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April 3, 2019  Past Issues

Breaking News: The Iowa Supreme Court mourns the passing of former Justice Daryl Hecht

View the Supreme Court's press release on their website.


Six nominees sent to governor for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancies

After completing public interviews of all 30 applicants, the State Judicial Nominating Commission has selected a slate of six nominees to fill the two vacancies on the Iowa Court of Appeals. To view the list of nominees, click here.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has 30 days to make the two appointments to the court.


ISBA Board of Governors nominates new officers during spring meeting

During the spring quarterly meeting on March 27, the ISBA Board of Governors nominated several new 2019-2020 ISBA officers, including Jerry Schnurr III – President-elect; Angela Shutts – Vice President; and Jane Lorentzen - ABA Delegate. The full membership will be asked to vote on these nominations later in the spring.

The board also acted on committee recommendations, including approval of the Scope and Correlation Committee recommendation to grant Iowa paralegal students access to some of the ISBA’s practice resources for educational purposes, and to clarify eligibility for law student membership so that any law student in good standing enrolled in an American Bar Association Accredited Law School who expresses interest in practicing in Iowa is eligible for membership.

For a more detailed recap of the spring meeting, click here.


Bar Foundation awards grants to five projects

The Iowa State Bar Foundation board of directors provided grants to five projects during its quarterly meeting March 26. The action was in keeping with the foundation directors’ decision several years ago to entertain and act on grant requests only once a year at the March meeting.

The grants awarded and the amounts were:
• Friends of the Judiciary -- $7,000 from money reserved in the 2018-2019 budget
• Center for Law and Civic Education/YLD Know Your Constitution -- $60,000
• Kids First Law Center -- $3,000
• People’s Law School -- $6,000

The latter four grants are being funded from the 2019-2020 budget, which begins July 1.

The board tabled action on a Drake University Law School request for money to create an app that would give lawyers, judges and others guidance on sentencing terms based on historical court decisions. The directors want to hold off on funding pending an investigation by ISBA Assistant Executive Director Harry Shipley into a mobile-friendly website instead of an app, and a possible partnership with FastCase.

In other action at the meeting, the directors acknowledged nine new members of the Foundation Fellows program and three new Life Fellows.


April 17 CLE focuses on estate planning for modest non-taxable estates

Estate planning attorneys from Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC will be hosting a live webinar on Wednesday, April 17, from noon - 2 p.m. The program, “Estate Planning Basics for Modest Non-Taxable Estates,” provides two hours of CLE credit and covers revocable trusts, Clayton QTIPs and disclaimer planning, the set-up and basis rules of estate planning, charitable gift planning and Medicaid and long-term care planning.

This event is sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association Probate Section. For a complete agenda and to register, visit the event page.


 
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April issue of The Iowa Lawyer is now available online

The April issue of The Iowa Lawyer may cause you to rethink the use of the word "shall" in legal writing. This issue, now published online, also takes a look at the changing landscape of the legal profession with the proliferation of "BigLaw," and includes information about how Iowa's Business Specialty Court is expanding, as well as new charitable giving strategies under the revised tax law.

If you receive the printed version of the publication, it will be mailed next week.


Member survey update: Winners announced

Nearly 600 ISBA members participated in the 2019 ISBA Membership Survey, which will provide direction to the ISBA Board of Governors and staff in the creation of short and long-term goals for the association.

As advertised, in appreciation for the people who completed the membership survey and provided their contact information, a random drawing was held for five prizes. The winners are: Michael Arleth of Des Moines and Elisabeth Reynoldson of Osceola, who each won a Google Home Mini; and Greg Greiner of Cedar Rapids, Scott Hall of Des Moines and Dylan Thomas of Mason City, who were each winners of a $25 gift card from Amazon. Winners will be contacted to make arrangements for them to receive their prizes.

Stay tuned for more information about the survey results in future issues of the Iowa Lawyer Weekly.


Special LawPay offer for Iowa State Bar Association members

Managing payments in your firm and getting paid has been made easier with a special offering from LawPay, the service designed specifically for the legal industry to accept all payments online. ISBA members who open a new LawPay account by April 30 through The Iowa State Bar Association will receive a $100 credit towards the processing of transactions.

LawPay is IOLTA compliant for both credit card and eCheck processing. It is a service used by more than 35,000 firms and is offered as an ISBA member benefit.



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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
No. 16-1722
State of Iowa v. Quinten Brice McMurry
Defendant appeals from the judgment and sentence for the crime of making a false report and from revocation of probation.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AND SENTENCE AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED

No. 17-0270
State of Iowa v. Tyson J. Ruth
Defendant convicted of theft in the second degree appeals from the provision of a sentencing order relating to the taxation of court courts.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AND SENTENCE AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED

No. 17-0622
State of Iowa v. Justin Andre Baker
A defendant seeks further review of a court of appeals decision affirming his convictions and sentences.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AND JUDGMENT OF DISTRICT COURT AFFIRMED

IN OTHER NEWS
Supreme Court visits Forest City for hearing
It is not something you see every day. Tuesday night in Forest City, the Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two companion cases at the Boman Fine Arts Center. Companion cases are those that involve similar parties, common facts, and questions of law that are related.
KIMT3

Lawyer fingerprinting in this state turns up over 2,200 convictions unknown to the bar
A California court rule requiring lawyers to be fingerprinted has turned up more than 6,000 criminal history reports, including more than 2,200 convictions previously unknown to the state bar.
ABAJournal

Florida YLD takes a hard look at law school debt
With a new survey showing young lawyers facing mountains of debt, the Young Lawyers Division is working to convince law schools to disclose more data and make financial aid counseling a higher priority.
Florida Bar News


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JOB LISTINGS

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


ADMISSION ON MOTION
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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