October 4, 2017  Past Issues

Celebrating pro bono month, honoring Iowa attorneys

Iowa attorneys donate thousands upon thousands of hours of pro bono legal services each year. They also make significant financial contributions to legal service organizations. October celebrates pro bono service and the attorneys who make a difference for people who need their assistance to meet important legal needs.

The ISBA is pleased to publish the 2017 Pro Bono Honor Roll in the October Iowa Lawyer Magazine. To preview the honor roll, click here.

Expired memberships now on restricted benefits access

If you have not renewed your ISBA membership, this will unfortunately be the last Iowa Lawyer Weekly that you will receive.

The ISBA offers many member benefits including free online legal research from Fastcase, access to the current Jury Instructions, Title Standards, effective, convenient and affordable state CLE programs, subscription to the Iowa Lawyer, Iowa Case law updates of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases and many other member benefits. Please renew your membership dues online today!

For any questions regarding your dues please contact the membership department at 515-697-7870 or email

Support ends for two popular software programs

Microsoft and Adobe are ending technical support this month for two software programs commonly used in law practices. As a result, firms using the programs run a greater risk of virus infections and attacks from cyber criminals.

Microsoft ends its support for Office 2007 on Oct. 10, and Adobe terminates its support for Acrobat 11 and Adobe Reader 11 on Oct. 15.

This doesn’t mean that the programs will suddenly stop working on those dates, says Dewey Cantrell, ISBA Information Systems analyst. It just means that there will be no more updates to fix bugs and security issues.

Attorneys using these programs should upgrade to newer versions (Office 2010, 2013, 2016 in the case of the Microsoft programs), and Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Reader DC in the case of the Adobe products. Some may want to switch to Office 365, which is a subscription-based product, to take advantage of continual updates.

To read more about the Office 2007 “end of life,” as Microsoft terms it, and what to do about it, click here. Read about Adobe’s “end of support” for Acrobat 11 and Reader 11 at this link.

Iowa Court of Appeals to hear arguments at Simpson College

The Iowa Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at Simpson College Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Kent Campus Center, 701 North C Street, Indianola. Two cases are scheduled, State v. Zachary Flippo and State v. James Ernst II, with time to take questions from the audience afterward.

State v. Flippo is an appeal of a conviction for possession of marijuana based on an argued violation of Fourth Amendment rights. State v. Ernst concerns a murder conviction appeal claiming error in the trial court's exclusion of evidence.

The oral arguments at Simpson College will allow students, faculty, staff and the public to develop a perspective on how appellate courts operate. Further details on the cases and the event are available on the Judicial Branch website.


Jury verdict reporter provides regular updates on Iowa civil trials

The ISBA's Jury Verdict Reporter, created by the YLD in 2015, offers members a weekly update on civil cases being heard by juries across the state. With the help of local court administrators, case information is recorded into the reporter database on civil cases set for a jury trial.

Members of the YLD and the Litigation and ADR sections also get weekly updates on the newest cases and verdicts added to the database. Any ISBA member can join the Litigation and ADR sections at any time through the online store.

Section membership costs $15 per year on top of normal dues. While some cases are missed because the collection process is streamlined, any unreported cases can be sent to Zach Zuber to be added.

Labor and employment law seminar covers changes to several hot button issues

In the world of labor and employment law, things are changing. Join this year’s ISBA Labor and Employment Law Seminar to keep up with those changes.

The seminar will provide you with an update on immigration law and the Affordable Care Act – two areas of intense debate in the public square. With the recent activity at the state legislature, attendees will receive an overview of the state legislative process and a review of the changes in public sector collective bargaining and workers’ compensation laws. In addition to an update on the status of the overtime rules, Rick Autry will provide a case law update, which promises to be insightful and comprehensive.
For ethics, there is a great panel assembled to discuss the rule of professional misconduct regarding conduct that constitutes harassment or discrimination on the basis of protected classifications. Closing it out will be a discussion of the art of a closing argument in employment cases.

The seminar will take place on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Johnston. View the event webpage for more event information, including registration.

Legal profession performing well with cybersecurity measures

The legal profession by and large is doing a good job of warding off cyber attacks. That’s the assessment from BitSight, a Boston-based cybersecurity rating company.

There’s still room for improvement, however, according to Jacob Olcott, an attorney who is BitSight’s vice president. Law firms’ weakest area is not applying SSL encryption to their websites. SSL encryption protects websites and its users from a man-in-the-middle attack in which communications between a user and a server are interrupted and information is stolen, according to an article in the online ABA Journal.

BitSight based its conclusions on an analysis of 2,295 law firms of all sizes and geographies. Read the full article.


Climate change costs U.S. economy $240B a year
A new report from the nonprofit research organization Universal Ecological Fund found that health issues tied to climate issues have cost the U.S. economy $240 billion a year over the past decade. Human-induced climate change costs more than the U.S. economy can afford, according to a recent report from the Universal Ecological Fund.
Business Record

Supreme Court to open a whirlwind term
If last year's Supreme Court term was so dry of interesting cases that it looked like a desert, this term, which opens Monday, already looks like a tropical rain forest. And the justices are only halfway to filling up their docket.
Iowa Public Radio

Transparency's best hope: Regents lawsuit
Iowans are one step closer to learning how far former Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter diverged from the University of Iowa president search process he put in place, and whether he and complicit regents will face consequences for mocking open meeting laws.
The Gazette

Protesters sue Iowa, World Food Prize for trying to shut them out
A group of activists is suing Iowa and asking a federal judge to let them protest the upcoming World Food Prize ceremonies at the state Capitol.
Des Moines Register

Antonin Scalia's less well-known legacy: his speeches
In a sunny den in McLean, Va., Maureen and Christopher Scalia sit side-by-side on a comfy couch. He co-edited Scalia Speaks, an anthology of his father's speeches on a variety of subjects, and he ranks eighth in birth order out of the nine Scalia children.
Iowa Public Radio



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

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

Executive Director of the Legal Clinic and Experiential Programs - Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Attorney - Hartung & Schroeder, L.L.P., Des Moines, IA

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

Trial Attorney - Confidential employer, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Confidential employer, Boone, IA

Business Litigation Associate - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Des Moines, IA

Executive Director - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Stanley, Lande & Hunter, Muscatine/Davenport, IA

Product Liability & Environmental Associate - Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Des Moines, IA

IT Manager - Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., Des Moines, IA

Contract Document Reviewer - Belin McCormick, P.C., Des Moines, IA


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

Patrick Larkin, Lind Jensen Sullivan & Peterson, Minneapolis, MN

Anyone with questions or comments on the above should contact: Tre Critelli at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.


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