August 7, 2019  Past Issues
ISBA offers new service for office support staff

The Iowa State Bar Association is now offering a ”digital subscriber” option for legal support staff. This new service allows support staff an opportunity to engage with the larger bar community by receiving relevant ISBA and legal-related communications.

The service, which is free, will provide the subscribers access to the electronic version of the Iowa Lawyer, the Iowa Lawyer Weekly, information about products and services that may benefit the firm and limited access to the members-only section of the ISBA website. They will also have access to online communities to communicate and share best practices with peers via ISBA Engage.

Please note this new service is limited to individuals who are employed by an ISBA member attorney or firm.

To sign up, please click here.

Three nominated for Iowa Court of Appeals vacancy

The State Judicial Nominating Commission has nominated a slate of three individuals to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that occurred when Judge Gayle Vogel retired. The slate includes Tim Gartin from Ames, Myron Gookin from Fairfield and Julie Schumacher from Schleswig.

The nominating commission met Monday, Aug. 5, to interview all 16 applicants for the vacancy, then sent three names to the governor, who has 30 days to appoint a new judge. Click here to view videos from the applicants' interviews.

Shape the future of the bar exam - survey now live

Attorneys across the country have the opportunity to participate in the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Testing Task Force 2019 Practice Analysis Survey. This survey is part of the Task Force’s three-year study to consider the content, format, timing and delivery methods for the bar exam to ensure it keeps pace with a changing legal profession.

To participate in the survey and learn more about the study, visit The results of the practice analysis, which will be available at the beginning of next year, will be used by NCBE to develop the next generation of the bar exam.

Input sought on proposed amendments to attorney grievance rules
The Iowa Supreme Court is calling for the public and legal community to weigh in on amendments to several chapters of the Iowa Court Rules related to attorney professional regulation.

The amendments are to the following: Chapter 34 (Grievance Commission and Attorney Disciplinary Board), Chapter 36 (Grievance Commission Rules of Procedure) and Chapter 47 (Court Interpreter and Translator Rules). 

Click here to read the order requesting comment from Chief Justice Mark Cady, and click here to read the amendments. You may send comments to with "OPR Proposed Amendments" in the subject line. Please reference the rule number and line number and attach your comments in Word format. The public comment period is open until Sept. 30.


August Iowa Lawyer available online

The August issue of The Iowa Lawyer offers a broad range of advice on "attorney best practices" from three Iowa judges. In addition to the cover story, this month's magazine provides tips on how to successfully navigate the art of “jury pickin.'" You will also learn why the memo should be the lawyer’s warhorse and how to launch your own “digital detox.” You’ll also get to know the ISBA’s new vice president.

For a list of additional content in the August issue, click here. The printed version of the magazine should be arriving within the week.

ISBA People’s Law School to focus on “Consumer Protection” Aug. 20

The ISBA is hosting a free public event on “Consumer Protection” as part of the “ISBA People’s Law School” series. The event will be held at the bar association headquarters at 625 E. Court in Des Moines on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 5:30 p.m., and is also being live-streamed to public libraries in several Iowa communities.

This month’s speaker is Al Perales, Consumer Protection Investigator for the Iowa Attorney General's Office. He will focus particularly on how consumer fraud affects older Iowans. This year marks his 12th year protecting Iowans from fraud.

The ISBA People’s Law School provides free, educational events where members of the public can find answers to life’s legal questions. Speakers present information on a variety of legal topics and answer general questions. Events typically take place on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Videos will be available on the ISBA’s Iowa Find-A-Lawyer website after events.

Please help spread the word about this ISBA public service initiative. If you have ideas for future topics and speakers, please contact:

Chief Justice Cady inaugurated as president of the Conference of Chief Justices

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady has been named president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors.

The one-year terms became effective at the end of July, during CCJ’s annual conference and NCSC’s Board of Directors meetings in Asheville, N.C. Read more here.


Iowa taxpayers spend millions covering state workers' bad behavior
Workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation by state employees were key factors in pushing the cost of legal payouts footed by Iowa taxpayers to more than $11.7 million in fiscal 2019 — ranking as the third-highest total in yearly settlements and judgments in a decade.

'Law school was kind of a shock:' Students take the lead in mental health initiatives
Luke Finn expected to find a robust network of mental health supports in place when he showed up at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2017.

Matt Whitaker, Iowan and former acting attorney general, joins Kansas City law firm
Matt Whitaker, an Iowa native and former acting U.S. attorney general, has joined a Kansas City law firm, the firm announced in a news release last week.
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Thanks to email error, those taking California bar exam now know essay question topics
When California bar exam test-takers received an email July 27, listing the topics to be covered on the upcoming state bar exam, many of them thought it was a hoax.



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Associate - Telpner, Peterson, Smith, Rues, Councils Bluffs, IA

Corporate/Transactional Attorney - Nyemaster Goode, P.C., Des Moines, IA

Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney - Black Hawk County Attorney's Office, Waterloo, IA

Attorney at Law - Nepple Law, PLC, Moline, IL

Experienced Real Estate Attorney - McGrath North, Omaha, NE

Attorney - Hupy and Abraham, S.C., West Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Baylor Evnen, LLP, Lincoln, NE

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

Real Estate & Energy Position (Minneapolis or Des Moines) - Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Minneapolis, MN

Wealth Management & Trust Counsel - Bankers Trust, Des Moines, IA

Subrogation Attorney - Great West Casualty Company, South Sioux City, NE

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

Assistant County Attorney - Plus - Wright County Attorney, Belmond, IA


Associate Attorney - Mark Gray Law, PLC, Ankeny, IA

Law Firm Bookkeeper - McEnroe Law Firm, P.C., West Des Moines, IA


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

Pamela Nissen, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, Minneapolis, MN

Emily A. McNee, Littler Mendelson PC, Minneapolis, MN

Adolfo Brandon Sanchez, Sioux City, IA

Patricia A. Stone, Wilson Elser, Milwaukee, WI

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.


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