September 11, 2019  Past Issues

Middle school mock trial tournament needs attorney judges

The Iowa Middle School Mock Trial Tournament is fast approaching and there is a great need for attorneys to serve as judges.

Mock trial is designed to introduce students to the legal system by providing a challenging, academic competition. Last year, more than 2,000 students from across Iowa participated. Judges will be asked to assess student performances as they take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses.

This year's middle school regional tournaments will be held across the state Oct. 31 through Nov. 13, with the middle school state tournament scheduled for Nov. 19 through 21 in Des Moines.

You can sign up to volunteer as a judge by clicking here or by contacting ISBA Center for Law & Civic Education Director John Wheeler at 515-697-7882 or

Here's how to get your ISBA membership card

The Iowa State Bar Association is now able to provide an attractive and durable ISBA membership card for member attorneys. These new cards will list your name, business address, bar membership number, years of membership and a color photo (or ISBA logo) if you have provided one.

Your 2019-20 ISBA membership card simply peels off the letter you will receive and then you fold the two sides together. These tough vinyl cards will stand up to wear and tear without any fading or tearing.

To request one of these free cards, please contact Mary Hill, ISBA membership director, at and don’t forget to include a recent picture of yourself.

Corporate Counsel and Trade Regulation Seminar set for Sept. 27

The annual ISBA Corporate Counsel and Trade Regulation Seminar will be held Friday, Sept. 27. Scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., this seminar will offer the most current information on several topics relevant to attorneys who practice in trade regulation, serve as corporate counsel or work in related areas. Speakers will include attorneys from a variety of law firms as well as Justice Edward Mansfield of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Highlighted topics include:
• Consumer Protection and Data Privacy: The Road Ahead
• The Latest in Immigration Law
• A Busy Year in Antitrust
• What the Business Lawyer Needs to Know about the 2018-19 Iowa Supreme Court Term
• Corporate Governance and Shareholder Rights
• New Developments in Insurance Bad Faith

The seminar is sponsored by the ISBA Corporate Counsel and Trade Regulation sections and has been approved for 5.5 state CLE hours and one ethics hour. Attendees may participate in-person at the ISBA Building in Des Moines or via the live webinar option. Visit the official event page for additional details and registration options.


Upcoming webinar focuses on protecting client data

Technology in the daily practice of law saves practitioners a great deal of time, but it also creates its own challenges. Cyber attackers are inserting themselves into legal, real estate and other transactions with a level of sophistication never before seen. These scammers can duplicate email addresses, steal letterhead and follow a transaction so that they learn the intimate details. Attorneys are tasked with understanding the technologies they use in their practices in order to protect client data and confidentiality.

To learn more about cyber coverage and how to protect your firm, join Theresa Garthwaite (Risk Control Consultant, Lawyers Professional Liability, CNA Global Specialty Lines) on Sept. 17 for Cyber Challenges in the Daily Practice of Law. This noon-hour live webinar will discuss some of the many cyber challenges attorneys are facing, including wire fraud transactions, and suggest options to mitigate many of the exposures in order to protect their clients and law practices.

This event is sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association, Lockton Affinity and CNA. It has been approved for one state and one ethics hour of CLE credit.

Iowa Supreme Court to hear oral arguments at Des Moines North High School

On Constitution Day, Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at the Des Moines North High School auditorium. The pubic event will begin at 7 p.m., with a reception with the supreme court justices to follow.

The court will hear attorneys argue the case of State of Iowa v. Kari Lee Fogg from Boone County. Read more about the event and this case here.

TSA sticking with Real ID deadline

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is ramping up a public awareness campaign about Real ID requirements that will go into effect for air travel Oct. 1, 2020.

Originally passed by Congress in 2005 and postponed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) many times since, DHS now says it has no plans to extend the deadline any further. Starting Oct. 1 next year, travelers will not be able to board a flight without a driver’s license that meets the Real ID security standards or another valid alternative such as a passport or global entry card.

Read more here.


No. 17-1822
State of Iowa v. Justin Cole Moore Fayette County
A defendant appeals the judgment and sentence imposed following his conviction for child endangerment resulting in serious injury.

No. 19-0661
Iowa Supreme Ct. Att'y Disciplinary Bd. v. Matthew L. Noel
The grievance commission recommends a thirty-day suspension of an attorney's license to practice law for violations of ethics rules.

No. 19-0662
Iowa Supreme Ct. Att'y Disciplinary Bd v. Kyle L. Earley
Grievance commission recommends revocation of an attorney's license to practice law for violations of ethical rules.

No. 19-0712
Iowa Supreme Ct. Att'y Disciplinary Bd. v. Johnathan Lee Sears
The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board filed a complaint alleging the attorney violated the rule of professional conduct regarding commission of a criminal act.

Legal jobs leap upward in August
The legal services sector saw big gains in August.

Iowa’s attorney general leading national investigation of Google
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is among the 50 state attorneys general who are investigating Google’s business practices.

Judge orders Anheuser-Busch to halt 'corn syrup' labels
Big beer is still duking it out over corn syrup.



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