Grassley introduces bill to strengthen penalties for sexual offenses against children; Jetseta Gage case cited May 14, 2008Posted by John in Crime/Courts, Law.
Tags: Adam Walsh, Child Pornography, child sex trafficking, chuck grassley, James Bentley, Jetseta Gage, Legislation, Prevention and Deterrence of Crimes Against Children Ac, Roger Bentley, S. 3014, sex offenders, Sex Offenses
In 2005, Grassley introduced legislation named after Jetseta Gage, a 10-year old Cedar Rapids girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered by a registered sex offender. A modified version of “Jetseta’s Bill” was incorporated into the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety bill. “Jetseta’s Bill” created mandatory minimums of imprisonment for criminals who committed murder, kidnapping, or serious bodily harm against children.
“We made a good start in the Adam Walsh bill, but it’s not enough for people who commit these despicable crimes,” Grassley said. …
“S. 3014: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to strengthen penalties for child pornography offenses, child sex trafficking offenses, and other sexual offenses committed against children.”
Also referred to as The “Prevention and Deterrence of Crimes Against Children Act of 2008.”
Blog posts University of Iowa Law Dean’s e-mail about USN&WR rankings; U. review dubbed ‘Apollo Project’ March 30, 2008Posted by John in Education, Law, Rankings.
Tags: Dean Carolyn Jones, Facebook, Law Schools, Project Apollo, UIOWA Law Blog, University of Iowa College of Law, US News & World Report
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As we reported earlier this week, the latest U.S. News & World Report law school rankings are out. And some schools are flipping out over their falling rankings. A tipster at the University of Iowa College of Law writes:
[B]elow is an email the Iowa law students received yesterday from Dean Jones about the new US News & World Report rankings. Apparently our dean is setting up small group meetings with the students. No faculty. No other administration. Methinks this may be somewhat of a divide and conquer strategy. These meetings may be in part a result of the newly formed Facebook group “Stop the Bleeding at Iowa Law.”My favorite part, though, is that the “faculty” have dubbed their concern about the rankings “Project Apollo.” Well, if they’re not going to do anything about it, at least they can come up with a secret, clever code name, so it looks in hindsight like they’ve been planning D-Day part 2. Bravo profs and administration, you’ve really impressed me this time.
Please be assured that the law school administration has not been asleep at the switch on this issue. Indeed, we have been studying the US News rankings at a very high level over the past year. Hundreds of hours of sophisticated thought by alumni, faculty and staff have gone into this project, informally dubbed the Apollo Project. We have been considering ways of bringing new resources to the law school that will enhance our rankings and – more importantly – substantively strengthen the institution. …
Additional information from UIOWA Law Blog – Unofficial Student Blog at the University of Iowa College of Law.
Waterloo lawyer’s license suspended March 28, 2008Posted by John in Crime/Courts, Ethics, Jobs, Law.
Tags: Brandon Adams, Lawyers
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From Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board, filed today:
Considering all the relevant facts and circumstances, we conclude [Brandon] Adams should be indefinitely suspended from the practice of law with no possibility of reinstatement for four months. Adams has not only established himself in his relatively short professional career as a lawyer who lacks diligence and professionalism in dealing with client matters, but he has also shown himself to be a lawyer who is willing to misrepresent the truth in an effort to hide his neglect and inattention. His actions and conduct have inflicted harm on his clients and the profession as a whole.
We are sympathetic to the struggles Adams has endured with migraine headaches and depression. …
We suspend Adams license to practice law with no possibility of reinstatement for a period not less than four months from the date of the filing of this opinion. …
Tags: Colleges & Universities, Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board, Kenneth Kress, Kenneth W. Kress, Law Schools, University of Iowa
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This attorney disciplinary proceeding stems from allegations of academic impropriety by an Iowa lawyer. The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board (Board) charged former University of Iowa law professor Kenneth W. Kress [PHOTO] with two violations of the Iowa Code of Professional Responsibility for Lawyers…
The charges stem from allegations that Kress raised the scores on two student evaluations and manufactured three highly positive evaluations in order to improve markedly his teaching effectiveness score. …
For additional information, see April 2007 Gazette article, Altering student surveys may cost former UI prof.
Harkin: It’s time for U.S. to apologize for slavery February 28, 2008Posted by John in Government, Law, Race.
Tags: Slavery, Tom Harkin, U.S. Congress
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From USA Today:
This year, Congress, which meets in a Capitol built partly by slaves, will consider issuing its own apology.
“We’ve seen states step forward on this,” says Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, citing the resolutions of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey. “I’m really shocked, just shocked” that the federal government hasn’t apologized. “It’s time to do so.”
Harkin says he and Sen. Sam Brownback R-Kan., will propose as early as March an apology not only for slavery but for subsequent “Jim Crow” laws that furthered racial segregation. …
Harkin says his proposal does not address reparations.
“We’re just apologizing,” he says. “You can’t undo the past, but you can recognize a wrong was done.”
Iowa lawyer’s license suspended December 20, 2007Posted by John in Crime/Courts, Law.
Tags: Council Bluffs, iowa, Jeff Tekippe, Jeffrey Richard TeKippe, Jeffrey TeKippe, Pottawattamie County, Supreme Court of Iowa
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PDF page about Jeffrey R. TeKippe, of Council Bluffs, posted today at Iowa Judicial Branch.