MARCH SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 5
NEXT BAR MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 15
The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 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 Mayor Ron Corbett.
Lunch will be catered by Kristeena’s. The cost is $7. RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend. Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request the week before the meeting. Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011.
ATTORNEY JUDGES STILL NEEDED FOR MARCH 10 HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL REGIONALS
Attorney Judges are still needed for the High School Regional Mock Trial Competition on Thursday, March 10 at Coe College. There are 3 rounds (9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m.) in the regional competition, and attorneys may volunteer to judge as many or as few rounds as they wish. No trial experience or mock trial experience is necessary to serve as a mock trial judge. To volunteer as a judge or for questions, please contact Debbie Neumeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 319-310-4025.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING MARCH 16
The Historical Society for the Northern District of Iowa will meet at noon on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the office of the United States Attorney, located in the Hach Building, 401 1st Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA. All members of the bar are invited to attend.
A telephone conference line will be set up for those who cannot attend in person. The telephone number will be 319-286-2369, conference ID 1128 #.
More information can be obtained from: Len Strand [Lstrand@simmonsperrine.com] or Rich Murphy [Rich.Murphy@usdoj.gov].
MAKE A DIFFERENCE WEEKEND APRIL 1-3
The Philanthropy Council of the University of Iowa College of Law will hold its first annual Make a Difference weekend April 1-3. Practitioners are invited to volunteer along with students at a variety of projects throughout the weekend. Among the projects are the Longfellow Elementary School Carnival on Friday evening, the Shelter House Activity Night on Saturday evening, and a Creek Cleanup on Sunday morning. For further information and to sign up, please contact email@example.com.
LINN LAW CLUB “LUNCH WITH THE BENCH” APRIL 12
The next get-together of the Linn Law Club will be a “Lunch with the Bench” on April 12, with guest Hon. Stephen Jackson, Jr. The tentative location is Mr. Beans. Watch for the email from the Law Club with more information.
VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO PRESENT AREA HIGH SCHOOL CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
LCBA members are needed to present local high school American Citizenship Awards at high school graduation and award ceremonies this spring. The awards are sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association and are presented annually to the students who have best demonstrated a knowledge and understanding of the principles of American citizenship. We already have received volunteers for many of the metro high schools. Volunteers are still needed, however, for Springville, North Linn, Central City, Alburnett, Center Point-Urbana. Please contact Bill Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 363-5209 for more information or to volunteer.
LCBA APRIL MEETING APRIL 21, JUDGE JARVEY GUEST;
LCBA MAY MEETING AT THE BALLPARK WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
Judge John Jarvey will be the speaker at the LCBA’s April meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 21 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.
The LCBA’s “May Meeting” will be held Wednesday, May 25, beginning at noon at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for a Cedar Rapids Kernels game. We have reserved the Pavilion area at the ball park for our LCBA group. Plan on attending for good food, good conversation and great baseball with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
2011 SUMMER OUTING – SAVE THE DATE
Got the winter blues? It’s not too early to start thinking about golf and bike rides. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 14, 2011, 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 dinner afterwards. Plans are underway for a CLE seminar in the morning. Questions or comments, call Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.
PARALEGAL INTERNSHIPS WANTED
Are you interested in helping train and mentor future paralegals? The Paralegal Program at Kirkwood Community College continues to grow. Kirkwood paralegal students are required to intern in a legal environment as part of their education. You can help tomorrow’s paralegals gain valuable experience by agreeing to supervise a paralegal intern. The internship requires that the student complete 120 hours in a legal setting, and compensation is not required. If you are interested in mentoring a paralegal intern, please call Greg Clevenger at 398-5576.
Final annual dues reminder invoices for 2010-2011 were sent to members in January. Please pay your dues if you haven’t already! Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.
2010 CLE SUMMARY
The following is a summary of CLE approved for 2010 Linn County Bar Meetings and Conferences.
FEBRUARY 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Criminal Law by Harold Denton
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69326
MARCH 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Non-Profit Law in the State of Iowa by Andrew Hosmanek
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69241
APRIL 15, 2010 BAR MEETING
Elder Law by Prof. Josephine Gittler
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69243
JUNE 17, 2010 –ANNUAL MEETING
Legislative Update by Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg and other Lawyer-Legislators
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 73954
JULY 8, 2010 — SUMMER OUTING CLE
Total state CLE Hours: 3.0, Ethics Hours: 1.5, Activity No. 73954
SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 BAR MEETING
Sixth Judicial District update by Hon. Patrick Grady and Iowa Supreme Court update by Hon. David Baker
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613
OCTOBER 21, 2010 BAR MEETING
History of Judicial Selection by Hon. Van Zimmer
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613
DECEMBER 16, 2010 LAST CHANCE SEMINAR
Probate & Trust Law update by Susan Pence and Ethics presentation by Karen Erger
Total state CLE Hours: 2.0, Ethics Hours: 1.0, Activity No. 75582
AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES
Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules: http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/
Jack C. Paige is now practicing full-time in Iowa City as Jack Paige Law Office, 103 E. College St., Suite 210, P.O. Box 2720, Iowa City, IA 52244-2720. He was with Elderkin & Pirnie, PLC, for 24 years. Legal services at the new office include workers’ compensation mediation. Jack can be reached at 319-351-3005 or by email at email@example.com. For further information, go to www.jackpaigelaw.com.
Stephen B. Jackson, Sr. has joined the firm Lynch Dallas, P.C. as a Shareholder. Mr. Jackson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in 1959 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1964. He has been in private practice for 47 years. Most recently, he practiced for the last sixteen years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with his son, Stephen B. Jackson, Jr., who was recently appointed district court judge. Mr. Jackson practices in the areas of family law, estate planning, and corporate law.
David Cmelik has joined the firm of Nidey Wenzel Erdahl Tindal and Fisher, PLC as an Associate. Mr. Cmelik was raised in Marengo, Iowa and graduated from Iowa Valley High School. He received his B.A. in English from Iowa State University in 1995. He received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and in 2002 was admitted to practice in Iowa. Mr. Cmelik’s practice currently includes criminal litigation and general practice.
*TRANSITIONS is a NEW section of the Scriptum! If you would like to announce your law firm comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in the Scriptum. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nyemaster Goode, P.C., is seeking a corporate/transactional attorney with 5+ years of experience for its growing Cedar Rapids office. The ideal candidate would possess outstanding academic credentials and work experience; would have a strong work ethic; and would have developed a base of business. The successful candidate will be involved in the firm’s corporate/transactional matters, especially with respect to Nyemaster Goode’s clients located or doing business in eastern Iowa. Please send a cover letter and résumé by postal mail to John T. Clendenin, 700 Walnut Street, Suite 1600, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, by fax to (515) 283-3108 or by email to email@example.com. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Nyemaster Goode is an equal opportunity employer.
If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptums. If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.
HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES
As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar. The organization will e-mail the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community. If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or manderson@Aegonusa.com
Kirkwood Community College offers an online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to email@example.com.
COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE
Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court? Just head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top. This section of the website also has links to judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.
LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!
Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org? However, some of the contact information listed on the website is out of date! Please take a minute to view the information listed for your name at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html and let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made. If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P. O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA and DUES INFORMATION
Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County. Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form. Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership. Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:
– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years: $95
– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years: $125
– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years: $0
– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice: $75
Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.
** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.
LCBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011
Here is a list of dates for Linn County Bar Association meetings and other activities for 2010-2011:
BAR MEETINGS (12-1 p.m. @ Cedar Rapids Art Museum) & other LCBA EVENTS:
** NO bar meeting in August **
Bar Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2010
** NO bar meeting in December **
December Last Chance Seminar: Thursday, December 16, 2010
Bench/Bar Conference: Tuesday, January 6, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, January 20, 2011 CANCELED
Bar Meeting: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, March 17, Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Bar Meeting: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (noon Kernels game)
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2011 (Note: This is the 4th Thursday of the month).
Summer Outing: Thursday, July 14, 2011
In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 5.5% for the month of March. Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2. The usury rate is available at http://www.treasurer.state.ia.us/rates/
As a fun, new service to our members, we are publishing monthly restaurant reviews written by our very own members. Enjoy this month’s review!
This month I have tasted some excellent food at various restaurants, all of them many hundreds of miles from Linn County. This food included terrific shrimp bisque, lobster tails served with a side dish of corn on the cob and eggs benedict for lunch while sitting outside in the warm air while listening to live music. And I have tasted shrimp scampi, barbecue shrimp on a skewer, shrimp salad, shrimp with angel hair pasta( can’t remember the menu name) and all you can eat boiled shrimp. I liked all the food, some better than others. The best being the shrimp bisque.
But the most interesting thing about the food I ate was the name of the restaurant. The names included: GRAVEL ROAD; BACK PORCH; ANOTHER BROKEN EGG; ISLAND COW; WHALES TAIL; GOATFEATHERS; MUCKY DUCK and FISHBONE. I love the names.
Next month we may be back to Iowa.
Gene the Critic