January 24, 2018  Past Issues

Access to Justice Commission Survey

The Iowa Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission is seeking to gain a better understanding of pro bono services, and Iowa attorneys and judges are invited to take this online survey to share their thoughts. The survey will close on Friday, Feb. 2.

The Access to Justice Commission is interested in the perspectives of attorneys who have provided such services, as well as attorneys who have not. This is an effort to quantify and recognize the pro bono work provided by attorneys, as well as to understand the factors that encourage or discourage pro bono service.

You may choose to complete the survey anonymously, or provide your contact information for a chance to win a donated $100 gift card that can be used at Outback Steakhouse, Fleming’s or Bonefish Grill.


Drake Law arbitration team wins national championship

Drake University Law School’s arbitration team was crowned national champions at the American Bar Association (ABA) Law School Division Arbitration Competition on Jan. 20.

Held at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago, the national finals pitted Drake against other top-place teams from regional competitions across the country, including Mississippi College School of Law and the University of Missouri School of Law in the preliminary rounds, and Liberty University School of Law in the semi-final round. The team ultimately defeated Michigan State University College of Law in the championship.

The team consisted of second-year student Olivia Brooks and third-year students Jordan Nickerson, Rachael Irlbeck and Gabe Walsh. Ana Dixit, LW’16, and Ronald Forsell, LW’15, coached the team.

“I could not be more proud of the students and coaches on this team,” said Jerry Anderson, dean of Drake Law School. “Their victory showed that Drake Law School prepares complete professionals who have the knowledge and skills to succeed at the highest level.”

Read the full release here.


ADR Section chair offers insight on collaborative divorce for Cradle to Grave series

The Iowa State Bar Association and Drake Law School are co-sponsoring a 'Cradle to Grave' series of CLE webinars covering various topics related to family law. The third offering, focused on collaborative divorce, will be presented by ADR Section chair Kristen Hall on Feb. 21.

According to Hall, "the collaborative process offers couples who have chosen to divorce an alternative to the emotional and financial expense and strain of the traditional, adversarial process. In a collaborative divorce both people are represented by collaboratively trained attorneys and everyone agrees at the beginning to resolve all issues without resorting to court. 

"We are fixers not fighters. We understand that while a divorce ends the marriage it does not end the relationship. Collaborative divorce takes a team approach to ensure that the couple has whatever resources they need to make the best decisions for their family," she said.

Registration for the event and full details on the series are available online.

Contribute your thoughts to ethics study

A Harvard University student needs your help with a master’s thesis project he is working on that examines the ethical beliefs of individuals who are studying towards, or have graduated with, a JD or LLB. The results of the study, which takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, may contribute to future discussions on the role of ethics classes in legal education.

To participate and make your thoughts known, click on this link using your computer or smart phone by Feb. 10. The research is being conducted under the guidance of a Harvard Law School professor.

Jan. 19

No. 17-0851
In the Interest of A.S., Minor Child v. A.S., Mother
Guardian ad litem of minor child seeks further review of court of appeals decision that reversed order terminating mother’s parental rights.
No. 17-0468
Ghost Player, LLC and CH Investors, LLC, v. Iowa Department of Economic Development
An agency appeals from the district court’s reversal of its decision to revoke an award of tax credits.

Man takes defense attorney to court in dropped HIV transmission case
A Bremer County man who was subject of a landmark HIV criminal case is taking his former defense attorney to court.
The Courier

Bisignano: You can help stop human trafficking
January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that happens throughout the U.S.
Des Moines Register

Socratic Artificial Intelligence is changing the face of legal knowledge
Discussions on artificial intelligence and law seek to find the diminishing demarcation between the human-only part of lawyering (multi-disciplinary integration, especially regarding strategy; “reading” the client; emotional intelligence) and those lawyering skills more efficiently accomplished by artificial intelligence (legal pattern recognition research for document and contract review).
TaxProf Blog

Deck ready to expand judicial experience as district judge
When a new judge takes the bench, many of the roles and demands of the position are learned through experience and on-the-job training.



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Transaction Attorney - Duncan, Green, Brown & Langeness P.C., Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Liberty Mutual Group, Omaha, NE

Associate Attorney - Leff Law Firm, LLP, Iowa City, IA

Assistant General Counsel-Agri/Farm Insurance - Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA

Trial Attorney III - Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA

Labor & Employment Associate - Faegre Baker Daniels, Des Moines, IA

Managing Attorney - Iowa Legal Aid, Davenport, IA

Immigration Paralegal - Belin McCormick, P.C., Des Moines, IA

Tax Attorney - Anderson Roberts Porth Wallace & Stewart LLP, Burlington, IA

Assistant General Counsel - UFG Insurance, Cedar Rapids, IA

Associate Attorney - Cordell & Cordell, Des Moines, IA

Litigation Attorney - BrownWinick Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Lynch Dallas, P.C., Cedar Rapids, IA


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

Haytham Faraj, Topenga, CA

Charles E. Timmerwilke,
Heyl Royster, Rockford, IL

Joseph Molettiere,
Elkhorn, NE

Colin J. O'Malley,
Goldberg Weisman Cairo, Chicago, IL

Alec J. Beck,
Excelsior, MN

Michelle Gallagher,
Chicago, 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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