August 23, 2017  Past Issues


The Iowa Supreme Court has announced its 2017-2018 adjudicative-term calendar, including the dates it plans to hold oral arguments in two evening sessions in Des Moines, special sessions at Drake and Iowa law schools and three special sessions in communities around the state. The adjudicative term runs from Sept. 1 this year to June 30, 2018.

Cedar Falls, Davenport and Knoxville will host the justices for oral arguments for 2017-2018. The court has held oral arguments in 24 other Iowa communities since beginning the practice in May 2011. The justices have also visited 160 high schools, universities and colleges during that period.

Click here to see the dates for the special sessions and the link for archived oral arguments on the court’s YouTube channel. The 2017-2018 adjudicative term will mark the fourth year the court has live-streamed and archived its oral arguments.

Jury scam now reported in several areas of Iowa

The Iowa Judicial Branch has received reports of a jury scam currently in operation in several locations throughout the state. 

In the scam, the perpetrators call the victim and falsely claim to be from the local sheriff or police department wanting to verify the victim's home address. The caller then informs the victim that there is a warrant for his or her arrest for failure to appear for jury service. The caller gives specific amounts owed to the courts and instructs the victim to get a money order, or risk being arrested.

The public should be aware that the phone calls and notices are fraudulent. People who fail to appear for jury duty are not contacted by telephone. Also, law enforcement officers do not collect fines and fees. Fines and fees can only be paid to the clerk of court’s office, by mail or by walk-in, or on the secure ePayment system on the Iowa Judicial Branch website.

Contact your local law enforcement agency to report the receipt of these types of calls. More information on these scams can be found here.


The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry, collectively called the “Security Summit,” are warning tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal usernames and passwords. The emails have ramped up recently since this is the time of year when many software providers issue software upgrades and when tax professionals are working to meet the Oct. 15 deadline for extension filers.

This latest scam email variation comes with a subject line of “Software Support Update” and highlights an “Important Software System Upgrade.” It thanks recipients for continuing to trust the software provider to serve their tax preparation needs and mimics the software providers’ email templates.

The e-mail informs the recipients that due to a recent software upgrade, the preparer must revalidate his or her login credentials. It provides a link to a fictitious website that mirrors the software provider’s actual login page. Instead of upgrading software, the tax professionals are providing their information to cybercriminals who use the stolen credentials to access the preparers’ accounts and to steal client information.

The Security Summit reminds tax professionals that software providers do not embed links into emails asking them to validate passwords. Also, tax professionals and taxpayers should never open a link or an attachment from a suspicious email.

Tax professionals who receive emails purportedly from their tax software providers seeking login credentials should send those scam emails to their tax software provider and to the IRS at



The University of Iowa College of Law is looking for volunteers to serve as judges for upcoming moot court and trial advocacy competitions. Details about the volunteer opportunities are available on the volunteer intake form.

To indicate your interest and availability, please complete the form by Sept. 30. Iowa Law will follow-up with all interested volunteers to confirm specific dates and events. Questions can be directed to Jill De Young at

Special court session to honor Judge Vietor

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa will hold a special session to honor the late Judge Harold D. Vietor on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at the United States Courthouse in Des Moines. All are welcome to attend this public session. A public reception will follow.

Judge Vietor died July 23, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. He served 50 years on the bench, first as an Iowa district court judge, then as a federal district court judge, and finally as a senior judge.

Anyone who wants to attend should respond to by Sept.15.


The annual Agricultural Law Seminar, cosponsored by the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University, Agricultural Section of The Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa Farm Bureau, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ames, or join us for the live webinar. The seminar will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with lunch provided.

This seminar will address key issues arising during uncertain financial times. Topics will include the current agricultural economic climate and practical tools to assist clients, whether they are producers, creditors or agricultural businesses. We will also cover hot topics in agricultural law, environmental issues and more. The day will include a number of expert speakers and panelists and seven state hours of CLE which includes one ethics hour.

Registration is available through the ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. Details on the event, including a schedule of the day, is available on the event page


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Exchange Officer - IPE 1031, West Des Moines, IA

City Attorney - City of Ames, Ames, IA

Estate Planning Attorney - BrownWinick Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

Staff Attorney - Disability Rights Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Brady Preston Gronlund PC, Cedar Rapids, IA

Real Estate Attorney - BrownWinick Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

Legal Assistant - Otto Law Office PLLC, Newton, IA

HR Compliance Manager - Heartland Financial USA, Inc., Dubuque, IA

Director of Policy and Legal Services - Iowa Association of School Boards, Des Moines, IA

Staff Counsel - Homesteaders Life Company, West Des Moines, IA

Corporate Health Law Attorney - Hy-Vee, Inc., West Des Moines, IA

Paralegal - Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Urbandale, IA

Claims Attorney - BITCO Insurance Companies, Davenport, IA

Legal Assistant/ Paralegal - Kum & Go, West Des Moines, IA

Assistant City Attorney I - City of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

Senior Casualty Claims Adjuster - York Risk Services Group, Johnston, IA

Legislative Legal Counsel - Legislative Services Agency, Des Moines, IA

Intellectual Property, Data Security and Privacy Attorney - McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO, Omaha, NE


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

Robert Carl Lampe III, E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co., Wilmington, DE

Meghan Patricia MacKelly, Dobberstein Law Firm P.C., Brookfield, WI

Jason Robert McClitis, Blake & Uhlig P.A., Kansas City, KS

Thomas C. Goodhue, Upper Marlboro, MD

J. Adam Dobberstein, Dobberstein Law Firm LLC, Brookfield, WI

James Skloda, Casey's General Stores Inc., Des Moines, IA

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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