November 7, 2018  Past Issues

Three vacancies on the State Judicial Nominating Commission opening in January

The office of the State Court Administrator announced Tuesday that the terms of three members of the State Judicial Nominating Commission will expire in Jan. 2019.

One representative each from Districts 2, 3 and 4 will be elected to begin serving on the commission effective July 1, 2019 and last for six years. Nomination forms for the seats are required to be submitted to the office of the administrator on or before Jan. 1.

The official notice with further information, including the counties in each district and names of representatives whose terms are expiring, can be found here.

Look for new cases in ISBA’s Jury Verdict Reporter later this week

The latest edition of the Jury Verdict Reporter will become available late this week. It will feature verdicts from cases around the state that were closed during the month of October.

Due to an upgrade in the content that began last month, the new reporter features expanded summaries, additional case-related documents and identification of judges and experts. This is in addition to the verdicts and the amount awarded in each case. Also included are the defendant’s and plaintiff’s briefs and the jury instructions for each case. Check out an example here.

You must be a member of the YLD or the ADR or Litigation sections to receive the monthly reporter. Members receive a notice through the ISBA’s Engage program when the new reporter is available.

To join one of the sections listed above, click here. The cost is $20.

For answers to questions, or for more information, contact Mary Hill, ISBA membership director, at or 515-697-7870, or Harry Shipley, ISBA assistant executive director, at or 515-697-7868.

Law firm builds successful practice providing unbundled legal services

A central Iowa law firm is building a successful law practice based on providing unbundled legal services to clients from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Called “The Law Shop by Skogerson and McGinn LLC,” the Van Meter practice is featured in the November issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine, available online now or in print this weekend.

In the article, the two women describe how they came up with the idea of offering unbundled legal services, also known as limited scope representation, for their family-law-focused practice and how it has worked for them. Part of the decision to create The Law Shop came about because they realized how law firms were all competing for the same 40 percent of clients who are paying traditional fees.

“We created The Law Shop to be a 100-percent unbundled legal services firm,” Skogerson says in the article. “After just one year, our success is showing that lawyers can provide competent, affordable unbundled family law services that people of all socioeconomic backgrounds value.”


Applications open for district associate judge seat in District 3B

Attorneys in Judicial District 3B can now submit applications to be considered for an open district associate judge seat. The Plymouth and Sioux County Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission will meet at the Plymouth County Courthouse Nov. 26 to interview applicants and nominate three candidates.

Applicants must be residents of the 3B judicial subdistrict at the time of appointment and must be able to complete the initial term of office prior to reaching age 72. Additional information, duties, qualifications and summary of benefits can be obtained with the application from District Court Administrator Pam Calhoun at

Applications must be submitted no later than Nov. 16, 2018, at 4 p.m. Applicants must also deliver a copy by U.S. Mail to Judge Jeffrey A. Neary c/o Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 4th Avenue, S.E., Le Mars IA 51031. The announcement is available here.

Bloethe Tax School kicks-off Dec. 5 in Des Moines

The ISBA Taxation Section-sponsored 2018 Bloethe Tax School is scheduled for Dec. 5–7 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. The event offers attendees the opportunity to hear from leading tax experts from private practice and government on the latest tax regulations and legislation.

Presentations throughout the three-day conference include:
Tax Act and Tax Manual - Prof. Roger McEowen, Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation, Washburn University School of Law.
Form 1040: Forms & Examples - James Goodman, Moore, McKibben, Goodman & Lorenz LLP
Healthcare, Fringe Benefits and Other Small Employer Issues – Kristine Tidgreen, CALT
Probate and Estate Planning Q&A – Michel Nelson, Iowa Savings Bank; Christine Halbrook, Bradshaw Fowler Proctor & Fairgrave, PC; and Janice Kerkove, Bradley & Riley
Taxation of Settlements, Judgments and Terminations – David Repp, Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen PC

For more information, including details on networking receptions being held, visit the event page.


No. 17-0791
Ronald Dwight Kunde v. Estate of Arthur D. Bowman and Diane Engelkins
The parties seek further review of a decision by the Iowa Court of Appeals affirming the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s unjust enrichment and quantum meruit claims and reversing the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s promissory estoppel claim.


Supreme Court rules federal age-bias law applies to state and local governments of any size
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 applies to state and local governments, regardless of their size.

O'Connor, Rehnquist and a Supreme marriage proposal
Some personal secrets are so well-kept that even family and friends are oblivious.

A guide to key Opportunity Zone Regulations for real estate transactions
On October 19, 2018, the Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the highly anticipated regulatory guidance (Guidance) concerning the Opportunity Zone tax incentives (OZ Incentives) that were passed earlier this as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Cuts Act of 2017.
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Associate Attorney - Rawlings Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Associate Attorney - Trotzig & Bauerly, P.L.C., Le Mars, IA

Corporate Counsel - Mittera Group, Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Harned & McMeen, Marengo, IA

Family law/Transactional Attorney - Ball, Kirk & Holm, P.C., Waterloo, IA

Associate Attorney - Petersen Law PLLC, Council Bluffs, IA

Municipal Attorney - Hopkins & Huebner P.C., Des Moines, IA

Exchange Officer - IPE 1031, West Des Moines, IA

Senior Counsel - Transamerica, Cedar Rapids, IA

Senior Associate Attorney - Ag & Business Legal Strategies, Hiawatha, IA

Business and Estate Planning Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Law Clerk (Full-time) - Hupy and Abraham, S.C., P.C., West Des Moines, IA

Assistant County Attorney - Jasper County, Newton, IA

Associate Attorney - Jordan & Mahoney Law Firm, P.C., Boone, IA

Associate Attonrey - McEnroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman, P.C., West Des Moines, IA

Associate Attorney - Confidential Employer, West Des Moines, IA

Civil Litigation Associate Attorney - RSH Legal, P.C., Cedar Rapids, IA

Family Law Attorney - Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C.

Associate Attorney - Shafer & Shafer Law Office, Waukon, IA

Workers Compensation Associate Attorney - RSH Legal, P.C., Cedar Rapids, IA

Associate General Counsel/ Compliance Director - Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Des Moines, IA

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

David Wenger Creasey, Faegre Baker Daniels, Des Moines, IA

Tommy Dexter Cadle, Booneville, MS

Sherman Anthony Botts, Stinson Leonard Street, Kansas City, MO

Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicants should contact: Tre Critelli at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-348-4670.


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