January 16, 2019  Past Issues

Chief Justice Cady delivers annual Condition of the Judiciary speech

Today in the Iowa House Chambers, Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court addressed a joint convention of the General Assembly on the Condition of the Judiciary. You can read his full speech on the Iowa Judicial Branch webpage.

A delegation of ISBA officers, as well as Young Lawyers Division members, attended the speech. ISBA leadership also attended meetings with legislative leadership this morning and afternoon as part of the ISBA's annual lobby day. Look for coverage from those visits in the February issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine.

ISBA’s Child Support Calculator slated for release in early February

The child support calculator being developed by the ISBA is in round two of beta testing with a planned release on Feb. 1. Any IowaDocs subscriber who would like to test the beta version of the product is welcome to do so. Contact Harry Shipley at, or call him at 515-697-7868 if interested.

Once finalized, the child support calculator will become part of the IowaDocs program. Subscribers to IowaDocs will be able to access it free. Members who want only the calculator will be able to purchase it à la carte from the ISBA store. The price for the à la carte version will be determined in the near future.

Free Fastcase webinars designed to enhance user experience

Fastcase, an ISBA member benefit designed to make legal research easier and more intuitive, is providing free live training webinars every Thursday through November. The webinars, which are held from noon to 1 p.m., range from an introduction to legal research, to an introduction to Boolean, to data analytics, to ethics and legal research.

The webinars provide an introduction for new users and include many helpful tips for experienced users. CLE credit for all Fastcase webinars is pending at this time. In past years the webinars have been approved for one state CLE hour.

Email encryption now available for ISBA members for only $25 annually

The ISBA recently partnered with Trustifi to provide members the opportunity to easily integrate a military-grade encryption program and more into their email communications.

Trustifi is a software-as-a-services (SaaS) company offering a patented postmarked email system that encrypts, tracks, proves delivery, and is the first federally-accepted method of sending legal documents online. The solution provides any company dealing with sensitive data with absolute confidentiality, security and legal compliance.

Click here to view a short video on the benefits of Trustifi.


District judge seat open in District 4
As the result of the retirement of the Honorable Mark J. Eveloff, applications are now being accepted for an open district judge seat in Judicial District 4.

The District 4 Judicial Nominating Commission has adopted an applicant questionnaire to be completed by each person who wishes to apply for nomination to be a district judge. Copies of the applicant questionnaire can be obtained by contacting Angela Collinson at Completed applications shall be returned by email no later than noon on Feb. 8.

Applicants must also submit a hard copy of the applicant questionnaire Parts 1, 2A and 2B and copies of writing samples to Judge Heckerman, Room 416, Pottawattamie County Courthouse, 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 by the deadline on the 8th.

Interviews with the nominating commission will be held on Feb. 22. View the full notice of vacancy here.

ABA Retirement Funds webinar to review past, future in markets

A free webinar hosted by the ABA Retirement Funds program on Tuesday, Jan. 29, will review the market in 2018, discuss the current volatility of the market and look ahead to 2019 as a way to help members plan their investment strategies for the coming year.

The webinar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and will feature a global investment strategist from Mercer and the head of the ABA Retirement Funds Program from Voya.

To register, click here.

TECHSHOW 2019: Bringing lawyers & technology together

Legal work today is dependent on technology to manage day-to-day activities, to practice more competently, and to service clients more effectively. ABA TECHSHOW teaches you how technology can work for you. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations and workshops, you will be able to get your questions answered and learn from the top legal professionals and tech innovators, all under one roof. This year's TECHSHOW is being held Feb. 27 - March 2 in Chicago.

As a member of The Iowa State Bar Association, you can register for the ABA TECHSHOW 2019 at a special reduced rate. Include discount code EP1923 at checkout to receive this special discount. This discount only applies to registrants that qualify for the standard registration and will save you $150. Get a sampling of some of the hot topics for TECHSHOW 2019 here.


State Bar president not in favor of changing judicial selection process
Iowa State Bar Association president Tom Levis does not see a need to change the way judges in Iowa are selected.

Bid to count tossed ballots in House race could reach Iowa Supreme Court
The dispute over a batch of unopened ballots cast in the race for a northeast Iowa House seat could stretch for months, as one lawmaker suggests the case could be appealed all the way to the Iowa Supreme Court.



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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

Exchange Officer - IPE 1031, West Des Moines, IA


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

Paul H. Scheuerlein, Gaido & Fintzen, Chicago, IL

Timothy D. Ducar,
Law Offices of Timothy D. Ducar, PLC, Scottsdale, AZ

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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