– Annual Last Chance for Ethics Seminar to be held Dec. 8

The Linn County Bar Association’s Annual Last Chance for Ethics Seminar will be  held Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Dublin City Pub, 415 1st St. SE. Doors open at 3:30 pm and the presentation will begin at 4:00 pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available. Cash bar for drinks. The CLE is worth two hours of state ethics credit and is free to any dues paid LCBA member.

If you have not paid your 2016 – 2017 dues, please do so now! To check your dues payment status (there is a possible $25 late fee) contact Leigh Van Dee at lvandee@lwclawyers.com or phone (319) 365-1184.  The dues policy can be viewed at this link.


4:00 PM, Karen Erger, JD, Vice President and Director of Practice Risk Management with Lockton Companies, will present “How to Mess up Your Professional Liability Insurance Coverage without Really Trying”

5:00 PM, Dr. Andrew Hosmanek, JD; Managing Attorney HawkeyeLaw, PLC; Adjunct Assistant Professor Henry B. Tippie College of Business University of Iowa, will present “Punishment in Practice”.

– Linn & Johnson Counties to have new Case Management Conference System starting Jan 2017

The Sixth Judicial District has announced that beginning in Linn and Johnson Counties on January 2, 2017, it is going to initiate case management conferences (CMCs) to manage criminal cases in a more effective manner.  By eliminating the traditional pretrial conference and managing criminal cases via a CMC system, the court will schedule an initial CMC earlier in the pendency of the criminal case, allowing more effective Judicial management in order to avoid last-minute discovery issues and avoid clogging the docket up with unrealistic trial dates for criminal cases and enhance firm trial dates for both criminal and civil cases.

Proposed CMC Procedures:

As of this time, the following chronology will take place in felony* cases when CMCs are implemented:

  1. Filing of Trial Information; scheduling of arraignment within 14 days.
  2. At arraignment, whether in writing or in court, the court will schedule a CMC for approximately 40 days after arraignment. The court will also schedule a trial date 70-80 days from the filing of the Trial Information when speedy trial is demanded; and 110-120 days out when speedy trial is waived.  At a CMC, judicial management in cases becomes critical.  All counsel and parties must appear at a CMC.  The judge addresses how the case is progressing, including the status of discovery and whether a plea offer has been extended, communicated to the defendant, and whether the case can proceed to disposition at that time.  The judge then can take one of the following actions:
    a. Take the case to disposition at that point by taking a plea;
    b. Schedule a plea hearing within a short period of time;
    c. Schedule another CMC setting forth expectations;
    d. Confirming the trial date; if the trial date is not realistic, the court will reschedule a trial date to a realistic and firm date with input from counsel.

*In misdemeanor cases, the initial CMC will be scheduled approximately 21 days from arraignment.


Case management conferences will promote greater judicial involvement in management of cases at an earlier stage and ensure trial dates are firm and realistic.

– Next bar meeting Nov. 17; Speaker CR Mayor Ron Corbett

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday,
November 17, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third
Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park. The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side. The speaker will be Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett.

Lunch is $10.00 and will be catered by Need Pizza.

An RSVP request was emailed to LCBA members November 9. RSVPs are due 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 16 and are required only if you plan to attend.

– Important Message from The Justice Not Politics Team

With 20 days until Election Day, we wanted to make sure you saw this powerful Letter to the Editor this morning in The Des Moines Register.

Connie Ryan, chairperson of Justice Not Politics, wrote about the critical importance of upholding the law and constitution of Iowa’s Supreme Court.

In the letter, Ryan encourages every Iowan to flip the ballot over and vote to uphold Iowa’s long and proud tradition of fair courts. And, the first step to ensure this will happen is by spreading the message of Justice Not Politics.

Can you contribute $10 or more to help us reach every voter in Iowa so they know to vote yes three times to retain the justices?

A recent poll commissioned by Justice Not Politics showed a 25 percent lead in favor of the justices. Ryan stated in her letter that the results were “a reflection of Iowa’s commitment to fair and impartial courts and a recognition that our judiciary should never be part of the partisan political arena.”

There’s still so much to do in the last three weeks and we’ll need your help to keep up the momentum into election day. Can we count on your help to keep our courts fair and impartial with a $10 contribution?

Thanks for your support,
The Justice Not Politics Team


Justice Not Politics

Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 881, Des Moines, IA 50318

– Next bar meeting Thurs., Oct. 20; Speaker: Lisa Gavin

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday,
October 20, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third
Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park. The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side. The speaker will be attorney Lisa Gavin of Iowa Legal Aid. She will provide a presentation on responding to the legal needs of disaster survivors.

Lunch is $10.00 and will be catered by Fresh Deli and Grill. The menu includes; beef and potato meat pies (sauteed beef and shredded potatoes wrapped in a bread pocket), beef hashweh (rice cooked with sauteed beef) topped with baked lemon chicken, hummus and pita chips, mediterranean salad, kalamata olives and baklava for dessert. The vegetarian option will include spinach pies. There will be bottled tea (sweetened and unsweetened) and water.

An RSVP request was emailed to LCBA members October 10. RSVPs are due 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 19 and are required only if you plan to attend.

– State & federal courthouse closings week of Sept. 26

Update as of 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28:

– The Linn County Courthouse will continue to be closed through and including Friday, Sept. 30.  All matters set for hearing will be continued to a later date.  The Courthouse is aiming to resume operations Monday, Oct. 3 but that decision has not yet been made.  All jury trials set for Monday, Oct. 3 will be reset, however.
– The Juvenile Justice Center will reopen to the public Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m.

FEDERAL COURT:   The Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 30.  The building will reopen Monday, Oct. 3.   Electronic filing remains available this week, and the Sioux City courthouse (712-233-3900) remains open for regular business.

Update as of 12:45 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26:

FEDERAL COURT: There will be no hearings at the Federal Courthouse the week of September 26-30.

Update as of 12:56 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23:

STATE COURT:  The District Court Administrator for the Sixth Judicial District has announced that ALL hearings and trials held at the LINN COUNTY COURTHOUSE on Monday through Wednesday, September 26-28, will be continued and reset to a later date due to the predictions of flooding to the courthouse.  Reset orders will go out as soon as possible.

FEDERAL COURT:  The Clerk of Court for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, has announced the FEDERAL COURTHOUSE in Cedar Rapids will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26 & 27.  All hearings for those two days will be rescheduled.   Court staff, however, will be teleworking and available, and electronic filing will remain available.

– Charitable Donations Committee Funding Request Deadline October 7

Periodically, the Linn County Bar Association Charitable Donations Committee distributes grants to nonprofit organizations.  The committee that reviews requests for these funds has the following objectives to determine which organizations will receive funding:

Objectives of LCBA Charitable Donation:

  1. To support organizations or entities that provide legal services to individuals in Linn County who would otherwise be under or unrepresented in our judicial system.
  2. To support organizations, projects or entities that make the judicial system in Linn County more accessible to the public.
  3. To promote the development, recognition, understanding and appreciation of the legal profession in Linn County.

Here is the 2016 LCBA Charitable Contribution Committee Funding Request Form.

All applications must be returned no later than October 7, 2016 via mail to Gary Streit, Shuttleworth &Ingersoll, P.L.C., P.O. Box 2107, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406, or email to gjs@shuttleworthlaw.com.