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 informal food day (location TBA) Wednesday, August 31. Please click Judge Spande’s Retirement Announcement for more information.
Judges are needed for this year’s Middle School Regional Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, October 29 at the Linn County Courthouse. (NOTE: New location from last year!) Volunteers are needed for approximately 60 attorney judge slots. No experience is necessary. There will be four rounds: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. You can sign up to judge more than one round. Beverages and snacks will be provided for the attorney volunteers.
There are several reasons why this would be a great year in particular for local lawyers to participate:
- There is not an Iowa Football game on 10/29
- The competition will be at the Linn County Courthouse in real courtrooms for the first time since the flood of 2008
- Judge Bruns is working hard to recruit real judges for every round so any lawyer who agrees to judge will have the opportunity to serve on a panel with a real judge and get some quality face time.
The Sixth Judicial District Court Administrator has issued a MEMO regarding a change in the summary judgment procedure. Effective September 1, 2016, the court will no longer issue a “warning shot” order when a party has not filed a response to a Motion for Summary Judgment. Click here to read the memo.
The July 2016 Scriptum has been published! CLICK HERE TO READ IT.
A reception will be held Thursday, July 28 at the Linn County Courthouse to celebrate the retirement of Hon. Robert Sosalla. To celebrate, the court will be holding an informal “food day”. The specific courtroom will be announced at a later date.
Have you RSVP’ed yet for the LCBA Summer Outing? Invitations for registration have been sent to all LCBA members for the Outing, which will be held Thursday, July 14. The Outing includes a 3.25 hour CLE at the Elmcrest Country Club, lunch following the CLE; bike ride; kayak; or golf (extra charge for the latter two); and drinks and supper at Elmcrest Country Club that evening.
Check your email for your invitation and details if you have not yet RSVP’ed!
The LCBA will hold its “Annual Meeting” on Thursday, June 23 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The speaker will be Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg, who will provide a legislative update. CLE credit will be sought.
Lunch is $10. An RSVP request will be sent to members via email.
During the Annual Meeting, elections for Officer and Board members for the 2016-2017 term will be held. The Nominating Committee of the Linn County Bar Association previously selected the following slate of nominees to be placed on the ballot for election at the LCBA’s Annual Meeting on June 23, 2016:
President-Elect (term of presidency 2017-2018):
Darin Luneckas, Luneckas & Newhouse, P.C.
Treasurer (two year term):
Susan Pence, Bankers Trust
Board of Governors (three year term):
Nicholas Scott, Linn County Attorney’s Office
Chad Zenisek, United Fire & Casualty Company
Current President-Elect Caitlin Slessor, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., will become President at the June 23 Annual Meeting.
The next LCBA meeting will be Thursday, April 21 from 12-1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The speaker will be Brent Long, Director of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
Please see this flyer for information on a free one hour CLE at the University of Iowa Friday, March 4 at 2 p.m. the topic is effective oral argument.