April 4, 2018  Past Issues


ISBA members interested in attending the 2018 Bench-Bar Conference in Waterloo May 9-11 are encouraged to make hotel reservations soon. On April 10, the discounted room rate for attendees will no longer be available. When making reservations with the Courtyard by Marriott in Waterloo, please use the group code “ISBISBA” to receive the discounted room rate of $119 (+tax).

There’s simply no other CLE event like the Bench-Bar Conference. If you’ve never been, there’s no better time to see for yourself the great fellowship of the ISBA than at the Bench-Bar Conference and also experience the City of Waterloo’s improvements to its downtown areas in the past several years.

April Iowa Lawyer now available online

The April issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine is now available online. In this issue, you will read about a new Young Lawyers Division initiative aiming to help attorneys be more competitive in Iowa’s market for legal services. You will also learn how you can help your favorite nonprofit fulfill its IRS obligations, and hear about an Iowa attorney’s experience working on a clemency case. This month’s President’s Letter also offers a perspective on the #MeToo movement related to the legal profession in Iowa.

Those who elect to receive the print version of the magazine should see it in mailboxes next 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.

Court2Court Iowa Legal Aid fundraiser to be held April 14

The 11th annual Court2Court 5K walk/run, a race to benefit Iowa Legal Aid, is being held Saturday, April 14.

Pre-registration at a discounted rate of $20 ends on April 7, but those interested can register from April 8-April 13 for $25, or on race day for $30.

The race starts and ends at the Iowa Judicial Building. Additional information and registration details can be found here. You can also make donations to Iowa Legal Aid, without signing up for the race, by clicking on that link.



IRS issues interim guidance on computing business interest expense

The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS issued Notice 2018-28 Monday (April 2), which provides guidance for computing the business interest expense limitation under the recent tax legislation enacted on Dec. 22, 2017. The notice provides guidance until permanent regulations are enacted.

In general, newly amended section 163(j) of the Internal Revenue Code imposes a limitation on deductions for business interest incurred by certain large businesses. For most large businesses, business interest expense is limited to any business interest income plus 30 percent of the business’ adjusted taxable income.

The notice further describes certain aspects of the rules that those proposed regulations will include to provide taxpayers with interim guidance as more comprehensive guidance is developed. The rules described in this notice apply only for purposes of determining the limitation on deductions for interest expense under section 163(j), as amended by the recent tax legislation. Before the issuance of the regulations described in this notice, taxpayers may rely on the rules described in sections 3 through 7 on pages 5-11 of the notice.

Two ISBA members to offer information on magistrate, district associate judge nomination process

Polk County Magistrate Appointing Commission members Mark Schuling and Maria Brownell are offering to discuss the process for nominating magistrate or district associate judges in Polk County. Commission members appoint the Polk County magistrates. They also interview applicants for district associate judge positions and choose three to send to the Polk County judges to fill a vacant position.

“We do not meet with potential candidates when a selection is in process, but both Maria and I would be happy to meet with attorneys to discuss either process,” Shuling wrote in an email to YLD Vice President Maggie White. “We are the commission members elected by attorneys in Polk County.”

Anyone interested in the magistrate or district associate judge nomination processes should contact Shuling at, or Brownell at


March 30

No. 16-1684
State of Iowa v. Bradley Elroy Wickes
Defendant challenges his conviction for sexual exploitation by a school employee.

No. 16-1218
Rhonda Banwart, Individually and as Next Friend of A.B. and M.B., Minor Children v. 50th Street Sports, L.L.C. d/b/a Draught House 50
An injured party seeks further review of a court of appeals decision affirming an adverse decision on a motion for summary judgment in a dramshop action.

Iowa House passes amended Dram Shop bill
The Iowa House voted Monday to pass a controversial bill that would limit the liability of bars and restaurants in drunken driving accidents.

Lawyers rank highest on 'loneliness scale,' study fines
Law practice may be the loneliest profession.

Iowa student shut down school district's network. Was expulsion too harsh?
An Iowa school district's decision to expel a student who took down the district's computer network and was later high in class was proper, the Iowa Board of Education ruled last week.
Des Moines Register

Johnson County judge seeks clarity on 'stand your ground' law after ped mall shooting
The latest ruling on Iowa’s “stand your ground law” asks the same question many Iowans have been asking since the law was passed last year: What does it actually mean?
Iowa City Press-Citizen



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Business and Estate Planning Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Litigation Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Director of Policy and Legal Services - Iowa Association of School Boards, Des Moines, IA

Counsel-Agri/Farm Insurance - Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Stumme, Collins, Gritters & Epley, PLLC, Waverly, IA

Staff Attorney - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Staff Attorney or Fully Accredited Representative - Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, Des Moines, IA

Manager, GEICO Staff Counsel - GEICO Staff Counsel, Des Moines, IA

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

Staff Attorney - Community Economic Development Project - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Associate - Smith Peterson Law Firm, LLP, Council Bluffs, IA

Litigation Counsel - GuideOne Insurance, West Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Hopkins & Huebner P.C., Adel, IA

Associate Attorney - Moore Heffernan Moeller Johnson & Meis, Sioux City, IA

Assistant Ethics Counsel for Attorney Disciplinary Board - Office of Professional Regulation, Des Moines, IA


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

Alicia Lynn Peden, Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

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: 515-725-8029.


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