2014 Bench-Bar Event Thursday, January 23

LCBA members are invited to the LCBA’s 2014 Bench-Bar Event on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 4:30-7 p.m. 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, recently-retired Hon. Paul Kilburg, and the recipient of the LCBA Citizenship Award.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served.  We will also have the pleasure of a repeat appearance by guest musicians Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas

This event is free of charge to LCBA members and guests of the honorees.

Please be sure to RSVP when you receive the LCBA’s email RSVP request.

Dee Gross Retirement Reception December 31

The Sixth Judicial District Court cordially invites all Linn County Bar Association members to a reception on Tuesday, December 31 in honor of the retirement of Dee Gross from the court administrator’s office after 28 years of service.   An Open House will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Linn County Courthouse. Refreshments will be served.

Clerk of Court Notice: Changes to Letters of Appointment process

The Linn County Clerk of Court issued a notice November 26 regarding changes to the processing of Letters of Appointment, effective immediately:

  1. There is no longer a fee for the issuance of Letters of Appointments.
  2. All Letters of Appointment will be created & issued by the Clerk of Court using the Judicial Department’s form. Forms supplied by Legal Counsel will not be accepted.
  3. If additional Letters are needed after the issuance of the original Letters, they will be issued by the Clerk using the original date of issuance and the Letters will indicate the date the duplicates were created.
  4. The Clerk of Court shall not issue any certified copies of Letters of Appointment.
  5. Letters shall not be issued on closed estates.

 

Free 2 hr CLE @ Last Chance Seminar December 12

The LCBA’s 4th Annual Last Chance Seminar will be held Thursday, December 12 from 4-6 p.m. at Dublin City Pub in Cedar Rapids.  The CLE will feature speakers Tre Critelli on ethics (1 hour) and Dean Spina on the Affordable Health Care Act (1 hour).   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.

Watch for the email RSVP request from the LCBA Attendance Committee.

Nominees sought for LCBA Citizenship Award

The Board of Governors is seeking nominees for its Citizenship Award to be presented at the Bench/Bar event in January. Please submit your nominations for the Citizenship Award to Steve Pace at sjp@shuttleworthlaw.com by December 2, 2013.

Any member of the LCBA may nominate any other member of the LCBA for such award, except current members of the Board of Governors and officers of the LCBA are not eligible for this award.    There are no established criteria or guidelines that will be utilized for determining the individual or individuals who will be selected for this award, but the following factors will be taken into consideration in determining the individual or individuals who will receive the award:

 

1.         Active participation in civic organizations that provide services to others in the community, state and/or country (not necessarily just to other lawyers);

 

2.         Active participation in activities designed to further the interests of the Iowa bar (whether at the local, regional or state level);

 

3.         Demonstrates a strength of character and ability to motivate others to action to benefit the community, state and/or country; and

 

4.         Supports, promotes and “goes above and beyond” to further the interest of others in the local community.

2014 State Court Holiday Closure Dates

The State Court Administrator for the Iowa Judicial Branch has announced the following holiday schedule for 2014. The Iowa district courts will be closed the following dates:

 

Holiday                                                       Day of Observance

New Year’s Day                                               Wednesday, January 1

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday              Monday, January 20

Memorial Day                                                 Monday, May 26

Independence Day                                         Friday, July 4

Labor Day                                                        Monday, September 1

Veterans Day                                                   Tuesday, November 11

Thanksgiving Day                                          Thursday, November 27

Friday after Thanksgiving                            Friday, November 28

Christmas                                                        Thursday, December 25

 

Next Bar Meeting Thurs., Oct. 17 @ C.R. Art Museum

The next Linn County Bar Association meeting will be held Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art across from Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids. The speaker will be Allan Vestal, Dean of Drake University Law School.

Lunch is $8.

RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend. If you are planning to attend, please respond to the Attendance Committee’s email RSVP request by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. If your plans subsequently change, and you are no longer able to attend, please contact risbell@lynchdallas.com or by calling 365-9101, ext. 119.

If you have recently changed your e-mail address, or you know of an LCBA member whose e-mail address has changed, please notify me so that we may keep our e-mail list as accurate as possible.

REMEMBER: your RSVP’s are very important! Thank you so much for your assistance in helping to provide an accurate attendance count for the caterers.

Next Bar Meeting Thurs., Sept. 19 @ CR Art Museum

The next Linn County Bar Association meeting will be held Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art across from Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids. The speaker will be Hon. Jane Kelly, United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lunch is $8.

RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend. If you are planning to attend, please respond to the email RSVP request by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2012. If your plans subsequently change, and you are no longer able to attend, please contact risbell@lynchdallas.com or by calling 365-9101, ext. 119.

If you have recently changed your e-mail address, or you know of an LCBA member whose e-mail address has changed, please notify me so that we may keep our e-mail list as accurate as possible.

REMEMBER: your RSVP’s are very important! Thank you so much for your assistance in helping to provide an accurate attendance count for the caterers.

Dean Mason Ladd Inn of Court seeks members

The Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of Court will start its 2013-14 season with a cocktail hour starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Elmcrest Country Club, 1 Zach Johnson Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, followed at 6 p.m. by a CLE program (“What Every Litigator Needs to Know About Wills and Probate”), then a dinner at 7 p.m. Please join the Inn as our guests for this event.

The goals of the Inn are, among others: to establish a society of judges, lawyers, legal educators, law students and others, to promote excellence in legal advocacy; to foster a greater appreciation for the adversary system of dispute resolution, with an emphasis on ethics, civility, professionalism and legal skills; and to provide significant education experiences that will enhance the abilities of lawyers as counselors and advocates and of judges as adjudicators and judicial administrators.

Inn members include both State and Federal judges, law professors, in-house counsel, partners and associates from area law firms of all sizes, including solo practitioners, from all facets of practice – both civil and criminal. The Inn meets at various locations throughout the Corridor, 8 times September through May, typically in the evening of the 2nd Thursday of each month, starting at 5 p.m. for a reception, a CLE at 6, followed by dinner. The Inn provides a great way to informally network with all types of attorneys while earning CLE. Annual dues are $240 for associates (1-5 years of experience) and $340 for masters (11-20 years of experience) (there is also an emeritus status for judges and senior attorneys).

If you have questions, please contact the Honorable David Baker (Baker.david52@gmail.com) or Tim Hill (thill@bradleyriley.com). If you wish to join, please submit your contact information to the Inn’s Administrator, Carol Mann (cmann@pbalawfirm.com). We look forward to seeing you at the Inn.