– Free 2.5 hr Access to Justice CLE @ U of I Law School 4/21

On Friday, April 21, 2017, the University of Iowa College of Law is hosting a summit on Access to Justice in Iowa. Lack of access and limits on legal representation in the civil court system are major issues in the legal system. We seek to bring together pre-law students and advisors, law students, lawyers, and judges to learn more about the “justice gap,” engage with each other to explore possible responses, and introduce the work of the Iowa Supreme Court’s new Access to Justice Commission.

The session will take place from noon to 3:00 p.m. on April 21 at Boyd Law Building in Iowa City. We are seeking approval for 2.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education, including 1.0 hour or ethics. This event is free and open to pre-law students and advisors, law students, lawyers, and judges. Lunch will be provided. To register, please complete this online form by Wednesday, April 19.

Tentative agenda

12:00-12:15 Registration & Lunch

12:15-12:45 Introduction to Access to Justice Issues

12:45-1:45 Iowa’s Access to Justice Commission

  • Introduction of the Commission members
  • Background on work of the Commission
  • Break-out sessions:

o   Alternative Dispute Resolution

o   Public outreach

o   Civil Gideon

o   Pro bono/ Private partnerships

1:45-2:00 Break

2:00-3:00 Ethics Issues

  • Limited scope representation
  • Financial assistance to indigent clients
  • Withdrawal from representation
  • Mandatory pro bono requirements

Presenters include Anjela Shutts, Co-Chair of the Iowa Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission; the Hon. Kevin McKeever, Judge of the Sixth Judicial District; and Eric Goers, Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Legal Access Committee.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Nilza Molina at nilza-molina@uiowa.edu.

– Annual Last Chance for Ethics Seminar to be held Dec. 8

The Linn County Bar Association’s Annual Last Chance for Ethics Seminar will be  held Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Dublin City Pub, 415 1st St. SE. Doors open at 3:30 pm and the presentation will begin at 4:00 pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available. Cash bar for drinks. The CLE is worth two hours of state ethics credit and is free to any dues paid LCBA member.

If you have not paid your 2016 – 2017 dues, please do so now! To check your dues payment status (there is a possible $25 late fee) contact Leigh Van Dee at lvandee@lwclawyers.com or phone (319) 365-1184.  The dues policy can be viewed at this link.

Presentations:

4:00 PM, Karen Erger, JD, Vice President and Director of Practice Risk Management with Lockton Companies, will present “How to Mess up Your Professional Liability Insurance Coverage without Really Trying”

5:00 PM, Dr. Andrew Hosmanek, JD; Managing Attorney HawkeyeLaw, PLC; Adjunct Assistant Professor Henry B. Tippie College of Business University of Iowa, will present “Punishment in Practice”.

– 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.

– Last Chance Seminar 2 hr CLE on 12/10 @ Dublin City Pub

The Linn County Bar Association’s 6th Annual Last Chance Seminar will be held Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. at Dublin City Pub, 415 1st Street SE, in Cedar Rapids.  This CLE will net LCBA members 2 state CLE hours, consisting of 2 hours of ETHICS credit.

From 4 – 5 p.m.: Scammer Claus is Coming to Town:  Lawyer and ethics/risk management columnist Karen Erger (Vice President and Director of Practice Risk Management with Lockton Companies) will present some (literally) incredible email and Internet scams that have taken in unsuspecting lawyers – and that may be coming soon to a computer near you. She will review some practical steps you can take to protect yourself and your law firm from these fraudulent schemes and to comply with your ethical obligations to your clients.

From 5 – 6 p.m.: David Roth, the Grinch who stole Christmas:  Greg Lederer (Lederer Weston Craig, PLC), who represents Gallagher, Langlas & Gallagher PLC, will report on the status of the Roth/GLG matter, discuss its impact on your practice, and offer some lessons on how to protect yourself and/or your law firm.

Light appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

All dues-paid LCBA members may attend this 2 hour CLE free of charge.   Non-members may attend for a fee of $20 and may pay at the door.  (If you would like to confirm that you are current with your dues, please contact Leigh Van Dee at lvandee@lwclawyers.com.)

RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend.  If you are planning to attend, please respond to the RSVP request emailed by Rebekah Isbell.

– Iowa Criminal Justice Summit in Cedar Falls on Oct. 1: 6.5 hrs of free CLE!

The Iowa Criminal Justice Summit 2015, hosted in partnership with the University of Northern Iowa, will be held Thursday, October 1 in Cedar Falls.

The event has been approved for 6.5 hours of state CLE.  There is no charge for this event.

See this link for information.

– Free 1 hr Criminal Law CLE 9/29 @ U of I

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will host a panel discussion on representation for indigent defendants in Iowa at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, at the Old Capitol in Iowa City. Panelists include State Rep. Mary Wolfe (D) from Clinton, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee; Steve Drahozal, Assistant Dubuque Public Defender and chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section Council; Prof. Celesta Albonetti, UI Department of Sociology; and Dr. Brian Farrell, UI College of Law and President of the Innocence Project of Iowa. Event details are available here. The event precedes an October 4 talk by attorney and Just Mercy author Bryan Stevenson.