The Iowa Bar Association has recommended to the Iowa State Supreme Court that Iowaâ€™s law schools should institute a â€śdiploma privilegeâ€ť for graduates of Iowa's law schools, meaning that graduates wouldnâ€™t have to take the bar exam to practice law in the state.
Is allowing lawyers who havenâ€™t passed a bar exam to practice a good idea? President of the Iowa State Bar Association Guy Cook says itâ€™s an overdue change, â€śIowaâ€™s bar exam doesnâ€™t test knowledge of Iowa law. This proposal wouldnâ€™t work everywhere, but in Iowa, it could.â€ť
The Iowa Department of Public Health estimates that 500 Iowans are infected with HIV, but donâ€™t know it.Â On this River to River, hear about efforts to get every Iowan tested for HIV, what prevention measures are being used today, treatment, and what it means to have HIV and AIDS today.Â And weâ€™ll hear about Iowaâ€™s HIV transmission law and the case of a gay Iowan man living with HIV who was charged with criminal transmission of HIV.
In 2010 three Iowa Supreme Court Justices lost their election for retention.Â The defeat sparked major changes which increased transparency and public outreach at the stateâ€™s highest court.Â Today Sarah Boden fills in for Ben Kieffer and discusses this new era of transparency with Todd Pettys of the University of Iowa's College of Law.
With George Zimmerman recently acquitted of murder in the death Trayvon Martin host Ben Kieffer looks at the role juries play in the U.S. justice system.Â What are the origins of the jury and how have juries evolved over the centuries.Â Also, what does the recent flourish of media attention aimed at the jurors for the Zimmerman trial reveal and distort about jury duty?
On May 12, 2008 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, IA.Â The raid resulted in the deportation of over 300 individualsâ€”the largest immigration raid in Iowaâ€™s history.Â River to River looks back on the raid to examine how its affected the community of Postville and the families who were torn apart five years ago.Â Also, what can be learned from Postville that can inform understanding on comprehensive immigration reform?
Michigan is now a so-called right-to-work state, signing into law a bill that prevents unions from requiring employees to pay dues, even in unionized workplaces. Itâ€™s being called a political defeat for unions. Will the effects ripple into Iowa?
Ben Kieffer and guests examine the state of Iowaâ€™s unions. Ben talks with leaders of three of the stateâ€™s unions, a labor historian, and a state lawmaker.