May 16, 2018  Past Issues

ISBA leadership elections approaching

ISBA members will soon be asked to vote for bar association officers and an ABA Delegate for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year.

The Iowa State Bar Association's Board of Governors has nominated Willard (Bill) Boyd III, Des Moines, as president-elect. He currently serves as vice president.

Jerry L. Schnurr III, Fort Dodge, has been nominated by the board of governors as vice president for the upcoming year. David L. Brown, Des Moines, has been nominated to serve another term as ABA Delegate.

Thomas J. Levis, West Des Moines, the ISBA`s current president-elect, will automatically move up to president on June 20.

Look for upcoming email correspondence later this week for instructions on how to vote electronically. The email will also give instructions on how you may vote by paper ballot.

Still time to register for annual Dean’s Cup

There’s still time to have an impact on whether Drake Law School or the University of Iowa College of Law takes home the 2018 Dean’s Cup trophy. Registration for the 14th annual duel between the schools is still available.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held next Monday morning, May 21, at Echo Valley Golf Course in Norwalk, benefit Iowa Legal Aid. Those proceeds, including money from a silent auction, average between $10,000 and $15,000 per year, according to Legal Aid.

All law graduates, faculty, staff and students of Drake Law School and the Iowa College of Law – of every skill level – are eligible to participate. A lawyer who is not a graduate of either school may participate in the best-shot format by declaring temporary allegiance to one of the two schools at the time of registration.

More than 100 lawyers and judges from around the state participate in the battle between the schools. Iowa, who is led by captain Judge Eliza Ovrom, has won the trophy three years, including last year. Drake, led by its captain Chief Justice Mark Cady, has taken home the trophy the other years.

Click here for a fillable registration form.


Lawyer population 15 percent higher than 10 years ago, ABA data shows

The number of active attorneys in the United States has increased by 15.2 percent over the last decade, according to the ABA’s National Lawyer Population Survey.

The total number of lawyers in the United States as of Dec. 31 was 1,338,678. Ten years before that, the total number was 1,162,124. You can read more statistics in the ABA Journal online.

Another state moves to mandate technology training for lawyers

In 2016, Florida became the first state to mandate technology training for lawyers when it adopted a rule requiring lawyers to complete three hours of CLE every three years “in approved technology programs.”

Now another state has moved a giant step closer to following in Florida’s footsteps. The North Carolina State Bar Council has approved a proposed amendment to lawyers’ annual CLE requirements that would mandate that one hour of the required 12 hours of CLE training annually be devoted to technology training. The proposed amendment now goes to the North Carolina Supreme Court for approval.

You can read more here.


May 11

No. 16-1650
David M. Powers v. State of Iowa
Applicant for postconviction relief filed an interlocutory appeal of the district court ruling quashing his subpoena for discovery of police investigative reports and the district court ruling excluding all evidence and testimony related to the alleged false claims of his complaining witness contained in the investigative reports.

No. 17-0151
Michelle R. Skadburg v. Gary Gately and Whitfield Eddy, PLC
A lawyer and his firm seek further review of a court of appeals decision finding a genuine issue of material fact as to when the cause of action accrued.

Yes, there's an email encryption vulnerability; no, you (likely) don't need to freak out
European security researchers have released a warning regarding a vulnerability in PGP and S/MIME, a form of encryption used in email. While the researchers and the Electronic Frontier Foundation recommend that users of the technology disable it, this likely affects few law firms.

Mental-heath law is supposed to reduce shuttling of patients by deputies but...
Iowa's new mental-health law could reduce the need for sheriff’s deputies to ferry patients around the state in patrol cars — but not yet.
Des Moines Register

Self-proclaimed workaholic billed 3,600 hours last year
Lawyer Daniel Bliss has an explanation for the 3,600 hours he billed last year.

Will robots replace lawyers?
Over the past year, there has been a lot of talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential, both negative and positive. Some tout an idyllic world where robots cater to the every want and need of humans. Others, like Elon Musk, take a more guarded approach and warn of a world where machines gain sentience and threaten humanity.



Drowning in email? 5 surprising life preservers in Outlook

How to record calls on your smartphone

A guide to using client portals at your law firm

Transform your practice by becoming a deming disciple

To innovate in law, we need analysis, not hype


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

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

Shareholder/Attorney - Confidential employer, West Des Moines, IA

Assistant General Counsel - Wells Enterprises, Inc., Le Mars, IA

Public Finance Attorney - Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Des Moines, IA

Appellate Paralegal - Iowa Judicial Branch, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Salvo, Deren, Schenck, Gross, Swain & Argotsinger, PC, Harlan, IA

Director of Programs - Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc., Des Moines, IA

Lateral Hire - Stanley, Lande & Hunter, Davenport, IA

Hardin County Attorney - Hardin County Attorney's Office, Eldora, IA

Litigation Paralegal - Boyce Law Firm, LLP, Sioux Falls, SD

Associate Attorney - Shafer & Shafer Law Office, Waukon, IA

Contract Administrator (Sponsored Research Specialist) - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Staff Attorney - Litigation - Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD


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

Owen Blood, Chicago, IL

Nicholas W. Heid, Heid Law Offices, Fulton, IL

Sara J. Gangel, Iowa City, IA

Alesandra Rose Friend Laird, DeKalb, IL

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: 515-725-8029.


Tweet with us on 

Be our fan on
Connect through
Follow us on

Watch us on