September 4, 2019  Past Issues

ISBA's Find-A-Lawyer website sees highest number of visitors ever

The ISBA's public legal referral website known as Iowa Find-A-Lawyer is seeing its highest number of visitors ever, with 152,500 page views projected by the end of 2019. That equates to more than 48,000 individual users, according to new data from the administrator of the Iowa Find-A-Lawyer website.

Iowa Find-A-Lawyer is a one-stop shop for members of the public to connect with an ISBA member attorney, review legal resources or get legal questions answered pro bono, if they qualify, through Iowa Free Legal Answers.

The ability to list your firm on Iowa Find-A-Lawyer continues to be a free benefit included in ISBA membership. Click here to view the ISBA members listed on the site currently, or click here to start the process of getting yourself listed. You may opt in or out, or change details of your listing, at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact

Newer Iowa attorneys invited to attend upcoming seminar

The annual Bridge the Gap Seminar will be held Sept. 12-13 at the West Des Moines Marriott in West Des Moines. Sponsored by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division, the unique two-day conference is targeted towards newer Iowa attorneys and includes a collection of presentations on a variety of general practice subjects. Highlighted discussions include:

• Stand Your Ground – Hon. Patrick Grady, Chief Judge, District 6
• Business Startup and Overview – William Daly, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC
• Iowa Conservatorship Changes – Breanna Young, Davis Brown Law Firm
• A Prescription for Prosecution: Driving and Drugs – Robert Rehkemper, Gourley Rehkemper & Lindholm PLC

Along with interacting and learning from some of the most experienced lawyers in the state, attendees will also be rewarded with 15 state CLE hours which includes 3 ethics hours and 1 juvenile law credit.

Visit the event page for complete information and registration. Event organizers encourage all interested persons to register prior to Sept. 12 to avoid a $50 walk-in fee.

New rules of electronic procedure for submission of exhibits

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady signed an order last week adopting amendments to rule 16.412 of the Iowa Rules of Electronic Procedure concerning submission of hearing and trial exhibits. This comes after the EDMS Business Advisory Council submitted proposed amendments for the court's consideration and the public was allowed to comment.

Some of the changes include: requiring electronic submission of proposed exhibits prior to hearing or trial, with limited exceptions; new provisions clarifying roles and responsibilities in mistrials, criminal co-defendant trials and new trials; sanctions for party's failure to submit proposed exhibits as the rules require.

Click here to read the amendments, which become effective Jan. 1, 2020.


ISBA members get discounted email encryption software

ISBA members are now able to easily integrate email security and encryption, tracking, reverse DNS lookup and more into their email communications with Trustifi. At a time when law firms are becoming increasingly targeted by cyber criminals, this is a crucial service for attorneys who want to protect their business and strengthen their cybersecurity infrastructure.

Trustifi is a military-grade security program that works to encrypt, protect and ensure the delivery of every email you send from your computer. Trustifi not only encrypts your emails, it also authenticates incoming emails and alerts the user when an email is identified as suspicious or fraudulent, a growing problem with the rapid rise of successful phishing schemes that demonstrate criminals are getting better at crafting fraudulent emails. Recently Trustifi began scanning links and attachments in emails to confirm whether they contain malicious content.

Trustifi is made available to every single ISBA member at a deeply discounted rate ($25 annually). For more information please visit

Iowa Lawyer magazine focuses on the Iowa Sentencing Project

The September issue of The Iowa Lawyer is now available online. In this issue, you will read about the Iowa Sentencing Project, which was originally launched by Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Michael Mullins, but has now taken on new life through Drake Law students, and lives on Fastcase 7 free to ISBA members.

The September issue also includes a statistical review of the 2018-2019 Iowa Supreme Court term, as well as details on how Iowa attorneys can be empowered to use a relatively new action to help stop elder abuse. And you will learn about what the ISBA YLD is doing to help combat student loan debt.

Featured in this issue:
• The Iowa Sentencing Project: Navigating the maze of Iowa’s criminal sentencing laws
• Statistical review of the 2018-2019 Iowa Supreme Court term
• Not all superheroes wear capes: Preventing elder abuse in Iowa
• Iowa YLD leads the charge on lessening student loan debt
• Arabella Mansfield’s legacy continues 150 years later
• ISBA’s Fall CLE Offerings

The printed version of the magazine should be arriving in mailboxes next week.

IRS keeps interest rates unchanged for fourth quarter

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Oct. 1 as they were in the prior quarter.

The rates will be:
• Five (5) percent for overpayments, four percent in the case of a corporation;
• Two and one-half percent for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000;
• Five percent for underpayments; and
• Seven percent for large corporate underpayments.

Under the IRS Code, the rate of interest is determined on a quarterly basis. For taxpayers other than corporations, the overpayment and underpayment rate is the federal short-term rate plus three percentage points.

Click here for more information.


Legit robocalls get snared in crackdown on scams
Your cellphone rings from a number you don’t recognize. Reluctantly, you pick it up and discover it’s an automated call from your credit card company, warning you that someone has fraudulently used your card to buy 10 plane tickets to Singapore. You won’t have to pay the charges. Whew!

'I'm excited and hopeful': Des Moines skepticism shifts as federal courthouse breaks ground
The first pieces of dirt were turned Wednesday morning to make way for a new $137 million federal courthouse along the Des Moines River.
Des Moines Register

Are you harnessing your millennial power?
How much are you thinking about millennials? If your answer is “not much,” you are not paying attention to business.
ABA Journal



When, not if: Why attorneys should care about cyber attacks

Five web marketing strategies for corporate law firms

Why being a mentor (and having one) is good for business

Use project management to tame the client service beast

The human skills we need in an unpredictable world


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

Associate Attorney - Baylor Evnen, LLP, Lincoln, NE

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

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

Chief Compliance Officer - University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City, IA

Contract Administrator - University of Iowa Division of Sponsored Programs, Iowa City, IA

Special Assistant United States Attorney (HIDTA/ Iowa Attorney General's Office) - United States Attorney Southern District of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

Legal Counsel - Legislative Services Agency, Des Moines, IA

Assistant Attorney General - Iowa Attorney General's Office, Des Moines, IA

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

General Counsel/Corporate Secretary - Heartland Financial USA, Inc., Dubuque, IA

Workers' Compensation Defense Attorney - Hopkins & Huebner P.C., Des Moines, IA

Corporate Counsel, Officer - Hills Bank, Hills, IA

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

Litigation, Real Estate & Tax Attorneys - Bradley & Riley PC, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, IA

Corporate Counsel - Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Des Moines, IA

Assistant City Attorney I - City of Sioux City, Sioux City, IA

Assistant City Attorney II - City of Sioux City, Sioux City, IA

Trust Officer - Iowa State Bank, Urbandale, IA

Business Law/Bankruptcy Attorney - Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., Des Moines, IA

Assistant County Attorney - Scott County Attorney, Davenport, IA

Assistant Legal Counsel - State of Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines, IA

Employment/Labor Law Attorney - Germaine Law Firm, PLLC, Cedar Rapids, IA

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

Michael M. Bell, Howard & Howard, Royal Oak, MI

James Garlough, Garlough Law, Bloomington, MN

Christopher Tjaden, Evans Dixon, Omaha, NE

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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