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    May 17, 2017
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YLD Mentoring Program now accepting applications

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division is accepting applications from ISBA members to serve as mentors or mentees for the 2017-2018 mentor year.

Applications will be accepted through May 31. Mentors and mentees will then be matched and the year-long program will begin June 15. You can learn more about the program and find applications on the ISBA Mentoring Program web page.

ISBA members who have been licensed for fewer than five years in the state of Iowa are eligible to be a mentee. To serve as a mentor, attorneys must have been licensed for five years or more in Iowa, have a clean disciplinary record and carry malpractice insurance (if required). The program guidelines are minimal: a recommended six hours of contact over the year between mentor and mentee (ideally in-person) with no formal curriculum.

Once matched for the 2017-2018 year, mentors and mentees are encouraged to meet up at the YLD Tailgate event at the ISBA headquarters on Tuesday, June 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. More details on the Tailgate, as well as the rest of ISBA Annual Meeting events, can be found in this program schedule.

For further questions regarding the mentoring program, contact the YLD Mentoring Committee at

ISBA’s Information Systems Analyst on ransomware attacks and preventing them

Dewey Cantrell, Information Analyst, The Iowa State Bar Association

This week there have been reports world-wide about a massive ransomware attack called “WannaCrypt” or “WannaCry.” This attack has crippled business and even entire industries in, at last count, well over 150 countries, and it may not be finished. While the volume of news seems very frightening, we all need to protect ourselves the best we can.

With the duty to protect your client’s information and your business data, the call to everyone is to ensure you are making every effort to have defenses in place. With the preponderance of criminal entities trying constantly to break in to your systems, attacks are happening every day to many who don’t even realize it. It is imperative to have software and security systems fully updated, as well as a quality antivirus program.
However, if you do find yourself looking at a ransomware attack and you aren’t fully trained to deal with it, remember – these criminals are professionals. Call in your professionals, be it in-house I.T staff, a local I.T. company or anyone equipped to respond properly.

Forbes and Microsoft have both offered recommendations on how to protect yourself against the attack. The Forbes info is available here. Microsoft’s guidance is here, as well as specific info on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Need a new website photo or professional portrait?

ISBA Annual Meeting attendees who are looking to update their professional photos can take advantage of an opportunity to get a free, professional, digital photo taken right on-site.

Meeting attendees can visit the photo location near room 321 during most session breaks throughout the conference or visit the ISBA registration desk in the lobby of the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center for assistance.

To register for the ISBA Annual Meeting, visit the event page. Early bird registration is available until June 5. After June 5, a $50 late fee will be added for all registrants.

New look for coming soon

The Iowa State Bar Association is getting ready to launch a newly-designed website this coming Monday, May 22. The URL will remain the same at, but this version of the site will be mobile-friendly and responsive no matter which device you are using to access the site’s content.

The goal for the new website, with a more streamlined homepage, is to provide members a user-friendly experience to get to information quickly. All of the membership and practice tools sections from the old site will be transferred over to the new site, so there will be no lapse in accessing needed information. However, the organization of some of the pages will change to make site navigation easier.

In the first couple of weeks after the launch, you may experience some technical difficulties, but the ISBA staff will be working quickly to fix these. If you have any questions or suggestions about the new site, please contact


Leadership ballots hit member inboxes

Voting for ISBA leadership positions for next year officially begins today. Ballots for the YLD were sent out today; senior leadership position ballots are being sent May 18.


All members will have received their invitation to vote via email. The deadline to submit your vote is May 24. Questions can be directed to Harry Shipley, assistant executive director of the ISBA at

Drake University Law School launching new Entrepreneurial Clinic

Drake University Law School’s Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic has received a $500,000 grant to provide free legal services to current and aspiring entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods.

The new Entrepreneurial Clinic will provide entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders with comprehensive pro bono legal services including trademark protection, entity formation, employment agreements, contracts, licensing agreements and leases.

The Iowa Supreme Court awarded the grant, to be issued over a two-year period beginning July 1. Read more about the new program in this news release from Drake University.

Justice Fore All Golf Outing (Eastern) registration open

The annual Justice Fore All Golf Outing (Eastern), sponsored by the YLD, is now open for registrants. This year’s tournament will be at Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon on June 8.

The event is a four-person best-ball format with a shotgun start at 1:15 pm. A full group is not needed to play, as the ISBA will work to create complete teams for anyone who wants to register as an individual, duo or trio. There are only a maximum of 18 teams allowed, with slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Individual registration is $75 and cost for a foursome is $300. Participation includes cart access, two beverage tickets, hole prizes, prizes for top teams and dinner. There are also hole sponsorship opportunities available.

Those interested in registrating can sign up online at the event page, or print and mail in a hard copy registration form.


No. 15-1942
Defendant appeals district court ruling certifying case as a class action.

No. 15-2122
The district court revoked the release-with-supervision status of a person committed under the Sexually Violent Predators Act. The committed person now argues the revocation of his release-withsupervision status and his placement in the transitional release program violates due process.

Iowa Supreme Court certifies class-action in pollution case
The Iowa Supreme Court has certified a class-action lawsuit of Muscatine residents who say pollution from an industrial plant blanketed their properties for decades.

Drake enters agreement with historically black colleges and universities
Drake University in Des Moines is entering into an arrangement it hopes will increase diversity at the private school. Drake is signing an agreement with three historically black colleges and universities.
Iowa Public Radio

Iowa's 'shameful' forfeiture law improved but still broken, advocates warn
Iowa’s attempt to reform its law allowing the government to confiscate cash and property is so weak that it could subvert efforts to better protect people's property rights, constitutional rights advocates said.
Des Moines Register

Upsetting the applecart of legal research

If you had to pick the most staid area of legal technology, you might choose legal research. After all, Westlaw and LexisNexis pretty much set the standard for online legal research long ago, and many of the smaller research services that have come along since are essentially less-comprehensive variations on the same theme.
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Experienced Attorney
Redfern, Mason, Larsen & Moore P.L.C., Cedar Falls, IA

United States Marine Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps, U.S.

Associate Attorney, Meardon, Sueppel & Downer, P.L.C., Iowa City, IA

Corporate Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Des Moines, IA

Business and Estate Planning Attorney - Bangs McCullen Law Firm, Rapid City, SD

Attorney - DeKoter, Thole, Dawson & Rockman, P.L.C., Sibley, IA

Osceola County Attorney -Osceola County, Sibley, IA

Attorney - Caldwell, Brierly, Chalupa & Nuzum, PLLC, Newton, IA

Firm Administrator - Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson, P.C., Sterling, IL

Exchange Officer - IPE 1031, West Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Stanley, Lande & Hunter, Davenport, IA


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

Mark Scofield Carter, Inman & Fitzgibbons, Ltd., Chicago, IL


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.


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