October 24, 2018  Past Issues

Iowa Title Guaranty director resigns

Iowa Title Guaranty Director, Tara Lawrence, has resigned effective Friday, Nov. 2. Lawrence joined Iowa Title Guaranty in October 2012 and has served as director since May 2015.

Matt Rousseau, the current deputy director of the organization, will be appointed interim director after Lawrence’s departure. Prior to joining Iowa Title Guaranty in August 2016, he was a practicing real estate attorney for 15 years.

Contact Carolann Jensen, Iowa Finance Authority interim executive director, with any questions.

Whitelist emails originating from the ISBA

The ISBA has received several comments recently from individuals who say they have not been receiving emails from the association. The changes in security measures by some email providers apparently are part of the problem.

To receive emails from the domains used by the association, you will need to approve (known in the email world as “whitelisting”) the following domains: “,” “” and “”

Email providers employ varying methods of whitelisting. In general, however, the process begins with finding the email in the “spam” folder, then using your email provider’s system to verify that the sender is approved to go directly to your inbox. Most email providers have a system for designating that a specific email address always be sent to the inbox rather than the spam folder.

How to Whitelist in Gmail
How to Whitelist in Outlook

New York bar associations proposing regulations for online legal providers

The New York State Bar Association and the New York County Lawyers Association have submitted a proposal for consideration by the ABA House of Delegates concerning regulation of online legal document providers. The resolution, which will be voted on at the meeting of the ABA House of Delegates, Jan. 28, 2019, seeks to protect consumers and set certain minimum standards for such providers.

The proposal is the outcome of a public forum convened by a task force set up by the New York County Lawyers Association. The report that came out of the forum concluded that “there is a need for some form of regulation to establish minimum standards of product reliability, provide consumers with information and recourse against abuse, ensure consumers are made aware of the risks of proceeding without attorneys, inform consumers how affordable attorneys can be found and protect consumers’ confidential information.” Click here to read the summary report.


Corporate Counsel Institute scheduled for Nov. 8

Lee Henderson, Member, ISBA Corporate Counsel Section Council

On Nov. 8, the ISBA Corporate Counsel Section will host its annual Corporate Counsel Institute at the DoubleTree in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The all-day event will feature sessions on new and trending areas of law, such as technology, cyber security, the #metoo movement and Iowa's new cannabis law. It will also have sessions on e-discovery, litigation, employment law and a panel discussion with a variety of government-relations professionals.

A goal for this year's event is to create an opportunity for young attorneys and law students to meet and network with experienced in-house counsel. To further this goal, the ISBA Young Lawyers Division is encouraging young attorneys and law students to attend the CLE plus a networking reception held after the program. Seminar attendance is free to law students.

A live webinar attendance option is also available. For more information, or to register, visit the event page.

Celebrate pro bono week by answering questions posted to IA Free Legal Answers

Volunteers are needed to answer a number of questions posted to the ISBA’s IA Free Legal Answers virtual legal clinic. Currently there are nine pending family law questions, three questions related to consumer debt and benefits and two housing questions. Pro Bono Week, Oct. 21-27, is a good time to sign up to answer these questions and others that follow.

IA Free Legal Answers, established in May 2017, is part of a nationwide, ABA pro bono initiative, and is designed like a virtual walk-in legal clinic where qualified clients from across the state can post civil legal questions to the secure website. A commitment of approximately one hour per month can serve about five people and qualifies as pro bono service under Iowa Supreme Court Rule 32:6.1.

Experienced practitioners with substantive knowledge in their practice area(s) are highly desirable volunteers for this pro bono service opportunity. All volunteers are covered by the ABA’s malpractice insurance.

To get started volunteering, sign up and watch a short demonstration video or review answers to frequently asked questions via this link. If you would like more information about how to get involved, please send an email to

State of Iowa v. Owen F. Benson
The defendant seeks further review of a court of appeals decision that affirmed his convictions for assault causing bodily injury and child endangerment.

Richard Eugene Noll v. Iowa District Court for Muscatine County
A plaintiff files a petition for writ of certiorari claiming his sentence is illegal.

State of Iowa v. Jeremy M. Werner
Defendant appeals his conviction for driving while his license was revoked, claiming the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress.

Rickie Rilea and Timothy Riley v. Iowa Department of Transportation
The Iowa Department of Transportation appeals a district court judgment reversing declaratory orders issued by the department.


Gov. Reynolds appoints two judges to Iowa's Fourth Judicial District
Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced the appointment of two new judges in Iowa’s Fourth Judicial District.

Jury Reform Commission working to better identify potential jurors
More Iowans may end up available to serve on juries through a project underway at the Iowa Judicial Branch aimed at making jury pools more inclusive.
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Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says she has probable early-stage Alzheimer's disease
Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is no longer making public appearances following a diagnosis of probable early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.



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