March 27, 2019  Past Issues

Newest Iowa Supreme Court justice to be sworn in April 5

The legal community is invited to attend the investiture ceremony for Justice Christopher McDonald, the newest Iowa Supreme Court justice, on Friday, April 5. Governor Kim Reynolds will administer his oath of office in a public ceremony in the supreme court courtroom in the Judicial Branch Building. Details on the event can be found here.

Justice McDonald has filled the vacancy from the resignation of Justice Daryl Hecht.

Encore “Older Iowans” People’s Law School set for April 18

Due to the tremendous public response to initial People’s Law School events, the ISBA is hosting an encore seminar on power of attorney, healthcare directives and disposition of remains. This free public seminar will be held at the bar association headquarters at 625 E. Court in Des Moines on Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m.

The speakers are Greg Kenyon, elder law attorney with the Bradshaw Law Firm, and Deanna Clingan-Fischer, Ombuds Officer at Iowa State University. This encore seminar and future People’s Law School events will be co-hosted by county bar associations and livestreamed to their communities.

The People’s Law School series is the ISBA’s latest public outreach effort to help Iowans navigate life’s legal questions. If your county bar association is interested in co-hosting an upcoming People’s Law School event or if you have ideas for future topics and speakers, please contact:

Juvenile and Criminal Law seminars set for next week

The first week of April brings members both the Juvenile Law seminar and the Criminal Law seminar. After a successful pairing of the two in past years, those interested in the seminars again have the opportunity to register for both at a discounted bundle rate.

The Juvenile Law Seminar takes place April 3 with programing focused on legal professionals practicing in the areas of juvenile and family law. Topics of interest include:
• Case Law Update
• Trauma Informed Care: What Works
• Engaging with Fathers

On April 4, the Criminal Law Seminar takes center stage and features timely topics particularly intriguing to both prosecutors and defense attorneys including:
• Criminal Law Case Law Update
• Issues Surrounding the Attorney/Client Relationship
• Sexual Assault Kit Initiative

Both seminars allow for attendees to participate in-person at the ISBA Building in Des Moines or via the live webinar option. Early-bird registration ends on April 2.


Iowa Dept. of Revenue extends tax filing deadline in flood disaster areas

In response to Governor Kim Reynolds’ disaster declaration for many Iowa counties, the Iowa Department of Revenue has granted a 30-day extension and suspension of any penalty or interest for taxpayers whose principal residence or business is located in the disaster areas and whose payment or return is due on or before March 31. For details and the list of counties impacted, click here.

Iowa Title Guaranty changes premium structure effective July 1

The Iowa Title Guaranty (ITG) Board of Directors has approved changes to the premium structure for its title services to Iowa lenders and home buyers. The new premium structure, which becomes effective July 1 of this year, includes these changes:

• A flat fee of $140 for premiums per certificate for coverage amounts of $500,000 or less. (Currently there is a different premium rate for each lender certificate based on the type of transaction involved, i.e., $90 for a refinance versus $110 for a purchase).
• All endorsements issued as a part of the original transaction as well as closing protection letters offered at no charge. (There is currently an additional charge of $15 for a majority of the additional endorsements that may be requested by the lender or owner. There is also an additional charge of $25 for a closing protection letter.)
• An additional $15 compensation for field issuers for each owner certificate issued in conjunction with a lender's certificate. (Field issuers are currently compensated $60 for each transaction in which an ITG certificate is issued, regardless of whether the transaction includes lender-only coverage, owner-only coverage, or lender and owner coverage.)

Iowa Title Guaranty will honor any invoice reflecting the old rates from a commitment issued prior to July 1. The complete new rate sheet is available here. Email Matt Rousseau with any questions.

New vacancy in District 5C

A new District Associate Judge vacancy in Polk County has been announced, resulting from the retirement of the Honorable Odell McGhee.

Applications may be obtained from Jennifer Webster at the Office of the District Court Administrator. Completed applications must be submitted to Jennifer Webster at the Polk County Justice Center before Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. They must also be provided to the chairperson of the District 5C Magistrate Appointing Commission with a copy submitted to each member of the commission.

View the notice of vacancy here.


No. 17-1286
State of Iowa v. Charles Raymond Albright
A defendant appeals his convictions and sentences for willful injury causing bodily injury and kidnapping in the first degree.

No. 18-0319
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Eric Kenyatta Parrish
On review of a grievance commission report recommending revocation of the respondent’s license to practice law in this state.

No. 18-0437
State of Iowa v. Kenneth Edward Petty
A defendant appeals his convictions and sentences for lascivious acts with a child and sexual exploitation of a minor.

No. 18-0678
State of Iowa v. Christopher Ryan Covel
A defendant challenges the district court’s revocation of his deferred judgment and probation, and challenges the imposition of his prison sentence and order to pay restitution.

ACLU of Iowa appeals decision to keep Steele records secret
In February, the Iowa Public Information Board sided with law enforcement agencies to keep records of the officer-involved shooting from public disclosure.
The Hawk Eye

The Supreme Court takes another look at partisan redistricting
Partisan gerrymandering is back at the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Associate Attorney - Rawlings Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Exchange Officer - IPE 1031, West Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Confidential Employer, Davenport, IA

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

Staff Attorney - Muscatine Legal Services, Muscatine, IA

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

Equity Investigator - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Senior Director, HR Policy & Administration - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Attorney - Parnall Law Firm, Albuquerque, NM

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

Rhiannon Kay Baker, Urbandale, IA

Danila Irma Toscano, Polsinelli LLP, Los Angeles, CA

David Jerram, Woodke & Gibbons, PC, LLO, Omaha, NE

Abraham Thomas Schwager, Chandler and Brown, St. Paul, MN

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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