October Meeting

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

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

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

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


New Federal Judges in the Northern District of Iowa

The following message is from the United States Courts.

The court is pleased to announce that C.J. Williams is now hard at work this week as a new district judge in the Cedar Rapids courthouse. Mark A. Roberts will start his duties in Cedar Rapids as a new magistrate judge on Monday, September 17, 2018. The case administration program (CM/ECF) is being updated this week for case assignments and workload reassignments. Please contact the Clerk’s Office with any questions, concerns, or issues.

6th Annual Corporate Counsel Forum

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

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

Sponsored by:  The Association of Corporate Counsel, Iowa Chapter

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


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

Continue reading “6th Annual Corporate Counsel Forum”

Pay Your Dues Online

This year, your LCBA dues will be invoiced via e-mail. You may pay online using a credit card. The invoice e-mails will begin going out soon. We are using the familiar payment vendor Square. Our invoices will say “Linn County Bar Association” and include our logo. The e-mail will be sent from invoicing@messaging.squareup.com to the e-mail address we have on file for you. Once the invoice is paid, you will receive a receipt via e-mail.

Please note you will not be able to manually change the payment amount from the invoice link.  If the invoice amount is wrong, please contact Leigh Van Dee at lvandee@lwclawyers.com

We anticipate a few bumps along the way as we adopt this new invoicing and payment system.  We appreciate your patience.

Iowa federal courts remove federal CLE requirements

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

Applicants for Magistrate Position

The Sixth District Magistrate Appointing Commission issued the following press release on July 30, 2018:

The following have submitted their names as applicants by the Magistrate Appointing Commission to fill the unexpired term of Magistrate Kristofer Lyons commencing on August 3, 2018 and ending July 31, 2021.  The Commission will meet on Thursday, August 2, 2018, commencing at 1:00 p.m. in the Magistrate’s Courtroom in the Jones County Courthouse.  At that time, the applicants will be interviewed by the Commission members.  The successful applicant will be selected by the Commission and his/her name submitted to Chief Judge Patrick Grady and Clerk of Court Roxann Repstien. Continue reading “Applicants for Magistrate Position”

Candidates Sought for North Liberty City Attorney

The City of North Liberty, Iowa (population 18,300) is seeking candidates for the position of City Attorney. North Liberty is a full service and thriving community located between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, with an operating budget of $40 million.

The City Attorney provides legal advice and services to the Mayor, City Council, City Administrator, City Staff and Boards and Commissions in matters related to operations, services and activities of the municipality; drafts City ordinances, resolutions and other legislative documentation; reviews policies and procedures for compliance with legal requirements; participates in traffic court; and, oversees condemnation proceedings.

Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school with a Juris Doctorate degree and admission to practice in Iowa state courts, as well as federal courts, is required. Five years’ experience in general legal practice with exposure to municipal or government law and experience in legal practice including litigation and negotiation, real estate, commercial and contract law is preferred.

Salary range for the position is $110,000 – $130,000 with an excellent benefit package, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, vacation and other paid leave and retirement contributions. The City Attorney is a FLSA exempt position, under the supervision of the City Administrator.

The successful candidate must pass a physical examination, drug screen and background screening. Submit cover letter, resume and five professional references to Debra Hilton, Human Resource Director, P.O. Box 77, North Liberty, IA 52317 or dhilton@northlibertyiowa.org by Friday, August 3, 2018. EOE.

Notice from Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission

Notice is hereby given that on August 2, 2018, in the Jones County Courthouse, Anamosa, Iowa, the above Commission will meet for the purpose of selecting and appointing one part-time judicial magistrate to serve the remainder of the four-year term of Magistrate Kristopher Lyons which began on August 1, 2017, pursuant to Chapter 602, the Code, as amended.

Applications will be taken for a period of 15 days and are available at the office of the Clerk of Court, Jones County Courthouse, Jones County, Iowa.  Applications must be completed and returned no later than 3:00 p.m. on July 27, 2018, to the Jones County Clerk of Court’s Office.  No applications will be accepted after that time.  A letter of interest and resume of qualifications should accompany the completed application.

Prior to August 2, 2018, the Commission will determine the interview procedure.  Applicants selected for an interview will be notified of their interview place and time by telephone.

Applicants must be residents of Jones County, Iowa, or a resident of a county contiguous to Jones County (Linn, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Clinton or Cedar Counties), and less than 72 years of age as of August 1, 2018.  A candidate must be admitted to practice law in Iowa, unless the person is not admitted to practice law and held a magistrate position of April 1, 2009.

For the Commission,

Mary E. Chicchelly, Chair, District Court Judge

Jones magistrate nominating commission notice