Next Bar Meeting Thurs., Feb. 20 @ C.R. Art Museum

The next Linn County Bar Association meeting will be held Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art across from Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids. The speaker will be Dr. Les H. Garner, Jr., President and CEO of Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.  Dr. Garner will be presenting a summary of the Foundation and its role in our community.

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, February 19, 2014. If your plans subsequently change, and you are no longer able to attend, please contact 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.


Closure of Linn County Clerk of Court Offices for EDMS training

Please see this Administrative Order issued today, February 3, from the Iowa District Court for the Sixth Judicial District.  The Order provides for the closing of specified divisions of the Linn County Clerk of Court’s Office during various Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in March and April to provide EDMS training time for the clerk’s staff.  All divisions of the clerk’s office except the juvenile court division will close from 1-4:30 p.m. on March 4, 6, 18, 20, 25, 27 and April 1, 3 and 8.   The juvenile division of the clerk’s office will be closed 1-4:30 p.m. on March 4 and 27 and April 1, 17, 22, and 24.

EDMS Going Live in Linn County in April; Town Hall Meetings Jan. 23, 30

The Electronic Document Management Project (EDMS) is scheduled to arrive in Linn County this April.   With EDMS, court-related filings for Linn County will be filed electronically.  EDMS is scheduled to go “live” in Linn County for criminal filings April 1, civil filings April 15, and juvenile filings April 29.

 “Town Hall Meetings” will be held at the Linn County Courthouse to provide an opportunity for filers to ask questions of the EDMS team.  A Town Hall Meeting for CRIMINAL filings will be held Thursday, January 23 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each.  A Town Hall Meeting for CIVIL/JUVENILE filings will be held Thursday, January 30 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each.  

Click here for more information: EDMS Town Hall Meeting Notice – Linn County 

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.