January 30, 2019  Past Issues

Have something to say about the ISBA? Take the membership survey!

Do you want to have a direct say in what you get out of your ISBA membership? This is your chance. The Board of Governors and ISBA staff are asking for your support in completing the 5-10 minute 2019 ISBA Membership Survey.

This survey was designed to help identify those services and benefits that represent the greatest value to you, the members. Additionally, your feedback will provide important guidance to the board in determining the future direction of the association.

The membership survey will remain open through Friday, Feb. 15. To show appreciation for your participation in completing the survey and entering your contact information, you will automatically be entered into a random drawing. Prizes include an Amazon Echo Dot, a Google Home Mini or one of three Amazon gift cards. The drawing will take place on Monday, Feb. 18, and winners will be notified.

Click here to take the survey.

New Child Support Calculator to be included in 2019 IowaDocs® release

The 2019 IowaDocs® release slated for early next week will contain the new Child Support Calculator developed by the ISBA. The calculator will also be available as a stand-alone product later in February for non-IowaDocs® users.

The new calculator has been developed with cooperation from the ISBA’s Family and Juvenile Law Section, and was tested by select members of the section over the past several months. The Child Support Calculator includes forms 1 and 2. Calculations are completed using the 2019 Federal and state tax rates. If you have a prior action under consideration and need to make adjustments, you may also compute using 2018 tax rates.

Subscribers to IowaDocs® will have access to the calculator free as part of their subscriptions. Non-subscribers who are interested in IowaDocs® can get more information on pricing, a list of forms offered and how to subscribe on the IowaDocs® webpage.

Article addresses challenges in replacing retiring rural practitioners

A recent article in the online newsletter, Law 360, discusses the challenges facing Iowa and several other midwestern states in making sure their rural areas continue to have lawyers. Among other challenges, it cites the Legal Services Corporation’s 2017 Access to Justice Report that states low-income rural residents received inadequate or no professional help for 86 percent of their civil legal problems in 2017.

The article, entitled “No Country For Old Lawyers: Rural U.S. Faces A Legal Desert,” quotes Garner attorney, Phil Garland, chair of the ISBA’s Rural Practice Committee, on some of the challenges the ISBA program has encountered and how he has personally addressed those challenges in his own practice. It also quotes the leaders of programs in Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin and how their states are hoping to prevent rural areas from becoming legal deserts.

The co-chair of the Nebraska Rural Practice initiative described the issue succinctly: “If you just need a deed drafted or a will drawn, there’s no way to do it unless there’s an attorney that’s handy in your local community.”

Iowa has not yet experienced the problems Nebraska has, where 11 counties have no resident lawyer and people in some cases have to drive 75-100 miles one way to see an attorney. However, officials in the Iowa courts, law schools and the bar association, who are monitoring the impact on rural areas as attorneys retire with no one to take their places, are actively seeking solutions to prevent such occurrences from happening in this state.


Next People's Law School event focuses on Medicaid eligibility
On Thursday, Feb. 21, The Iowa State Bar Association is hosting its second seminar in the “People’s Law School: Older Iowans” series. This free public event will include an overview of Medicaid eligibility for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, the Medicaid programs available in Iowa and medical assistance income trusts.

Please help spread the word to your clients or members of your community about this free event that is part of the bar association's public service initiative. It will be held at the ISBA building on 625 E. Court Ave. in Des Moines from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. The speaker is Scott Hartsook, former Managing Attorney of the Legal Hotline for Older Iowans, a special project of Iowa Legal Aid that provides free legal advice to Iowans who are 60 or older. To register for the free event, visit:

For additional information, or to propose future ideas or speakers for People's Law School events, please contact:

ISBA t-shirts still available for purchase

There is still time to show your lawyer pride by sporting one of the ISBA’s newly created t-shirts. Each shirt sells for $20 and was designed by the Des Moines-based company, Raygun.

Visit the ISBA store to view the shirts and to place your order (log-in required). Once in the store, click on the “Misc.” category to locate all ISBA t-shirts


No. 16-1031
Myron Dennis Behm, Burton J. Brooks, Bobby Lee Langston, David Leon Brodsky, Jeffrey R. Olson, and Geoff Tate Smith v. City of Cedar Rapids and Gatso USA, Inc.
Plaintiffs request further review of court of appeals decision
affirming summary judgment in favor of the defendants on plaintiffs’
putative class action challenging city’s automated traffic enforcement

No. 17-0488
Ross Barker v. Iowa Department of Public Safety
The defendant seeks further review of a court of appeals decision and the judicial review decision of the district court upholding the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s determination that defendant must register for life on the sex offender registry.

No. 18-1719
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Benjamin J. Stansberry
Grievance commission recommends a suspension of an attorney’s license to practice law for violations of ethical rules.

No. 18-1830
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Bryan John Humphrey
Grievance commission recommends suspension of an attorney’s
license for violations of ethical rules.

Help the Iowa judiciary meet its lofty mission
Last week Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady urged lawmakers to embrace hope while planning the future of the courts.
The Gazette

Increasing political control over court appointments won't make judges less political

If you think Iowa’s judges are too political, the obvious answer is to inject even more politics into the system of nominating them, right?
Des Moines Register

He made his way to the top of 'Big Law.' Then his drinking almost brought him down
On a Sunday morning in 2010, Steven Wall was given an ultimatum by his wife and his boss: Get help for your drinking or you'll lose your marriage, your two young daughters and your job.

Where law and health care meet
Hayleigh Hansen spent a week at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics over winter break.



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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

Corporate Counsel - Bankers Trust, Des Moines, IA

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

Exchange Officer - IPE 1031, West Des Moines, IA

Legal Assistant I - Iowa Judicial Branch, Burlington, IA


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

Sarah Marie DeFranco, Burlington, IA

Jamie L. Ford, Hupy and Abraham, S.C., Milwaukee, WI

Cara Brook Hardin, Johnston, IA

Stephen Clark Rogers, Sugarland, TX

Lisa Renee Munch, Langhenry, Gillen, Lundquist & Johnson, LLC, Rockford, IL

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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