March 20, 2019  Past Issues

30 Iowans apply for Court of Appeals vacancies

Thirty Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill two vacancies on the Iowa Court of Appeals that occurred when Chief Judge David Danilson retired on Jan. 4, and Judge Christopher McDonald filled the Iowa Supreme Court vacancy on March 7. Click here to view the list of applicants.

The nominating commission will meet March 28 and 29 to conduct interviews. The legal community and public are invited to observe the interviews, which will also be live streamed and archived on the Judicial Branch YouTube channel.

The commission will select a slate of six nominees to send to the governor, who will then have 30 days to appoint the two new judges.

There is still time to make your voice heard with the 2019 Membership Survey!

The Iowa State Bar Association encourages you to take the 2019 Membership Survey. Your feedback will provide important guidance to the ISBA Board of Governors and staff in determining the future priorities of the association.

If you have not completed the survey, you still have time as the deadline has been extended through Friday, March 29. Click here to take the survey now.

Drake Law announces 2019 alumni awards

Drake University Law School has announced the recipients of this year’s alumni awards. Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. was named the 2019 Alumni of the Year; Emiliano Lerda was named 2019 Recent Alumni of the Year; and Jerry Foxhoven received the Distinguished Public Service Award.

The award winners will be honored at Drake Law School’s 82nd Annual Supreme Court Celebration Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 30. Click here for details on the event and award recipients.


2019 ISBA Annual Meeting scheduled for June 10-12

Iowa’s largest legal convention, the ISBA Annual Meeting, is scheduled to take place June 10-12 in Des Moines. As in past years, the event will take place at the Iowa Events Center, offering ample space for CLE programming, exhibitors, social events, committee/section meetings and more.

The annual meeting will employ a track system for all three days of CLE programming with sessions designed to meet the needs of all practitioners. This year’s educational tracks include: probate, family law, case law, elder law, real estate, commercial and bankruptcy law, litigation, access to justice and two plenary tracks.

In addition to the plethora of educational sessions scheduled, organizers have included a variety of social activities to encourage camaraderie among Iowa’s legal professionals. Event highlights include the ever-popular Young Lawyers Division social event and the ISBA Awards Gala. Other scheduled experiences include the law school events for Creighton, Drake and the University of Iowa, the Joint Presidents’ Reception and a host of additional intriguing activities.

Joining the ISBA once again for the annual meeting will be the Iowa Judges Conference, further making the convention a must-attend for all of Iowa’s legal community.

Visit the ISBA Annual Meeting event page to learn more and look for updates, including registration opportunities, in the coming weeks. Additional information will be published in future editions of the Iowa Lawyer Weekly and Iowa Lawyer magazine.

IRS updates handbook for authorized e-file providers

The IRS last month revised Publication 1345, its handbook for tax preparers who are authorized to e-file tax returns for individuals. The publication had last been updated in April 2018.

Among the changes in the updated publication is a section entitled “Safeguarding IRS e-file.” (scroll down to page 5). It includes additional information about tax professionals’ responsibilities to keep taxpayer data safe in light of the steep upswing in the number of reported thefts of taxpayer data from tax practitioners’ offices.

A new section added to this edition of the publication addresses the disposal of taxpayer information after the required retention period.

Click here to view a copy of the 44-page publication.


Sheldon woman new O'Brien County attorney
Law and order matter a lot to Rachael Becker.

With LSC under threat for third year, ABA president asks Congress to increase legal aid funding
ABA President Bob Carlson has called on Congress to not only reject the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate all federal funding for the Legal Services Corp., but to also increase its support of the independent nonprofit organization so more individuals can gain access to the justice system.

Are unanimous juries required in state criminal cases? SCOTUS will consider overruling precedent
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether to overrule a 1972 case that allowed nonunanimous verdicts in state criminal trials.



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Staff Attorney - Muscatine Legal Services, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Rawlings Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Exchange Officer - IPE 1031, West Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Pasley and Singer Law Firm, LLP, Ames, IA

Associate Attorney - Bruner, Bruner, Reinhart & Morton, LLP, Carroll, IA

Associate Attorney - Confidential Employer, Davenport, IA

Managing Attorney - Kids First Law Center, Des Moines, IA

Staff Attorney - Muscatine Legal Services, Muscatine, IA

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Term Law Clerk - U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Assistant Attorney General - Iowa Department of Justice - Attorney General, Sioux City, IA

Assistant Attorney General 3 - Iowa Attorney General's Office, Ames, IA

Paralegal - Legal Hotline for Older Iowans - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Trial Attorney - Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA

Assistant Emmet County Attorney -Emmet County Attorney, Estherville, IA

Associate Attorney - Davis Brown Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - McDonald, Woodward & Carlson, P.C., Davenport, IA

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

Grace Ellen Mangieri, Chicago, IL

Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicant 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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