July 10, 2019  Past Issues

Bring your summer clerks to happy hour on Thursday

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division is hosting a happy hour event on Thursday, July 11, specifically to welcome summer associates, clerks and interns.

Happy hour will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Iowa State Bar Association headquarters in Des Moines. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served. All ISBA members are welcome and asked to bring along their clerks. Justices from the Iowa Supreme Court, as well as judges from the Iowa Court of Appeals, will be in attendance.

Please RSVP to Lisa Hanson at if you plan to attend.

Spread the word: Next People’s Law School focuses on Medicaid eligibility
ISBA members are asked to help spread the word about next week’s People’s Law School event on Medicaid eligibility for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. This free public event will be held at the bar association headquarters at 625 E. Court Ave. in Des Moines on Tuesday, July 16, at 5:30 p.m. It will also be livestreamed to the Drake Public Library at 115 Drake Ave. in Centerville, thanks to the Appanoose County Bar Association. The speaker is Scott Hartsook, former managing attorney of the Legal Hotline for Older Iowans, a special project of Iowa Legal Aid that provides free legal advice to Iowans who are 60 or older.

The ISBA People’s Law School events typically take place on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Programming focuses on a variety of issues impacting Iowans, including: the basics of wills and revocable trusts; buying and selling a home, mortgages and foreclosure; establishing guardianships and conservatorships; modifying child custody and visitation decrees and more. Video recordings of these programs will eventually be available on the ISBA’s Iowa Find-A-Lawyer website.

If you would like to get involved with this growing ISBA public service initiative, either by presenting on a topic or hosting a livestream in your hometown, please contact:


Trustifi email security training scheduled for July 24

If you’ve been contemplating how to take those important first steps in strengthening your firm’s cybersecurity infrastructure, you owe it to yourself to join a 30-minute webinar introducing you to Trustifi at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24.

Trustifi is a military-grade security program that works to encrypt, protect and ensure the delivery of every email you send from your computer. Trustifi also authenticates incoming emails and alerts the user when an email is identified as suspicious and most likely fraudulent, a growing problem with the rapid rise of successful phishing schemes that demonstrate criminals are getting better at crafting fraudulent emails.

Topics that will be covered include encryption, proving delivery, tracking email opening, authenticating incoming emails and avoiding phishing and scam emails.

To find out more about the importance of having a strong cybersecurity program and the ease of implementing Trustifi’s one-click email encryption program, please register at this link for the July 24 webinar.

First-ever digital LSAT to be administered July 15
The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) will begin offering a first-ever digital exam with the July 15 administration of the test.

Only half of the test takers will be able to take the test digitally, but by the September administration, all LSAT takers will use a tablet.

More information can be found here.


Iowa AG: CBD products illegal in Iowa unless part of medical program
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller's office released guidance Monday on the state's hemp and CBD laws.

Court of Appeals reverses $3.25M judgement in adoption malpractice lawsuit
The Iowa Court of Appeals has reversed a jury’s decision that awarded an Ankeny couple $3.25 million after they claimed their adoption attorney didn’t file paperwork on time and that led to them losing the child they planned to adopt.

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Labor Law Attorney - Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Des Moines, IA

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

Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney - Black Hawk County Attorney's Office, Waterloo, IA

Associate Attorney - Norelius & Nelson, PC - Denison, IA

Attorney at Law - Nepple Law, PLC, Moline, IL

Experienced Real Estate Attorney - McGrath North, Omaha, NE

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

Dan C. Schaar, Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley, San Jose, CA

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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