– LCBA Nominating Committee Results

The Nominating Committee of the Linn County Bar Association has selected the following slate of nominees to be placed on the ballot for election at the LCBA’s Annual Meeting on June 23, 2016:

President-Elect (term of presidency 2017-2018):
Darin Luneckas, Luneckas & Newhouse, P.C.

Treasurer (two year term):
Susan Pence, Bankers Trust

Board of Governors
(three year term):
Nicholas Scott, Linn County Attorney’s Office
Chad Zenisek, United Fire & Casualty

Current President-Elect Caitlin Slessor, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., will become President at the June 23 Annual Meeting.

In addition to the names submitted by the Nominating Committee, any member of the Association may have his or her name placed upon the ballot for a position by submitting to the LCBA a petition with at least 10 LCBA members’ signatures.  Nomination petitions shall be submitted to LCBA President Mark Parmenter (mparmenter@lwclawyers.com) at least four weeks prior to the June 23 Annual Meeting (by Thursday, May 26, 2016).  Members will vote on and elect the officers and governors for the open positions at the Annual Meeting.

– LCBA Day at the Ballpark: May 11


LCBA members are invited to the “May LCBA Meeting” on Wednesday, May 11, at the  Veterans Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids, for a 12:05 p.m. game between our local Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Kane County Cougars.  LCBA members will be watching the game from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Pavilion, which is the wooden deck on the left field side.

The LCBA will pay for members’ tickets, so long as you have paid your 2015-2016 LCBA dues!  The LCBA Board of Governors will be at the ballpark starting at 11:30 to hand out game tickets.   You may bring guests, but please note guest tickets are $11 each. You may pay for any guest tickets when you check in to pick up your own ticket.

If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP using the link in the emailed RSVP request sent to members on May 1.

RSVPS are due Friday, May 6.


– Save the Date for Bench-Bar Event: Thursday, Jan. 21

Please mark your calendars for the LCBA’s 2016 Bench-Bar Event to be held late afternoon/early evening Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Carnegie Library (main level).  At this year’s Bench-Bar Event, the LCBA will be honoring its 50 year members as well as announce the 2016 recipient(s) of the LCBA’s Citizenship Award.  More details will be announced as the event date nears.

– Last Chance Seminar 2 hr CLE on 12/10 @ Dublin City Pub

The Linn County Bar Association’s 6th Annual Last Chance Seminar will be held Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. at Dublin City Pub, 415 1st Street SE, in Cedar Rapids.  This CLE will net LCBA members 2 state CLE hours, consisting of 2 hours of ETHICS credit.

From 4 – 5 p.m.: Scammer Claus is Coming to Town:  Lawyer and ethics/risk management columnist Karen Erger (Vice President and Director of Practice Risk Management with Lockton Companies) will present some (literally) incredible email and Internet scams that have taken in unsuspecting lawyers – and that may be coming soon to a computer near you. She will review some practical steps you can take to protect yourself and your law firm from these fraudulent schemes and to comply with your ethical obligations to your clients.

From 5 – 6 p.m.: David Roth, the Grinch who stole Christmas:  Greg Lederer (Lederer Weston Craig, PLC), who represents Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher PLC, will report on the status of the Roth/GLG matter, discuss its impact on your practice, and offer some lessons on how to protect yourself and/or your law firm.

Light appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

All dues-paid LCBA members may attend this 2 hour CLE free of charge.   Non-members may attend for a fee of $20 and may pay at the door.  (If you would like to confirm that you are current with your dues, please contact Leigh Van Dee at lvandee@lwclawyers.com.)

RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend.  If you are planning to attend, please respond to the RSVP request emailed by Rebekah Isbell.

– Opening for Johnson County Judicial Hospitalization Referee; Applications due Nov. 13


The district court is seeking a part-time judicial hospitalization referee for Johnson County.  An Iowa law license is required and substantial experience with commitment proceedings is preferred.  The current monthly salary is $1,218.75 with continual funding contingent upon renewal of an annual 28E Agreement between the Iowa Judicial Branch and Johnson County.  No fringe benefits are included as a part of compensation.  The referee must be available to conduct hearings on Tuesday or Friday, or sometimes both days in the same week.

The primary duties of the hospitalization referee are:

  • to conduct commitment hearings pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Iowa Code;
  • to determine whether commitment or release of the respondent is appropriate;
  • to issue appropriate orders based on the evidence presented at the commitment hearing; and
  • to serve as the backup referee when the other referee has conflicts, is on vacation, or is sick.

Send letter with statement of qualifications by November 13, 2015 to:                       carroll.edmondson@iowacourts.gov

– Next bar mtg. Thurs., 10/19, includes Ethics CLE!

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015, 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 Trinity M. Braun-Arana, Assistant Director for Boards and Commissions, Office of Professional Regulation.  She will be speaking about the Client Security Fund and providing updates about local cases of interest.  Ethics CLE credit for .75 hours will be sought.

Lunch is $10.00.  The caterer is Wasabi.

 RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend.  Please RSVP to the Attendance Committee’s email if you plan to attend.