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.

Linn County District Court “In Custody Appearance” Schedule Reminder

A word from the Linn County Court Administrator’s Office:

Last fall the court changed the Linn schedule for weekday in-custody initial appearances so they are now scheduled at two different times instead of all at 10:30 a.m.  Since this change, there apparently has been some confusion about what matters are scheduled for each of the two different time slots.  Below is a breakdown of the matters that are scheduled for each time slot.  Please use the information below as a guide when you are appearing for clients at their initial appearance.

  In Custody Appearances Monday thru Friday

9:30 am Session:   The Judge will see all the defendants that have (Only) warrant files.  In other words, they have no new charges with the warrant files.
                                      The Judge will also see people who were arrested for Public Intoxication (This charge the court can process on the ticket)
                                       The Judge will also see defendants that are only charged with traffic tickets and have no indictable charges or complaints.

10:30 am Session: The Judge will see all the people in custody who have new charges or Indictable cases that have to be on a complaint.
                                      This would also include any people who were arrested on a warrant and have accrued new charges.

Summer Outing July 11 – CLE @ Federal Courthouse, Supper @ Hunter’s Ridge

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 11, 2013, for the annual Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing. There will be a bike ride, a golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Club with a shotgun start, followed by a social hour and a catered BBQ dinner afterwards. Plans are underway for a FREE 3.25 hour CLE seminar from 8-11.30, including 1 hour ethics, at the Federal Courthouse. (Note! This is a different location than previous years!) The specific agenda for the CLE will be emailed to members soon.

By now, you should have received via email all the details and a registration link for your RSVP. If you did not please contact Stephanie Hinz at shinz@pbalawfirm.com.

A big thanks to LCBA members Phil Hershner, Dick Pilcher and Joe Conway in the U.S. Bank Trust Department for a $500.00 donation towards the summer outing budget. Also, thanks to Samantha Lindeman and Sara Shewry from The Retreat Massage and Spa for pre-round and post-round complimentary massages which will be available at Hunters Ridge.

Please note, to attend the Summer Outing CLE and afternoon and evening festivities, your 2012-2013 LCBA dues must be paid!

Questions or comments, call Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.

Next Bar Meeting Thurs., June 13 @ CR Art Museum

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2013, from 12 – 1 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 Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg of Elderkin & Pirnie, who will provide a Legislative Update.

Lunch is $8.00. RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend. If you are planning to attend, please respond to the email sent by the Attendance Committee. 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., April 18 @ C.R. Art Museum

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013, from 12 – 1 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 Hon. Michael Melloy, Senior Judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lunch is $8.00. RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend. If you are planning to attend, please respond to the email sent by the Attendance Committee. 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., March 21 @ C.R. Art Museum

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 12 – 1 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 Police Chief Wayne Jerman.

Sixth Judicial Court Administrator Carroll Edmondson will also attend to discuss the Sixth Judicial District’s recently proposed individual case assignment system for civil cases.

Lunch is $8.00. RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend. If you are planning to attend, please respond to the email sent by the Attendance Committee. 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.