NEXT BAR MEETING THURSDAY, APRIL 21
The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be Thursday, April 21, 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 the Honorable Judge John Jarvey, district court judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
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 an RSVP-request the week before the meeting. Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
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 location is Mr. Beans. Watch for the email from the Law Club with more information or contact Lou Ebinger at Louis_Ebinger@ianb.uscourts.gov .
LCBA MAY MEETING AT THE BALLPARK THURSDAY, MAY 19
SPECIAL GUESTS: THE IOWA SUPREME COURT
The LCBA’s “May Meeting” will be held Thursday, May 19, 2011 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, where members will enjoy a lunch of ballpark fare and then a 12:05 Cedar Rapids Kernels game. As a special treat this year, the Iowa Supreme Court will be joining the LCBA for lunch and the ballgame.
We have reserved the Pavilion area at the ball park for the Court and the LCBA. Lunch is $7. Complimentary tickets to the game will be provided to all dues-paid LCBA members who RSVP for the game.
Later that evening, the Iowa Supreme Court will be holding oral arguments in Cedar Rapids at Prairie High School, with a reception co-sponsored by the LCBA and Johnson County Bar Association to immediately follow. Arguments start at 7 pm. See this link for more information: http://www.iowacourts.gov/news_service/news_releases/NewsItem457/index.asp
A RSVP request will be sent to LCBA members in the near future regarding the lunch and ballgame. Plan on attending for good food, good conversation and great baseball with the Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Iowa Supreme Court!
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 Jefferson and Marion High Schools. Please contact Bill Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 363-5209 for more information or to volunteer.
JUNE ANNUAL MEETING – THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011
The Annual Meeting, at which elections are held for officers and delegates to the LCBA Board of Governors, will be held Thursday, June 16 from 12-1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. NOTE: Earlier editions of the Scriptum listed the LCBA Annual Meeting date as being the fourth Thursday in June (June 23) in order to avoid a potential conflict with the Iowa State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. The conflict has now been avoided, since the ISBA’s Meeting is June 22-24. The LCBA can therefore hold its June meeting on its regular date, the third Thursday of the month, which for June is the 16th.
2011 SUMMER OUTING – SAVE THE DATE – THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011
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 3.5 hour CLE seminar in the morning, location TBA.
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.
Questions or comments, call Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.
EASTERN IOWA PLANNED GIVING COUNCIL CLE APRIL 20
Need to get out of the office for a day? It is nearly Spring, after all! April 20 is a full day of planned giving programming, brought to you by the Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council. A jam-packed, 3-topic session in the morning in Cedar Rapids and an afternoon session in Iowa City, with time for lunch in between. (Think Ped Mall!) All presentations are by Johni Hays, JD, Sr. Gift Planning Consultant, The Stetler Company. The morning session is $30 for members; $50 for non-members. Reservations required to email@example.com by noon on Monday, April 18. Approval for at least 3 CLE hours is expected. Afternoon session is free; but reservations are requested. Call Mercy On Call 800 358-2767.
The morning session will be held from 8:30-noon at Hills Bank & Trust Company, 3905 Blairs Ferry Road, NE, Cedar Rapids. Topics include: Planning Strategies for Tax Heavy Assets; Ethical Dilemmas Commonly Occurring in Charitable Gift Planning: How to Keep Donors (and Us!) Out of Hot Water; and Charitable Gift Annuities (CGAs): Moving Beyond the Basics and Into the Fun Stuff
The afternoon session will be held from 2-4 pm at Mercy Iowa City Medical Plaza, McAuley Room/Lower Level , 540 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City. The topic is The 7 Secrets to Enhancing and Protecting Your Wealth.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING MAY 11; TOUR THE NEW FEDERAL COURTHOUSE
The Historical Society for the Northern District of Iowa will meet at noon on Wednesday, May 11, 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. After the business meeting, a tour of the new federal courthouse (currently 55% complete) will be provided for those attorneys interested. The tour will start at 1:00 pm and should last about one hour. GSA will provide all the personal protective equipment (vests, hardhats, etc.) with the exception of boots/shoes. For the tour please wear closed-toe shoes, leather at minimum. Boots will help with the dirt/mud on site, as well as adding more protection. No sneakers/tennis shoes or heels.
A telephone conference line will be set up for those who cannot attend the meeting in person. To attend the meeting and tour, or for more information, contact Len Strand at Lstrand@simmonsperrine.com or Rich Murphy at Rich.Murphy@usdoj.gov.
KIDS FIRST 6TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Save the date for Kids First’s 6th annual cocktail party fundraiser on Monday, May 16, 2011, from 5:00 –7:00 pm at Zins! Once again, there will be many great auction items to bid on. Entry is free and your first drink is on us, thanks to the generosity of this year’s sponsors: Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman, Bankers Trust, and Gray, Stefani & Mitvalsky. Everyone is welcome!
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. Please remember, dues payment is required for attendance at LCBA events, including the May lunch and ballgame with the Iowa Supreme Court and the July Summer Outing.
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/
None this month!
*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.
A 40 Hour Mediation Training Course (which includes Basic Mediation Training) will be offered by Crilley Mediation Services on June 13-17, 2011 and September 17-23, 2011. Please visit our website at www.CrilleyMediation.com and click on “Training and Seminars” link for more information and to download the Registration Form. 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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 UPCOMING EVENTS
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, May 19, 2011 (11:30 lunch, 12:05 Kernels game)
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 16, 2011
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 5.50% for the month of April. 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 we feature Al’s Blue Toad restaurant at 86 16th Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids ( in Czech Town). The Blue Toad is located in the building that housed Zindrich’s. Zindrich’s was one of my favorite places to eat traditional Czech food like pork, sauerkraut, red cabbage, dumplings, gravy and rye bread and also enjoy a glass of beer from the Czech Republic. I was hoping for more of the same at the Blue Toad.
Much to my surprise, the interior of the restaurant was totally changed from a traditional Czech restaurant to a “sports bar and grill” with several TV’s hanging from the ceiling and several beer advertising signs on the windows and walls. The menu was totally different in that there were only seven or eight items that were somewhat traditional czech food items. The menu included many traditional American favorites including sandwiches, fries, coleslaw and even a cobb salad or taco salad.
After some hesitation I chose the Czech burger which included fries and coleslaw. The service was fast and the Czech burger was excellent. The Czech burger was a grilled hamburger patty with Swiss cheese and Bavarian sauerkraut served on grilled marble rye bread. It was tasty and served at just the right temperature. The waiter was exceptional. He was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and properly attired. He made the meal a more enjoyable experience.
Although the food and service was excellent, I was disappointed that the atmosphere and menu were not more traditionally Czech. Maybe I was expecting too much!
Gene the Critic