An announcement from the Court Administrator’s Office

**SEE UPDATE HERE**

Following the retirement of Jane Sweaney, the Court Administrator’s Office is adopting the following contact list.  This contat list is in effect beginning October 19, 2009:

— Any matters regarding Benton, Iowa, Jones or Tama County should be referred to Marge Morgan at (319) 398-3920 Ext 1106 or marge.morgan@iowacourts.gov.
Any Linn County Family Law and other miscellaneous Linn County matters should be referred to Dee Gross at (319) 398-3920 Ext 1105 or deanna.gross@iowacourts.gov
Any Linn County felony matters should be referred to Peggy Huelsenbeck at (319) 398-3920 Ext 1101 or peggy.huelsenbeck@iowacourt.gov

6th Judicial District to only mail attorneys once per week

Sixth Judicial District Court Administrator Carroll Edmondson has announced that as part of the court’s budget cutting measures, the court is going to start sending attorneys mail only once a week.  He advises that since all attorneys in the district have a folder for their mail where they can pick up their mail at the courthouse, the clerk will be mailing uncollected mail only on Fridays of each week. If the court is closed on Friday, it will mail out on Thursday.  Edmondson encourages attorneys to pick up their mail at the courthouse at least every other day to ensure they do not miss deadlines for court events.
 

 

Middle School Mock Trial judges still needed

 

Judges are still needed for the annual Middle School Mock Trial competition set for Saturday, October 31 at Kirkwood Community College.  Lawyers from Linn County have traditionally volunteered time to serve as judges for this event.  

Sessions usually begin in the early morning, mid-morning and early afternoon.  General information about the program is available on the Iowa Bar website using the following URL:

http://www.iowabar.org/Mocktrial.nsf/c1dc78d745edf5998625687f001cd472/a7cdb74735d7776286256e2800141171!OpenDocument

If you are able to assist, please email your interest to mike.moran@janda.com and he will correspond with the day’s specific needs.

Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

 

 

Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure re Civil Subpoenas Revised

Please see the below message that Sharon Modracek, Clerk of Court for Linn and Jones Counties, requested be sent to members of the LCBA.  The message is about revisions to the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure regarding civil subpoenas.

Good Afternoon to all

The Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure 1.1701 and 1.715 regarding subpoenas have been revised by the Supreme Court.  The 3 attached sample forms were sent to the clerks by Betty Buitenwerf, legal counsel for the State Court Administrator, and include the information required by the revised rules.
The subpoenas are only for civil cases, not criminal.  They may be signed by the attorney issuing the subpoena or the the clerk.  If you wish to issue and sign your own subpoenas, you may use the attached forms.  These forms (in pdf format) and the revised rules are also available on the Judicial Branch website.  Although the rules do not make these particular forms mandatory, forms in a different format must include the required information.   If you prefer to have subpoenas signed by the clerk, they are available in our office.  The revised rules were effective on October 9, 2009.

Subpoena to Produce Books, Documents, Electroncially Stored Information or Tangible Things or Permit Inspection of Premises

Subpoena to Appear and Testify at Hearing or Trial

Subpoena to Appear and Testify at Deposition or to Produce Documents

Next bar meeting Thurs., Oct. 15 at CR Art Museum


The Linn County Bar Association meeting will be held Thursday, October 15, 2009, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, located 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 members of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Task Force for the Enhanced Delivery of Legal Services Throughout Iowa.  The Task Force has been charged with examining more effective methods for the delivery of court services to the residents of Iowa.  It was formed to enable the ISBA membership to have a positive impact on changes, which may need to take place as a result of the judicial budget crisis.   As part of this effort, the Task Force will be providing information and inviting dialogue and feedback on the potential reforms at the meeting.

 

 The task force has issued an interim report of potential reforms for discussion based on the results of the survey in August and the results of meetings held by the five committees assigned to study different areas of the judicial process. You can download the report at: http://www.iowabar.org/TaskForce.nsf/0/59ea1f89bb4b65228625763c0065b549/$FILE/Task%20Force%20for%20the%20Enhanced%20Delivery%20Interim%20Report.pdf


Also, the LCBA will be offering the chance for those in attendance to win a $50 Amazon gift card! 

Lunch is $7 and will be catered by Kristeena’s.


RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend.  If you are planning to attend, please reply to this email by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2009.  If your plans subsequently change, and you are no longer able to attend, please let me know via e-mail at
risbell@lynchdallas.com or by calling 365-9101, ext. 119.

 

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

 

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

Middle school mock trial competition judges sought

 

The annual Middle School Mock Trial competition is set for Saturday, October 31 at Kirkwood Community College.  Lawyers from Linn County have traditionally volunteered time to serve as judges for this event.

 

Sessions usually begin in the early morning, mid-morning and early afternoon.  General information about the program is available on the Iowa Bar website using the following URL:

http://www.iowabar.org/Mocktrial.nsf/c1dc78d745edf5998625687f001cd472/a7cdb74735d7776286256e2800141171!OpenDocument

 

If you are able to assist, please email your interest to mike.moran@janda.com and he will correspond with the day’s specific needs.

 

Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Next bar meeting Sept. 17 at Art Museum

The Linn County Bar Association meeting will be held Thursday, September 17, 2009, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, located 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 Jim Efting, Mock Trial Regional Coordinator.  An excerpt from a mock trial presentation will be given. 

Also, to kick off the new meeting year, the LCBA will be offering the chance for those in attendance to win a $50 Amazon gift card! 

Lunch is $7 and will be catered by Biaggi’s

 

 

 

 

Linn Law Club Event – 9/23 at Zin’s

Please join us next week, on Wednesday, September 23rd to kick off the 2009-10 year for the Linn Law Club. We would like this event to be a welcoming event for new attorneys in Linn County. Please invite all new attorneys or anyone interested in attending club events at your firms/businesses/organizations to join us. As a reminder, the Linn Law Club is open to all attorneys 35 and under or who have been practicing less than 10 years.

What: Meet and greet for new attorneys in Linn County
When: Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:30 pm
Where: Zin’s, 227 2nd Ave. SE

Justice Appel to hold public meeting Sept 8 at Jones Cty Courthouse

Justice Appel of the Iowa Supreme Court will be in Anamosa at the Jones County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 8 from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. He has extended an invitation to meet with him in the courtroom at the Jones County Courthouse to discuss budgetary matters and the impact of budget cuts on the public.

 

Grady Named Chief Judge of Sixth Judicial District

Chief Justice Marsha Ternus has appointed District Judge Patrick R. Grady, Cedar Rapids, as chief judge of the Sixth Judicial District. Judge Grady succeeds Judge David Remley who will retire September 15, 2009.

 The August 26 press release from the Iowa Supreme Court states:

“Judge Grady’s extensive experience as a judge at several levels provides him with the knowledge and abilities needed to be an effective chief judge,” Chief Justice Ternus said. “His experience goes beyond his work on the bench. He has played a significant leadership role in many statewide projects for the courts, most recently working on our efforts to make the courts more accessible for people who choose to represent themselves. In these difficult times it is more important than ever to make it easier for people to navigate through the courts on their own.” Continue reading “Grady Named Chief Judge of Sixth Judicial District”