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From the Iowa State Bar Association:
ISBA President Dan Moore has established a task force to assist the law firms and attorneys who have been displaced by the tornadoes and floods this spring.
An estimated 40 firms and 250 attorneys have had to seek alternate arrangements in Linn County alone. Other areas of eastern Iowa also have been affected by the flooding.
Made up of a cross section of members, the task force has already set up a special section on the ISBA website (see here) where attorneys in the state can submit information about displaced attorneys, search for contact information about those displaced and offer help in the form of office supplies, office furniture, computers, office space, etc. One of the most pressing needs right now is for conference rooms for meetings and depositions.
The task force has also set up a Legal Community Relief Fund to receive monetary contributions. The fund is administered by The Iowa State Bar Association. Contributions should be made to the Iowa State Bar Foundation, a 501C3 corporation.
Forms for making donations of materials or money can be accessed here.
In addition to serving as a clearing house for those needing assistance and those wishing to provide assistance, the website lists a host of resources for displaced attorneys. Among those resources are temporary e-mail and fax solutions, and the ISBA-endorsed offsite backup system for electronic files. Other resources center primarily on publications that contain information on such topics as salvaging wet books and files, rebuilding the practice and disaster recovery.
Additional items will be added to the website as the need arises and as they become available.
The State of Iowa has created an Iowa 2008 Floods Information Site here.
Annual Meeting and Flood Recovery Seminar
THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008
615 1st Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
9:00 a.m. to 12:00: Panel discussion byLeopold Sher, James Garner and Elwood Cahill from the New Orleans law firm of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC
• Court issues for pending cases;
• Employee and personnel issues;
• Setting up a temporary office, dealing with disaster issues and keeping a firm together;
• Real estate issues created by the disaster;
• Insurance issues, particularly business interruption to law firms;
• Their personal experiences and what they learned; and
• Question and Answer period
12:00 to 1:15: Lunch and the LCBA annual meeting.
• Election of Officers
• Brief Remarks from ISBA President Dan Moore
1:15: “Considerations for Displaced Attorneys from a Malpractice Standpoint” Todd Scott ,VP of Risk Management and Member Services for Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
1:45: Report from Federal Clerk Ron Phelps
2:00: Report from Iowa District Court for Linn County, by Judge David Remley, Judge Patrick Grady and Assistant Court Administrator Jane Sweaney.
2:30: TENTATIVE: Jim Calloway of the Oklahoma State Bar Association: “Triage and New Technology”
3:20: FEMA & SBA Overview, by Kerry Finley and Kyle Wilcox from Simmons Perrine, P.L.C. (See PowerPoint Presentation file.)
No Charge. RSVP to Jeannie McCall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 365-9101
Now that the courts are back in session, this website will resume posting the daily court schedules as they are received from the court. The schedules can be viewed under the “Courts” link above. We post the schedules as soon as we receive them from the court. If you don’t see the schedule posted on this website, it means the court has not sent it to us yet.
Updated to indicate that the meeting will include a full-day seminar on flood related issues, as well as normal business.
The Annual Meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will proceed as scheduled Thursday, June 26 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the History Center, 615 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.
Arrangements are being made to extend the meeting into a full-day seminar covering flood-related issues, including presentations from the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the 6th Judicial District, bar associations from other states, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual and possibly FEMA. Several members of the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA, led by Jim Calloway of the Oklahoma Bar, J.R. Phelps of the Florida Bar, Katherine Sanders-Reach of the ABA LTRC and Tom O’Connor of the Gulf Coast Legal Technology Center, are planning to participate via video conference.
Regular business will also be conducted, including elections for officers for the 2008-2009. The legislative update previously planned for the Meeting will be rescheduled to the fall.
Lunch will be provided at the meeting free of charge to LCBA members. Lunch will be served at noon and catered by Kristeena’s.
Here are the Linn County District Court schedules for Monday, June 23, 2008:
All non-jury trials and hearings scheduled in Linn County for the week of June 23 to 27 will be held as scheduled unless the attorneys and self-represented litigants are notified otherwise by court administration. All Linn County trials and hearings, including eviction hearings, will be held at the Continuing Education Center at Kirkwood Community College, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Judge Remley has issued this June 20 press release regarding trial court scheduling, current contact information for the clerk’s office and court administration.
The Iowa State Bar Association Committee on Ethics and Practice Guidelines issued an Opinion on June 18 regarding handling and destruction of flood-damaged files. The Ethics Opinion can be viewed here.