November 6, 2019  Past Issues

YLD mentoring program needs additional mentors

The Young Lawyers Division Mentoring Program is looking for attorneys to sign up as mentors to be matched with newly-licensed attorneys.

Launched in 2014, the ISBA mentoring program was developed to build collegiality and better Iowa's legal profession. It is structured as a series of guided discussions customizable to the needs of the mentee and strengths of the mentor.

If you are interested in mentoring, please complete this application. If you have questions, contact YLD President-elect and Mentoring Committee Chair Torey Cuellar (

Registration deadlines for CLE travel abroad rapidly approaching

Attorneys who would like to take advantage of ISBA-sponsored CLE offered in overseas locations need to register soon. The deadline to register for the five-day Cuba trip and the six-day Portugal trip is Friday, Nov. 15. The discounted early bird deadline for the London and Scotland trips is Dec. 17.

Listed below are the travel dates for each of the four trips, linked to more information and a registration form:

Cuba -- Mar. 14-18, 2020
Portugal -- Mar. 26-31, 2020
London -- June 8-13, 2020
Scotland -- June 15-19, 2020

Pro bono for lunch: RSVP now for next Thursday's virtual legal clinic

Looking for a convenient way to provide pro bono help to Iowans in need? Then bring your friends (and your laptop) to the ISBA headquarters for the next IA Free Legal Answers Virtual Legal Lunch Clinic on Thursday, Nov. 14.

These clinics are part of the ISBA's IA Free Legal Answers service, where qualified clients post civil legal questions to a secure website to be answered by volunteer attorneys. Any Iowa-licensed attorney is invited to attend either in-person at the ISBA headquarters in Des Moines from 11:30-1:30 p.m., or via video conference. You will be guided through the process by experienced volunteer attorneys.

You can learn more about the program via this link or in this recent article in The Iowa Lawyer. A lunch clinic will also take place on Thursday, Dec. 12. If you are interested in signing up, please email

State Public Defender planning "meet and greet" events

State Public Defender Jeff Wright travels frequently to Iowa's public defender field offices and other counties throughout the state and is interested in meeting with as many private indigent defense contract attorneys as possible during these visits.

Wright is currently scheduled to visit Council Bluffs on Monday, Nov. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse. All are welcome to come with questions, comments or concerns. For more information, or to coordinate a future meeting with Wright, contact Elisabeth Huston at the State Public Defender's Office:


Bloethe Tax School kicks off Dec. 4 in Des Moines

The ISBA Taxation Section-sponsored 2019 Bloethe Tax School is scheduled for Dec. 4-6 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 include:
• Selected Tax Manual Topics - Prof. Roger McEowen, Kansas Farm Bureau Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation, Washburn University School of Law.
• Form 1040: Forms and Examples - James Goodman, Moore, McKibben, Goodman & Lorenz LLP and Daniel Fischer, Kohorst & Fischer Law Firm PLLC
• Retiring from Farming - David Repp, Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen PC
• Update from the Iowa Department of Revenue - Kraig Paulsen, Director, Iowa Department of Revenue
• Non-profit and Tax-Exempt Organizations Legal Update - David Bright, Pugh Hagan Prahm, PLC
• Defending Iowa Tax Audits and Inquiries - Cody Edwards, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.

For more information, including details on the networking reception, visit the event page.

Rural practice is the focus of latest Iowa Lawyer magazine

The November issue of The Iowa Lawyer is now available online, with a focus on rural practice. Nearly a dozen rural attorneys share their stories about the rewards, challenges and legal needs outside of Iowa’s urban centers. You will also read articles from Iowa’s two law schools about how they are working to place more new attorneys in rural communities.

Rule of Law Town Hall scheduled for Nov. 21

A town hall-style nonpartisan discussion of the rule of law featuring local speakers will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 21, at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium. Sponsored by the International Bar Association and the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, the Des Moines session is one of several being held around the country.

The discussion centers around the questions: Exactly what do we mean when we talk about the rule of law? Why does the rule of law – or its absence – matter? Who is responsible for keeping an eye out for the rule of law? Speakers include a former or current member of Congress, a judge, a journalist and an academic. The event is free and open to the public.

Click here to see the list of speakers and to register.

IOWA CAPITOL DIGEST: Governor announces members of criminal justice reform group
Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday announced the members of her FOCUS Committee on Criminal Justice Reform.
Sioux City Journal

Passion for equal justice takes Iowa judge on rare journey: Into prisons, to visit 400 inmates he had sentenced
In preparation for taking the bench as a newly appointed federal judge in 1994, Mark W. Bennett visited a federal penitentiary in Atlanta. It was, he says, the scariest experience of his life.
Des Moines Register


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Corporate/Transactional Attorney - Nyemaster Goode, P.C., Des Moines, IA

Litigation, Real Estate & Tax Attorneys - Bradley & Riley PC, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, IA

Associate Attorney - Bankruptcy/Debt Restructuring - AG & Business Legal Strategies, Hiawatha, IA

Associate Attorney for Personal Injury Firm - Warner & Zimmerle, Rock Island, IL

Litigation Attorney - Crary Huff Law Firm, Sioux City, IA

Associate Attorney - Confidential Employer, Urbandale, IA

Patent Prosecution Coordinator - Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Intake Paralegal - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Assistant Attorney - University of Iowa, Student Legal Services, Iowa City, IA

Assistant Litigation Director - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA

Law Clerk 1 - State of Iowa Judicial Branch, Des Moines, IA

Iowa Title Guaranty Deputy Director - Iowa Title Guaranty, Des Moines, IA 

Subrogation Attorney - Great West Casualty Company, South Sioux City, NE

Litigation Family Law Attorney - Mossman Law Firm, Vinton, IA

Litigation Attorney - Personal Injury - Hupy and Abraham, S.C., P.C., West Des Moines, IA

Coverage Attorney - Great West Casualty Company, South Sioux City, NE


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

Camron Hoorfar, Law Office of Camron Hoorfar, PC, Lee's Summit, MO

Timothy Andrew Rye, Larkin Hoffman, Minneapolis, MN

Paul Connell Nylen, Milwaukee, WI

Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicants 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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