The Scriptum, October 2018

NEXT LCBA EVENT:

BAR MEETING OCTOBER 18, 2018

 The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday,  October 18, from 12:00 – 1:00 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.

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.

Lunch is $10.00 and will be catered by Kristeena’s. The menu is 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.

This month your lunch payment can be made via not just check or cash, but also credit card! We will have a credit card processor available for use when you check-in for the meeting.

RSVPs are due 2 p.m. on October 17.

LINN LAW CLUB NEWS

 Please join the Linn Law Club for happy hour on Wednesday, October 24 from 4:30

p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Bricks Bar & Grill, located at 320 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids. See you there!

Also, the Linn Law Club is now accepting donations of wrapping materials for our  annual Holiday Gift Drive. More information will come, but we appreciate all that can volunteer and all donations. The date for the Gift Drive wrapping event is yet to be determined but let us know by emailing linnlawboard@gmail.com  if you are interested  in helping out. Additionally, a letter will be sent out with further information on donations.

Attorneys interested in learning more about Linn Law Club and more upcoming events  and opportunities should join the Club’s email at LinnLawBoard@gmail.com.

JUDGES SOUGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT

Judges are needed for this year’s Middle School Regional Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, November 3 at the Linn County Courthouse. Volunteers are needed for approximately 56 attorney judge slots. No experience is necessary. There will be four rounds: 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Attorney volunteers are requested to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time of their judging round and each round will be completed in less than two hours. You can sign up to judge more than one round. Beverages and snacks will be provided for the attorney volunteers.

This year’s case competition information can be viewed here: http://www.iowabar.org/?MSMockTrial More detailed information will be provided to judges before the event.

If     you      are      able      to     volunteer,      please      contact     Jenni      Semelroth      at jsemelroth@hotmail.com or 319-329-5536.

LCBA ADOPTS ONLINE DUES INVOICING AND PAYMENT

 This year, your LCBA dues are being invoiced via e-mail. 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.

The transitioning to electronic invoicing takes time and not all invoices have been emailed yet. If you have not received your 2018-2019 dues invoice yet, please contact Leigh Van Dee at lvandee@lwclawyers.com. Please also contact Leigh if your invoice is the wrong amount or you would like a group invoice. The billing system will not allow you to manually change the invoice amount or pay an amount different than on the invoice.  You will need a new invoice instead.

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

JUDGES NEEDED FOR UNIVERSITY OF IOWA MOCK TRIAL TOURNAMENT + GET FREE CLE NOV. 17-18

 

On   November   17-18,   the   nationally   ranked   and   two-time    national championship University of Iowa Mock Trial Program is hosting an intercollegiate mock trial tournament: the 18th Annual Cornshucker Challenge. The tournament is looking for attorneys to volunteer as judges — no prior experience nor trial experience is necessary to serve as a judge. The tournament will consist of four rounds (Saturday and  Sunday  round at both 8:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.) with each round lasting  no  more than three  hours. Individuals can sign up for as few or as many rounds as they’d like to judge. In an effort to give back to the legal community this year, any individual who judges a round will also be given the option to participate in a free 1 hour ethics CLE over lunch (also provided) on either day. The CLE will be different each day, so an individual could potentially earn 2 hours of ethics CLE credits if they so choose. An added benefit of judging is entry into raffles for six possible prizes including $50 gift card redeemable at dozens of Iowa City businesses, a bottle of wine (1 awarded per round), and a catered lunch.  There will be one entry per round judged.

Please come join us at the 18th Annual Cornshucker Challenge as it is one of the longest- running and most competitive undergraduate mock trial tournaments in the nation. This year, the tournament will play host to more than a dozen teams that were at the National Championship Tournament last year, including five teams that placed in the top-10 at that tournament. In addition to providing valuable experience for the students who    compete, the tournament serves as a fundraiser for the program and allows them to participate in  the elimination tournaments later this year.

Individuals interested in judging and/or the CLE are encouraged to contact ISBA member and faculty head coach, Ryan Seelau, at ryan-seelau@uiowa.edu or via phone or text at 319-432-4809.

SAVE THE DATE! LAST CHANCE SEMINAR

 The LCBA’s annual free end-of-year CLE for LCBA members – the “Last Chance Seminar – has tentatively been scheduled for late afternoon Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the East Bank Venue & Lounge in Cedar Rapids. Mark your calendars. More details to come in future issues of the Scriptum.

LCBA 2018 CLE SUMMARY

 The following 2018 LCBA programs have been approved for CLE credit:

Iowa Activity ID # Date of Program  

Program Description

Iowa Credit Hours Ethics Hours
289949 2/15/18 Iowa Supreme Court Case Highlights – Justice Waterman 0.75 0
297024 3/22/18 EDMS and Continuances – Hon. Chris Bruns and Kellee Cortez .5 0
297025 4/19/18 School Law – Cedar Rapids Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Buck .5 0
302096 6/21/18 Legislative Update – Sen. Rob Hogg .5 0
302097 7/12/18 Summer Outing 3.25 1.0
308438 9/20/18 Prof. Todd Pettys – Iowa’s Constitutional History .5 0

NOTE! 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.

LCBA MEETING CALENDAR

The Linn County Bar Association holds regular monthly meetings on the third Thursday of September-November, February – April and June.

There is no regular monthly meeting during the following months due to other LCBA events scheduled as indicated: January (Bench Bar Event); May (LCBA Day at the Kernels); July (Summer Outing); and December (Last Chance Ethics CLE). There is no monthly meeting in August.

NEW MEMBERS

The Linn County Bar Association welcomes the following new members: Katherine Dick, Linn County Attorney’s Office

Greg Greiner, Iowa Legal Aid

Michelle A. Halverson, GreatAmerica Financial Services

TRANSITIONS

 Jim Kringlen has been the Managing Attorney of the Cedar Rapids Regional Office of Iowa Legal Aid for just over 15 years (since July, 2003). Prior to that (from 1996 until 2003), he was a Staff Attorney in the Iowa City Regional Office of Iowa Legal Aid (then known as the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa). Jan Rutledge, the Managing Attorney of the Iowa City Regional Office for the last 31 years, has announced her retirement, and, as of January, 2019, Jim will be transferring to the Managing Attorney position there (assuming the Cedar Rapids Managing Attorney position he will be leaving has been  filled by then). (See Position Available announcement below). Jim wishes to relate to the members of the Linn County Bar Association that he has found the members of the Linn County Bar Association to be superbly collegial, consistently supportive of Iowa Legal Aid’s mission, and as friendly as anyone could hope for. This is true, notwithstanding  that he often first met other members in an adversarial, but thoroughly professional, context. He will greatly miss the monthly meetings, and especially the Summer Outing (unless he remains an eligible member and can attend, notwithstanding his transfer to Iowa City).

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

 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

CRST International, Inc. is looking for a qualified candidate for its Associate Counsel position. Primarily, the Associate Counsel supports business operations of the various CRST companies by reviewing and developing transportation related contracts; assessing contractual risk and advising decision makers concerning that risk; and assisting sales and other personnel in negotiating agreements with other parties. Associate Counsel also perform other legal related duties at the discretion of the General Counsel. Juris  Doctorate degree required, in addition to outstanding communication skills (written and verbal), excellent organizational ability, and sound problem identification/solving aptitude. Must be detail oriented and able to work under deadlines. Prior experience in contract management or drafting, either in a corporate or legal setting preferred, but not required. Knowledge of and familiarity with the transportation industry preferred, but not required. The full position posting can be found at http://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CRST&cws=1&rid=918.

Interested parties should contact: Erin Chase, Director – Executive Placement, CRST International, Inc., echase@crst.com, 319.390.6248

Full time experienced Legal Secretary/Assistant position open. Training provided. Five years or more of experience preferred. Creditors’ rights practice, foreclosures, real estate, commercial transactions and litigation, wills and probate. No family law, criminal law, personal injury, worker’s compensation or debtor representation. Templates and forms saved electronically. Proof reading and excellent work product management are a must. Willingness to do a significant amount of digital dictation required. Salary commensurate with experience, work ethic and product. I will pay well for the right team member. Self-motivated, good communication skills and an ability to docket and manage deadlines required. 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. 401K and health insurance, if needed, available under a Wellmark BC/BS group plan. Free on-site parking. Clerical support provided. Payroll outsourced and billings prepared by another staff member on our team. All inquiries and applications treated strictly confidential. Please contact Ray Terpstra or Jennifer Smith if you are qualified for the position and are looking for employment with an AV rated attorney with 36 years of experience in a five person  office. Phone: 319-364-2467, ext. 1007; email rterpstra@tewlaw.net with cc to Jennifer Smith at jen@tewlaw.net, 3600 First Avenue NE, Suite 101, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

Law office space available in the building at 2720 1st Ave NE in Cedar Rapids. Space includes 11 offices, 5 secretary spaces, library, 3 conference rooms, and copy/break area.

Ample parking is available. Please direct questions to Shannon Thompson at 319.366.8800 x25.

Iowa Legal Aid is seeking a Managing Attorney for the Cedar Rapids Regional Office. The Managing Attorney is responsible for a wide range of legal and administrative tasks, including management of legal and support staff, and the day-to-day management of the office. The Managing Attorney works with multiple funding sources and community organizations and collaborates with other units of Iowa Legal Aid’s statewide program. Iowa Legal Aid is dedicated to providing high quality legal services in areas of priority identified by its Board of Directors. Priority areas include income  maintenance  programs, housing, health care, domestic violence, education, individual rights and selected consumer issues. Iowa Legal Aid also has a strong commitment to community legal education. Preference will be given to those applicants with at least three years of legal experience, background in and commitment to working with low-income people   and experience handling claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Iowa or be available to take the next scheduled bar examination. Salary dependent on experience, excellent fringe benefits. To apply, submit a letter of application (indicate geographic restrictions), resume, law school transcript, recent representative writing sample, and names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references to: Attn: Arlys Kness, Iowa Legal Aid, 1111  Ninth Street, Suite 230, Des Moines, Iowa  50314-2527, 515/243-2151. EOE

Iowa Legal Aid anticipates filling staff attorney openings in some of its regional offices. Staff attorneys provide free legal assistance and community legal education to low- income people. Assistance ranges from counsel and advice to representation before various agencies and courts. Areas of priority include income maintenance programs, housing, health care, domestic violence, education, individual rights and selected consumer issues. Applicants must be graduates of law school and  licensed  to  practice law in Iowa, be eligible for admission on motion or be available for the next scheduled bar examination. Prior experience in the practice of law or working with poverty law issues is preferred. To apply, submit a letter of application (indicate geographic restrictions), resume, law school transcript, recent representative writing sample, and names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references to: Attn: Arlys Kness, Iowa Legal Aid, 1111 Ninth Street, Suite 230, Des Moines, Iowa 50314- 2527, 515/243-2151. EOE.

Stinson Leonard Street LLP (www.stinson.com),  an Am Law 200  firm with offices  in 13 cities nationally, is seeking an attorney with experience in the areas of corporate law, business transactions, business succession planning, secured lending transactions and/or commercial real estate to join our Mankato, Minnesota office. The preferred candidate is self-motivated and team-orientated, with the ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment. While this position is based in Mankato, MN, the attorney will have the ability to partner with our greater Stinson team and serve clients  throughout our offices. Qualified candidates will have at least three (3) years of experience  in  the  areas  of  corporate  law,  business  transactions,  business succession planning, secured lending transactions and/or commercial real estate. The successful candidate is a professional who can provide exceptional customer service both to our clients and our internal team. Qualified applicants will possess excellent academic credentials and have strong writing, analytical, organizational, and communication  skills. Applicant must be licensed to practice law in  the  State  of  Minnesota.  To  Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and writing sample by e-mail to: Anna Lloyd, Attorney Recruiting Manager, Stinson Leonard Street 1201 Walnut, Suite 2900 Kansas City, MO 64106 recruiting@stinson.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.

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 DIRECTORY ON LCBA WEBSITE

 Did you know the LCBA 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 the court’s contact numbers.

The website also has contact information for all LCBA members at www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html. Advise the LCBA webmaster 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. The first membership year is free. Annual base membership dues for all others is listed on the LCBA’s website at: http://www.linncobar.org/about/dues/ A voluntary charitable assessment of $100 is included on all dues statement; payment of the assessment is not required. The assessment goes towards funding legal related charitable organizations in Linn County. The membership application is at this link: http://www.linncobar.org/wp-content/uploads/220265.pdf

Dues notices for the 2018-2019 LCBA membership year were emailed to members last month. (See notice elsewhere in the Scriptum.) If you did not receive your dues notice, please contact the LCBA at linncobar@gmail.com.

Only LCBA members current on their dues may attend LCBA sponsored events such as the Last Chance Seminar CLE, Bench-Bar gathering and LCBA day at the Kernels.

Current annual base membership dues are $150 for members admitted to any bar 5-49 years and $120 for members who have been admitted to any bar fewer than five years. There are also special dues amounts for government employees, employees of certain non-profit organizations, and full-time judges and certain other government entities. Please see the full dues policy here: http://www.linncobar.org/about/dues/

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    Forms/Recent_Amendments    New_Iowa_Co urt_Rules/

RESTAURANT REVIEW: 30HOP

 No expectations. That’s right. This is the 3rd restaurant review from this exact location in the last three years. The previous restaurants at this location, Rock Top and Axel’s, received less than favorable reviews. Thus, no expectations. Unfair? Maybe. But here we go with a blank slate.

Let’s start with “atmosphere”. As we arrived for lunch, I noticed the parking lot was about ninety percent full. A good sign. Upon entering the building through an easy opening door, a friendly young man greeted us and immediately took us to a booth near the rear of the dining area. As we were walking to our booth, I observed several televisions including a gigantic screen near our booth, but the only noticeable sound was the friendly happy voices of the diners. Our booth had lime green cushioned seats with dark colored backs. The seats were comfortable.  The lighting was ideal as it was easy to read the menu and observe those around us (oops, I didn’t mean that) and for the waitress to see us, in the event that we needed refills on our drinks. I would rate the atmosphere “very good”.

Now for the “food”. The menu was diverse and interesting. For example, the Cobb Salad contains romaine, carrots, edamame, guacamole, egg, tomato, pork belly, plum dressing and bleu cheese. Another example is the Crispy Skin Salmon which includes porcini dusting, almonds, curry sweet potato mash, ginger-cran coulis, shitake and sweet chili kale (their spelling throughout, not mine). We did not order either of them. But you get the picture. My wife ordered the Curry Sweet Potato Mash and the Very Berry Balsamic with hot water to drink. I ordered the Chicken Bacon Ranch sandwich which included grilled chicken, bacon, caramelized onion, Swiss cheese and baconaise. The side  was  french  fries  and  the  drink  was  iced  tea.  The serving  sizes  were plentiful. The presentation was good. My wife loved the mashed sweet potatoes. The taste of the chicken sandwich was exceptional. I would rate the food as “very good”.

Now for the “service”. The greeter was pleasant and prompt. The server was pleasant, knowledgeable and hard working. I had to leave out the word attentive as she had too many tables to serve. The kitchen was slow in the preparation and serving of the food (took about 20 minutes). I would rate the service as “ok”.

I like this place. The concept is good. I think you would enjoy this restaurant. The 30Hop is a good addition to our dining options.

Gene the Critic

The 30Hop is located at 951 Blairs Ferry Road NE, Cedar Rapids. Phone: 319-200-2010. Check for hours of operation.

LCBA GIVING AT WORK

 Each year the LCBA uses charitable contributions from its members as well as monies from LCBA regular dues payments to provide funding to local non-profits that provide legal services to individuals in Linn County and make the judicial system in Linn County more accessible to the public. This new column, “LCBA Giving at Work”, spotlights some of the work performed by recipient organizations of LCBA funding.

 Kids First, with a mission to give children a voice in conflict, focused its first 12 years on conflict in kids’ families. Beginning last year, Kids First launched  a  program in the school district to help kids resolve conflict, both with peers and with teachers. Kids  First’s restorative justice project resolves conflicts between students at McKinley Middle School.

When there is conflict between students or between a student and teacher, youth have the option of going through Kids First’s restorative justice project. Attorney Arianna (“Ari”) Eddy meets with participants individually and then together in a restorative circle. Each person tells their own story—what happened and how they have been affected. These narratives often lead the student who did the harm to empathize with the student who was harmed and to take responsibility for their actions. The participants together identify a resolution to address the harm. All plans are forwarded to the principal, who will approve or add to the plan depending on the consequence needed. These circles improve kids’ conflict-resolution skills.

“Nathan” had threatened to bring a weapon to school. It turned out that four boys were teasing him because of his clothes and a card game he plays with his friends at lunch. After the principal talked with Nathan’s dad and assessed the situation, she referred him to Ari, our Youth Peace Project director. Ari met with the other boys individually and they admitted bullying Nathan; they told Ari they knew it  was wrong and each    felt  bad about it. Ari brought the boys together in a circle with Nathan, where they apologized to him. To Ari’s surprise, Nathan admitted that he also had done some mean things, so he apologized too. Not only did all the boys agree to stop teasing each other, but they also promised to stick up for each other if they saw anyone picking on any of them. Although this conflict had been brewing for a year, it wasn’t resolved until they participated in a circle. Consider what a different outcome any school faces when underlying conflict is not resolved.

Jenny Schulz, Executive Director, Kids First Law Center