– 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.

– LCBA Summer Outing: Thurs., July 16

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 16.  The Outing includes a 3.25 hour CLE at the Cedar Rapids Public Library (downtown branch); a boxed 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.

The CLE agenda can be viewed here.

Check your email for your invitation and details if you have not yet RSVP’ed!




– Summary of CLE offered by LCBA in 2014

2014 LCBA CLE Information


State 8.75

Ethics 2.75

Federal 2.5

175984 February Bar Meeting- Les Garner (GCRF)          02/20/2014
    CLE Hours Approved: 0.5     Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0


136069 March Bar Meeting- Guy Cook and David Brown 03/20/2014
    CLE Hours Approved: 0.5     Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0 
175985 April Bar Meeting- Amy Reasner (Dept. of Transp.) 04/17/2014
    CLE Hours Approved: 0.5     Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0 
175990 June Bar Meeting- Rob Hogg (Legislative update) 06/12/2014
    CLE Hours Approved: 0.5     Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0


  144869 Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing CLE 07/10/2014
    CLE Hours Approved: 3.25     Ethics Hours Approved: 1.75

* 2 hours were approved for Federal credit


160504 September 2014 Bar Meeting (Sue Pence – Probate)           09/18/2014
    CLE Hours Approved: 0.5     Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0 
176210 October Bar Meeting- Joe Feller 10/16/2014
    CLE Hours Approved: 0.5     Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0


166969 November 2014 (Judge Linda Reade) Linn County Bar Association meeting 11/20/2014
    CLE Hours Approved: 0.5     Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0

* .5 hours were approved for Federal credit


172809 Last Chance Seminar 12/11/2014
    CLE Hours Approved: 2.0     Ethics Hours Approved: 1.0




– Next Bar Meeting 2/19 w/ speaker Cty Atty Vander Sanden

The next Linn County Bar Association meeting will be held Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art across from Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids. The speaker will be Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden, who will discuss grand jury use and practice in Iowa.  The presentation has been approved for .5 hours state CLE, activity number 177451.

Lunch is $10.

RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend. If you are planning to attend, please respond to the email RSVP request by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. If your plans subsequently change, and you are no longer able to attend, please contact risbell@lynchdallas.com or by calling 365-9101, ext. 119.

If you have recently changed your e-mail address, or you know of an LCBA member whose e-mail address has changed, please notify me so that we may keep our e-mail list as accurate as possible.

REMEMBER: your RSVP’s are very important! Thank you so much for your assistance in helping to provide an accurate attendance count for the caterers.

– Bench-Bar Event Jan. 22

The 2015 Bench-Bar Event will be held Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Carnegie Library (main level).

This year’s Bench-Bar Event will recognize Hon. Nancy Baumgartner and Hon. Marsha Beckelman on their retirement, honor our 50 year members and include a presentation of the 2015 LCBA Citizenship Award.  During the first half hour of the event, a free .5 hour CLE will be presented by the Iowa Insurance Division on the Affordable Care Act Individual Marketplace.  This CLE has been approved for a .5 hour credit, Activity 173109.

Toasting and tributes for our honorees will take place immediately following the CLE, with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music.

Watch for the LCBA’s RSVP request in mid-January.