LCBA Summer Outing July 9

The LCBA Summer Outing set for  Thursday, July 9  is quickly approaching.  Many members have yet to return their RSVP postcards.  Please return your postcard (yellow for general registration; blue for golf) no later than Monday, July 6 .   If you’ve lost your postcards,  you’ll find another set attached to this email.  Send them ASAP to Darin Luneckas, 3717 Center Point Road NE, Suite 100, Cedar Rapids,  Iowa  52402.

There is a terrific agenda planned, from the morning 3.25 hour CLE, to the afternoon bike and golfing events, to the evening supper and other festivities at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course.  Please remember, members must have paid their LCBA  2008-2009 dues to attend Summer Outing activities.  Paid members may bring summer law clerks to Summer Outing events, but will be charged $15 per person for attendance at the evening Hunter’s Ridge supper.

The CLE will be held from 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Dows Fine Arts Center at Coe College.  Application will be made for 3.25 credit hours, including 1 ethics hour.   Registration will be from 7:30-8:00 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be available.   A Luncheon will follow the CLE at Clarke Alumni House on the Coe campus.  Box lunches will be available for those who need to leave for golf or biking.   Contact CLE Chair Bob Teig at 363-0091 for any questions.

The golf and biking events will both take place in the afternoon following the CLE.  Details regarding both events will be sent to those who register for the events.   For more info on the golfing event, contact Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.  The bike ride will start at 1 p.m, complete with refreshments, door prizes, and sag wagon.   The route is approximately 29 miles. The route will be emailed to those who register.  For more info, contact Stephanie Hinz at shinz@pbalawfirm.com or 366-7621. 

 “Chinese”  themed supper will follow at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course,  with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. and a supper catered by  LJ’s Catering beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Many contests and door prizes will be available to paid LCBA members.

For any general questions about the Summer Outing, contact Darin Luneckas at dluneckas@qwestoffice.net or at 294-8777.

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Linn County Bar Association
Summer Bar Outing
CLE Seminar
July  9, 200
Coe College: Dows Theater

 

7:30-8:00     Registration 
 

 

8:00-8:20     State Court Update                                          Judge David Remley 
 

8:20-8:30     Federal Historical Society                                Len Strand 
 

8:30-8:45     Federal Court Update                                       Judge Linda Reade, Clerk of Court Rob Phelps 
 

8:45-9:15      Post-Postville : Evolving Legal Issues           Clerk of Court Rob Phelps, Steve Pace 
 

9:15-9:30      Break 
 

9:30-10:30     Legal Issues after Varnum v. Brien               Laura Mueller, Rich Mitvalsky, Paul Morf, and Justice David Baker 
 

10:30-11:30  Ethics: Avoiding Malpractice and Ethics Complaints in Everyday Matters      Todd Scott, Minnesota Mutual Insurance 

                             

U.S. District Court for N.D. Iowa Expands Courthouse Operations, Open House 6/29

Via a press release from the Clerk of Court for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of IowaEffective June 15, 2009, the Cedar Rapids courthouse operations at 4200 C Street SW have expanded to two buildings.   The original Building A will continue to house the US Probation Office.  The newly renovated Building B will house Courtrooms, Clerk’s Office docketing, and satellite offices for the U.S. Attorney and Federal Public Defender.  Please pay close attention to court orders on hearings and trial scheduling orders.  

Those wishing to see the new facilities are invited to an Open House to be held Monday, June 29, 2009, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  Members of the Bar and their staff are welcome.  There will be tours of the facilities throughout the afternoon, briefings by the US Marshal Service, and demonstrations of the courtroom technology at 2:00 pm and at 3:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  Please join us for this festive occasion and RSVP to Diane Leibold at diane_leibold@iand.uscourts.gov or 319-286-2334. 
 

Linn County District Court Video Court Resumes

Via a press release received from the Linn County District Court:  After a one year hiatus due to the flood, video court at the Linn County District Court will be up and running June 16, 2009. Defendants scheduled to appear at 10:30 am will be appearing by closed circuit tv from the jail. Attorneys who have bond reductions at that time have their choice of going to the jail and being with their client or being in courtroom 3-D and using the secure telephone line to speak with their client.

LCBA Members Make $3,000 in Donations to Sixth Judicial District “Office Supply Fund”

You may recall the LCBA reached out to its members this March to make donations to an “Office Supply Fund” in response to the Iowa Judiciary’s budget crisis.  The LCBA had asked Judge Remley “How can we help?”, and he suggested the LCBA donate office supplies so that the District could focus more of its resources on its other operating expenses.   In response, members of the LCBA have since donated more than $3,000 for the “Office Supply Fund”.   A list of members who have donated can be seen here.

LCBA June bar meeting/Annual Meeting June 16

The Annual Meeting of the Linn County Bar Association meeting will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2009, at Noon, at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, located at 410 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids.   The presentation will be a Legislative Update.  Elections for the 2009-2010 Board will also be held.  

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 the Attendance Committee’s email that will be sent the Friday prior to the meeting.

Governor signs legislation that improves budget outlook for Judicial Branch; New court filing fees in effect May 26

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a press release May 27 regarding legislation signed by Governor Culver May 26 that reduces the budget shortfall the judicial branch expected for the next fiscal year.  The press release can be viewed here.  One result of the legislation is that all clerk of court offices will be restored to full customary business hours effective June 1, and the June 5 and June 19 court closure days will be cancelled.

Also, the legislation increases certain court fees and costs effective May 26.  A general list of fees can be viewed here.  Among the fee changes are increases for the filing fee for a civil petition from $100 to $185 and for a small claims petition from $50 to $85.

LCBA Summer Outing set for July 9

The LCBA Summer Outing is set for Thursday, July 9.  Members should have already received their registration materials in the mail.  If you did not, please contact Outing Chair Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or email him at dluneckas@qwestoffice.net

There is a terrific agenda planned, from the morning 3.25 hour CLE, to the afternoon bike and golfing events, to the evening supper and other festivities at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course.  Please remember, members must have paid their LCBA 2008-2009 dues to attend Summer Outing activities. Paid members may bring summer law clerks to Summer Outing events, but will be charged $15 per person for attendance at the evening Hunter’s Ridge supper.

The CLE will be held from 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Dows Fine Arts Center at Coe College. Registration will be from 7:30-8:00 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be available. At agenda will be available at a later date. Application will be made for 3.25 credit hours, including 1 ethics hour. Contact CLE Chair Bob Teig at 363-0091 for any questions.

The golf and biking events will both take place in the afternoon following the CLE.  Details regarding both events will be sent to those who register for the events. For more info on the golfing event or to register, contact Dave Thinnes at 363-3185 Golf registration is 11:30-12:45, and shotgun start is at 1 p.m.

The
bike ride will be a  25-30 mile route starting at 1:30 p.m, complete with refreshments and sag wagon.  For more information, contact Stephanie Hinz at shinz@pbalawfirm.com or
366-7621.

Supper will follow at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course, with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. and supper catered by Catering by L.J.’s beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For any general questions about the Summer Outing, contact Darin Luneckas at dluneckas@qwest.net or at 294-8777.

Charitable Donations Committee Funding Request Deadline is July 1, 2009

Periodically, the Linn County Bar Association Charitable Donations Committee distributes grants to nonprofit organizations. The committee is now accepting applications. The applications must be received by the committee by July 1, 2009. For more information, please see the following documents:

Charitable Donations Committee Funding Letter

Charitable Donations Committee Funding Request Application

LCBA Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee of the LCBA has selected the following slate of nominees to be placed on the ballot for election at the Annual Meeting to be held June 18:

President-Elect:           Stephanie Hinz (to be President 2010-2011 term)

Secretary:                     Laura Mueller (term expiring June 2011)

Board of Governors:      Rich Mitvalsky (term expiring June 2012)
                                     Ian Thornhill (term expiring June 2012)
                                     Kerry Finley (term expiring June 2011)

 Current President-Elect Connie Alt will become President at the Annual Meeting.

In addition to the names submitted by the Nominating Committee, any member of the LCBA may have his or her name placed upon the ballot for a position by submitting to the LCBA a petition with at least 10 LCBA members’ signatures.  Nomination petitions shall be submitted to LCBA President Scott McLeod(smcleod@lynchdallas.com) at least four weeks prior to the meeting.  Members will vote on and elect the officers and governors for the open positions at the Annual Meeting.