Another successful ISBA Annual Meeting in the books
The 2019 ISBA Annual Meeting came to a close Wednesday, June 12, with more than 800 legal professionals attending this year’s conference. The three-day event took place at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines and included more than a dozen CLE tracks and a variety of networking opportunities, including the ISBA Awards Gala, Young Lawyers Division BBQ Bash and Joint Presidents' Reception.
Hon. Fae Hoover-Grinde, District Court Judge, District 6, kicked off Iowa’s largest legal conference with her presentation, “Mindfulness: A Tool for Lawyers and Judges.” Hoover-Grinde provided attendees simple techniques on how to easily incorporate mindfulness into their daily routines. A focus on lawyer wellness was also found in the group painting class, organized walks through downtown Des Moines, yoga sessions and additional CLE presentations.
Members attending the conference who didn't have the opportunity to fill out an evaluation form during the event are encouraged to complete an event survey.
Be sure to mark your calendars for next year's annual meeting, taking place June 22-24, 2020.
Gavels passed and bar members honored during 2019 Awards Gala
The 2019 ISBA Annual Meeting capped off with an evening Awards Gala to officially hand over the gavels of leadership and honor bar members for their contributions over the past year.
The 2018-2019 ISBA President Tom Levis officially passed the gavel to Bill Boyd, who will serve as the 133rd president of the bar association in 2019-2020. The Young Lawyers Division also transitioned power from outgoing YLD President Maggie White to incoming YLD President Abhay Nadipuram.
The Iowa State Bar Association Award of Merit, the association's highest honor, was presented to Phil Garland, an attorney from Garner. The Rolland Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award was given to Christine Luzzie, retired from Iowa Legal Aid. The Excellence in Legislative Advocacy Awards were given to Raymond Beebe and James Daane.
The YLD Awards of Merit went to Kyle McEntee, the founder of the non-profit Law School Transparency, as well as YLD member Kyle Fry, who chairs the YLD Student Debt Task Force and ISBA Innovations Committee.
The Outstanding Committee Chair Award was given to Eric Goers, who heads the Legal Access Committee. The Outstanding Section Chair Award was given to R. Scott Van Vooren with the Business Law Section for his work completing the latest business law practice manual. Outstanding Law Student Awards went to Jackson O’Brien - Drake University Law School, and Allison Goertz - University of Iowa College of Law.
To view pictures from the event, click on this Facebook album.
YLD Mock Trial Committee seeking new chairs; save the date for 2019 middle school competitions
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division Mock Trial Committee is seeking successors for its chair position beginning in 2020. This position involves assisting in recruiting judges, as well as scoring and judging for the regional and state tournaments for middle and high school.
If interested, please contact the current Co-Chairs Christina Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Van Everett (Everett@whitfieldlaw.com). The successor chair(s) would serve with the current chairs through summer 2022.
Since 1983, the Iowa Mock Trial Program has given thousands of students the opportunity to get a close-up look at the judicial process. Last year, more than 2,000 students from across Iowa participated, but they would be unable to do so without the help of volunteer organizers and judges.
If you are interested in judging, please mark the below dates for the middle school competitions later this fall. As the tournament gets closer, a link will be sent out to officially sign up. The Iowa Middle School Mock Trial State Tournament will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Friday, Nov. 22, in Des Moines.
2019 Iowa Middle School Mock Trial Regional Tournament dates/locations:
Thursday, Oct. 31 - Marshalltown
Friday, Nov. 1 - Dubuque
Saturday, Nov. 2 - Cedar Rapids
Saturday, Nov. 2 - Iowa City
Wednesday, Nov. 6 - Mason City
Thursday, Nov. 7 - Sioux City
Friday, Nov. 8 - Council Bluffs
Saturday, Nov. 9 - Davenport
Monday, Nov. 11 - Des Moines
Playoff: Nov. 12 - Des Moines
Wednesday, Nov. 13 - Burlington
Help Iowans in need with virtual pro bono legal clinics over your lunch hour
Join fellow volunteer attorneys for IA Free Legal Answers Virtual Legal Lunch Clinics this summer and make an immediate, positive impact in an hour or less. Virtual legal lunch clinics are part of the ISBA’s virtual walk-in legal clinic, IA Free Legal Answers, where qualified clients post civil, legal questions to a secure website. By participating in virtual legal lunch clinics, you can answer legal questions and provide legal information to five or more qualified clients while you share ideas and good food with other attorneys.
Any Iowa-licensed attorney interested in learning how to perform pro bono service anywhere, anytime through this pro bono initiative is invited to virtual legal lunch clinics at the ISBA headquarters in Des Moines. Volunteer attorneys from across the state are invited to participate via video conference. New volunteer attorneys can start taking client questions during virtual legal lunch clinics where experienced project volunteers and attorneys with substantive knowledge in key practice areas will gather to serve together.
Attorneys who volunteer:
• Remain anonymous to clients (with limited exceptions)
• Are covered by the ABA and ISBA’s malpractice insurance
• Perform limited scope representation (just within the website)
• Report that it takes 10-25 minutes to answer one question
• Can have their volunteer hours be considered pro bono publico service pursuant to
Iowa Supreme Court Rule 32: 6.1.
2019 IA Free Legal Answers Virtual Legal Lunch Clinics will take place at the ISBA headquarters and via video conference on the following dates between 11:30 am – 1:30 pm:
Tuesday, July 16
Tuesday, July 30
Tuesday, August 8
Thursday, September 12
Thursday, October 10
Thursday, November 14
Thursday, December 12
To get started volunteering now, you may sign up, watch a short demonstration video or review answers to frequently asked questions via this link. For more information about IA Free Legal Answers Virtual Legal Lunch Clinics, or if you would like more information about how to get involved in this pro bono service opportunity, please send an email to Attorney-IA-FLA@iowabar.org.
Judicial vacancy announced in District 5C
A new district associate judge vacancy was announced in District 5C (Polk County) last week, a result of the retirement of the Honorable William Price. Applications for this position can be obtained via email from Jennifer Webster, office of the district court administrator, and must be submitted by July 2 at 4 p.m.
Completed applications must be submitted to the chairperson of the District 5C Magistrate Appointing Commission with a copy submitted to each member of the commission. There are five Commissioners in addition to the chairperson. A list with the names and addresses of all commissioners will be provided with each application.
Interviews with the commission will be held July 8. The official announcement can be viewed here.
IRS faxing service ends June 28
As of June 28, the IRS will stop faxing tax transcripts to tax professionals and to taxpayers and third parties.
With the change, tax professionals will still have these options to obtain tax transcripts necessary for tax preparation or representation:
• Request that the IRS mail a transcript to the taxpayer’s address of record;
• Use e-Services’ Transcript Delivery System online to obtain masked individual transcripts and business transcripts;
• Obtain a masked individual transcript or a business transcript by calling the IRS, or by faxing authorization to the IRS assistor, and the IRS assistor will place the document in the tax practitioner’s e-Services secure mailbox.
More information on the faxing service and on alternatives to certain third-party mailings that end July 1 is available here.
SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
Cathryn Ann Linn v. State of Iowa Muscatine County
Cathryn Ann Linn seeks further review of a summary disposition in her postconviction-relief proceeding.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REVERSED AND REMANDED
Shelli R. Freer, Individually and as Administrator of the Estate of Michael Sansom, Individually, v. DAC, Inc. d/b/a Prairie House Jackson County
The plaintiffs challenge the district court's grant of motion to enforce settlement agreement and dismissal of plaintiffs' posttrial motion as moot.
Loren Danner and Pan Danner v. Carroll County Board of Adjustment Carroll County
Farmers appeal district court judgment upholding board of adjustment's denial of requested zoning variance.
Alex Wayne Westra v. Iowa Department of Transportation Polk County
A motorist appeals a district court ruling denying his petition for judicial review of an agency decision suspending his driver's license for one year.
Gregory Baldwin v. City of Estherville, Iowa, et al Northern District of Iowa
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa certifies six questions pursuant to Iowa Code @ 684A.1 (2019).
CERTIFIED QUESTIONS ANSWERED
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ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
Daniel Sprout, Creative Planning, Overland Park, KS
Nicholas Attilio Vidoni, Vidoni Law, Merritt Island, FL
Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicants should contact: Dan Saar at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-348-4670.