– 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.

– Last Chance Seminar 2 hr CLE on 12/11 @ Dublin City Pub

All dues-paid Linn County Bar Association members are invited to attend the LCBA’s 5th Annual LAST CHANCE SEMINAR on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. at  DUBLIN CITY PUB, 415 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids.

This FREE CLE will net LCBA members two (2) state CLE hours, including 1 hour of ETHICS credit.  The LCBA will be providing appetizers to help make this an enjoyable and pain-free CLE event.   Non LCBA members may also attend the CLE for a $20 fee.  The fee may be paid at the door.

The CLE program is as follows:

4-5p.m. NEW CIVIL PROCEDURE RULES.  Greg Lederer and Hon. Sean McPartland, who sat on the Supreme Court’s Civil Justice Reform Task Force, will speak on new amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure taking effect January 1.  These include the expedited civil track and significant changes in the discovery rules for all civil cases.

5-6 p.m.  ETHICS!  We welcome back Karen Erger, Director of Practice Risk Management at Lockton Companies, who will deliver a presentation,The Butler Didn’t Do It – All-Too-True Tales of Law Firm Embezzlement.”  Karen will review recent law firm embezzlement cases and their aftermath, and discuss factors that can paint a target on your firm’s proverbial back, internal controls that can help prevent theft and fraud, and symptoms that may indicate that your firm is the victim of employee fraud or embezzlement.

An RSVP request will be emailed to LCBA members.  Please RSVP when you receive the request.


Summer Outing July 10 – CLE @ Federal Courthouse, Supper @ Hunter’s Ridge

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 10, 2014, for the annual Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing. There will be a bike ride, kayaking, a golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Club with a shotgun start, followed by a social hour and a catered BBQ dinner afterwards.   In the morning there will be a FREE 3.25 hour CLE seminar from 8-11.30, including ethics credits, at the Federal Courthouse.

By now, you should have received via email all the details and a registration link for your RSVP. If you did not please contact Stephanie Hinz at shinz@pbalawfirm.com.

A big thanks to LCBA members Phil Hershner, Dick Pilcher and Joe Conway in the U.S. Bank Trust Department for a $500.00 donation towards the summer outing budget.

Please note, to attend the Summer Outing CLE and afternoon and evening festivities, your 2013-2014 LCBA dues must be paid!

Questions or comments, call Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.

CLE approved for March bar meeting

The March bar meeting has been approved for CLE credit. Details below.


This activity has been approved for credit .

Activity Information

Program Name:

March Bar Meeting- Guy Cook and David Brown



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Cedar Rapids

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Total CLE Hours Approved:

0.5 (includes ethics hours)

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Free 5 Hour CLE in Cedar Falls 4/18/14 – Act Fast – Only Space for 40!

The Iowa Judicial Branch is sponsoring a free 5 hour CLE on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Hawkeye Community College in Cedar Falls.  Click here for an agenda and more information, including how to register.  If you want to register, act FAST — space is limited to only 40 registrants!

Free 2 hr CLE @ Last Chance Seminar December 12

The LCBA’s 4th Annual Last Chance Seminar will be held Thursday, December 12 from 4-6 p.m. at Dublin City Pub in Cedar Rapids.  The CLE will feature speakers Tre Critelli on ethics (1 hour) and Dean Spina on the Affordable Health Care Act (1 hour).   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.

Watch for the email RSVP request from the LCBA Attendance Committee.

LCBA CLE Credit Summary 2012

Please find below a list of the approved state and federal CLE credits for activities presented by the Linn County Bar Association in 2012, including monthly bar meetings, the Summer Outing CLE, and the Last Chance Seminar.


Below is a summary of CLE credits for Family Law Committee events in 2012:

  • 2/2/12: Statewide Dispute Resolution Program and Civil Justice System Review and Charges, 0.75 hours, Activity No. 87452
  • 3/1/12: New visitation neutral exchange program/Supervised Visitation, 0.75 hours, Activity No. 88737
  • 4/5/12: Valuations of Professional Corp., 1.0 hours, Activity No. 89519
  • 5/3/12: Clerk of Court Procedures and New Court Costs, 0.5 hours, Activity No. 91703
  • 6/7/12: Legislative Update from Rep. Tyler Olsen, 0.5 hours, Activity No. 91704
  • 9/6/12: Custody Evaluation and Children Services, 0.5 hours, Activity No. 95164
  • 10/4/12: Settlement Conference, 0.75 hours, Activity No. 98895
  • 11/1/12: Post 2nd Education Subsidy, 0.75 hours, Activity No. 98722
  • 12/6/12: Appeal Court Rulings, 0.5 hours, Activity No. 99882


Below is a summary of CLE credits for all other LCBA events in 2012:

  • 2/16/12: February, 2012 Bar Meeting- Attorney General Tom Miller, 0.5 hours, Activity No. 101863
  • 6/14/12: LCBA June 2012 Bar Meeting – Legislative Update, 0.5  hours, Activity No. 92123
  • 7/12/12: Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing CLE,             3.25  hours (1.25 ethics), Activity No. 90245;  ALSO approved for 1.75 hours FEDERAL CLE
  • 9/20/12:  September 2012 Bar Meeting: Speaker Jim Kringlen on Iowa Legal Aid case law, 0.5 hours, Activity No. 92556
  • 10/18/12:  October 2012 Bar Meeting — Hon. Thad Collins, 0.5 hours, Activity No. 96431
  • 12/04/12: Last Chance Seminar, 1.0 hours (1.0 ethics),  Activity No. 1101843

Iowa Insurance Division Invites Attorneys to a Health Care Summit, Including Free CLE

The Consumer Assistance Program of the Iowa Insurance Division is hosting a Health Care Summit on May 3, 2012 at the Botanical Center in Des Moines. Legal professionals are invited and encouraged to attend. The event includes 1 hour CLE credit for the ACA Implementation Panel portion.

The goal of the summit is to provide information to consumer advocacy organizations, social workers, providers, and health care professionals about Iowa’s progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act and current health care resources available in Iowa communities.

Please see the informational flyer, which includes RSVP information. Those who register in advance for this free event will also receive a flash drive containing all of the resources discussed during the summit.

LCBA CLE Credit Summary 2011

Please find below a list of the approved state and federal CLE credits for activities presented by the Linn County Bar Association in 2011, including monthly bar meetings, the Summer Outing CLE, and the Last Chance Seminar.

Please note this list does NOT include CLE credits for activities presented by the LCBA Family Law Committee.  The Family Law Committee, in the near future, will be issuing a list of activities for which CLE credits were approved.

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