November 2
The State Fire Marshall’s Office and What We Do to Protect Iowans (Telephone CLE)

November 8
Protection of Intellectual Property (Corporate Counsel Seminar Series)

November 9
2012 Labor & Employment Seminar

November 14
Basics of Mechanic's Liens (Telephone CLE)

November 29
Seller Beware: Raising Capital Under Federal and State Securities Laws (Telephone CLE)

November 30
Tips and Strategies for the Practitioners Appearing Before the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (Telephone CLE)

December 5 - 7
73rd Annual Bloethe Tax School



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Mock trial judges

Judges are still needed for several of the 2012 Middle School Mock Trial regional competitions, which continue this week and into the next two weeks.

Regionals at Dubuque (Nov. 1), Pella (Nov. 2) and Cedar Rapids and Davenport (Nov. 3) wrap up this week. Mason City (Nov. 8), Burlington (Nov. 12), Council Bluffs (Nov. 14) and Rock Rapids (Nov. 17) round out the remaining regional competitions. The state tournament will be held in Des Moines from Dec. 6-8.

For a list of locations in each of these communities, and to volunteer, go to the YLD Mock Trial portion of the ISBA website.

You are invited!

The Iowa State Bar Association will host an open house in celebration of Iowa’s Fair and Impartial Courts as we await the election results at the bar headquarters building Tuesday night (Nov. 6). All members are welcome.

The event will start around 7:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available.

In order to know how many individuals might attend, please RSVP by Tuesday noon to

Deadline for nominating women lawyers of achievement coming Dec. 3

The deadline for nominating high-achieving women lawyers for the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award is Monday, Dec. 3.

Criteria for being selected and nomination procedures are available on the American Bar Association’s website. Five winners will be selected in March 2013. They will be honored at a special luncheon on Aug. 11, 2013 at the ABA annual meeting in San Francisco.

Repeat nominations are acceptable. Check the website for information on the additional information that is required.

Last-minute activities before the retention election next Tuesday

Time is rapidly coming to an end for opportunities to influence the outcome of the judicial retention election. Bar leaders are asking your help in making a final push to convince family, friends, clients and others you know who haven’t voted yet to vote yes on all judges and justices to maintain Iowa’s highly regarded judiciary.

In her President’s Letter published in the October issue of the Iowa Lawyer magazine, President Cindy Moser listed on page 6 a number of activities you can do to help with the effort. Below are a few additional opportunities for action that have become available since that president’s letter was written:

• Express your opinion on judicial retention

A poll accompanying an article in today’s (Oct. 31) Des Moines Register gives you an opportunity to express your thoughts on the issue of judicial retention.

The poll asks the question: “Which statement best summarizes your thoughts on the issue of judicial retention?”

The four choices are: 1) “My thoughts on same-sex marriage don’t matter, judges should not be voted off the courts because of one ruling; 2) “I disagree with the marriage ruling, and judicial retention is one way I can express that;” 3) “I disagree with the marriage ruling, but removing a judge is not the proper response;” and 4) “I don’t care about this issue.”

You can vote by going to the Register’s website ( or by texting from your mobile phone. Text the letter corresponding with your answer (A for 1 above, B for 2, C for 3 and D for 4) to 641-243-4334.

• Share ISBA retention election guide video

The ISBA has produced a video to assist people who are confused or unclear about the retention election and reluctant to turn over their ballots and vote on the judges and justices. Please disseminate the link to the video to everyone you know who may have questions about Iowa’s merit selection system.

The video features Former Governor Robert Ray and Former Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson and gives voters a brief history of Iowa’s merit system for selecting judges, how that system works and why it has resulted in one of the best court systems in the nation as determined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It also lists the criteria that voters should look for in a judge or justice.

• View Des Moines TV station report on retention this evening

KCCI-TV, Channel 8 in Des Moines advised us this morning that it will air a special report on the retention election during the 6 p.m. newscast today (Wednesday, Oct. 31). The three-minute report features an interview with ISBA President Cindy Moser as well as a spokesperson from the group opposing the retention of Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins.

The reporter who produced the story said she expected it to air sometime between 6:30 and 7 p.m., but couldn’t be sure of the exact time.

• Read and share articles, reports from media

Editorials, opinion pieces, articles and reports published in newspapers, and aired on radio and television stations around the state concerning the retention of Iowa’s 70 judges and four supreme court justices continue to pour in. They can provide good background information for individuals who haven’t yet made up their minds to vote or how to vote.

Links to most can be found on the ISBA’s web page.

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The ISBA’s quality CLE programs are presented with your convenience in mind, offering a variety of start times, formats, and program lengths to provide the flexibility you need. Sign up for the season pass today and have the opportunity to choose from over 200 hours of live CLEs in addition to the 30 hours of telephone CLEs the ISBA offers.



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Supreme Court Decisions

October 26, 2012
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No. 10-1919


Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Carroll County, Joel E. Swanson, Judge.

A spouse seeks further review of a court of appeals decision affirming a decree of dissolution. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMED IN PART AND VACATED IN PART; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT AFFIRMED AS MODIFIED.

No. 11-0469


Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mahaska County, Randy S. DeGeest, Judge.

Defendant appeals her conviction and sentence for third-degree fraudulent practice. DECISION OF COURT OF APPEALS AND JUDGMENT AND SENTENCE OF DISTRICT COURT AFFIRMED.