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MAY SCRIPTUM

by admin on May 9th, 2012

Vol. 33.5 , No. 5       THE SCRIPTUM May 9, 2012
www.linncobar.org

TABLE OF CONTENTS

•         LCBA KERNELS EVENT MAY 21

•         KIDS FIRST 7TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER MAY 11

•         ARABELLA MANSFIELD AWARD AND GERTRUDE RUSH AWARD

•         JUNE BAR MEETING DATE MOVED TO JUNE 14

•         NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT

•         SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LCBA SUMMER OUTING

•         CHARITABLE DONATIONS COMMITTEE FUNDING REQUEST DEADLINE

•         TRANSITIONS

•         WANT ADS

•         MEDIATION TRAINING

•         PARALEGAL INTERNSHIPS WANTED

•         COURT SCHEDULES & LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE

•         HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA and DUES INFORMATION

•         AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

•         USURY RATE

•         RESTAURANT REVIEW

•         BOOK REVIEW

LCBA KERNELS EVENT MAY 21

Baseball is in the air! Join the Linn County Bar Association for its “May LCBA Meeting” on Monday, May 21, 2012, at the  Veterans Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids, for a 12:05 p.m. game between our local Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Peoria Chiefs.  LCBA members will be watching the game from a NEW location this year, the PARTY PLAZA, which is located down the right field line, on the concourse above the Plaza bleacher seating.   The Party Plaza is covered and provides protection from rain and sun, and seating in the area is banquet-style with tables and chairs, as opposed to picnic-table seating.
The ballpark will have available a $7 lunch special that day.  Lunch options include a brat, hamburger, cheeseburger or ballpark hotdog, a side dish, and either a soda or beer. You can purchase this “meal deal” when you check in to pick up your game ticket or at any concession stand.

The LCBA will pay for your ticket to the game, so long as you RSVP by Friday, May 11 and have paid your 2011-2012 dues! The LCBA Board of Governors will be at the ballpark starting at 11:30 to hand out game tickets.   You may bring guests, but please note guest tickets are $9 each. You may pay for any guest tickets when you check in to pick up your own ticket.

KIDS FIRST 7th ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Kids First’s 7th annual cocktail party fundraiser is Friday, May 11, 2012, from 4:00 -7:00 pm at the newly renovated CSPS/Legion Arts building at 1103 3rd Street SE!  Once again, there will be many great auction items to bid on.  Entry is free and your first drink is on  Kids First, thanks to the generosity of this year’s sponsors:  Bradley & Riley, Bankers Trust, and United Fire Group. Come, bid, and support our mission to help children of divorce. Everyone is welcome!  The list of auction items can be viewed on the LCBA’s website , click on this link: http://www.linncobar.org/?p=4608

ARABELLA MANSFIELD AWARD AND GERTRUDE RUSH AWARD

The Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys is seeking nominations for its Arabella Mansfield and Gertrude Rush awards.  Arabella Mansfield was the first woman lawyer admitted to the practice of law in the United States, and was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1869.  The Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (IOWA) established the Arabella Mansfield Award in 2002 to recognize outstanding women lawyers in Iowa who have promoted and nurtured women in the legal profession.

Gertrude Rush was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the practice of law in Iowa, in 1918.  She was the first and only African-American woman practicing law in Iowa until 1953.  Gertrude became one of the founders of the National Bar Association after she and four other black lawyers were denied membership in the American Bar Association in 1924.  The Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys and the Iowa National Bar Association established the Gertrude Rush Award in 2003 and co-sponsor the award to recognize a lawyer who manifests the pioneering spirit of Gertrude Rush, demonstrates leadership in the community and in the legal profession, and demonstrates concern for human and civil rights.

Forms to nominate women for these awards are available at www.iowawomenattorneys.org.  Nominations are due May 21, 2012.  Nominations can be submitted electronically to awards@iowawomenattorneys.org or by regular U.S. postal mail to Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, Attn: Arabella Mansfield Award (or Gertrude Rush Award), P.O. Box 8268, Des Moines, IA 50301.

The awards will be presented at the IOWA annual Meeting and dinner on Tuesday, June 19, 20012.  If you have questions, contact Alissa Smith, Professional Action Chairperson, at: Telephone: 515-699-3267; E-mail: awards@iowawomenattorneys.org.

JUNE BAR MEETING DATE MOVED TO JUNE 14

Due to the Iowa State Bar Association holding its Annual Meeting during the third Thursday of June, which is when the LCBA traditionally holds its monthly meeting, the LCBA’s June meeting has been moved up a week to Thursday, June 14.  The meeting will be held, as usual, at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT

As indicated in the Notice emailed to members and posted on the LCBA website on May 1, the Nominating Committee of the Linn County Bar Association has selected the following slate of nominees to be placed on the ballot for election at the Annual Meeting to be held June 14:

President-Elect:      Mary E. Chicchelly, Seidl & Chicchelly, P.L.C.  (to be President 2013-2014 term)

Treasurer:               Gregory W. Neumeyer, Bank Iowa (term expiring June 2014)

Board of Governors:     Corinne R. Butkowski, Lynch Dallas, P.C. (term expiring June 2015)

Mark J. Parmenter, Lederer Weston Craig, PLC  (term expiring June 2015)

Current President-Elect Todd W. Anderson will become President at the Annual Meeting.

In addition to the names submitted by the Nominating Committee, any member of the LCBA may have his or her name placed upon the ballot for a position by submitting to the LCBA a petition with at least 10 LCBA members’ signatures.  Nomination petitions shall be submitted to LCBA President Bill Nicholson (wnich@rushnicholson.com) at least four weeks prior to the meeting.  Members will vote on and elect the officers and governors for the open positions at the Annual Meeting.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LCBA SUMMER OUTING, JULY 12

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 12, 2012, 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 Italian dinner from Biaggi’s afterwards.  During the morning, there will be a FREE 3.25 hour CLE seminar from 8-11.30, including 1 hour ethics, at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The specific agenda is listed below.

Watch your mail for a flyer with all the details and your RSVP postcards.  If you do not receive the flyer or for other questions, please contact Darin Luneckas at 294-8777, or Dave Thinnes (for any golf questions) at 363-3185.
A big thanks to LCBA members Phil Hershner, Dick Pilcher and Kristen Wilcox 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 2011-2012 LCBA dues must be paid!

SUMMER OUTING CLE AGENDA – CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM OF ART

7:30-8              Registration
8-8:30              Judge Grady, State Court Update
8:30-8:45 J       Judge Scoles, Federal Court Update
8:45-9              Judge Hoover-Grinde and Karen Teig, Real Time Reporting
9-9:15              Jim Kringlen and Supreme Court Justice, Pro Bono Requirements; Pro Bono Recognition
9:15-9:30         Break
9:30-10:30       Univ. of Iowa Law Prof. Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family
10:30-11:30     Univ. of Iowa Law Prof. Emily Hughes, New advertising rules and other Ethics issues

CHARITABLE DONATIONS COMMITTEE FUNDING REQUEST DEADLINE

Periodically, the Linn County Bar Association Charitable Donations Committee distributes grants to nonprofit organizations.  The committee that reviews requests for these funds has the following objectives to determine which organizations will receive funding:

Objectives of LCBA Charitable Donation:

1.                  To support organizations or entities that provide legal services to individuals in Linn County who would otherwise be under or unrepresented in our judicial system.

2.                  To support organizations, projects or entities that make the judicial system in Linn County more accessible to the public.

3.                  To promote the development, recognition, understanding and appreciation of the legal profession in Linn County.

Funding request forms can be found at the Linn County Bar web site or you can contact Ann McCrea at 319-362-2137 or contact her at amccrea@elderkinpirnie.com for a copy of the funding request form.

All applications must be returned no later than July 31, 2012, Mail to: Ann M. Klostermann McCrea, Elderkin & Pirnie, P.L.C., P.O. Box 1968, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-1968. Or email to: amccrea@elderkinpirnie.com

NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT

As indicated in the Notice emailed to members and posted on the LCBA website on May 1, the Nominating Committee of the Linn County Bar Association has selected the following slate of nominees to be placed on the ballot for election at the Annual Meeting to be held June 14:

President-Elect:      Mary E. Chicchelly, Seidl & Chicchelly, P.L.C.  (to be President 2013-2014 term)

Treasurer:               Gregory W. Neumeyer, Bank Iowa (term expiring June 2014)

Board of Governors:     Corinne R. Butkowski, Lynch Dallas, P.C. (term expiring June 2015)

Mark J. Parmenter, Lederer Weston Craig, PLC  (term expiring June 2015)

Current President-Elect Todd W. Anderson will become President at the Annual Meeting.

In addition to the names submitted by the Nominating Committee, any member of the LCBA may have his or her name placed upon the ballot for a position by submitting to the LCBA a petition with at least 10 LCBA members’ signatures.  Nomination petitions shall be submitted to LCBA President Bill Nicholson (wnich@rushnicholson.com) at least four weeks prior to the meeting.  Members will vote on and elect the officers and governors for the open positions at the Annual Meeting.

TRANSITIONS

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 ADS

Brady & O’Shea, PC is seeking a full-time experienced litigation legal secretary. Excellent benefits and pay.

Please send resume, references, and salary requirements: Office Administrator, Brady & O’Shea, PC, 2735 1st Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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.

Kirkwood Community College offers 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.

MEDIATION TRAINING

A 40-Hour Family Mediator Training Course (which includes Basic Mediation Training) will be offered in two separate sessions by Crilley Mediation Services on June 11, 2012 to June 15, 2012; and September 17, 2012 to September 21, 2012.

For Collaborative Training only, Participants can select to attend either June 11th or June 12th to fulfill the Collaborative Mediation Training requirement.  The two days are not the same, but both days give important background and information that would be useful to the Collaborative Process.

Visit www.CrilleyMediation.com for more information and to download the Registration Form for either of these trainings.  This training is Nationally Approved and does qualify the Mediator for Roster Mediation.  If you have any questions, please call Chris Crilley at (319) 363-5606.

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.

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 at www.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 at webmaster@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 May. 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/

RESTAURANT REVIEW

This month I decided to search for a deli style restaurant.  Lo and behold, I found one at 7037 C Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids.  It is called Emil’s Deli.  It is one and the same as the Emil’s that used to be in the downtown YMCA and now in the basement of the USBank building.  I chose the one on C Avenue because I prefer to eat above ground if possible.

Emil’s Deli on C Avenue is a traditional deli with sandwiches made to order, soup and a few sides.  The interior is small with seating for approximately 20, but it is abundantly clear that a lot of their business is carry out.  Each deli that I have eaten in is unique.  Some feature specialty sandwiches, others have special sauces, and still others have special sides or desserts.  And almost all have their own personality, mostly from the people who work in the deli.

The personality of Emil’s is interesting.  The young man who took our order was very confident and could take multiple orders at once and appear to get them all correct.  The young lady with the long tattoo on her left arm (or maybe the right) was assembling the sandwiches and the sides in a very clean, orderly and efficient manner.  They appeared to enjoy their jobs and made the deli a good place to visit.

I couldn’t help but select a made to order sandwich that included sourdough bread, salami, cheddar cheese, tomato, cucumbers, sweet onion, sprouts (one of my favorites), chips and a large unsweetened ice tea.  The sandwich was very tasty, very fresh and very good. And the horseradish sauce gave it some bite.  My wife ordered the four cheese Texas toast melt.  She let me taste it and it was good.  We have good friends who stop in Emil’s often and they really like the meatloaf sandwich and the Reuben, neither of which I have tried.

The service was accommodating and fast.  If you’re looking for a deli meal, this is very good place to visit.  In addition, the prices are very reasonable.  I am looking forward to trying the meatloaf sandwich and of course, the chicken tortilla soup, the next time we stop in Emil’s Deli.

Gene the Critic-Restaurant Division

BOOK REVIEW

This month I could review two books.  The first is The Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens (you have probably heard of him). It was written in the 1850’s and is about life in Paris and London before and during the time of the French Revolution. It is a great book and I totally loved it; however, I am not qualified to review it, thence the second book.

John Grisham’s (I know I wrote about him last month, sorry) most recent novel is called “Calico Joe.”  Calico Joe (real name in the book is Joe Castle) is a terrific baseball player.  He is from a small town in Arkansas.  He gets called up to the major leagues and plays very successfully for the Cubs (just happens to be my favorite team).  The other important characters are Warren Tracey and his son Paul.  Warren is a pitcher for the New York Mets (my least favorite team).  Paul is the central character throughout the novel.  The book is written primarily from the view of Paul.

This is a book about family relationships, loyalty, forgiveness and redemption.  Many pages are devoted to the baseball accomplishments of Calico Joe.  But the best part has to do with the relationship between Joe and Warren.  And, of course, Paul is involved in that relationship.  I would have liked the book better if Grisham had developed the characters more thoroughly, particularly Calico Joe.  To the author’s credit, he stuck to his proven method of turning out successful novel after successful novel.  Lay the groundwork, build the suspense and finish with a good moral message.

This novel was number 11 on the New York Times best sellers list when I read it.   I am sure it was because of the author’s name rather than the story.  I don’t think it is fair to be harsh so I would give it a B-.  Not as good as his lawyer novels.

Gene the Critic-Book Division

Have you read a good book lately?  Let me know and we can include your review in the next edition of The Scriptum!

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