January 17, 2018  Past Issues

Track legislation of ISBA interest this session

The ISBA has 14 pieces of legislation on its affirmative agenda this 2018 legislative session, that you can read about here.
In addition, you can follow along with the status of these bills, and other bills the ISBA is registered on, in the legislative report which will be included as an extra link on the right-hand sidebar of the Iowa Lawyer weekly e-newsletter during the session.

If you have questions or comments about any ISBA legislative issues this session, please contact the ISBA lobby team:

Jim Carney:
Doug Struyk:
Jenny Dorman:

2018 State of Legal Education report released

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division has just issued a report on the future of legal education in the U.S., a white paper compiled in partnership with Law School Transparency.

The report includes specific recommendations for the American Bar Association and for law schools to improve legal education for the benefit of students, the legal profession and the public.

You can read the report in full here.


Drake Law seeking nominations for alumni awards

Drake University Law School is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Drake Law alumni awards. Award winners will be recognized at the Supreme Court Celebration Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 22.

The Alumni of the Year award recognizes someone who has demonstrated outstanding service to the legal profession, to his or her community and to the law school. Details on the nomination process, and additional information about the Supreme Court Celebration dinner, can be found here.

Know Your Constitution program honors Iowa students

The ISBA Center for Law and Civic Education Know Your Constitution program, an ISBA Young Lawyers Division project, recently honored 100 students from around the state as finalists in its Know Your Constitution contest.

The students, listed here, were recognized during a luncheon in Johnston last week, which featured as a keynote speaker the Honorable Justice Bruce Zager of the Iowa Supreme Court. Five of the students and their teachers were also randomly selected during the luncheon to attend a week-long program in Washington, D.C. through the Close Up Foundation.

Know Your Constitution involves a multiple-choice quiz and short essay for students in grades 9-12 on the U.S. Constitution. This year’s essay question asked students to consider the constitutional implications of a school district policy taking action against students who do not stand for the national anthem at school events. Winning entries were selected from each of Iowa’s 100 legislative districts.

Jan. 12

No. 16-1884
Tina Elizabeth Lee v. The State of Iowa and The Polk County Clerk of Court
A plaintiff appeals an attorney fee and expense award.
No. 15-0011
Bernard J. Wihlm and Patricia M. Balek v. Shirley A. Campbell and Parties in Possession
Appellees seek further review of a court of appeals decision reversing the district court’s order for the partition of property by sale.

Advocates still pushing for 'Emmalee's Law' in Iowa
Brad and Ann Jacobs don’t want anyone to have to feel the way they did the day they learned the man responsible for their daughter Emmalee’s death would serve only 30 days in jail.
The Gazette

Drunken drivers beware: Iowa will soon require ignition interlocks to have cameras
Iowa will soon require all ignition interlocks be equipped with cameras, a move that will ensure drivers required to take alcohol-content breath tests don’t have someone else blow into the device, officials said.
The Des Moines Register

Lawmakers will debate returning death penalty to Iowa
Bringing the death penalty back to Iowa likely will be debated but probably not approved during the 2018 legislative session, key lawmakers say.
Quad City Times

Less than half of recent law grads had good jobs waiting for them after graduation, report says
According to a report released Tuesday that focuses on the long-term outcomes of law degrees and includes a survey of college graduates, more than half of the individuals with JDs surveyed indicated that if they had it to do over, they’d still go to law school.
ABA Journal

Polk County begins pretrial public safety assessment
Polk County district courts today began using the Public Safety Assessment (PSA), a pretrial risk assessment, in all pretrial hearings. The PSA assists judges in determining whether to detain or release a defendant before trial.
Iowa Judicial Branch News



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

Gregory A. Hunziker, Hunziker & Heck LLC, Peoria, IL

Anyone with questions or comments on the above 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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