Sign up to be listed on the new Iowa Find-A-Lawyer website (It’s free!)
The ISBA recently launched a brand-new Find-A-Lawyer attorney database website, with improved functionality and appearance. The site has been enhanced to be mobile-friendly, with a better search interface and updated resource guides to help prospective, paying clients discover you faster.
This summer, the ISBA will be launching a marketing campaign to increase public awareness of this website and all its resources, with a goal of driving traffic to the site and ultimately to your law firms. Before that happens, all members who wish to be listed on the site need to sign up. It’s a free benefit included in your ISBA membership.
Please fill out this application and send a copy to the bar headquarters:
625 E. Court Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
You can also scan and fax a copy to (515) 243-2511 or email a copy to email@example.com.
You may opt in or out of the Find-A-Lawyer listing at any time and can update and change your profile as needed through your iowabar.org membership account. If you have any questions, please contact the Membership Department at (515) 697-7870.
Find CLE information on the ISBA website before the reporting deadline
The deadline for filing your Client Security and/or CLE reports is March 10. If you have not filed yet, you can find out credit information and search the database of approved ISBA CLE events by going to the ISBA’s CLE Overview webpage.
Reports are filed online using your lawyer account at the Office of Professional Regulation website.
If you do not have the required 15 CLE hours, you will need to file for an extension. That can be done when you log into your OPR account.
If you need assistance, call the Office of Professional Regulation at (515) 725-8029.
IRS warns of new scam that locks preparers' software accounts
If you receive an email from what appears to be your tax software provider with the subject line “Access Locked,” don’t click on the link contained within it. Instead, send the email to your tax software provider and the Internal Revenue Service.
The IRS said recently that such emails are part of a new phishing email scam impersonating software providers. The email tells preparers that access to their tax preparation software has been “suspended due to errors in your security details.” The scam email advises preparers to fix the lock by using an “unlock” link provided in the email.
The link actually takes preparers to a fake web page where they are asked to enter their user name and password. However, instead of unlocking the software, preparers are actually inadvertently providing information to cybercriminals who use the information to access the preparers' accounts and steal client information.
For more information about this new scam and instructions on what to do about it, click here. Also, check out the news releases issued by the IRS on other scams impacting tax professionals at this link.
Supreme Court updates modifications to Rules of Appellate Procedure
The Iowa Supreme Court has ordered modifications to planned changes for the Iowa Rules of Appellate Procedure taking effect today, March 1. Changes set forth in a Nov. 18 order required new forms 7 and 10 for Rule 6.1401.
The new form 7 contains an amended internal rule reference consistent with last year’s changes and has been streamlined for better clarity. This replaces the previous version of form 7.
The newly adopted form 10 was created to meet the requirement to include a certificate of compliance set forth in November’s order. Both of the forms, as well as the order from last week, are available on the Supreme Court’s website. They become effective along with the new rule on March 1.
ACLU offering immigration training seminar
The ACLU of Iowa has announced a free two-part training seminar on March 10 for volunteers interested in assisting organizations providing legal services to immigrants in Iowa.
The seminar will offer guidance on creating "Know Your Rights" presentations in a train-the-trainer style class. The event will be held at the Faegre Baker Daniels office in downtown Des Moines, and RSVPs or questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available on the ACLU website.
March Iowa Lawyer now available online
The March issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine is now available online. In this issue, you will meet Iowa’s ABA Delegates, and learn about a recent controversial vote in the ABA House of Delegates regarding bar passage standard rates. You will also read why the YLD supports an early 3L bar exam testing proposal, and hear about how the family of Ed Skinner is honoring his pledge to LawPAC even after his passing. There is also a story worth reading for anyone who has Windows 10 and is worried about cybersecurity.
Those who elect to receive the print version of the magazine should see it in mailboxes this week. Those who no longer wish to receive the printed version of the magazine can elect to receive it electronically by navigating to their ISBA account settings and selecting "yes” for the "Iowa Lawyer Magazine Online” option.
SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
February 17, 2017
Upon the Petition of JUDITH ANN CHAPMAN
A son seeks further review of a court of appeals decision finding that he perpetrated elder abuse on his mother.
STATE OF IOWA vs. JAMES NORMAN HARRIS
A defendant claims his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to challenge the sufficiency of the evidence of an element of the going-armed-with-intent offense and for failing to object to a jury instruction omitting that element.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED
GARY PETTIT vs. IOWA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
The Iowa Department of Corrections appeals a decision of the district court requiring the department to provide an inmate counsel in a sex offender treatment program classification hearing.
REVERSED AND CASE REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS
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