April 10, 2019  Past Issues

Memorial services set for Justice Daryl Hecht

Retired Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht, who died April 3, will be memorialized at two services this week. The first is tomorrow (April 11) at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, U.C.C. in Whiting. The second is Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m. in the rotunda of the Iowa Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines.

Born in Sac City, Justice Hecht was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 1999 after practicing plaintiffs’ litigation law for 22 years at the Crary Huff Law Firm in Sioux City. He was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2006 and retired last December.

Read the full obituary.

Marion Home School Mock Trial Team wins state tournament

The 37th annual Iowa High School Mock Trial Tournament was held April 4-6 in Des Moines. On Saturday, April 6, in the championship round held in the Iowa Supreme Court courtroom, the Marion Home School “Ethos” team defeated Des Moines Lincoln High School’s team to take home the state championship trophy. Full tournament results can be found here, and photos from the championship round can be found here.

Iowa's regional and state mock trial competitions are administered by The Iowa State Bar Association Center for Law & Civic Education, in cooperation with the Young Lawyers Division and with financial support from The Iowa State Bar Foundation.

Judicial nominating legislation still eligible for debate in Iowa House

While April 5 was the second funnel deadline in the Iowa Legislature, removing many bills from further consideration, the judicial nominating legislation survived the funnel. That means the bills HF 503 and SF 237, which remove attorneys from the process of selecting State Nominating Commission members, are eligible for debate through the end of session, which is expected to be in early May.

The ISBA continues to stand in opposition to this legislation and advises members to contact their House Representatives and urge them to vote no when this legislation is placed on the debate calendar. If you aren’t sure who your representative is, click here.

Click here to view the latest updates to the ISBA's 2019 Affirmative Legislative Program.

ISBA Young Lawyers Division helps launch legal hotline for Iowa flood victims

A toll-free disaster hotline is now available to survivors of the recent Western Iowa floods who may need legal assistance. The hotline allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer to aid in disaster-related matters, and is a partnership between Legal Aid of Iowa, The Iowa State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Flood victims facing legal issues may call 833-885-9876 toll free, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday, to request assistance. More information on the hotline can be found here.

ISBA members can learn about assisting with disaster-related legal issues in an upcoming CLE sponsored by Iowa Legal Aid. The one-hour webinar will be held April 25 from noon to 1 p.m. Topics include landlord-tenant and homeowner issues, FEMA and insurance denials, accessing governmental assistance, contractor issues, replacing lost documents, etc. Click here to register.

If you are interested in taking cases pro bono that may arise from this hotline, please contact ISBA Director of Innovation and Outreach Virginia Sipes:


Register for the 2019 ISBA Annual Meeting

Let the 2019 ISBA Annual Meeting excitement begin. Iowa’s largest legal convention is scheduled to take place June 10-12 at downtown Des Moines' Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (Iowa Events Center).

Register today to join hundreds of Iowa lawyers and other legal professionals in a lively environment for informative CLE programing and engaging networking opportunities such as the ISBA Awards Gala, Young Lawyers Division Social, Joint Presidents' Reception and much more.

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.

See the full array of CLE programs and social events at the official 2019 Annual Meeting page.

Story County Magistrate position open for applications

The magistrate appointing commission for Story County will meet April 26 at 1 p.m. for the purpose of appointing one magistrate for a term beginning around May 3, and ending July 31, 2021.

An application form may be obtained from the Story County Clerk of Court. Completed application forms must be returned to the Clerk of Court, 1315 South B Avenue, Nevada, IA 50201, no later than April 24 at 3:30 p.m. View the official notice here.

Iowa Legal Aid receives nearly $24,000 in pledges from BOG challenge

The combination of pledges from the ISBA Board of Governors at its March 27 meeting and contributions made by those attending the annual Equal Justice After Hours event the next evening resulted in a $23,820 infusion of funding for Iowa Legal Aid.

The governors’ pledges totaling $11,000 was the largest amount ever raised by the BOG. The $12,820 raised by those attending the Equal Justice After Hours event also set a record.

The money raised will be used to assist Iowa Legal Aid in its mission of providing legal assistance to low-income Iowans to help them achieve a stable income, safe and sustainable housing, freedom from domestic violence and access to health care.

Fast Track Filing now available for UCC filers

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has added the ability of Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filers to utilize Fast Track Filing for their business needs.

The new process allows filers to register new businesses, change their registered agents and file UCCs. In addition, filers will now be able to upload attachments with their filings, have access to their UCC filing history, edit information online and have individual user accounts for everyone in their organizations.

To use the Fast Track Filing system, click here. A Quick User Guide to assist UCC filers with the transition is available here, and an online demonstration of the new system can be found at this link.


No. 17-1732
Natalie Slaughter v. Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Plaintiff appeals summary judgment dismissing claim that medical school failed to accommodate her mental disability and evidentiary ruling declining to impute confidential knowledge of psychotherapist to the school.

No. 17-1964
Serena Konrardy and Carrie Rigdon, n/k/a Carrie Burmeister v. Vincent Angerer Trust and Dewitt Bank and Trust Company, as Trustee of the Vincent Angerer Trust
The appellants seek further review of a court appeals decision that affirmed the district court order denying their motion for summary judgment concerning the distribution of trust assets to appellees.

No. 18-0124
Mitchell v. City of Cedar Rapids et al.
Defendants in civil action arising from police shooting appeal discovery rulings denying protective order for police investigative reports.

No. 18-1045
State of Iowa v. Lloyd Aschbrenner
Defendant appeals conviction for violating Internet identifier reporting requirement of Iowa’s sex offender registration statute.

Christopher McDonald becomes first person of color to serve on the Iowa Supreme Court
After he was hired as a law clerk, Christopher McDonald began filling out federal employment forms, one of which required a declaration of ethnicity.
Des Moines Register

Would millenial lawyers trade pay for better work-life balance? A significant percentage say yes
In a new survey of millennial lawyers, 47.1% say workloads have increased since compensation increases for associates rippled across BigLaw.

Drivers challenge Iowa's seizure of tax refunds for tickets
Drivers who have unpaid traffic camera tickets are challenging the state of Iowa's ability to seize part of their tax refunds to collect the money.



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

Benjamin R. Novotny, Boston, MA

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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