

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: 515-348-4670.


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