Judicial Retention FORUM October 24 at Czech Museum

An invite from the Linn Law Club to a Forum on Judicial Retention:

As you know, a number of Iowa Supreme Court Justices and district court judges face retention elections this fall, including Justice David Wiggins, the target of an anti-retention campaign based on his participation in the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Varnum v. Brien.  The Iowa State Bar Association, Linn County Bar Association, and Linn Law Club have expressed their support for the retention of Iowa’s judges.

To facilitate discussion of Iowa’s judicial retention system, the Linn Law Club has partnered with ImpactCR, a committee of the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, to host an event on the topic next Wednesday, October 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.  Speakers will include Steven Pace, former Member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals; Matt Dummermuth, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa; Justice David Baker, former Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court; and Patrick Baird, former President and CEO of AEGON USA, LLC.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Attached to this email is a flyer for the event; if you have any questions, feel free to contact Ray Rinkol, who has generously helped plan the event, at rrinkol@bradleyriley.com.

This forum is open to the public, and is largely based on the desire to discuss the topic of judicial retention with the public and any who may have questions on the process or wish to learn more about it.  Please plan to attend, and spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues!

Linn Law Club Holiday Gift Drive: Donate today!

The Linn Law Club is organizing its 9th Annual Holiday Gift Drive for lawyers to provide gifts and food to needy families in Linn County during the holiday season.

The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (hacap.org) refers a list of needy families to the Linn Law Club. The Club raises money, and purchases gifts and food for the family members. Members of the Club gather to purchase and wrap the presents.  The Law Club’s goal is to raise $5000 to help as many needy families as possible. As of today, the Club has raised roughly $600.

Please consider making a donation on behalf of yourself or your firm. Any amount helps! The deadline for contributions is Friday, December 10, 2010.  Please see the 2010_Holiday_Fund_Drive_Flyer for more details.

Linn Law Club elects 2010-2011 Officers

The Linn Law Club recently held elections for officer positions for the 2010-2011 term.  The new officers are:

President:  Lou Ebinger, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman

Vice President: Ray Rinkol, White Law Firm

Secretary:  Katrina Nystrom, Scheldrup Blades

Treasurer:  Emily Ellingson, Lynch Dallas

Linn Law Club Event – 9/23 at Zin’s

Please join us next week, on Wednesday, September 23rd to kick off the 2009-10 year for the Linn Law Club. We would like this event to be a welcoming event for new attorneys in Linn County. Please invite all new attorneys or anyone interested in attending club events at your firms/businesses/organizations to join us. As a reminder, the Linn Law Club is open to all attorneys 35 and under or who have been practicing less than 10 years.

What: Meet and greet for new attorneys in Linn County
When: Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:30 pm
Where: Zin’s, 227 2nd Ave. SE

Linn Law Club Holiday Fund Drive donations due December 7

There is only one week left to contribute to the Linn Law Club’s Sixth Annual Holiday Fund Drive.  Last year the Club raised over $9,000 which purchased gifts and food for 22 local families (totaling 99 individuals) through HACAP (Hawkeye Area Community Action Program).  As of November 30 this year, the Club had received $2,000 in donations.  The Club needs your help to reach last year’s outstanding results!  Once again, prizes will be awarded to the office with the highest donations and the office with the highest per attorney donation. The Club’s shopping and wrapping date is set for December 12 so please mail your donation, payable to Linn Law Clubby Friday, December 7.  You can mail your 100% tax deductible donation to:

Linn Law Club
c/o Brian Farrell
1329 Elmhurst Dr. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA  52402

If you would like to volunteer for the shopping and wrapping scheduled for December 12, please email Club Vice-President Tim Van Pelt or call him at 366-7641.

Linn Law Club get-together November 8 at Piano Lounge

The Linn Law Club will be meeting November 8 at at the Piano Lounge in downtown

Cedar Rapids. This is a social networking event for all young lawyers in the Linn County Bar.  Limited drinks and a possible door prize will be provided. We will also discuss and plan our upcoming Holiday Fund Drive, which will take place in the second week of December. The Club continues to seek donations from the members of the Linn County Bar to provide holiday gifts and food to families in need, through HACAP.

Linn Law Club October line-up

The Linn Law Club will be hosting the following events in October:

Professional Development Series: Oct. 2
Join us at 7:30 a.m. on October 2 for discussion about Volunteerism and Leadership in Civic Organizations with Bob Untiedt, Director, Linn County Nonprofit Resource Center, at the downtown Blue Strawberry.

Joint Event with UI, ISBA & Johnson Co.: Oct. 24
Join members of the ISBA YLD, the Johnson County Bar, and University of Iowa law students for a social/networking event at the Vine in Coralville beginning at 6:00 p.m. on October 24. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

More Cycling with the LCBA & Law Club Social!

MORE CYCLING WITH THE LCBA and LAW CLUB SOCIAL!

The LCBA “Tailwind” bike rides were such a success that another series of rides have been planned for August and September.  The next rides will be held Thursday, August 23 and Thursday, September 6, with the September 6 ride being held in conjunction with the Linn Law Club’s fall kick-off event.  Both rides start at 5:30 p.m. at the Cedar Valley Nature Trail parking lot off of Boyson Road in Hiawatha and will be approximately 15 miles.   The rides are open to all LCBA members and their cycling friends and family members. 

 Following the September 6 ride, the Linn Law Club will be meeting at Papa Juan’s, 5505 Center Point NE, for food & refreshments.   (If you don’t feel like riding, it’s ok to just show up for the social!)  Law Club is open to all young or newly practicing attorneys in Linn County.

For more info on the bike rides, email or call Stephanie Hinz at 366-7621. For Law Club info, email or call LCBA President Caitlin Slessor at 366-1000.