THE SCRIPTUM – April 2012

BAR MEETING THURSDAY, APRIL 19

The next regular bar meeting will be Thursday, April 19, 2012, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park.  Jeff Pomeranz, the Cedar Rapids City Manager, will be our speaker.  RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.

If you are planning to attend, please remember to RSVP by  2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.  If your plans subsequently change, and you are no longer able to attend, please e-mail  risbell@lynchdallas.com or call 365-9101, ext. 119.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LCBA KERNELS EVENT

Baseball is in the air! The LCBA Kernels event will be on May 21, 2012 @ noon.  Don’t forget to pay your dues because only members who have paid dues are allowed to attend.  Thanks!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LCBA SUMMER OUTING

Dust off those golf clubs and tune-up that bike because the LCBA Summer Outing will be here before you know it.  Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 12, 2012, for the annual Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing.  There will be a bike ride and a golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Club, followed by a social hour and a catered dinner afterwards.  Plans are underway for a CLE seminar in the morning.  Questions or comments, call Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO PRESENT AREA HIGH SCHOOL CITIZENSHIP AWARDS

LCBA members are needed to present local high school American Citizenship Awards this spring.  The vast majority of these awards are presented during a senior awards night, with one or two presented at the school’s graduation ceremony. The awards are sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association and are presented annually to the students who have best demonstrated a knowledge and understanding of the principles of American citizenship.  We already have received volunteers for some of the metro high schools.  Volunteers are still needed, however, at many area high schools.

Listed below are the schools for which we are seeking volunteers and date/time of the awards ceremonies.  If you are interested in volunteering or need more information, please contact the LCBA Citizenship Committee member listed below:

For North Linn HS (5/9 @ 7 p.m.) or Marion HS (5/8 @ 7:30 p.m.), contact Todd Anderson at 362-2137 or tanderson@elderkinpirnie.com
For Alburnett HS (5/16 @ 6:30 p.m.), Center Point-Urbana HS (5/16 @ 8:30 a.m.), or Springville HS (5/20 @ 2 p.m.), contact Cynthia Scherrman Sueppel at 286-1743 or csueppel@scheldruplaw.com

For Jefferson HS (5/14 @ 7 p.m.), Metro HS (5/17 @ 7 p.m.), or Prairie HS (5/23 @ 7 p.m.), contact Rich Mitvalsky at 364-1535 or rmitvalsky@gsmlawyers.com

For Central City HS (5/16 @ 6 p.m.), contact Stephanie Hinz at 366-3720 or shinz@pbalawfirm.com

TRANSITIONS

If you would like to announce your law firm comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in TRANSITIONS section of the Scriptum.  Submissions should be sent to  webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

Lynch Dallas, P.C., a well established Cedar Rapids, Iowa, law firm seeks an associate attorney with 2-4 years of experience to practice in employment law representing private employers, cities, counties and school districts, as well as insurance defense and general, civil litigation.  Ideal candidate must have strong work ethic and excellent analytical, interpersonal, writing and research skills.  Competitive salary and benefits. Please send cover letter, resume and copy of law school transcript to Amy L. Reasner, Lynch Dallas, P.C., at PO Box 2457 Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 or areasner@lynchdallas.com.

If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here.  Contact webmaster@linncobar.org.  We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptum editions.  If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.

Kirkwood Community College offers online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to jobs@kirkwood.edu.

MEDIATION TRAINING

A 40-Hour Family Mediator Training Course (which includes Basic Mediation Training) will be offered in two separate sessions by Crilley Mediation Services on June 11, 2012 to June 15, 2012; and September 17, 2012 to September 21, 2012.

For Collaborative Training only, Participants can select to attend either June 11th or June 12th to fulfill the Collaborative Mediation Training requirement.  The two days are not the same, but both days give important background and information that would be useful to the Collaborative Process.

Visit www.CrilleyMediation.com for more information and to download the Registration Form for either of these trainings.  This training is Nationally Approved and does qualify the Mediator for Roster Mediation.  If you have any questions, please call Chris Crilley at (319) 363-5606.

PARALEGAL INTERNSHIPS WANTED

Are you interested in helping train and mentor future paralegals?  The Paralegal Program at Kirkwood Community College continues to grow.  Kirkwood paralegal students are required to intern in a legal environment as part of their education.  You can help tomorrow’s paralegals gain valuable experience by agreeing to supervise a paralegal intern.  The internship requires that the student complete 120 hours in a legal setting, and compensation is not required.  If you are interested in mentoring a paralegal intern, please call Greg Clevenger at 398-5576.

COURT SCHEDULES & LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE

Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?  Head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.  You can also see the judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

The website also has contact information for all LCBA members.  You can view the member directory at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html Let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made.   If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via email at webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA and DUES INFORMATION

Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.  Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.   Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.  Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years:  $95

– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:  $125

– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:  $0

– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:  $75

** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.

AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:

http://www.iowacourts.gov/CourtRulesandForms/RecentAmendmentsNewRules/

USURY RATE

In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 4.00% for the month of April. Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.  The usury rate is available at http://www.treasurer.state.ia.us/rates/

RESTAURANT REVIEW

The White Star Ale House located at 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street SE in Cedar Rapids is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene.  I was pleasantly surprised by the decor and the large size of this restaurant.  Upon arrival we were promptly taken to a booth (my preference) that was very comfortable, and presented with a lengthy menu.

The name (Ale House) is very appropriate as they have nearly 100 different types of beer available including 35 on tap.  They also have a nice variety of food on their menu.  I selected the Ale House cheeseburger soup along with some comfort food, Gramma’s pot roast and mashed potatoes.  The soup was good and the roast was excellent.  My wife ordered Charlie’s Favorite, which is a large chicken breast rolled in pistachios, then finished in the oven and topped with fresh fruit and tomato salsa.  It looked good, but I didn’t get a chance to taste it as she ate the whole thing.

The staff was friendly and very helpful, but the service was average.  However, we will go back again as I really want to try the lobster sherry bisque, the meatloaf, the Iowa pork chop, the four cheese pasta or maybe all of them. As I said, this is a welcome addition to the restaurant  scene and in particular to the downtown area.

Gene the Critic – Food Division

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITIGATORS by JOHN GRISHAM

I have read nearly every book written by John Grisham.  I enjoy them primarily because they are written about lawyers, trials and various other legal matters.  And being a lawyer himself, Grisham has a unique understanding of the various facets of the law that he has covered in his novels. I vividly remember his first novel (at least the first one that I read), The Firm. I could hardly put it down.  It was intriguing, exciting and had a terrific plot. I finished it in one day.  He had me hooked.

As we were vacationing this winter, my wife found his newest novel, “The Litigators,” on IBooks  and she downloaded it on my IPad.  Before starting this read I was a little bit skeptical as I was sure he had to be running out of ideas.  So with little expectations, I began to read “The Litigators.”  Sure enough, it was 1 a.m. before I looked at the clock.  He had me hooked again.  Although I fell asleep shortly thereafter, I finished it the next morning.

This is a typical John Grisham book.  After the first five or six chapters I thought I knew how it was going to end, and except for a few twists I was correct. However, it did not diminish his storytelling ability, as I wanted it to read it to the very end.  His descriptions are clear and precise.  In the first part of this book he describes a young lawyer who has exhausted himself as a result of working endless hours for this large law firm in Chicago.  This young lawyer ends up in a not so trendy Chicago bar for the better part of a day.  His description of the bar and the events taking place therein were excellent.  It made me feel like I was sitting on the bar stool next to this young lawyer.

The plot includes the handling of class action lawsuits, relationships that occur in small firms and the ethical and sometimes unethical conduct of lawyers.  One of the things that intrigued me was the ability of lawyers to prepare for trial, including the finding and preparation of expert witnesses in a very short period of time.  If I gave any more details I would ruin the story for anyone who wants to read the book.  The best grade I can give it is a B+.  But remember that is a law school grade.  Enjoy the “The Litigators.”

Gene the Critic – Book Division

January 2012 Scriptum

Vol. 33.5 , No. 1       THE SCRIPTUM January 13, 2012

2012 BENCH-BAR GATHERING WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

Please join the Linn County Bar Association at its 2012 Bench-Bar Event on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from4:30-7 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Carnegie Library (main level).  At this year’s Bench-Bar Event, the LCBA will be honoring its 50-year members, as well as Linn County Clerk of Court Sharon Modracek, who is retiring.

A reception catered by Winifred’s will follow.  Enjoy a drink or two and hors d’oeuvres, as well as live music by Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas.

Please plan to attend this important and fun event!  This event is free of charge to LCBA members and guests of the honorees.

NEXT REGULAR BAR MEETING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16

The next regular bar meeting will be Thursday, February 16, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m.  at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park .  Be sure to mark your calendars for this meeting because Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, will be our speaker.  

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LCBA KERNELS EVENT

The LCBA Kernels event will be on May 21, 2012 @ noon.  This is a friendly reminder that only members who have paid dues are allowed to attend.  Thanks!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LCBA SUMMER OUTING

Got the winter blues?  It’s not too early to start thinking about golf and bike rides.  Please mark your calendars forThursday, July 12, 2012, for the annual Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing.  There will be a bike ride and a golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Club, followed by a social hour and a catered dinner afterwards.  Plans are underway for a CLE seminar in the morning.  Questions or comments, call Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.

CLE CREDITS FOR ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY THE LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION IN 2011

Date Title Approved State CLE Approved

State Ethics

Activity No.
2/17/11 ISBA Legislative Agenda Update .50 84449
4/21/11 Federal District Court Update

(approved 0.50 hrs. federal)

.50 .50 84450
7/14/11 Summer Outing CLE 3.25 1.00 80930
9/15/11 LCBA September Bar Meeting: Federal Court Update  (approved .50 hrs. federal) .50 .50 84725
11/17/11 Iowa Supreme Court Update .50 84830
12/19/11 LCBA last Chance Seminar 2011 2.00 1.50 85343

CLE CREDITS FOR ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY LCBA’S FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE

Date Title Approved State CLE Approved

State Ethics

Activity No.
2/3/11 Collaborative Law .50 80754
4/7/11 Determining Medical Support in child support Orders .75 81303
5/5/11 Preparing Clients for Effective Mediation .75 80753
6/2/11 Recent Disciplinary Cases Involving Family Law .50 .50 79952
9/1/11 Family Law Ethics – Recent Issues .75 .75 85468
10/6/11 Judges Panel .75 85467
11/3/11 Facebook, Twitter & YouTube, Oh My(Space) .75 85466
12/1/11 Medical and Mental Health Records .75 85469

LINN LAW CLUB THANK YOU FOR HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE

With your support the Linn Law Club concluded its Tenth Annual Holiday Gift Drive with the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program.  Donations this year totaled $6,760.  Through your generous help, the club was able to purchase Christmas gifts and food for eight local families, totaling 40 individuals.

A special thank you also goes to Bradley & Riley, P.C. for opening its offices to the Linn Law Club for volunteers to wrap gifts.

Thank you again!

NEW DISSOLUTION REPORT FORM

On December 22, 2011, the Iowa Department of Public Health issued a Notice of Revision to Report of Dissolution of Marriage or Annulment.  The revised Report of Dissolution of Marriage or Annulment form is effective with divorces or annulments granted on and after January 1, 2012.  Further information on the revised form can be found on the Linn County Bar Association website.

ATTORNEY JUDGES NEEDED FOR FEBRUARY 4 & 5 MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT

The Cornell College mock trial program will be hosting an undergraduate regional mock trial competition at theKirkwood Center at Kirkwood Community College on February 4 and 5, 2012.  This regional tournament is the first step for undergraduate mock trial teams to advance toward the National Championship Tournament held in St. Paul,Minnesota in April.  More than 200 competitors from 20 schools will be traveling to Cedar Rapids for the weekend.  Cornell needs your help to judge this tournament.  The rounds will begin at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, and at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 5.  No prior mock trial judging experience is needed and a short orientation meeting will precede each round.  Breakfast and/or lunch will be provided as a small token of thanks to all who volunteer their time.  If you are interested, please contact Abbe Stensland,astensland@simmonsperrine.com, or 896-4020, to sign up and for additional details.  Thanks in advance for helping Cornell host a first-rate tournament here in Cedar Rapids.

ATTORNEY JUDGES NEEDED FOR MARCH 9 HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL REGIONALS

Attorney Judges are needed for the High School Regional Mock Trial Competition on Friday, March 9, at CoeCollege.  There are 3 rounds (9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m.) in the regional competition, and attorneys may volunteer to judge as many or as few rounds as they wish.  No trial experience or mock trial experience is necessary to serve as a mock trial judge.  To volunteer as a judge or for questions, please contact Tim Semelroth at 365-9200 ortsemelroth@riccololaw.com

NEW SCRIPTUM EDITOR FOUND!

Natalie Ditmars of Bradley & Riley is stepping in as the new editor of The Scriptum!  If you have information you would like posted in The Scriptum you can email Natalie directly at nditmars@bradleyriley.com or atwebmaster@linncobar.org.

A special thanks goes out to Stephanie Hinz for her many years of service as editor of The Scriptum.

TRANSITIONS

Scott Manchester is opening his own office effective January 1, 2012.  Manchester Law Office, PLLC will be located at Business Exchange Center, 305 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.  His phone is 319-730-7712 and email isSBM@ManchesterLawOffice.com.  The firm’s website is www.manchesterlawoffice.com. Scott was formerly with Allen, Vernon & Hoskins.

Rush & Nicholson, PLC has moved its office effective December 20, 2011.  The new location is in the AmericanBuilding, with a street address of 101- 2nd St. SE, Ste. 100, Cedar Rapids.  However, the mailing address and telephone numbers remain the same:  P.O. Box 637, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0637; Phone:  (319)363-5209; Fax:   (319) 363-6664.  Also, all email addresses will remain the same.

If you would like to announce your law firm  comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in TRANSITIONS section of the Scriptum.  Submissions should be sent to  webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT AD OPPORTUNITIES

If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here.  Contact webmaster@linncobar.org.  We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptum editions.  If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.

As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar.  The organization will email the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community.  If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or manderson@Aegonusa.com.

Kirkwood Community College offers an online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to jobs@kirkwood.edu.

PARALEGAL INTERNSHIPS WANTED

Are you interested in helping train and mentor future paralegals?  The Paralegal Program at Kirkwood Community College continues to grow.  Kirkwood paralegal students are required to intern in a legal environment as part of their education.  You can help tomorrow’s paralegals gain valuable experience by agreeing to supervise a paralegal intern. The internship requires that the student complete 120 hours in a legal setting, and compensation is not required.  If you are interested in mentoring a paralegal intern, please call Greg Clevenger at 398-5576.

IOWA LEGAL AID SEEKS COMMENT ON 2012 PRIVATE ATTORNEY INVOLVEMENT PLAN

Each year, Legal Services Corporation-funded programs review their plan for involving other attorneys in the delivery of legal services to low-income people.  The plan is then provided to the bar leadership throughout the state for comment.  A summary of Iowa Legal Aid’s proposed Private Attorney Involvement Plan for 2012 can be viewed athttp://www.probono.net/iowa/library/attachment.207270.  The 2012 plan makes only minor modifications in the plan that has been used since Volunteer Lawyers Project activities were initiated in 1982.  Legal Services seeks immediate comment on its plan.  To comment, please contact Dennis Groenenboom at Iowa Legal Aid atdgroenenboom@iowalaw.org or at 515-243-2980, extension 1620.

LINN COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS

Linn County Crime Stoppers, a non-profit entity, seeks an attorney to sit on its Board of Directors.  Crime Stoppers provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community.  Crime Stoppers is comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives. The Crime Stoppers Program began in 1982 from the efforts of  the City of Cedar Rapids Commissionand  Police Department.  The Program now operates as an independent organization. The concept has developed into a combination of efforts by local media, businesses, civic and social clubs, law enforcement agencies, and the public. Donations of airtime, newspaper space, and reward monies have established Crime Stoppers as an effective tool to fight crime in the area.  If interested, please contact Linn County Crime Stoppers’ President-Elect Roy Nowers at 350-4042, or via email at roynowers@aol.com.

COURT SCHEDULES & LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE

Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court,Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?  Head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.  You can also see the judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

The website also has contact information for all LCBA members.  You can view the member directory atwww.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html Let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made.   If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via email atwebmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA and DUES INFORMATION

Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.  Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.   Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.  Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years:  $95

– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:  $125

– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:  $0

– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:  $75

** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.

AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:

http://www.iowacourts.gov/CourtRulesandForms/RecentAmendmentsNewRules/

USURY RATE

In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 4.00% for the month of January. Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.  The usury rate is available athttp://www.treasurer.state.ia.us/rates/

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Our regular reviewer is on vacation this month, though we are happy to include reviews from other members too!  Do you know of a restaurant you want to recommend to other LCBA members?  Let us know and we will include your review in an upcoming edition of The Scriptum.

BOOK REVIEW

“Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin” by Hampton Sides is an excellent book to refresh your memory or learn something new about an event that forever changed our country—the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  This non-fiction account of the days leading up to and following King’s assassination is compelling in the manner of many fiction books.

Sides takes the reader along as James Earl Ray (King’s assassin) escapes from a Missouri prison by hiding in a bread box and proceeds to travel throughout the country and Mexico spending time in brothels and low cost motels.  Ray tries to break into the pornography industry (albeit unsuccessfully) at one point and spends a significant amount of time in Mexico taking on various roles.  At some point, Ray sets his sights on King.  Sides painstakingly walks through the hours leading to the assassination and the assassination itself.  Then we follow the authorities as they piece together what happened and track down Ray.

What Sides failed to delve into was how Ray’s obsession and hatred for King came to be.  We also never learn how Ray managed to fund his exploits.  Some of these details would have been useful as the book progressed.

At times while reading Hellhound, it is difficult to tell how much of the story is 100% factual and how much is Sides padding the tale. Regardless, I walked away with a wealth of knowledge regarding King’s assassination and the elusive James Earl Ray.  With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, this is the perfect time to pick up “Hellhound on His Trail.”

Happy reading!

If you have a book you would recommend to other LCBA members, let me know and we’ll include your review in an upcoming edition of The Scriptum.

APRIL SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 6

NEXT BAR MEETING THURSDAY, APRIL 21

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be Thursday, April 21, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m.  at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park  The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.  The speaker will be the Honorable Judge John Jarvey, district court judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

Lunch will be catered by Kristeena’s.  The cost is $7.  RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.   Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members an RSVP-request the week before the meeting.  Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

LINN LAW CLUB “LUNCH WITH THE BENCH” APRIL 12

The next get-together of the Linn Law Club will be a “Lunch with the Bench” on April 12, with guest Hon. Stephen Jackson, Jr.  The location is Mr. Beans.  Watch for the email from the Law Club with more information or contact Lou Ebinger at Louis_Ebinger@ianb.uscourts.gov .

LCBA MAY MEETING AT THE BALLPARK THURSDAY, MAY 19
SPECIAL GUESTS: THE
IOWA SUPREME COURT

The LCBA’s “May Meeting” will be held Thursday, May 19, 2011 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, where members will enjoy a lunch of ballpark fare and then a 12:05 Cedar Rapids Kernels game.  As a special treat this year, the Iowa Supreme Court will be joining the LCBA for lunch and the ballgame.

We have reserved the Pavilion area at the ball park for the Court and the LCBA.  Lunch is $7.  Complimentary tickets to the game will be provided to all dues-paid LCBA members who RSVP for the game.

Later that evening, the Iowa Supreme Court will be holding oral arguments in Cedar Rapids at Prairie High School, with a reception co-sponsored by the LCBA and Johnson County Bar Association to  immediately follow.  Arguments start at 7 pm.  See this link for more information: http://www.iowacourts.gov/news_service/news_releases/NewsItem457/index.asp

A RSVP request will be sent to LCBA members in the near future regarding the lunch and ballgame.  Plan on attending for good food, good conversation and great baseball with the Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Iowa Supreme Court!

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO PRESENT AREA HIGH SCHOOL CITIZENSHIP AWARDS

LCBA members are needed to present local high school American Citizenship Awards at high school graduation and award ceremonies this spring.  The awards are sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association and are presented annually to the students who have best demonstrated a knowledge and understanding of the principles of American citizenship.  We already have received volunteers for many of the metro high schools.  Volunteers are still needed, however, for Jefferson and Marion High Schools.  Please contact Bill Nicholson at wnich@rushnicholson.com or (319) 363-5209 for more information or to volunteer.

JUNE ANNUAL MEETING – THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011


The Annual Meeting, at which elections are held for officers and delegates to the LCBA Board of Governors, will be held Thursday, June 16 from 12-1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  NOTE: Earlier editions of the Scriptum listed the LCBA Annual Meeting date as being the fourth Thursday in June (June 23) in order to avoid a potential conflict with the Iowa State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.  The conflict has now been avoided, since the ISBA’s Meeting is June 22-24.  The LCBA can therefore hold its June meeting on its regular date, the third Thursday of the month, which for June is the 16th.

2011 SUMMER OUTING – SAVE THE DATE THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 14, 2011, for the annual Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing.  There will be a bike ride, a golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Club with a shotgun start, followed by a social hour and a catered dinner afterwards.  Plans are underway for a 3.5 hour CLE seminar in the morning, location TBA.
A big thanks to LCBA members Phil Hershner, Dick Pilcher and Kristen Wilcox in the U.S. Bank Trust Department for a $500.00 donation towards the summer outing budget. Also, thanks to Samantha Lindeman and Sara Shewry from The Retreat Massage and Spa for pre-round and post-round complimentary massages which will be available at Hunters Ridge.

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

EASTERN IOWA PLANNED GIVING COUNCIL CLE APRIL 20

Need to get out of the office for a day? It is nearly Spring, after all!  April 20 is a full day of planned giving programming, brought to you by the Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council. A jam-packed, 3-topic session in the morning in Cedar Rapids and an afternoon session in Iowa City, with time for lunch in between.  (Think Ped Mall!)  All presentations are by Johni Hays, JD, Sr. Gift Planning Consultant, The Stetler Company.  The morning session is $30 for members; $50 for non-members.  Reservations required to nroth@coe.edu by noon on Monday, April 18.  Approval for at least 3 CLE hours is expected. Afternoon session is free; but reservations are requested.  Call Mercy On Call 800 358-2767.

The morning session will be held from 8:30-noon at Hills Bank & Trust Company, 3905 Blairs Ferry Road, NE, Cedar Rapids.  Topics include:  Planning Strategies for Tax Heavy Assets; Ethical Dilemmas Commonly Occurring in Charitable Gift Planning: How to Keep Donors (and Us!) Out of Hot Water; and Charitable Gift Annuities (CGAs): Moving Beyond the Basics and Into the Fun Stuff

The afternoon session will be held  from 2-4 pm at Mercy Iowa City Medical Plaza, McAuley Room/Lower Level , 540 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City.  The topic is The 7 Secrets to Enhancing and Protecting Your Wealth.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING MAY 11; TOUR THE NEW FEDERAL COURTHOUSE

The Historical Society for the Northern District of Iowa will meet at noon on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the office of the United States Attorney, located in the Hach Building, 401 1st Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA.

All members of the bar are invited to attend.  After the business meeting, a tour of the new federal courthouse (currently 55% complete) will be provided for those attorneys interested.  The tour will start at 1:00 pm and should last about one hour.  GSA will provide all the personal protective equipment (vests, hardhats, etc.) with the exception of boots/shoes.  For the tour please wear closed-toe shoes, leather at minimum.  Boots will help with the dirt/mud on site, as well as adding more protection.  No sneakers/tennis shoes or heels.

A telephone conference line will be set up for those who cannot attend the meeting in person.  To attend the meeting and tour, or for more information, contact Len Strand at Lstrand@simmonsperrine.com or Rich Murphy at Rich.Murphy@usdoj.gov.

KIDS FIRST 6TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

Save the date for Kids First’s 6th annual cocktail party fundraiser on Monday, May 16, 2011, from 5:007:00 pm at Zins!  Once again, there will be many great auction items to bid on.  Entry is free and your first drink is on us, thanks to the generosity of this year’s sponsors: Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman, Bankers Trust, and Gray, Stefani & Mitvalsky.  Everyone is welcome!

PARALEGAL INTERNSHIPS WANTED

Are you interested in helping train and mentor future paralegals?  The Paralegal Program at Kirkwood Community College continues to grow.  Kirkwood paralegal students are required to intern in a legal environment as part of their education.  You can help tomorrow’s paralegals gain valuable experience by agreeing to supervise a paralegal intern.  The internship requires that the student complete 120 hours in a legal setting, and compensation is not required.  If you are interested in mentoring a paralegal intern, please call Greg Clevenger at 398-5576.

DUES REMINDER

Final annual dues reminder invoices for 2010-2011 were sent to members in January. Please pay your dues if you haven’t already!  Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.  Please remember, dues payment is required for attendance at LCBA events, including the May lunch and ballgame with the Iowa Supreme Court and the July Summer Outing.

AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:  http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/


TRANSITIONS*

None this month!

*TRANSITIONS is a NEW section of the Scriptum!  If you would like to announce your law firm  comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in the Scriptum.  Submissions should be sent to webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

A 40 Hour Mediation Training Course (which includes Basic Mediation Training) will be offered by Crilley Mediation Services on June 13-17, 2011 and September 17-23, 2011.   Please visit our website at www.CrilleyMediation.com and click on “Training and Seminars” link for more information and to download the Registration Form.  This training is Nationally Approved and does qualify the Mediator for Roster Mediation.  If you have any questions, please call Chris Crilley at (319) 363-5606.
If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here. Contact webmaster@linncobar.org.  We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptums.  If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.

HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES


As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar.  The organization will e-mail the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community.  If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or manderson@Aegonusa.com

Kirkwood Community College offers an online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to jobs@kirkwood.edu.

COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE

Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?  Just head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.  This section of the website also has links to judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!

Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website  at www.linncobar.org? However, some of the contact information listed on the website is out of date! Please take a minute to view the information listed for your name at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html and let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made.   If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P. O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via e-mail at webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA  and DUES INFORMATION

Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.  Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.   Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.  Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

–          Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years: $95
– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:  $125
– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:  $0
– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:  $75

Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.
** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.

LCBA CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, May 19, 2011 (11:30 lunch, 12:05 Kernels game)
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Summer Outing: Thursday, July 14, 2011

USURY RATE

In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 5.50% for the month of April.  Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.  The usury rate is available at http://www.treasurer.state.ia.us/rates/

RESTAURANT REVIEWS


As a fun, new service to our members, we are publishing monthly restaurant reviews written by our very own members.  Enjoy this month’s review!

This month we feature Al’s Blue Toad restaurant at 86 16th Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids ( in Czech Town).  The Blue Toad is located in the building that housed Zindrich’s.   Zindrich’s was one of my favorite places to eat traditional Czech food like pork, sauerkraut, red cabbage, dumplings, gravy and rye bread and also enjoy a glass of beer from the Czech Republic. I was hoping for more of the same at the Blue Toad.

Much to my surprise, the interior of the restaurant was totally changed from a traditional Czech restaurant to a “sports bar and grill” with several TV’s hanging from the ceiling and several beer advertising signs on the windows and walls.  The menu was totally different in that there were only seven or eight items that were somewhat traditional czech food items.  The menu included many traditional American favorites including sandwiches, fries, coleslaw and even a cobb salad or taco salad.

After some hesitation I chose the Czech burger which included fries and coleslaw.  The service was fast and the Czech burger was excellent.  The Czech burger was a grilled hamburger patty with Swiss cheese and Bavarian sauerkraut served on grilled marble rye bread.  It was tasty and served at just the right temperature.  The waiter was exceptional.  He was friendly, knowledgeable, attentive and properly attired.  He made the meal a more enjoyable experience.

Although the food and service was excellent, I was disappointed that the atmosphere and menu were not more traditionally Czech.  Maybe I was expecting too much!

Gene the Critic

MARCH SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 5

NEXT BAR MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 15

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be Tuesday, March 15, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m.  at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park  The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.  The speaker will be Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett.

Lunch will be catered by Kristeena’s.  The cost is $7.  RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.   Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request the week before the meeting.  Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011.

ATTORNEY JUDGES STILL NEEDED FOR MARCH 10 HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL REGIONALS

Attorney Judges are still needed for the High School Regional Mock Trial Competition on Thursday, March 10 at Coe College.  There are 3 rounds (9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m.) in the regional competition, and attorneys may volunteer to judge as many or as few rounds as they wish.  No trial experience or mock trial experience is necessary to serve as a mock trial judge.  To volunteer as a judge or for questions, please contact Debbie Neumeyer  at debbie@simplyperfectprinting.com or via phone at 319-310-4025.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING MARCH 16

The Historical Society for the Northern District of Iowa will meet at noon on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the office of the United States Attorney, located in the Hach Building, 401 1st Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA. All members of the bar are invited to attend.

A telephone conference line will be set up for those who cannot attend in person. The telephone number will be  319-286-2369, conference ID 1128 #.

More information can be obtained from: Len Strand [Lstrand@simmonsperrine.com] or Rich Murphy [Rich.Murphy@usdoj.gov].

MAKE A DIFFERENCE WEEKEND APRIL 1-3

The Philanthropy Council of the University of Iowa College of Law will hold its first annual Make a Difference weekend April 1-3. Practitioners are invited to volunteer along with students at a variety of projects throughout the weekend. Among the projects are the Longfellow Elementary School Carnival on Friday evening, the Shelter House Activity Night on Saturday evening, and a Creek Cleanup on Sunday morning. For further information and to sign up, please contact law-clp@uiowa.edu.

LINN LAW CLUB “LUNCH WITH THE BENCH” APRIL 12

The next get-together of the Linn Law Club will be a “Lunch with the Bench”  on April 12, with guest Hon. Stephen Jackson, Jr.  The tentative location is Mr. Beans.  Watch for the email from the Law Club with more information.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO PRESENT AREA HIGH SCHOOL CITIZENSHIP AWARDS

LCBA members are needed to present local high school American Citizenship Awards at high school graduation and award ceremonies this spring.  The awards are sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association and are presented annually to the students who have best demonstrated a knowledge and understanding of the principles of American citizenship.  We already have received volunteers for many of the metro high schools.  Volunteers are still needed, however, for Springville, North Linn, Central City, Alburnett, Center Point-Urbana.  Please contact Bill Nicholson at wnich@rushnicholson.com or (319) 363-5209 for more information or to volunteer.

LCBA APRIL MEETING APRIL 21, JUDGE JARVEY GUEST;

LCBA MAY MEETING AT THE BALLPARK WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

Judge John Jarvey will be the speaker at the LCBA’s April meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 21 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

The LCBA’s “May Meeting” will be held Wednesday, May 25, beginning at noon at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for a Cedar Rapids Kernels game.  We have reserved the Pavilion area at the ball park for our LCBA group. Plan on attending for good food, good conversation and great baseball with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

2011 SUMMER OUTING – SAVE THE DATE

Got the winter blues?  It’s not too early to start thinking about golf and bike rides.  Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 14, 2011, for the annual Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing.  There will be a bike ride, a golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Club with a shotgun start, followed by a social hour and a catered dinner afterwards.  Plans are underway for a CLE seminar in the morning.  Questions or comments, call Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.

PARALEGAL INTERNSHIPS WANTED

Are you interested in helping train and mentor future paralegals?  The Paralegal Program at Kirkwood Community College continues to grow.  Kirkwood paralegal students are required to intern in a legal environment as part of their education.  You can help tomorrow’s paralegals gain valuable experience by agreeing to supervise a paralegal intern.  The internship requires that the student complete 120 hours in a legal setting, and compensation is not required.  If you are interested in mentoring a paralegal intern, please call Greg Clevenger at 398-5576.

DUES REMINDER

Final annual dues reminder invoices for 2010-2011 were sent to members in January. Please pay your dues if you haven’t already!  Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

2010 CLE SUMMARY

The following is a summary of CLE approved for 2010 Linn County Bar Meetings and Conferences.

FEBRUARY 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Criminal Law  by Harold Denton
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69326

MARCH 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Non-Profit Law in the State of Iowa by Andrew Hosmanek
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69241

APRIL 15, 2010 BAR MEETING
Elder Law by Prof. Josephine Gittler
Total state CLE Hours:  .5, Activity No. 69243

JUNE 17, 2010 –ANNUAL MEETING
Legislative Update by Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg and other Lawyer-Legislators

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 73954

JULY 8, 2010 — SUMMER OUTING CLE
Total state CLE Hours:  3.0, Ethics Hours:  1.5, Activity No. 73954

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 BAR MEETING
Sixth Judicial District update by Hon. Patrick Grady and Iowa Supreme Court  update by Hon. David Baker

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

OCTOBER 21, 2010 BAR MEETING
History of Judicial Selection by Hon. Van Zimmer
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

DECEMBER 16, 2010 LAST CHANCE SEMINAR
Probate & Trust Law update by Susan Pence and Ethics presentation by Karen Erger
Total state CLE Hours: 2.0, Ethics Hours: 1.0, Activity No. 75582

AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:  http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/

TRANSITIONS*

Jack C. Paige is now practicing full-time in Iowa City as Jack Paige Law Office, 103 E. College St., Suite 210, P.O. Box 2720, Iowa City, IA 52244-2720. He was with Elderkin & Pirnie, PLC, for 24 years. Legal services at the new office include workers’ compensation mediation. Jack can be reached at 319-351-3005 or by email at jackpaigelaw@gmail.com.  For further information, go to www.jackpaigelaw.com.


Stephen B. Jackson, Sr.
has joined the firm Lynch Dallas, P.C. as a Shareholder.  Mr. Jackson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in 1959 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1964.  He has been in private practice for 47 years. Most recently, he practiced for the last sixteen years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with his son, Stephen B. Jackson, Jr., who was recently appointed district court judge.    Mr. Jackson practices in the areas of family law, estate planning, and corporate law.

David Cmelik has joined the firm of Nidey Wenzel Erdahl Tindal and Fisher, PLC as an Associate. Mr. Cmelik was raised in Marengo, Iowa and graduated from Iowa Valley High School.  He received his B.A. in English from Iowa State University in 1995.  He received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and in 2002 was admitted to practice in Iowa.  Mr. Cmelik’s practice currently includes criminal litigation and general practice.

*TRANSITIONS is a NEW section of the Scriptum!  If you would like to announce your law firm  comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in the Scriptum.  Submissions should be sent to webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

Nyemaster Goode, P.C., is seeking a corporate/transactional attorney with 5+ years of experience for its growing Cedar Rapids office. The ideal candidate would possess outstanding academic credentials and work experience; would have a strong work ethic; and would have developed a base of business.  The successful candidate will be involved in the firm’s corporate/transactional matters, especially with respect to Nyemaster Goode’s clients located or doing business in eastern Iowa.  Please send a cover letter and résumé by postal mail to John T. Clendenin, 700 Walnut Street, Suite 1600, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, by fax to (515) 283-3108 or by email to jtclendenin@nyemaster.com. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Nyemaster Goode is an equal opportunity employer.
If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here. Contact webmaster@linncobar.org.  We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptums.  If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.

HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES


As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar.  The organization will e-mail the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community.  If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or manderson@Aegonusa.com

Kirkwood Community College offers an online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to jobs@kirkwood.edu.

COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE

Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?  Just head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.  This section of the website also has links to judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!

Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website  at www.linncobar.org? However, some of the contact information listed on the website is out of date! Please take a minute to view the information listed for your name at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html and let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made.   If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P. O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via e-mail at webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA  and DUES INFORMATION

Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.  Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.   Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.  Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:
–          Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years: $95
– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:  $125
– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:  $0
– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:  $75

Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.
** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.

LCBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011

Here is a list of dates for Linn County Bar Association meetings and other activities for 2010-2011:

BAR MEETINGS (12-1 p.m. @ Cedar Rapids Art Museum) & other LCBA EVENTS:

** NO bar meeting in August **
Bar Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2010
** NO bar meeting in December **
December Last Chance Seminar: Thursday, December 16, 2010
Bench/Bar Conference: Tuesday, January 6, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, January 20, 2011 CANCELED
Bar Meeting: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, March 17, Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Bar Meeting: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (noon Kernels game)
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2011 (Note: This is the 4th Thursday of the month).
Summer Outing: Thursday, July 14, 2011

USURY RATE

In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 5.5% for the month of March.  Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.  The usury rate is available at http://www.treasurer.state.ia.us/rates/

RESTAURANT REVIEWS


As a fun, new service to our members, we are publishing monthly restaurant reviews written by our very own members.  Enjoy this month’s review!

This month I have tasted some excellent food at various restaurants, all of them many hundreds of miles from Linn County.  This food included terrific shrimp bisque, lobster tails served with a side dish of corn on the cob and  eggs benedict for lunch while sitting outside in the warm air while listening to live music.  And I have tasted shrimp scampi, barbecue shrimp on a skewer, shrimp salad, shrimp with angel hair pasta( can’t remember the menu name) and all you can eat boiled shrimp.  I liked all the food, some better than others.  The best being the shrimp bisque.

But the most interesting thing about the food I ate was the name of the restaurant.   The names included:  GRAVEL ROAD;  BACK PORCH; ANOTHER BROKEN EGG; ISLAND COW; WHALES TAIL; GOATFEATHERS; MUCKY DUCK and FISHBONE.  I love the names.

Next month we may be back to Iowa.

Gene the Critic

JANUARY SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 4

January 18, 2011

NO JANUARY BAR MEETING; NEXT MEETING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17

The January meeting of the Linn County Bar Association previously scheduled for January 20, 2011 has been CANCELED. The next meeting will be Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side. The speakers will be Iowa State Bar Association President Frank Carroll and Iowa State Bar Association Legislative Counsel James Carney.

Lunch will be catered by Kristeena’s. The cost is $7. RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend. Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request the week before the meeting. Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2010.

PASSING OF KARLA WOLFF and WYTHE WILLEY

The LCBA offers its sincere regret and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of LCBA member and family law practitioner Karla Wolff, who passed away Thursday, January 13 after being diagnosed with cancer only a few days prior. Karla was 49. Karla is survived by her husband, Bob, and daughter, Jessica. A family visitation will be held at Murdoch Funeral Home, 3855 Katz Drive, Marion, on Wednesday, January 26 from 4-8 p.m. A memorial fund has been established at HACAP in Cedar Rapids. The LCBA will be making a contribution to HACAP on Karla’s behalf.

The LCBA also offers its sincere regret and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of former LCBA member Wythe Willey, who passed away December 19, 2010, after a two year battle against cancer. Wythe was 68. Wythe is survived by his wife Susan Willey, who is also a LCBA member and practices at Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman, and five children. Contributions can be sent to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. The LCBA made a contribution to the Linn County Bar Association Endowment Fund at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation on Wythe’s behalf.

2010 CLE SUMMARY

The following is a summary of CLE approved for 2010 Linn County Bar Meetings and Conferences. A separate summary of the CLE approved for meetings of the LCBA Family Law Committee can be viewed in the pdf attachment.

FEBRUARY 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Criminal Law by Harold Denton
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69326

MARCH 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Non-Profit Law in the State of Iowa by Andrew Hosmanek
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69241

APRIL 15, 2010 BAR MEETING
Elder Law by Prof. Josephine Gittler
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69243

JUNE 17, 2010 –ANNUAL MEETING
Legislative Update by Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg and other Lawyer-Legislators

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 73954

JULY 8, 2010 — SUMMER OUTING CLE
Total state CLE Hours: 3.0, Ethics Hours: 1.5, Activity No. 73954

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 BAR MEETING
Sixth Judicial District update by Hon. Patrick Grady and Iowa Supreme Court update by Hon. David Baker

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

OCTOBER 21, 2010 BAR MEETING
History of Judicial Selection by Hon. Van Zimmer
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

DECEMBER 16, 2010 LAST CHANCE SEMINAR
Probate & Trust Law update by Susan Pence and Ethics presentation by Karen Erger
Total state CLE Hours: 2.0, Ethics Hours: 1.0, Activity No. 75582

LINN LAW CLUB

The next get-together of the Linn Law Club will be a social February 3 at Red’s Public House starting at 4:30 p.m.

Also, please see the attached Thank You note from the Club regarding its 9th Annual Holiday Gift Drive.

JUDICIAL MAGISTRATE APPOINTING COMMISSION VACANCY
The Clerk of District Court in Linn County is now accepting written nominations or applications to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Stephen Jackson, Jr. as a County Magistrate Appointing Commissioner. The term expires on December 31, 2014. Only qualified attorneys residing within Linn County can be nominated and serve in this position. The other current attorney commissioner is Mark Brown.

The deadline for submitting written nominations or applications is 4:30 p.m., February 14, 2011. Nominations may be delivered to the Clerk of District Court in Linn County or may be mailed to the following address:

Sharon K. Modracek

Clerk of District Court

Linn County Courthouse

P.O. Box 1468

Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-1468

On February 18, 2011 ballots listing the nominees will be sent to all Linn County attorneys who have been certified as eligible to vote by the Supreme Court.

2011 BENCH-BAR CONFERENCE

The LCBA had a fantastic turnout for its 2011 Bench-Bar Conference on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. More than 120 lawyers and judges attended to take part in a tribute to Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Baker. Following the recognition ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception catered by Winifred’s and a musical performance by Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas. To see more photos from the event, go to http://www.linncobar.org/?p=3543

THE HONOREE & PRESENTERS
L-to-R: Matt Novak, Hon. David Baker, Hon. Van Zimmer, and Tim Semelroth.

DUES REMINDER

Final annual dues reminder invoices for 2010-2011 were recently sent to members. Please pay your dues if you haven’t already! Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules: http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/

TRANSITIONS*

Tom Riley Law Firm is not moving offices but does wish to announce a temporary access to its Cedar Rapids office due to construction on First Ave. The access is off of 40th St. NE.

*TRANSITIONS is a NEW section of the Scriptum! If you would like to announce your law firm comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in the Scriptum. Submissions should be sent to webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

Nyemaster Goode, P.C., is seeking a corporate/transactional attorney with 5+ years of experience for its growing Cedar Rapids office. The ideal candidate would possess outstanding academic credentials and work experience; would have a strong work ethic; and would have developed a base of business. The successful candidate will be involved in the firm’s corporate/transactional matters, especially with respect to Nyemaster Goode’s clients located or doing business in eastern Iowa. Please send a cover letter and résumé by postal mail to John T. Clendenin, 700 Walnut Street, Suite 1600, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, by fax to (515) 283-3108 or by email to jtclendenin@nyemaster.com. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Nyemaster Goode is an equal opportunity employer.

A 40 Hour Mediation Training Course will be offered by Crilley Mediation Services on February 7, 2011 – February 11, 2011. Please visit our website at www.CrilleyMediation.com and click on “Training and Seminars” link for more information and to download the Registration Form. This training is Nationally Approved and does qualify the Mediator for Roster Mediation. Registration is $995 for the 40 Hour Course and Manual. No registrations will be taken after February 2, 2011. If you are interested in this training, please download and fill in the Registration Form and mail the Registration Form along with your payment to Crilley Mediation Services, 320 Miller Road, Hiawatha, Iowa 52233. If you have any questions, please call Chris Crilley at (319) 363-5606.

Scott McLeod is announcing that he is available as a mediator in all areas of civil litigation and workers’ compensation. Scott has practiced law with Lynch Dallas, P.C. since 1969, is a Fellow, with the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys. For more information contact Scott at Lynch Dallas, P.C., PO Box 2457, Cedar Rapids, IA. Tel. No. (319) 365-9101 or email: smcleod@lynchdallas.com.

If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here. Contact webmaster@linncobar.org. We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptums. If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.

HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES

As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar. The organization will e-mail the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community. If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or manderson@Aegonusa.com

Kirkwood Community College offers an online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to jobs@kirkwood.edu.

COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE

Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court? Just head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top. This section of the website also has links to judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!

Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org? However, some of the contact information listed on the website is out of date! Please take a minute to view the information listed for your name at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html and let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made. If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P. O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via e-mail at webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA and DUES INFORMATION

Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County. Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form. Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership. Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years: $95
– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years: $125
– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years: $0
– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice: $75

Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.

LCBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011

Here is a list of dates for Linn County Bar Association meetings and other activities for 2010-2011:

BAR MEETINGS (12-1 p.m. @ Cedar Rapids Art Museum) & other LCBA EVENTS:

** NO bar meeting in August **
Bar Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2010
** NO bar meeting in December **
December Last Chance Seminar: Thursday, December 16, 2010
Bench/Bar Conference: Tuesday, January 6, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, January 20, 2011 CANCELED
Bar Meeting: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
** May “meeting” is a noon Kernels game, date TBD**
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2011 (Note: This is the 4th Thursday of the month).
** Summer Outing first/second week July , date TBD**

USURY RATE

In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 4.75% for the month of January. Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2. The usury rate is available at http://www.treasurer.state.ia.us/rates/

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

by Gene the Critic

As a fun, new service to our members, we are publishing monthly restaurant reviews written by our very own members. Enjoy this month’s review!

This month I looked for a restaurant that was serving food that is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced. I found just the right place. Panera Bread Co. bakes fresh bread everyday and it is very good. I particularly like the Sourdough loaf thin sliced. It is good for homemade sandwiches or toast. However, if you don’t want to cook at home they have a good lunch and dinner menu (the menus are the same).

I prefer the soup and sandwich options. My favorite soups are chicken tortilla, baked potato or natural steak chili. Add in a sandwich like Napa Almond Chicken Salad on sesame semolina bread or Ham and Swiss on sourdough and it is a very tasty and filling lunch or dinner. In the warmer weather I prefer one of their salads. Orchard Harvest Chicken Salad with dried cherries, fresh D’Anjou pears, gorgonzola and toasted pecans is very good. So is the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad with vine ripened tomatoes, red onions, pecans, gorgonzola and apple chips. Add coffee, tea or a soft drink and you have a fresh, tasty and healthy lunch or dinner for less than $10 and no tip. It’s worth a try.

And just an added note for those who enjoy food and investing, if you bought Panera stock on January 1, 2010, it cost about $65 per share. On January 1, 2011, it was worth $103 per share. They must be selling a lot of good food. From the Sunshine State….

Gene the Critic

DECEMBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 3

“LAST CHANCE” SEMINAR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
Get 2 FREE CLE hours with a Probate Law overview & Ethics talk!

Finding yourself a couple of credits short of your 2010 CLE requirements?  Come to the LCBA’s LAST CHANCE SEMINAR on Thursday, December 16, 2010 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids HISTORY CENTER, 615 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.  This FREE CLE will net you two (2) state CLE hours, including an all-important 1 hour ETHICS credit.  The LCBA is even providing food and drink to make this an enjoyable and pain-free CLE event.   Plus, on-site parking  is  available!

The CLE program is as follows:

3:30-4:30 PROBATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.  There have been several changes to the Probate & Trust Codes in 2010.  Learn how to use and benefit from these changes.  Presented by Susan Pence, Vice President & Trust Officer, Bankers Trust Company and former Chair of the ISBA Probate & Trust Section.

4:30-5:30 ETHICS!  Karen Erger, Vice President, Holmes Murphy & Associates, will be presenting an educational and entertaining talk on current ethics issues.  If you attended the LCBA’s Summer Outing CLE this year, you’ll know that Karen’s ethics CLE presentations are not to be missed!


LINN LAW CLUB HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE – DONATE TODAY!

The Linn Law Club is organizing its 9th Annual Holiday Gift Drive for lawyers to provide gifts and food to needy families in Linn County during the holiday season.

The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (hacap.org) refers a list of needy families to the Linn Law Club. The Club raises money, and purchases gifts and food for the family members. Members of the Club gather to purchase and wrap the presents.  The Law Club’s goal is to raise $5000 to help as many needy families as possible. As of today, the Club has raised roughly $600.

Please consider making a donation on behalf of yourself or your firm. Any amount helps! The deadline for contributions is Friday, December 10, 2010.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.
2011 BENCH-BAR CONFERENCE on JANUARY 6, 2011

Please join the Linn County Bar Association at its 2011 Bench-Bar Event on Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Carnegie Library (main level).  At this year’s Bench-Bar Event, the LCBA will be recognizing  Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Baker.  The LCBA will also be honoring members of the LCBA who recently retired or will be retiring in early 2011.   The Bench Bar Event will also include a panel discussion on the recent judicial retention election.   One hour of CLE credit will be sought.

A reception catered by Winifred’s will follow.  Enjoy a drink or two and hors d’oeuvres.

Please plan to attend this important event!  This event is free of charge to LCBA members and guests of the honorees.


AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:  http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/

COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE

Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?  Just head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.  This section of the website also has links to judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

TRANSITIONS*

Tom Riley Law Firm is not moving offices but does wish to announce a temporary access to its Cedar Rapids office due to construction on First Ave. The access is off of 40th St. NE.  Please see the attached letter for more information.

*TRANSITIONS is a NEW section of the Scriptum!  If you would like to announce your law firm firm comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in the Scriptum.  Submissions should be sent to webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

Nyemaster Goode, P.C., is seeking a corporate/transactional attorney with 5+ years of experience for its growing Cedar Rapids office. The ideal candidate would possess outstanding academic credentials and work experience; would have a strong work ethic; and would have developed a base of business.  The successful candidate will be involved in the firm’s corporate/transactional matters, especially with respect to Nyemaster Goode’s clients located or doing business in eastern Iowa.  Please send a cover letter and résumé by postal mail to John T. Clendenin, 700 Walnut Street, Suite 1600, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, by fax to (515) 283-3108 or by email to jtclendenin@nyemaster.com. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Nyemaster Goode is an equal opportunity employer.

Brady & O’Shea, PC is seeking full-time paralegal for work in litigation and real estate.  Minimum of 2 years experience and legal assistant degree/certificate required. Strong written/oral skills, proficiency in MS Office required. Excellent benefits.  Pay commensurate with qualifications & experience. Please send resume, references, and salary requirements:  Peggy Patters, Brady & O’Shea, PC, 2735 1st Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
Scott McLeod is announcing that he is available as a mediator in all areas of civil litigation and workers’ compensation.  Scott has practiced law with Lynch Dallas, P.C. since 1969, is a Fellow, with the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.  For more information contact Scott at Lynch Dallas, P.C., PO Box 2457, Cedar Rapids, IA.  Tel. No.  (319) 365-9101 or email: smcleod@lynchdallas.com.
If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available  law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here. Contact webmaster@linncobar.org.  We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptums.  If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.

HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES

As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar.  The organization will e-mail the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community.  If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or manderson@Aegonusa.com

Kirkwood Community College offers an online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to jobs@kirkwood.edu.

LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!

Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website  at www.linncobar.org? However, some of the contact information listed on the website is out of date! Please take a minute to view the information listed for your name at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html and let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made.   If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P. O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via e-mail at webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA  and DUES INFORMATION

Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.  Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.   Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.  Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years: $95
– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:  $125
– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:  $0
– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:  $75

Annual dues invoices for 2010-2011 will be sent to members shortly.  Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.

LCBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011

Here is a list of dates for Linn County Bar Association meetings and other activities for 2010-2011:

BAR MEETINGS (12-1 p.m. @ Cedar Rapids Art Museum) & other LCBA EVENTS:

** NO bar meeting in August **
Bar Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2010
** NO bar meeting in December **
December Last Chance Seminar: Thursday, December 16, 2010
Bench/Bar Conference: Tuesday, January 6, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
** May “meeting” is a noon Kernels game, date TBD**
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2011 (Note: This is the 4th Thursday of the month).
** Summer Outing first/second week July , date TBD**

USURY RATE

In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 4.50% for the month of December.  Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.  The usury rate is available at www.idob.state.ia.us

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

by Gene the Critic


As a fun, new service to our members, we are publishing monthly restaurant reviews written by our very own members.  Enjoy this month’s reviews!

GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY
Today I am going to write about one of my favorite places to eat, Granite City Food and Brewery located at the corner of Collins Road and 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids.  Granite City has a welcoming atmosphere, including several TV’s tuned in to various sports events and an extended menu with a lot of options.  The host and the waiters are pleasant,  very hospitable and provide very good service.  And the cloth napkins are a nice touch.

There are a lot of lunch items available but my favorite is a cup of chicken tortilla soup with the chicken bruschetta salad (includes 4 to 6 slices of yummy bread) and ice tea.  There ice tea is the best!  My wife loves two of the appetizers, chicken quesadillas and the spinach artichoke dip.  One of my favorite dinners is the meat loaf, mashed potatoes and toasted bread. The mediterranean chicken and  the pasta dishes are very good.  We also enjoy the Sunday brunch.  They  brew beer on the premises and have several interesting varieties.  You will see many people come in with their growlers and fill them with their favorite brew.   I am sure you would enjoy your lunch or dinner at Granite City.

TODD ENGLISH/OLIVES

This review is somewhat different.   The restaurant is called Todd English/Olives. It is elegant.  Expect great food.  The service is fantastic.  They have one of my favorite touches, cloth napkins.  But lets start with the food.

Begin with a nice glass of wine, for me a Merlot and for my wife a Pinot Noir. They  then bring a small tray of special olives (3 varieties) and 3 olive pastes to spread on the warm freshly baked sliced bread that was in a separate basket.  Then a crunchy vegetable salad (too many good ingredients to list all of them) served with their special olive oil dressing.  Then the main course.  A beef tenderloin (medium well) with a potato (mashed for me) and asparagus spears cooked perfectly.   Take your time eating because this is excellent food and dining at its best.  Then dessert of course and there are five or six options.  I chose the chocolate cake drizzled with white chocolate.  Then maybe some coffee or an  after dinner drink like B & B, Kahlua or Baileys.  Wow, this is great.

One of the places to eat this great food is on the ocean liner the Queen Mary II in the middle of the North Atlantic where the view is the deep blue ocean water and a beautiful orange-yellow sunset.   Another place  to eat this great food is on the veranda at  the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas near the musical dancing  fountains.  On a warm August evening the fountains gently drop a cool mist over you as you enjoy the great food of Todd English/Olives, while in the background you can hear an Italian tenor sing a beautiful song.

We have tried both places and they are terrific.

OCTOBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 2

LCBA OCTOBER MEETING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21

MEETING INFO: The October meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held Thursday, October 21, 2010, from 12 – 1 p.m.  at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park  The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.

SPEAKER:  The speaker will be Judge Van Zimmer of the Iowa Court of Appeals.  He will be speaking on the upcoming judicial retention election, including addressing these questions.  What do we need to know about the upcoming election and merit selection of judges?  Why should bar members care about this issue?  How can we advise laypeople or friends and family?
GUESTS:  We realize the topic of this month’s bar meeting presentation is of interest and importance to more people than simply our members.  Please feel free to bring guests — whether lawyers or not — to this meeting.  We simply request that you RSVP the numbers of guests you are bringing.

LUNCH & RSVP INFO:  Lunch will be catered by Kristeena’s.  The cost is $7.  RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.   Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request email next week.  Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.   Make sure to RSVP if you are attending so that we order sufficient food from the caterer.  Also, if you DO RSVP but discover last minute you cannot attend, please try to send one of your colleagues in your place.  We have had trouble ordering the correct quantity of food for our meetings because members often fail to RSVP and then show up for the meeting, or RSVP but do not attend.  Unfortunately, the number of members in these two categories often invariably do not even out, resulting in us running out of food sometimes (which isn’t fair to those in attendance) or ordering too much food thereby wasting both food and bar association money.

Continue reading OCTOBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 2

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 1

LCBA SEPTEMBER MEETING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

The September meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held Thursday, September 16, 2010, from 12 – 1 p.m.  at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park  The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.  The speakers will be  Justice David Baker of the Iowa Supreme Court and Chief Judge Patrick Grady of the 6th Judicial District.  Lunch will be catered by Biaggi’s.  The cost is $7.

RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.   Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request email in early September.  Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2010.

PLEASE make sure to RSVP if you are attending so that we order sufficient food from the caterer.  Also, if you DO RSVP but discover last minute you cannot attend, please try to send one of your colleagues in your place.  We have had trouble ordering the correct quantity of food  for our meetings because members often fail to RSVP and then show up for the meeting, or RSVP but do not attend.  Unfortunately, the number of members in these two categories often invariably do not even out, resulting in us running out of food sometimes (which isn’t fair to those in attendance) or ordering too much food thereby wasting both food and bar association money.

FREE FAMILY LAW CLE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31
Kids First is holding a one-day CLE entitled “Putting Kids First: Providing Effective Child Representation in Custody Cases” on Tuesday, August 31 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm in downtown Cedar Rapids.    Registration is due Monday!

Attorneys from every practice area would enjoy this CLE and will gain valuable information that can be used whenever interacting with children in one’s practice. The CLE will include, among other sessions:

·         The role of a child’s representative,

·         Representing a child from start to finish in a custody case,

·         A panel of judges speak about their preferences regarding children in the courtroom,

·         A panel of child/family therapists discuss how to work with them on a custody case (obtaining mental health records, subpoenas, etc.),

·         Tips for meeting with and interviewing children, and

·         An hour of coveted ethics CLE on Bart Simpson’s family’s divorce.

Kids First is applying for 6.5 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics.  The fee for the CLE is a mere $100. A catered lunch is included in the price. Space for the training is limited, so don’t delay! Email Jenny Schulz at jenny@kidsfirstiowa.org or call 365-5437 for a registration form.

SIXTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT JUDGE VACANCY; SEPTEMBER 9 DEADLINE
A vacancy exists in the office of District Judge for the Sixth Judicial District due to the retirement of Judge Kristin Hibbs.   Applicants for the judge position must  deliver a completed application   to the office of the District Court Administrator, Linn County Courthouse, P.O. Box 5488, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, no later than 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 9, 2010, and a copy sent to each Commissioner by that same date and time at the addresses listed.  State prescribed applications may be picked up at the Court Administration Office or a copy of the application may be requested via e-mail from harold.soppe@iowacourts.gov.   Please click on this link to see the official Notice and for more information.
LINN LAW CLUB SOCIAL THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

The Linn Law Club will be holding a social get-together at Dublin City Pub on Thursday, September 23 to welcome new members.   Festivities will start at 4:30 p.m.  All members of Linn Law Club, or anyone who would like to join Law Club, are invited and encouraged to attend. The Linn Law Club is open to all attorneys 35 and under, or who have been  in law practice less than 10 years.

Dublin City Pub is located at 415 1st St. SE (across from the Ground Transportation Center).  The event will be held in the upstairs area of the restaurant.    Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.  No RSVPs are needed.  Any questions? Contact Law Club Treasurer Emily Ellingson at eellingson@lynchdallas.com or at 365-9101.

IOWANS FOR FAIR & IMPARTIAL COURTS; JUSTICE O’CONNOR DES MOINES VISIT SEPTEMBER 8

Please see the attached letter from Iowa State Bar Association President Frank Carroll regarding the ISBA’s Iowans for Fair and Impartial Courts project, designed to address the current judicial retention election challenge.  The letter also discusses the upcoming visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in Des Moines on September 8.

LCBA COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS UNDERWAY

LCBA President Stephanie Hinz is currently making Committee appointments for the 2010-2011 term.  Committee service is a great way to give back to your Bar and get to know members other members.  The LCBA has the following Standing Committees:  Attendance, Ethics and Grievance, Membership and Admissions, Summer Outing, Summer Outing-CLE, and Title Standards.  There are also several Ad Hoc Committees, including Bench/Bar, Family Law, Fee Mediation, History, Law Day, Program, Public Relations, Technology, and Visitation and Memorial.  Committee member lists can be found on the LCBA website by clicking here:  http://www.linncobar.org/?page_id=22.

If you would like to serve on a specific Committee, please contact Stephanie by September 15 at shinz@pbalawfirm.com or 366-7621.
AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Since the last Scriptum, several Iowa Court Rules have been amended.   Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:  http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/

COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE

Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?  Just head over to the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.  This section of the website also has links to judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

NEW “TRANSITIONS” SECTION

This is a NEW section of the Scriptum!  If you would like to announce your law firm firm comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in the Scriptum.  Submissions should be sent to webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available  law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here. Contact webmaster@linncobar.org.  We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptums.  If your space or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to delete your Want Ad from future issues.

HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES

As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar.  The organization will e-mail the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community.  If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or manderson@Aegonusa.com

Kirkwood Community College offers an online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to jobs@kirkwood.edu.

LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!

Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website  at www.linncobar.org? However, some of the contact information listed on the website is out of date! Please take a minute to view the information listed for your name at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html and let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made.   If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P. O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via e-mail at webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA  and DUES INFORMATION

Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.  Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.   Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.  Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years: $95
– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:  $125
– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:  $0
– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:  $75

Annual dues invoices for 2010-2011 will be sent to members shortly.  Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.

LCBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011

Here is a list of dates for Linn County Bar Association meetings and other activities for 2010-2011:

BAR MEETINGS (12-1 p.m. @ Cedar Rapids Art Museum) & other LCBA EVENTS:

** NO bar meeting in August **
Bar Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2010
** NO bar meeting in December **
** December ethics CLE date TBD**
** Bench/Bar Conference usually set first week in January**
Bar Meeting: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
** May “meeting” is a noon Kernels game, date TBD**
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2011 (Note: This is the 4th Thursday of the month).
** Summer Outing first/second week July , date TBD**

USURY RATE

In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 5.25% for the month of August.  Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.  The usury rate is available at www.idob.state.ia.us.

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

As a fun, new service to our members, we will be publishing monthly restaurant reviews written by two of our very own members.  Enjoy this month’s reviews!  Also, if you would like to suggest a new heading for this section of our newsletter … i.e. better than “Restaurant Reviews”…. please email us with your suggestion.  The LCBA member who submits the best heading entry will be awarded FREE entry to the September 16 bar meeting (which means a Biaggi’s meal for free!)  Submit your suggestions to webmaster@linncobar.org by September 10.

Croissant Du Jour

a review for Gene the Critic

Croissant Du Jour is a French Cafe. Located at 3531 Mt Vernon Rd SE, the cafe is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch and terrific pastry all day.  This is a true French cafe.  The owners/chef/manager have a French background and all the food is prepared as if they were located in Paris.

My wife and I have tasted many of their pastries and lunches.  For breakfast, I love the Croissant or a Chocolate Eclair or maybe a Chocolate Croissant or maybe a Brioche, either raisin or chocolate.For lunch I have savored the Lobster Bisque with a 1/2 sandwich like the Le Cob, Le Parisian, or Le Jambon.  Another great choice that both my wife and I enjoy is the Nicoise, which is albacore tuna mixed with mayo, lettuce, tomato and a hard boiled egg with vinaigrette on a baguette.  They also have salads and the best crustless Quiche, a favorite of my wife and very tasty.  I tried it!  It is very good.

This Cafe is a treasure  for our community.  Prices are reasonable. The service is good.  They host private parties at which they serve French Cuisine dinners.  I have been fortunate to attend private parties at the Croissant Du Jour and the food is delectable.  I highly recommend the Croissant Du Jour.

The Motley Cow

a review by Scott the Critic

The Motley Cow was formerly located in a small venue next to a pizza place just up from Johns Grocery on Market St. in Iowa City.  Its seating was limited to about five tables and mostly patronized by locals.  Now located in an expanded venue at 160 N. Linn St. across from the Linn Street Café and Devotay, it has retained its style and excellently prepared seasonal local fresh food.  The wait staff remains well trained and very pleasant.  We have dined frequently at both locations and have never been disappointed.  Our latest experience was an early Saturday evening before the students arrived back in town.

The Motley Cow has a limited but varied menu with an expansive wine list.  Be sure to note the salt and pepper shakers.  There is outdoor sidewalk seating and a small but nice bar as you enter with a view of the open kitchen.  Appetizers which caught our eye include ciabatta with hummus, house marinated olives and fried perch with garlic mayonnaise.  There is a “supper” and “dinner” menu.  The supper menu is a single course and includes a variety of creative pizzas, sandwiches, salads and special pasta with fresh ingredients.  The dinner entrée include either a house salad or seasonal soup.  The salad has a choice of sherry vinaigrette or buttermilk cumin dressing which are both excellent.  You may add one of the specialty salads to your dinner entrée for ½ prices.  We chose a grilled Lake Michigan whitefish and a western Iowa wabyu flank steak.  Both were very good.  There was also interesting vegetable lasagna on the menu. We asked for a recommendation on wine and our server suggested a very nice Argentinean Malbec at a reasonable price point.   The hit of the evening was the key lime pie—a must order for you sugar addicts.  Enough said—try the Motley Cow, you will not be disappointed.