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.

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 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.