July 1, 2020  Past Issues

ISBA begins new year with solo practitioner from Fort Dodge as president

During the ISBA Annual Meeting of the Corporation, held virtually on June 24, the gavel was passed from outgoing President Bill Boyd to incoming 2020-2021 President Jerry Schnurr III. Thirteen new Board of Governors members were also seated. You can read a recap of the reports and actions taken at the meeting here. You can learn more about Schnurr in this article from The Iowa Lawyer magazine.

The Young Lawyers Division also welcomed its new president during its summer meeting on June 26. Torey Cuellar, an assistant county attorney in Story County, outlines her priorities for the upcoming year of the YLD here.

Iowa Supreme Court wraps up 2019-2020 adjudicative term, approves FY 2021 budget

June 30 was the last day of the 2019-2020 Iowa Supreme Court adjudicative term, in which 109 cases were submitted to the court. All opinions are now available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website.

The supreme court will begin its administrative term July 1, focused on the operations of the judicial branch. The court may schedule oral arguments for attorney ethics cases during the administrative term if necessary and will continue to consider and dispose of applications for further review. Learn more here. The 2020-2021 adjudicative term begins Sept. 1.

Also on June 30, the Iowa Supreme Court approved the Fiscal Year 2021 Iowa Judicial Branch budget that begins July 1. The budget is based on this year's legislative appropriation of $181,023,737 , which is $500,000 less than the appropriation in FY 2020. Details on the budget can be found here.

Jumpstart Family Law Trials Task Force releases first set of recommendations

As the Iowa Judicial Branch prepares to restart in-person court proceedings, the appointed members of the Jumpstart Family Law Trials Task Force have released their first set of recommendations. You can view the task force report here.

This family-law-focused task force was created on May 22 to develop temporary policies and procedures for resumption of family law trials following the COVID-19 postponements. The Supreme Court directed the task force to focus on ensuring parties’ fundamental rights while protecting the health and safety of parties, court staff, attorneys, judges and all Iowans who enter any of Iowa’s courthouses.

The most current order from the supreme court allows for the resumption of jury trials beginning Sept. 14. Prior to Sept. 14, the Jumpstart Jury Trials Task Force will be recommending temporary policies and procedures for the resumption of jury trials.



July Iowa Lawyer magazine spotlights commitment to racial equality and equal justice

The July issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine is now available online. The cover photo this month shows the Drake University Law School Student Bar Association-sponsored #TakeAWalk event that occurred on June 20, organized to show support for the causes of racial equality and equal justice for all. Pictured on the cover is "A Monumental Journey," the sculpture which honors the 12 African-American attorneys who founded the National Bar Association in Des Moines in 1925 at a time when the American Bar Association and other national legal associations denied membership to African-American lawyers.

Also included in this issue: a recap of the 2020 legislative session, a report on the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Corporation, an introduction of new ISBA leadership, how to build a more diverse and inclusive nonprofit board and more. The printed version of the magazine will be arriving in the next week.

ISBA legislative team summarizes 2020 session

The ISBA legislative team, led by Chief Legislative Counsel Jim Carney, has written a report summarizing action taken during the 2020 legislative session that may be of interest to ISBA members. Click here to read the report summarizing the session, which is also included in the July issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine.

The Legislative Services Agency Legal Services Division also prepared a summary page of legislation of interest to Iowa attorneys, which can be viewed here.

Public comment period extended for amendments to Chapter 2, Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure

Chief Justice Susan Christensen signed an order extending the comment period for the proposed amendments to Chapter 2, Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure. The comment period now ends July 14.

Click here for a summary of the proposed changes, which aim to streamline and simplify the rules and eliminate outdated language. The Iowa Rules of Criminal Procedure have not undergone a comprehensive revision since they became effective in 1978. More information can be found in the order linked here.

No. 18-2173
KAREN COHEN v. David Clark and 2800-1 LLC
A tenant appeals a district court ruling dismissing her claims against her landlord and a neighboring tenant stemming from the landlord’s waiver of its no-pets provision in the lease to accommodate the neighboring tenant’s emotional support animal.

No. 18-2201
Darren Petro v. Palmer College of Chiropractic
An individual appeals the dismissal of his civil rights action against an educational institution he formerly attended.

‘First in the nation’ law protects Iowa student loan borrowers
Beginning July 1, Iowa will have one of the nation’s strongest laws protecting student loan borrowers against predatory practices.
LeMars Sentinel

Execution of Dustin Lee Honken can proceed, US Supreme Court rules in infamous Iowa murder case
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to halt the execution Monday of an Iowa man convicted of killing five people in one of the state's most heinous murders.
Des Moines Register

New ABA study captures impact of fines, fees on the poor
The American Bar Association Working Group on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System released June 24 a comprehensive report showing that about 10 million low-income residents owe more than $50 billion in often unaffordable additional costs.
ABA News


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Immigration Attorney - Dornan Law Team, Omaha, NE

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Environmental Attorney - McGrath North, Omaha, NE

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

Director of Human Resources - Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C., Des Moines, IA


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

Michael A. Brandess, Deerfield, IL

Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicant 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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