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    February 8, 2017
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U.S. Senators Grassley and Ernst considering U.S. Attorney applications

Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst are considering applications from Iowans wishing to serve as U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals for the Northern and Southern districts of Iowa. Those wishing to be considered must send a cover letter and resume to: by close of business on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2017.

ISBA President shares update on judicial branch budget

ISBA President Skip Kenyon recently shared his thoughts on the judicial branch budget battle brewing at the Capitol. Please watch his three-minute remarks, and look forward to another video message later this week from Chief Justice Mark Cady. President Kenyon asks that you please contact your lawmakers to express support for a fully-funded judicial branch.

Majority of YLD members support 3L early bar exam proposal

The ISBA's YLD Executive Committee is currently assessing support for a proposal to allow 3L law students in Iowa to sit for the February bar exam, as part of the YLD's ongoing mission to reduce the law school student debt load in Iowa.

A recent survey sent to YLD membership found that 78 percent of young lawyers would support allowing 3Ls to sit for the exam early, to avoid incurring high interest gap loans. However, only 44 percent of respondents had to rely on loans to pay for expenses incurred between graduation and their first day of employment. Approximately 54 percent of survey-takers said they would have considered taking the exam early, if they had the opportunity.

Other states that currently allow 3L students to sit for the February bar exam include Arizona, New York, Vermont and Oregon. Sixty-eight percent of survey-takers indicated they did not know that Arizona, which was the first state to make this move, allowed this.

The attorneys were also provided a forum to set forth additional ideas for reducing costs for future attorneys. The most popular ideas included: expediting the return of bar exam results, encouraging the YLD to explore more favorable refinancing options and providing more information to law students about the true cost of law school and how to determine the amount of money the student truly needs for expenses.

The YLD is continuing to review and explore options to begin addressing these issues.

Drake Law looking for judges for First Year Oral Argument competition

The First Year Oral Argument competition at Drake University Law School is in need of judges for its annual contest this spring. The school is requesting help for both the on-brief and off-brief rounds that will be held March 6 and March 20.

The competition allows first-year students to compete at oral appellate advocacy after preparing an appellate brief, and it encourages members of the local legal community to support the growth and further education of student attorneys.

Those interested in helping should register online. Any questions regarding the event may be directed to Adam Babinat at


New Workers' Compensation guidelines take effect soon

Tom Wertz, chair of the ISBA's Workers' Compensation Section, recently released a reminder that the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner has promulgated Uniform Guidelines for Preparation of Hearing Exhibits. The new guidelines will be mandatory beginning May 1, but parties may follow them now.

Explore CLE audio and video - now available via the ISBA CLE Index

ISBA CLE outlines are a great way to supplement your research for any case. The ISBA CLE Index gives you instant access to all ISBA CLE outlines for the past 10 years. Now, audio and video from past live webinars are available for some ISBA CLEs via the index. Instead of searching the library for a topic you vaguely remember, you can search by author, seminar subject or keyword.

On-demand ISBA CLEs are now available through your PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices. View the mobile-ready content whenever you need it, wherever you are. On-demand CLE activities may be credited toward the Iowa CLE requirement of 15 clock hours per year, established by Iowa Supreme Court Rules 41.3 and 42.2. However, no individual attorney may claim more than six hours of pre-recorded, computer-based CLE in any one calendar year.

With more than 40 live seminars to go along with the many telephone and webinar CLEs held annually, the ISBA CLE department provides high-quality continuing legal education on a broad range of topics at a fair and reasonable cost. For more information, visit the ISBA CLE calendar.

Third annual Meet and Greet connects rural attorneys and students

Thirteen rural attorneys from around the state and 23 students from Drake University Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law gathered Saturday at the ISBA office to meet one another and explore the possibility of hiring for a full-time position or for a summer clerkship.

Several of the attorneys commented on the quality of the students at this year’s event. Students, likewise, said they were impressed with the attorneys and the opportunity to meet so many in one place.

Based on the concept of speed dating, this year’s third annual meet and greet event paired each student with each attorney for eight minutes. At the end of that time, the students moved to the next attorney.

The purpose of the meet and greet is to introduce rural attorneys to students interested in working in a rural practice after graduation. The goal is for the attorneys and students to discover a potentially satisfactory fit, and establish ongoing communications that explore and develop the relationship. Assuming the fit continues to be satisfactory, the attorney hires the student as a summer clerk or as a full-time associate.

Interested attorneys who were unable to attend the meet and greet are still able to connect with students by viewing the resumés posted on the Rural Practice Committee’s web page on the ISBA website. Presently, there are 22 resumés posted on the site. More will be added as they become available. They can be viewed via this link, or by going to the ISBA website, clicking on "Committees” in the "Member Groups” tab at the top, then scrolling down to "Rural Practice.”

Committee Chair, Phil Garland, and Staff Liaison, Steve Boeckman, are also available to assist attorneys and students hoping to find a full-time match or a summer clerkship. Contact Garland at, or Boeckman at

Photos from the event can be found on the ISBA Facebook page.

February 3, 2017

No. 15-1379
Appellants appeal the district court order granting a request for entry of a charging order. Appellee cross-appeals the district court order granting the motion to quash multiple levies and garnishments.



1 of these 4 Des Moines sites will host a new courthouse
Federal officials are considering four locations for a $137 million U.S. District Courthouse in Des Moines, the General Services Administration announced Monday.
Des Moines Register

ABA House rejects proposal to tighten bar pass standards for law schools
The ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday voted against a proposal to tighten bar passage rate standards for accredited law schools.
ABA Journal

Puerto Rico governor approves statehood referendum
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, on Friday approved a law to hold nonbinding referendum that would allow the US territory to vote on statehood. The referendum, to be held in June, will allow the voters to choose between statehood and independence/free association.


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Litigation Attorney 
Goosmann Law Firm, Sioux City, IA


Transactional Attorney

Goosmann Law Firm, Sioux City, IA



McGrath North,

Omaha, NE


Attorney I

Scott County,

Davenport, IA

Associate Attorney
Aspelmeier, Fisch, Power, Engberg & Helling PLC, Burlington, IA

Plaintiff Personal Injury Attorney
Hope Law Firm, PLC, West Des Moines, IA


Staff Attorney
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA


Law Clerk
Marshall County Courthouse, Marshalltown, IA

Sr. Casualty Claims Adjuster
York Risk Services Group, Johnston, IA

Special Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney Southern District of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Assistant County Attorney
Des Moines County Attorney's Office, Burlington, IA

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

Craig Joseph Trocino, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL

Anyone with questions or comments on the above should contact: Dave Ewert at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.


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