June 24, 2020  Past Issues

Scam alert: Iowa attorneys targeted by sophisticated fraud scheme

Several Iowa law firms have recently reported to the ISBA that they have been contacted by a potential client named "Charles Gomez" for purposes of forcing his employer "Cardinal Health" to pay a severance agreement. The firms, upon further contact with the "client," have determined this to be an elaborate and sophisticated scam.

You can read details of how the client correspondence played out from the blog of Day Rettig Martin, P.C. in Cedar Rapids. If you are a victim of this scam, please report it to the Iowa Attorney General.

Trustifi unveils four new features to email encryption service

Trustifi email encryption, the ISBA-endorsed provider of email security software, has announced four new features that current subscribers have access to right now. These include:

- Recipient Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Using Single Sign On (SSO)
- Copy Admin Rules to Another Admin
- Forced MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) on Users by Admin
- Warning Banner on Received Emails

You can watch a live demonstration webinar on the new features this Thursday, June 25, at 3 p.m. Click here to register. For those wanting to learn more about Trustifi or to sign up for the deeply-discounted price of $25 per email address per year, click here.

Deadline is June 30 for submitting comments on amendments to Chapter 2, Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure

The Iowa Supreme Court requests public comment on a proposed revision of the Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 2 of the Iowa Court Rules. The Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure have not undergone a comprehensive revision since they became effective in 1978.

Click here for a summary of the proposed changes, which aim to streamline and simplify the rules and eliminate outdated language. The deadline for submitting comments is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. Click here to read the order, which provides background information and details on how to submit a comment.



Recent law changes have extended or changed expiring tax law provisions

A number of federal tax provisions currently in effect will expire at the end of this calendar year. Among those expiring are the employer credit for paid family and medical leave (sec. 45S(i)), work opportunity credit (sec. 51(c)(4)), construction of new energy efficient homes (sec. 45L(g)) and various incentives for alternative fuels.

The list of expiring tax provisions was assembled by the Joint Committee on Taxation and published last January. The committee compiled expiring provisions each year through 2029. Download the 16-page report by clicking on the link in this IRS news release.

Attend virtual event with Iowa AG on COVID-19 scams

This Thursday, June 25, the National Consumers League, a consumer and worker advocacy organization, will host a virtual fireside chat with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and a panel of consumer protection experts on the growing threat of scams linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. This virtual event will be held at 11 a.m. You can register here.

Fastcase launches new monthly webinar series "Leaders in Law"

Fastcase, the legal research program offered free to ISBA members, has launched a brand new free "Leaders in Law" monthly webinar series, featuring interviews with notable attorneys who are advancing civil rights in the U.S. and across the world. Register now to reserve your spot for this Friday's first Leaders in Law episode - The Legacy of Lawrence v. Texas - which focuses on LGBT equality. This session, held at 11 a.m. on June 26, will explore the background, case development and circumstances of the original Lawrence v. Texas case and the later Supreme Court battle.

Click here to learn more about the Leaders in Law series.

No. 18-1504
State of Iowa v. Chad Richard Chapman
After entering an Alford plea to child endangerment, a defendant appeals a district court order requiring him to register as a sex offender.

No. 19-0261
John Allen Christensen and Lila Christensen v. Iowa Department of Revenue
Taxpayers appeal a district court's judicial review of an assessment of additional income taxes affirming the Iowa Department of Revenue's rejection of their capital-gain deduction from the sale of farmland.

No. 19-1438
Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Abraham K. Watkins
The grievance commission recommends the suspension of an attorney's license for thirty days based on the attorney's sexual harassment.

Former Iowa jailer accused of releasing inmates early; authorities pursuing charges
In the late evening of April 22, 2020, the Buchanan County Attorney’s Office acquired information that an individual serving a jail sentence in the Buchanan County Jail may have been intentionally and illegally released from the custody of the Buchanan County Sheriff.
North Iowa Today

Lawyer disbarred for secretly referring his law firm's clients to outside lawyers
A Pennsylvania lawyer has consented to disbarment after his conviction for defrauding his law firm out of $3.4 million by secretly referring its personal injury clients to outside lawyers for a cut of the fees generated.

Man convicted of Iowa City murder argues jury pool wasn't representative
A man who appealed his first-degree murder conviction will have an opportunity to argue in Johnson County Court that he wasn't given a fair trial due to what he says was a lack of representation in the jury pool.
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa courthouses to reopen for hearings with extensive backlog
Court hearings have come to a near halt in Iowa because of the coronavirus.


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Associate Attorney - McDonald, Woodward & Carlson, P.C., Davenport, IA

Litigation Associate Attorney - Davis Brown Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

Immigration Attorney - Dornan Law Team, Omaha, NE

JBE Program Director - Nebraska State Bar Association, Lincoln, NE

Attorney - Carmoney Law Firm, PLLC, Des Moines, IA

Assistant Attorney General - Iowa Department of Justice - Attorney General, Des Moines, IA

Attorney 1 - Iowa Department of Revenue, Des Moines, IA

Director, Corporate Tax - Mayo Clinic, Rocheser, MN

Environmental Attorney - McGrath North, Omaha, NE

Associate Attorney - McEnroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman, P.C., West Des Moines, IA


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