November Meeting, Justice Susan Christensen

Justice Susan Christensen

The November Meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park.  Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.   This month’s speakers will be Iowa Supreme Court Justice Susan Christensen, who will be speaking on the pro se family law forms committee/lawyer volunteerism/access to justice.  Continue reading “November Meeting, Justice Susan Christensen”

2018 Corporate Counsel Institute at Double Tree by Hilton

The following is an ISBA CLE opportunity.

2018 Corporate Counsel Institute (In-person or Live Webinar)
Nov. 8
In-person (Double Tree by Hilton Hotel) or Live Webinar
350 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52401

Please join us for the annual ISBA Corporate Counsel Institute (ICCI) sponsored by the ISBA Corporate Counsel Section. The ICCI seeks to provide a meaningful opportunity for new and experienced attorneys to interact with in-house counsel, corporate counsel and outside practitioners all while attending excellent continuing legal education programs. Continue reading “2018 Corporate Counsel Institute at Double Tree by Hilton”

October Meeting

The October Meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, October 18, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park.  Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.   This month’s speakers will include Darrel Morf and Paul Morf, co-Chairs of this year’s United Way of East Central Iowa campaign, with a UWECI staff person also attending. A short campaign video will be screened. Jim Kringlen of Iowa Legal Aid and Jenny Schulz of Kids First Law Center (both of whose organizations receive funding from the United Way) will each speak briefly about one of their new projects.

Kristeena’s is catering lunch and will be serving: fish tacos, chicken fajitas, Spanish mac and cheese, fruit and veggies, jalapeno cornbread, and turtle brownies for dessert.  Lemonade and water will be provided for beverages.

** Lunch is ordered as a courtesy for those who want to have lunch during the meeting.  Members are not required to order lunch.  There is no charge to attend the meeting if you do not order lunch.**

If you plan to attend, please answer the questions below. RSVPs are due 2 p.m. October 17.  (No need to answer the questions if you are not attending the meeting.)


6th Annual Corporate Counsel Forum

The following is a message from the ACC, Iowa Chapter.

Please join the ACC, Iowa Chapter, for the 6th Annual Corporate Counsel Forum on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Sponsored by:  The Association of Corporate Counsel, Iowa Chapter

Program Location:  Drake University Law School, Cartwright Hall, Des Moines


  • Navigating the Fog of Immigration
  • Figuring-Out How to Trump the Environment – Where is Environmental Regulation Headed?
  • The #MeToo Movement and its Implications for Corporate Decision-Making
  • New SEC Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosures & Cybersecurity Enforcement
  • Opportunity Zones & Opportunity Funds under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Tips on How to Effectively Work With and Negotiate with Regulators
  • Bankruptcy Update
  • Do You Really Need a Non-Compete and/or NDA?
  • How to Discipline Employees for Social Media Posts Without Getting Sued
  • New Tax Law – Emphasis on New Code Section for Pass-Through Businesses
  • Labor & Employment Law under Trump:  Where Are We and Where Are We Headed?
  • Standards of Professional Conduct – Civility Under the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Administrative Proceedings to Challenge Patent Protection
  • Data Security Issues and the Coming Wave of Personal Privacy Regulations
  • The Ins and Outs of Comparative Advertising and Other Uses of Another’s Trademark
  • A special lunch presentation on Business Etiquette & Manners

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Iowa federal courts remove federal CLE requirements

This summer the District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa each adopted an amended Local Rule 83 eliminating the requirement of six hours federal CLE biannually to be able to practice in federal court.  Under the amended rule, which is effective immediately, federal CLEs are NO LONGER REQUIRED.  The only requirements for continuing to practice in ND & SD Iowa are now (1) admission and good standing in the Iowa bar, and (2) payment of an annual fee. Continue reading “Iowa federal courts remove federal CLE requirements”

Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference August 15–17, 2018

The judges of the Eighth Circuit courts invite you to join them August 15 – 17, 2018, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa, for the Judicial Conference. This is a full conference for all judges and members of the Bar.

We are very pleased that the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Honorable Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States, will address the conference on Friday, August 17. The agenda features many other distinguished speakers, including Stephen J. Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice in the Obama Administration, Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Vikram Amar, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, and Duke University professor Nita Farahany, an appointee of President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


2018 Announcement

2018 LCBA Summer Outing & CLE

The Linn County Bar Association’s most popular and well-attended event each year.

Free morning CLE with pastries followed by Boxed Lunch for CLE attendees. For the afternoon your choice of (a) Golf; (b) Pontoon Ride; or (c) Biking;

FOLLOWED BY Social Hour and Dinner events all at one premier venue – Elmcrest Country Club.
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Last Chance for Ethics Seminar (12/14/17)

The Last Chance for Ethics Seminar will take place at the Eastbank Venue + Lounge (Smulekoff’s Building) at 97 3rd Ave. SE in downtown Cedar Rapids on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Doors open at 3:30 PM. Eastbank is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 1st St. SE. in Cedar Rapids. The entry will take you directly into the venue.

Topics include succession planning and topical matters of interest with respect to ethics. Our presenters are Trinity M. Braun-Arana, Asst. Director for Boards and Commissions Office of Professional Regulation; and, Justice Bruce Zager of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Per our custom, there will be appetizers and a cash bar. The event is free to Linn County Bar Association members in good standing (paid to date). Guests and non-members are welcome to attend for $20.

Thank Phillip D. Seidl of Seidl & Seidl, P.L.C. for organizing this event.


– 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