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Virtual, pro bono legal clinic launching in Iowa this month
Looking for the opportunity to provide short-term, pro bono legal service from anywhere at your convenience? IA Free Legal Answers is part of a nationwide, ABA pro bono initiative called ABA Free Legal Answers. Since August 2016, over 2,200 attorneys in the 30 participating states have registered to respond to questions. Last month, the ISBA Governors approved the launch of IA Free Legal Answers via the ISBA’s Find-A-Lawyer website.
IA Free Legal Answers is designed like a virtual walk-in legal clinic where qualified clients post questions to the secure website. Then, volunteer attorneys log in to the site, preview questions and select questions to answer. After questions are answered, clients receive an email telling them to log back in to see their answers.
Prior to launching this service, volunteer attorneys are needed to sign-up to answer questions in family law, housing, consumer debt, work issues, public benefits, probate and guardianship. Experienced practitioners with substantive knowledge in their practice area(s) are highly desirable volunteers for this opportunity.
Attorneys who want to volunteer:
• Remain anonymous to clients (with limited exceptions)
• Are covered by the ABA's malpractice insurance
• Perform limited scope representation (just within the website)
• Commit to about one hour a month, which provides legal help for two to five people
• Spend 10-25 minutes to answer one question based on reports from volunteer attorneys
• Count volunteer hours as pro bono publico service pursuant to Iowa Supreme Court Rule 32: 6.1.
For more information about this service or to see how it works, watch this 14 minute video. If you are interested in signing up to help, please send an email to Attorney-IA-FLA@iowabar.org.
Special data breach coverage now offered by ISBA-endorsed insurance provider
The FBI has identified law firms as a major target of hackers. In response, CNA, the country’s eighth largest commercial insurance company, now offers firms with up to five attorneys a new Lawyers Data Breach and Network Security Endorsement available on their Lawyers Professional Liability (LPL) policy. This endorsement affords the following additional coverages not included in CNA’s standard LPL policy:
• Network Damage Claims – Coverage is afforded, up to the Lawyers Data Breach and Network Security Limit of Liability for Network Damage Claims set forth in the endorsement, for Network Damage Claims brought by non-client third parties.
• Privacy Event Response – Coverage is afforded, up to 10 percent of the Network Damage Claim Limit Liability, for reimbursement of certain expenses incurred by the Named Insured.
• The Network Damage Claim limit and Privacy Event Expenses limit are separate from and do not erode the LPL Limit.
• The Limits of Liability for Network Damage Claim Limit (both per Claim and Aggregate) and the Limit of Liability for all Privacy Event Expenses are sub-limits of the All Network Damage Claims and Privacy Event Expenses in the Aggregate Limit of Liability of the endorsement. The amount of the Aggregate Limit of Liability offered for all Network Damage Claims shall be the same as the amount offered for the All Network Damage Claims and Privacy Event Expenses in the Aggregate Limit of Liability.
• There are separate deductibles for this endorsement for Network Damage Claims and Privacy Event Expenses which would apply in addition to the LPL deductible to the extent coverage is available under both the policy and the endorsement.
A standalone cyber liability policy is also available. To learn more, contact Lockton Affinity, the ISBA’s endorsed provider of professional liability insurance, at 1-800-679-7154.
Additionally, Lockton is making available several resources related to cybersecurity protection:
• 8 Tips for Cyber Security Practices in Law Firms
• Knowing What You’re Up Against: 3 Leading Causes of Information Breaches
• Safe and Secure: Cyber Security Practices for Law Firms
ISBA-endorsed health insurance provider offers solutions for those affected by loss of individual insurance plans in 2018
Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc., the ISBA’s endorsed provider of health insurance products, is offering multiple solutions for Iowa Bar members who may be losing coverage for themselves or their employees as a result of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s and Aetna’s decisions to exit the individual health insurance marketplace in Iowa. The decisions by the two major insurance companies mean individual plans that were written after Jan. 1, 2014 will be terminated at the end of this year.
Wellmark's decision to stop selling individual policies both on and off the state's Affordable Care Act exchange will affect 21,400 of the company's 1.7 million enrollees in Iowa. Aetna did not specify how many of its customers would be affected.
Please contact David Fini or Kristi Rullestad with Reynolds & Reynolds at 855-870-4261 for assistance.
Windows support for Vista officially ends
Microsoft's support of Windows Vista officially ended April 11. As a result of this change, IowaDocs support for Vista will also end no later than July 1.
If third-party vendors discontinue their support sooner, it is possible that IowaDocs will move that date forward. Windows 7, now the current oldest version of the operating system, is scheduled to maintain support through at least 2020.
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SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
STATE OF IOWA vs. ANDRE LETROY ANTWAN HARRINGTON
Appellant seeks further review of a court of appeals decision affirming the district court’s imposition of sentence under an enhancement for repeat offenders.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED IN PART AND CASE REMANDED
IOWA SUPREME COURT COMMISSION ON THE UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW vs. RAYMOND WILLIAM SULLINS
Disbarred attorney appeals district court order enjoining him from the unauthorized practice of law.
DISTRICT COURT INJUNCTION AFFIRMED
ESTATE OF MICHAEL G. COX II by Executors, JOLEEN COX and MICHAEL G. COX SR., and JOLEEN COX, Individually and MICHAEL G. COX SR., Individually. Appellants, vs. DUNAKEY & KLATT, P.C. n/k/a KLATT, ODEKIRK, AUGUSTINE, SAYER, TREINEN & RASTEDE, P.C.
Plaintiffs appeal a district court order granting the defendant’s motion to enforce a settlement agreement.
AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED
DENNIS WILLARD vs. STATE OF IOWA
The State appeals from a district court ruling granting plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery.
REVERSED AND REMANDED
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ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individual applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
Thomas S. Dean, Baird Holm, Omaha, NE
Anyone with questions or comments on the above should contact: Dave Ewert at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.