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January 2012 Scriptum

by admin on January 17th, 2012

Vol. 33.5 , No. 1       THE SCRIPTUM January 13, 2012

2012 BENCH-BAR GATHERING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

Please join the Linn County Bar Association at its 2012 Bench-Bar Event on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from4:30-7 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, as well as Linn County Clerk of Court Sharon Modracek, who is retiring.

A reception catered by Winifred’s will follow.  Enjoy a drink or two and hors d’oeuvres, as well as live music by Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas.

Please plan to attend this important and fun event!  This event is free of charge to LCBA members and guests of the honorees.

NEXT REGULAR BAR MEETING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16

The next regular bar meeting will be Thursday, February 16, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m.  at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park .  Be sure to mark your calendars for this meeting because Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, will be our speaker.  

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LCBA KERNELS EVENT

The LCBA Kernels event will be on May 21, 2012 @ noon.  This is a friendly reminder that only members who have paid dues are allowed to attend.  Thanks!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LCBA SUMMER OUTING

Got the winter blues?  It’s not too early to start thinking about golf and bike rides.  Please mark your calendars forThursday, July 12, 2012, for the annual Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing.  There will be a bike ride and a golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Club, 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.

CLE CREDITS FOR ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY THE LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION IN 2011

Date Title Approved State CLE Approved

State Ethics

Activity No.
2/17/11 ISBA Legislative Agenda Update .50 84449
4/21/11 Federal District Court Update

(approved 0.50 hrs. federal)

.50 .50 84450
7/14/11 Summer Outing CLE 3.25 1.00 80930
9/15/11 LCBA September Bar Meeting: Federal Court Update  (approved .50 hrs. federal) .50 .50 84725
11/17/11 Iowa Supreme Court Update .50 84830
12/19/11 LCBA last Chance Seminar 2011 2.00 1.50 85343

CLE CREDITS FOR ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY LCBA’S FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE

Date Title Approved State CLE Approved

State Ethics

Activity No.
2/3/11 Collaborative Law .50 80754
4/7/11 Determining Medical Support in child support Orders .75 81303
5/5/11 Preparing Clients for Effective Mediation .75 80753
6/2/11 Recent Disciplinary Cases Involving Family Law .50 .50 79952
9/1/11 Family Law Ethics – Recent Issues .75 .75 85468
10/6/11 Judges Panel .75 85467
11/3/11 Facebook, Twitter & YouTube, Oh My(Space) .75 85466
12/1/11 Medical and Mental Health Records .75 85469

LINN LAW CLUB THANK YOU FOR HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE

With your support the Linn Law Club concluded its Tenth Annual Holiday Gift Drive with the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program.  Donations this year totaled $6,760.  Through your generous help, the club was able to purchase Christmas gifts and food for eight local families, totaling 40 individuals.

A special thank you also goes to Bradley & Riley, P.C. for opening its offices to the Linn Law Club for volunteers to wrap gifts.

Thank you again!

NEW DISSOLUTION REPORT FORM

On December 22, 2011, the Iowa Department of Public Health issued a Notice of Revision to Report of Dissolution of Marriage or Annulment.  The revised Report of Dissolution of Marriage or Annulment form is effective with divorces or annulments granted on and after January 1, 2012.  Further information on the revised form can be found on the Linn County Bar Association website.

ATTORNEY JUDGES NEEDED FOR FEBRUARY 4 & 5 MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT

The Cornell College mock trial program will be hosting an undergraduate regional mock trial competition at theKirkwood Center at Kirkwood Community College on February 4 and 5, 2012.  This regional tournament is the first step for undergraduate mock trial teams to advance toward the National Championship Tournament held in St. Paul,Minnesota in April.  More than 200 competitors from 20 schools will be traveling to Cedar Rapids for the weekend.  Cornell needs your help to judge this tournament.  The rounds will begin at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, and at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 5.  No prior mock trial judging experience is needed and a short orientation meeting will precede each round.  Breakfast and/or lunch will be provided as a small token of thanks to all who volunteer their time.  If you are interested, please contact Abbe Stensland,astensland@simmonsperrine.com, or 896-4020, to sign up and for additional details.  Thanks in advance for helping Cornell host a first-rate tournament here in Cedar Rapids.

ATTORNEY JUDGES NEEDED FOR MARCH 9 HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL REGIONALS

Attorney Judges are needed for the High School Regional Mock Trial Competition on Friday, March 9, at CoeCollege.  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 Tim Semelroth at 365-9200 ortsemelroth@riccololaw.com

NEW SCRIPTUM EDITOR FOUND!

Natalie Ditmars of Bradley & Riley is stepping in as the new editor of The Scriptum!  If you have information you would like posted in The Scriptum you can email Natalie directly at nditmars@bradleyriley.com or atwebmaster@linncobar.org.

A special thanks goes out to Stephanie Hinz for her many years of service as editor of The Scriptum.

TRANSITIONS

Scott Manchester is opening his own office effective January 1, 2012.  Manchester Law Office, PLLC will be located at Business Exchange Center, 305 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.  His phone is 319-730-7712 and email isSBM@ManchesterLawOffice.com.  The firm’s website is www.manchesterlawoffice.com. Scott was formerly with Allen, Vernon & Hoskins.

Rush & Nicholson, PLC has moved its office effective December 20, 2011.  The new location is in the AmericanBuilding, with a street address of 101- 2nd St. SE, Ste. 100, Cedar Rapids.  However, the mailing address and telephone numbers remain the same:  P.O. Box 637, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0637; Phone:  (319)363-5209; Fax:   (319) 363-6664.  Also, all email addresses will remain the same.

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 TRANSITIONS section of the Scriptum.  Submissions should be sent to  webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT AD OPPORTUNITIES

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 webmaster@linncobar.org.  We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptum editions.  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.

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 email 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 jobs@kirkwood.edu.

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.

IOWA LEGAL AID SEEKS COMMENT ON 2012 PRIVATE ATTORNEY INVOLVEMENT PLAN

Each year, Legal Services Corporation-funded programs review their plan for involving other attorneys in the delivery of legal services to low-income people.  The plan is then provided to the bar leadership throughout the state for comment.  A summary of Iowa Legal Aid’s proposed Private Attorney Involvement Plan for 2012 can be viewed athttp://www.probono.net/iowa/library/attachment.207270.  The 2012 plan makes only minor modifications in the plan that has been used since Volunteer Lawyers Project activities were initiated in 1982.  Legal Services seeks immediate comment on its plan.  To comment, please contact Dennis Groenenboom at Iowa Legal Aid atdgroenenboom@iowalaw.org or at 515-243-2980, extension 1620.

LINN COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS

Linn County Crime Stoppers, a non-profit entity, seeks an attorney to sit on its Board of Directors.  Crime Stoppers provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community.  Crime Stoppers is comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives. The Crime Stoppers Program began in 1982 from the efforts of  the City of Cedar Rapids Commissionand  Police Department.  The Program now operates as an independent organization. The concept has developed into a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Donations of airtime, newspaper space, and reward monies have established Crime Stoppers as an effective tool to fight crime in the area.  If interested, please contact Linn County Crime Stoppers’ President-Elect Roy Nowers at 350-4042, or via email at roynowers@aol.com.

COURT SCHEDULES & LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON 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?  Head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.  You can also see the judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

The website also has contact information for all LCBA members.  You can view the member directory atwww.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html 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 email atwebmaster@linncobar.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

** 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.

AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:

http://www.iowacourts.gov/CourtRulesandForms/RecentAmendmentsNewRules/

USURY RATE

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 4.00% for the month of January. Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.  The usury rate is available athttp://www.treasurer.state.ia.us/rates/

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Our regular reviewer is on vacation this month, though we are happy to include reviews from other members too!  Do you know of a restaurant you want to recommend to other LCBA members?  Let us know and we will include your review in an upcoming edition of The Scriptum.

BOOK REVIEW

“Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin” by Hampton Sides is an excellent book to refresh your memory or learn something new about an event that forever changed our country—the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  This non-fiction account of the days leading up to and following King’s assassination is compelling in the manner of many fiction books.

Sides takes the reader along as James Earl Ray (King’s assassin) escapes from a Missouri prison by hiding in a bread box and proceeds to travel throughout the country and Mexico spending time in brothels and low cost motels.  Ray tries to break into the pornography industry (albeit unsuccessfully) at one point and spends a significant amount of time in Mexico taking on various roles.  At some point, Ray sets his sights on King.  Sides painstakingly walks through the hours leading to the assassination and the assassination itself.  Then we follow the authorities as they piece together what happened and track down Ray.

What Sides failed to delve into was how Ray’s obsession and hatred for King came to be.  We also never learn how Ray managed to fund his exploits.  Some of these details would have been useful as the book progressed.

At times while reading Hellhound, it is difficult to tell how much of the story is 100% factual and how much is Sides padding the tale. Regardless, I walked away with a wealth of knowledge regarding King’s assassination and the elusive James Earl Ray.  With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, this is the perfect time to pick up “Hellhound on His Trail.”

Happy reading!

If you have a book you would recommend to other LCBA members, let me know and we’ll include your review in an upcoming edition of The Scriptum.

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