– Important Message from The Justice Not Politics Team

With 20 days until Election Day, we wanted to make sure you saw this powerful Letter to the Editor this morning in The Des Moines Register.

Connie Ryan, chairperson of Justice Not Politics, wrote about the critical importance of upholding the law and constitution of Iowa’s Supreme Court.

In the letter, Ryan encourages every Iowan to flip the ballot over and vote to uphold Iowa’s long and proud tradition of fair courts. And, the first step to ensure this will happen is by spreading the message of Justice Not Politics.

Can you contribute $10 or more to help us reach every voter in Iowa so they know to vote yes three times to retain the justices?

A recent poll commissioned by Justice Not Politics showed a 25 percent lead in favor of the justices. Ryan stated in her letter that the results were “a reflection of Iowa’s commitment to fair and impartial courts and a recognition that our judiciary should never be part of the partisan political arena.”

There’s still so much to do in the last three weeks and we’ll need your help to keep up the momentum into election day. Can we count on your help to keep our courts fair and impartial with a $10 contribution?

Thanks for your support,
The Justice Not Politics Team

Justice Not Politics

Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 881, Des Moines, IA 50318

– Next bar meeting Thurs., Oct. 20; Speaker: Lisa Gavin

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday,
October 20, from 12:00 – 1:00 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 attorney Lisa Gavin of Iowa Legal Aid. She will provide a presentation on responding to the legal needs of disaster survivors.

Lunch is $10.00 and will be catered by Fresh Deli and Grill. The menu includes; beef and potato meat pies (sauteed beef and shredded potatoes wrapped in a bread pocket), beef hashweh (rice cooked with sauteed beef) topped with baked lemon chicken, hummus and pita chips, mediterranean salad, kalamata olives and baklava for dessert. The vegetarian option will include spinach pies. There will be bottled tea (sweetened and unsweetened) and water.

An RSVP request was emailed to LCBA members October 10. RSVPs are due 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 19 and are required only if you plan to attend.

– State & federal courthouse closings week of Sept. 26

Update as of 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28:

– The Linn County Courthouse will continue to be closed through and including Friday, Sept. 30.  All matters set for hearing will be continued to a later date.  The Courthouse is aiming to resume operations Monday, Oct. 3 but that decision has not yet been made.  All jury trials set for Monday, Oct. 3 will be reset, however.
– The Juvenile Justice Center will reopen to the public Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 a.m.

FEDERAL COURT:   The Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 30.  The building will reopen Monday, Oct. 3.   Electronic filing remains available this week, and the Sioux City courthouse (712-233-3900) remains open for regular business.

Update as of 12:45 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26:

FEDERAL COURT: There will be no hearings at the Federal Courthouse the week of September 26-30.

Update as of 12:56 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23:

STATE COURT:  The District Court Administrator for the Sixth Judicial District has announced that ALL hearings and trials held at the LINN COUNTY COURTHOUSE on Monday through Wednesday, September 26-28, will be continued and reset to a later date due to the predictions of flooding to the courthouse.  Reset orders will go out as soon as possible.

FEDERAL COURT:  The Clerk of Court for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, has announced the FEDERAL COURTHOUSE in Cedar Rapids will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26 & 27.  All hearings for those two days will be rescheduled.   Court staff, however, will be teleworking and available, and electronic filing will remain available.

– Charitable Donations Committee Funding Request Deadline October 7

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.

Here is the 2016 LCBA Charitable Contribution Committee Funding Request Form.

All applications must be returned no later than October 7, 2016 via mail to Gary Streit, Shuttleworth &Ingersoll, P.L.C., P.O. Box 2107, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406, or email to gjs@shuttleworthlaw.com.

– Judge Spande retirement party August 31

Hon. Jane Spande will be retiring Friday, September 2, 2016, after 31 years  of administering justice in the Sixth Judicial District.  The court will be celebrating her retirement with an Open House in Courtroom 1-C at the Linn County Courthouse on Wednesday, August 31.  Please click Judge Spande’s Retirement Announcement  for more information.

– Three finalists chosen for District Associate Judge position

The Magistrate/Associate District Court Nominating Commission announced three finalists August 26 for the position of Associate District Court Judge to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of the Honorable Jane Spande.  The finalists are:

– Justin Lightfoot
– Nicholas Scott
– Michael Lahammer

The District Court Judges for the Sixth Judicial District shall convene at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 to select the next Associate District Court Judge from the finalists.

– Free 2 hr estate planning CLE in Iowa City 8/25

Attorney Gordon Fischer is presenting a free 2 hour CLE on Estate Planning & Charitable Giving on Thursday, August 25 from 6-8 p.m. in the Large Conference Room of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, 325 East Washington Street (downtown IC, at corner of Washington and Gilbert).

Pizza will be provided!

In this fast paced and interactive session, Gordon will present six different scenarios involving real life clients and their estate planning needs. Through use of these 6 case studies, Gordon will address:

· the basics facts everyone should know about estate planning
· Endow Iowa Tax Credit program
· charitable gift annuities
· charitable remainder trusts
· charitable lead trusts
· estate planning and charitable giving with retirement benefit plans
· estate planning and charitable giving with closed corporation stock and assets.

Attendees should be willing to fill out a survey about the CLE presentation.

To reserve your spot and so that Gordon orders enough pizzas, please email gordon@gordonfischerlawfirm.com.