The Last Chance for Ethics Seminar will take place at the Eastbank Venue + Lounge (Smulekoff’s Building) at 97 3rd Ave. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Doors open at 3:30 PM. Eastbank is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 1st St. SE. in Cedar Rapids. The entry will take you directly into the venue.
Topics include succession planning and topical matters of interest with respect to ethics. Our presenters are Trinity M. Braun-Arana, Asst. Director for Boards and Commissions Office of Professional Regulation; and, Justice Bruce Zager of the Iowa Supreme Court.
Per our custom, there will be appetizers and a cash bar. The event is free to Linn County Bar Association members in good standing (paid to date). Guests and non-members are welcome to attend for $20.
Thank Phillip D. Seidl of Seidl & Seidl, P.L.C. for organizing this event.
The Iowa Supreme Court issued a Supervisory Order today, October 17, announcing the EDMS system is currently unavailable and that paper filings are accepted until otherwise directed by the State Court Administrator. The Order states:
Beginning October 16, 2017, the Electronic Data Management System (EDMS) has been unavailable for Iowans to access. Until otherwise directed by the State Court Administrator, all clerks of court are authorized to accept paper filings. Filers should note Iowa Court Rule 16.309(4) when in instances of extended system unavailability, the filer is responsible for service on the case parties entitled to service.
The Order can be viewed at this link.
The Sixth Judicial District Court Administrator would also like counsel to know it would be very helpful if they could bring any pertinent filings in paper form for the judges to review for any hearings until EDMS is back up and running.
Counsel should also email any pertinent filings to the judge in Word or pdf format. If counsel does not know the assigned judge, please contact Julie Green in the District Court Administrator’s office at Julie.Green@iowacourts.gov.
Please see this link for the September 2017 Scriptum.
The Iowa Supreme Court issued a Supervisory Order on May 9 addressing measures the court is taking this year to address the Legislature’s recent deappropriation of funds to the Judicial Branch budget. One of these measures is a court closure day Friday, May 26. The Supervisory Order can be viewed at this link.
Applicants are sought for two law clerk vacancies in the District Court in and for Linn County. Applications are due by May 22. Please click this link for more information.
On Friday, April 21, 2017, the University of Iowa College of Law is hosting a summit on Access to Justice in Iowa. Lack of access and limits on legal representation in the civil court system are major issues in the legal system. We seek to bring together pre-law students and advisors, law students, lawyers, and judges to learn more about the “justice gap,” engage with each other to explore possible responses, and introduce the work of the Iowa Supreme Court’s new Access to Justice Commission.
The session will take place from noon to 3:00 p.m. on April 21 at Boyd Law Building in Iowa City. We are seeking approval for 2.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education, including 1.0 hour or ethics. This event is free and open to pre-law students and advisors, law students, lawyers, and judges. Lunch will be provided. To register, please complete this online form by Wednesday, April 19.
12:00-12:15 Registration & Lunch
12:15-12:45 Introduction to Access to Justice Issues
12:45-1:45 Iowa’s Access to Justice Commission
- Introduction of the Commission members
- Background on work of the Commission
- Break-out sessions:
o Alternative Dispute Resolution
o Public outreach
o Civil Gideon
o Pro bono/ Private partnerships
2:00-3:00 Ethics Issues
- Limited scope representation
- Financial assistance to indigent clients
- Withdrawal from representation
- Mandatory pro bono requirements
Presenters include Anjela Shutts, Co-Chair of the Iowa Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission; the Hon. Kevin McKeever, Judge of the Sixth Judicial District; and Eric Goers, Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Legal Access Committee.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Nilza Molina at firstname.lastname@example.org.