Latest bar exam results released
The results have been released for the July 2019 bar exam. Overall, 80 percent of test-takers passed; 87 percent passed when adjusted for first-time takers. Ninety-six percent of first-time takers from the University of Iowa College of Law passed and 89 percent of first-time takers from Drake University Law School passed. Click here to see additional statistics and here to see the pass-fail list.
The July 2019 admission ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Consistory in Des Moines. A reception will be held afterwards at the bar association headquarters, and all ISBA members are welcome to join in supporting Iowa's newest attorneys.
The 2020 February Bar Examination will be held on Feb. 24-26 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
Make your voice heard on attorney rule changes
The opportunity for Iowa attorneys to voice opinions on proposed rule changes related to attorney professional regulation is ending soon.
On Aug. 1, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady released orders requesting public comment on the following:
• The Office of Professional Regulation's Proposed Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules: Chapter 34, 36, 47;
• Amendments to Chapter 32, Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct;
• Proposed Amendments to the Bar Admission Rules in Chapter 31 of the Iowa Court Rules;
• Proposed Amendments to Chapter 41, Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers, and Chapter 42, Continuing Legal Education Regulations.
A recent webinar recorded by Nick Critelli on the substantive changes proposed to Chapter 32 of the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here (viewing requires email registration). This presentation was sponsored by the ISBA Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee and will not qualify for CLE credit if you did not view the original live broadcast on Monday, Sept. 16.
Comments on all of these matters are due by Sept. 30. Read the full list of orders and amendments here. There are specific details in each order on how to submit comments.
Young attorneys invited to professional networking event
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division is partnering with the Young Professionals Connection and Drake Law Delts for a special networking event on Sept. 24. It will be held at the new xBk music event venue in Des Moines from 6-9 p.m. More information can be found here.
Family Law Seminar offers diverse topics and numerous CLE credits
By David Cox, CLE chair for the Family Law Seminar, and Laura Parrish, section chair for the Family Law Section
The annual Family Law Seminar will be held on Oct. 24-25 at the West Des Moines Marriott. The two-day seminar includes 15 total hours of CLE credit, 3 hours of ethics credits, 4.25 juvenile law hours and an opportunity to talk to and learn from family and juvenile law attorneys from around the state.
Every year, the seminar planning committee talks to members for topic ideas, ensuring this year's programming is diverse and applicable to attorneys at any stage in their careers. The presentations include business valuation experts discussing how to analyze the small business owner’s tax return, a presentation by Daniel Cassidy regarding QDROs for the Municipal Fire Police Retirement System plan, a presentation by Judge Chad Kepros on tips for being successful at your temporary hearing and a presentation on all the changes related to the Family First Prevention Services Act.
The Family Law Update, prepared by Jim Meade, will be provided to all attendees. This outline is one of the first resources to go to when researching an issue in a family law case. It is a must have for all family law practitioners.
Visit the 2019 Family Law Seminar event page for complete details. We look forward to seeing you in October.
Free webinar discusses benefits of ABA Retirement Funds Program
The ABA Retirement Funds Program will host a free live webinar at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 25, entitled “Understanding an Important Legal Community Benefit.” The ABA retirement program was built by lawyers specifically for the legal community as a competitively priced retirement plan. The webinar will address questions such as:
• What is the ABA Retirement Funds Program?
• What makes the ABA program different from other options?
• Why should you consider the ABA program for your employer-sponsored retirement plan?
• What are the key dates and deadlines to be aware of before the end of 2019?
One of the many member benefits offered by the ISBA, the ABA Retirement Funds Program offers professional fiduciary services, a broad range of investment options and full-service administration. The ISBA has used the ABA Retirement Funds Program to provide 401K options for its staff for the last decade and has been pleased with the program.
Click on this link to learn more about the program, or contact Dwight Dinkla, ISBA executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register for the webinar here.
Member discount available for Clio Cloud Conference attendees
ISBA members who would like to attend the annual Clio Cloud Conference Oct. 21-22 in San Diego, California, can now do so and receive a $100 discount on their registration fees.
Billed as the “best conference in legal,” the two-day conference focuses on legal technology, the business of law and Clio University.
The legal technology track examines future trends in technology and how to best leverage technology in your practice. The business of law track focuses on how to find new clients, raise your profile, understand firm metrics and discover the elusive work/life balance. The Clio University track highlights best practices and introduces you to all of Clio’s features and functionalities.
Click here for an overview of the conference and to buy tickets. The agenda for the two days is available here.
Accepting applications for Iowa Court of Appeals
The State Judicial Nominating Commission, which is responsible for selecting nominees for appointment to the Iowa Court of Appeals, announced it will begin accepting applications for the vacancy that will occur when Judge Amanda Potterfield retires Dec. 25.
The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 11. Details on how to apply can be found here.
The Law Shop offers client services workshop
The Law Shop in Van Meter is presenting a Customized Client Service Workshop next month. The event will offer a full day of training on the “how to’s” of limited scope representation. Topics covered will include: unbundling your own practice, pricing your services and getting paid, client dialogue, marketing ideas and concepts, and relevant ethical considerations. It will be held Friday, Oct. 19 at The Law Shop Offices, 413 Grant St. in Van Meter. Cost is $250 per person. To register, call or email Dee at 515-996-4045 or email@example.com.
SUPREME COURT OPINIONS
State of Iowa v. Erin Macke
Defendant alleging State breached plea agreement seeks further review of court of appeals decision affirming her conviction and sentence for child endangerment.
DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS VACATED; DISTRICT COURT CONVICTION AFFIRMED, SENTENCE VACATED, AND CASE REMANDED FOR RESENTENCING WITH INSTRUCTIONS
State of Iowa v. Jessica Rae Stanton
The State appeals dismissal of misdemeanor charges based upon magistrate's interpretation of federal law governing jurisdiction over crimes committed on the Meskwaki Settlement.
REVERSED AND REMANDED
Iowa Supreme Court Att'y Disciplinary Bd. v. Curtis W. Den Beste
In attorney disciplinary action, grievance commission recommends suspension for multiple violations of ethical rules, including theft from employer.
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Associate Attorney - Mark Gray Law, PLC, Ankeny, IA
Corporate Counsel, Officer - Hills Bank, Hills, IA
Corporate/Transactional Attorney - Nyemaster Goode, P.C., Des Moines, IA
Litigation, Real Estate & Tax Attorneys - Bradley & Riley PC, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, IA
Trust Officer - Iowa State Bank, Urbandale, IA
Business Law/Bankruptcy Attorney - Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., Des Moines, IA
Assistant County Attorney - Scott County Attorney, Davenport, IA
Assistant Legal Counsel - State of Iowa, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines, IA
Employment/Labor Law Attorney - Germaine Law Firm, PLLC, Cedar Rapids, IA
Director of the Entrepreneurial/Transactional Law Clinic and Clinician in Residence - Drake University Law School, Des Moines, IA
Litigation Attorney - Pugh Hagan Abraham PLC, Coralville, IA
Staff Attorney - Iowa Legal Aid, Des Moines, IA
Assistant Attorney General - Iowa Attorney General's Office, Des Moines, IA
ADMISSION ON MOTION
The following individuals applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:
Zachary Steven Pratt, Minneapolis, MN
Joshua R. Williams, Law Office of Joshua R. Williams PLLC, Minneapolis, MN
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.