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A total of 253 new attorneys joined their more than 9,000 Iowa-licensed brethren at a swearing-in ceremony Monday (Sept. 30) at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. They were among the 260 individuals who successfully passed the Iowa Bar Exam in late July.
Ninety two percent of the 282 applicants who took the exam were successful. Two-thirds (64 percent) of those taking the exam were from Drake University or the University of Iowa. The balance came from 44 out-of-state law schools.
The ISBA’s annual Pro Bono Celebration, which includes a concerted effort to place as many pro bono cases as possible during October, has gotten off to a great start. However, many more volunteers are needed to take cases before the end of the month.
As of this morning (Oct. 2), 74 of the more than 230 cases on the statewide list have been placed. That’s right at a third of the cases. But that still leaves 150+ individuals who have no access to justice unless kind-hearted attorneys take their cases. And, more cases of indigent individuals with legal problems are added to the list each week.
October as Pro Bono Month began several years ago in coordination with the ABA and other states to highlight pro bono and the attorneys who embrace it as an essential part of their practices. This year, the ISBA, under the leadership of President Guy Cook, embarked on a statewide initiative focused on matching Iowa lawyers with current pro bono cases. The project started with 217 clients awaiting services, but has grown to more than 230 cases in the past week as new cases are continually added. The goal is to have all of the cases covered by the end of the month.
Here’s how you can help achieve the goal: 1) Click on this link to see the entire list of cases; 2) Look for a case in your area that you are willing to assist with. Cases are broken down by county; 3) Click on the email address of the contact person responsible for the case; 4) Review the details of the case provided by the contact person to make sure you don’t have a conflict.
Attorneys who regularly volunteer for pro bono cases report that they represent some of the most rewarding work they do. Make yourself – and the client you help – feel good during this year’s pro bono month celebration.
The ISBA received accolades for its public relations efforts to convince voters to vote yes for the judges and justices standing for retention in the 2012 retention election.
The National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) Communications Section awarded the ISBA with its Luminary Award for Excellence in Public Relations for medium-size bars during the section’s annual Fall workshop in Portland, Ore., last week (Sept. 25-27).
Many individuals, including President Cynthia Moser, President-elect Guy Cook, Past Presidents Dan Moore and Bob Waterman and Fair & Impartial Courts Committee member Christine Branstad, participated in one way or another in the effort. The effort involved news releases, videos, radio ads, speeches to community groups and a statewide bus tour, among other elements.
Judges commenting on the entry said that it demonstrated a comprehensive, successful effort to preserve a judicial system under attack by a force determined to destroy it.
Court of Appeals Chief Judge Larry Eisenhauer completed a decades-long career on the bench with fanfare at a retirement ceremony and reception Friday (Sept. 27). His actual retirement date was Monday (Sept. 30)
ISBA President Guy Cook served as the representative of the bench and bar who petitioned the court for a special session to honor Judge Eisenhauer. His remarks (read the full remarks here) following the granting of the application succinctly recapped Judge Eisenhauer’s career beginning with his graduation from Kansas State Teacher’s College, through service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, law school at Drake University, law practice in Ankeny and appointment to the bench in 1985 as a juvenile court judge.
In addition to President Cook, District 5C Court Judge Karen Romano, former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit and Court of Appeals Judge Anuradha Vaitheswaran shared details about Judge Eisenhauer’s career.
Friends and well-wishers gathered at the ISBA headquarters following the special court session to visit with Judge Eisenhauer and his family and to wish him well in his retirement.
Several speakers known for their expertise in specific family law matters will return once again to Des Moines to address attendees at the 2013 Family Law Seminar on Oct. 24-25 at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
Maria Cognetti, president-elect of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, has been invited back by popular demand to address the issue of representing clients better when joint physical care of children is an issue. She will be joined by Stacey Warren, chair of the ISBA Family Law Section.
Bill Eddy, a lawyer, therapist, mediator, author and president of the High Conflict Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz., will share his insights and techniques for dealing with difficult cases. Participant comments after Eddy spoke at the 2010 seminar demanded that he be brought back as soon as possible. He has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders.
Also on tap for this year’s seminar is Wendy Drefahl of WFA Econometrics in Muskego, Wisc. She has provided expert witness testimony pertaining to the division of retirement benefits in courts across the country, and will guide participants through the many pitfalls in the regiment plan division.
It may be difficult to believe with the nice fall weather we’re experiencing, but the 2013 Orville Bloethe Tax School is only two months away.
This year’s Tax School will be held Dec. 4-6 at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel. It will feature a host of speakers covering topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act to Corporate Farming to an estate tax update to coverage of the 2013 Tax Manual.
Details on registering for this year’s school will be forthcoming. Look for details on the ISBA website, in this newsletter and in individual emails.
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