August 15, 2018  Past Issues

Travel to Cuba with the ISBA

The Iowa State Bar Association invites you to join a private delegation for a journey to Cuba on Feb. 1-5, 2019. The itinerary, which is designed for bar members and their guest(s), will explore Cuba’s rich and varied cultural heritage at this most pivotal time in U.S.-Cuba relations.

The ISBA teamed with Cuba Cultural Travel to create this first-time-offered trip, which also provides six hours of CLE credit. You can view more information, including a tentative itinerary and cost details, and register in the event brochure. A deposit is due by Oct. 19.

After viewing the event brochure, feel free to contact ISBA Executive Director Dwight Dinkla at You can also read about ISBA President Tom Levis’ experience in Cuba in the August issue of The Iowa Lawyer.

New ISBA Board of Governors members elected for District 6

Voting for the Judicial District 6 positions on The Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors closed on Aug. 14, and the voting results have been tabulated.

Erin Nathan and Caitlin Slessor were the top vote-getters for Linn County. Melvin Shaw was the top vote-getter for Johnson County. These individuals will be the new members on the ISBA Board of Governors.

The outgoing governors for this district include: Linda Kirsch, Lori Klockau and Jonathan Schmidt. A total of 307 bar members voted in the election.

Judicial Performance Evaluation coming next week

Watch your email inbox next week for a notice to fill out the 2018 Judicial Performance Evaluation for judges up for retention in this year’s mid-term election on Nov. 6.

The biannual evaluation asks attorneys to rate judges based on 12 performance characteristics (10 for members of the court of appeals) specified in the survey. The results are then compiled and made public to give voters information on which to base their voting decisions.

The judicial retention process began in 1962 when the state adopted merit selection of judges. It requires that all judges must stand for retention in the first general election following a full-year of service and every six years thereafter. This year there are three Court of Appeals judges, 36 district court judges and 28 district associate judges standing for retention.


Joint CLE focuses on digital advances to practice management

The Iowa State Bar Association and Drake University are jointly hosting a one-day conference on Friday, Sept. 7, focused on understanding and embracing the changes required in the practice of law in the digital age. The conference will be at the ISBA Headquarters in Des Moines and will also be available as a live webinar. Click here to view the complete agenda and to register.

This first-of-its-kind seminar includes many nationally-recognized experts in the fast-growing field of law practice management. This includes representatives from Deloitte, United Lex, Perkins Coie, Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, Principal, Drake University and UpLevel Ops.

Whatever substantive area you practice in and whether you are with a company, law firm, university or government agency, advancements in technology and alternative labor models will have a big impact on you in the next five to 10 years. Come to this seminar to learn how to turn these changing trends into opportunities for you and your organization.

IRS proposes regulations on business deductions, depreciation

The IRS has issued proposed regulations allowing many owners of sole proprietorships, partnerships, trusts and S corporations to deduct 20 percent of their qualified business income. The new section 199A deduction is available for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017.

The Treasury Department and the IRS have also issued proposed regulations on the new 100-percent depreciation deduction that allows businesses to write off most depreciable business assets in the year they are placed in service.

The two proposed regulations were created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in December 2017. For more information on the two new deductions, visit


Iowa Supreme Court closes warrant loophole, slams U.S. Supreme Court for weakening Fourth Amendment
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The following individual applied for admission on motion to the Iowa Bar:

Timothy D. Johnson, Smith Jadin Johnson PLLC, Bloomington, MN

Anyone with questions or comments on the above applicant should contact: Tre Critelli at the Office of Professional Regulation, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319; Phone: 515-725-8029.


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