– 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.

– Volunteer judges sought for middle school mock trial tourney

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:

  1. There is not an Iowa Football game on 10/29
  2. The competition will be at the Linn County Courthouse in real courtrooms for the first time since the flood of 2008
  3. 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.

More detailed information will be provided to judges before the event.  If you are able to volunteer, please contact Jenni Semelroth at jsemelroth@hotmail.com or 319-329-5536.

– Court Memo on Summary Judgment Procedure Change

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.

– LCBA Summer Outing, Thursday, July 14

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!

– LCBA Election & Annual Meeting to be held June 23

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.