Record Attendance at 2011 LCBA Bench Bar Event

More than 120 Linn County Bar Association members and 6th Judicial District judges gathered Thursday, January 6 for the LCBA’s 2011 Bench-Bar  Event at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.  The highlight of the Event was a tribute to Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Baker.   Matt Novak of Pickens, Barnes & Abernathy, Tim Semelroth of Riccolo & Semelroth, and Judge Van Zimmer of the Iowa Court of Appeals spoke in recognition of Justice Baker.


THE HONOREE & PRESENTERS
L-to-R: Matt Novak, Justice David Baker, Judge Van Zimmer, and Tim Semelroth

Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District, Patrick Grady, provided an update on the court’s response to the current judicial budget crisis, as well as paid special tribute to Justice Baker.

Following the recognition ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception catered by Winifred’s and a musical performance by Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas.

See more pictures from the event after the jump…


CLE approved for 12/16 LCBA Last Chance Seminar

State CLE credit (including ethics credit)  in the amount of 2.0 hours has been approved for the LCBA  last Chance Seminar held December 16 at the History Museum as follows:

Program Name:   Last Chance Seminar
Sponsor:   LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Start Date:   12/16/2010
End Date:   12/16/2010
City:   Cedar Rapids
Class Type:   Standard(live)
Total CLE Hours Approved:   2.0 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved:   1.0
Activity Number:   75582

2011 Bench Bar Event on Thursday, Jan. 6; Justice Baker to be honored

Please join the  Linn County Bar Association at  its  2011  Bench-Bar  Event.

When:    Thursday, January  6, 2011    from  4:00 – 6:30 PM.
Where:  Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Carnegie Library (main level)

The Bench-Bar Event will feature a tribute to  Justice David Baker.   Having secured a place in Iowa‘s legal history, Justice Baker returns to Linn County to receive the recognition he so richly deserves.   We know many of our members will want to join in wishing it to him.  

Following the ceremony,  complimentary hors d‘oeuvres, wine and beer will be served.   We will also have the pleasure of a  repeat appearance by guest musicians Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas.

Please plan to attend this important  and fun event!   This event is free of charge to LCBA members.

An RSVP email request will be sent to members.   Please submit your RSVP when you receive the email.

QUESTIONS?    Email or call  LCBA President Stephanie Hinz (phone  366-7621).

2011 Bench-Bar Conference Jan. 6

Please join the Linn County Bar Association at its 2011 Bench-Bar Event on Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Carnegie Library (main level).   At this year’s Bench-Bar Event, the LCBA will be recognizing    Iowa Supreme Court  Justice David Baker.   The LCBA will also be honoring members of the LCBA who recently retired or will be retiring in early 2011.      The  Bench Bar Event will also include a  panel discussion on the recent judicial retention election.     One hour of CLE credit will be sought.

A reception catered by Winifred‘s will follow.    Enjoy a drink or two  and hors d‘oeuvres.

Please plan to attend this important event!   This event is free of charge to LCBA members and guests of the honorees.

Linn Law Club Holiday Gift Drive: Donate today!

The Linn Law Club is organizing its 9th Annual Holiday Gift Drive for lawyers to provide gifts and food to needy families in Linn County during the holiday season.

The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (hacap.org) refers a list of needy families to the Linn Law Club. The Club raises money, and purchases gifts and food for the family members. Members of the Club gather to purchase and wrap the presents.   The Law Club‘s goal is to raise $5000 to help as many needy families as possible. As of today, the Club has raised roughly $600.

Please consider making a donation on behalf of yourself or your firm. Any amount helps! The deadline for contributions is Friday, December 10, 2010.   Please see the 2010_Holiday_Fund_Drive_Flyer for more details.

“Last Chance” Seminar Dec. 16: Free 2 hr CLE, incl. ethics!

Finding yourself a couple of credits short of your 2010 CLE requirements?  Come to the LCBA‘s LAST CHANCE SEMINAR on Thursday, December 16, 2010 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids HISTORY CENTER, 615 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.  This FREE CLE will net you two (2) state CLE hours, including an all-important 1 hour ETHICS credit.  The LCBA is even providing food and drink to make this an enjoyable and pain-free CLE event.   Plus, on-site parking  is  available!
The CLE program is as follows:
3:30-4:30  PROBATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE.  There have been several changes to the Probate & Trust Codes in 2010.  Learn how to use and benefit from these changes.  Presented by Susan Pence, Vice President & Trust Officer, Bankers Trust Company and former Chair of the ISBA Probate & Trust Section.
4:30-5:30 ETHICS!  Karen Erger, Vice President, Holmes Murphy & Associates, will be presenting an educational and entertaining talk on current ethics issues.  If you attended the LCBA‘s Summer Outing CLE this year, you‘ll know that Karen‘s ethics CLE presentations are not to be missed!

Mock Trial Judges Needed for November competitions

November presents many opportunities for LCBA members to “give back” by volunteering as a mock trial or mock arbitration judge at local competitions.   See below…

Mock Trial Judges Needed for Regional Middle School Competition in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, November 6

Mock Trial judge volunteers are needed for the 23rd annual middle school regional competition at Kirkwood Community College. This year’s competition will feature 22 teams from area middle schools. There will be four rounds in Iowa Hall on Saturday, November 6. (Note: There is NO home Iowa football game this day!) Round 1 is at 8 AM, round 2 at 10:15 AM, round 3 at 12:30 PM and round 4 at 2:45 PM. There are 44 attorney judge slots that need to be filled. Beverages and snacks will be provided for the attorney volunteers. If you can volunteer as a judge, please contact Mock Trial parent representative Jennifer Reed at  jreed@mchsi.com or phone 319-389-7088.

Mock Trial Judges Needed for U of I Competition on November 13 & 14

The University of Iowa Mock Trial team is seeking volunteers to act as mock trial judges for its 10th Annual Cornshucker Challenge November 13 and 14. The Cornshucker Challenge is one of the longest-running and most competitive undergraduate Mock Trial tournaments in the nation. This year’s tournament will feature 30 teams. There will be representatives from schools nationwide such as University of California-Berkley, Washington University in St. Louis, and Northwestern University, as well as Iowa schools such as Cornell College, Drake University, and Loras College.

The tournament will be held on the University of Iowa Campus at the English and Philosophy Building on Iowa Avenue. On Saturday, November 13, Round 1 is at 10:00 and Round 2 is at 3:00. On Sunday, November 14, Round 3 is at 9:00 and Round 4 is at 2:00. No trial experience is necessary, as there will be a judges meeting 30 minutes before each round to go over the rules and format of a College Mock Trial round.   Breakfast and lunch will be provided for judges.

If you can judge for any of these rounds, please contact Iowa Mock Trial President Vincent Geis at  judging.shucker@gmail.com or 515-341-2747 with the day(s) and round(s) you’d like to judge.

Judges Needed for Arbitration Competition in Iowa City November 20 & 21


The University of Iowa College of Law is seeking volunteers to act as arbitrator judges when it  hosts an ABA Law Student Division Regional Arbitration Competition on November 20-21, 2010.  The competition simulates a realistic arbitration hearing with students portraying attorneys and witnesses.   This competition provides law students with legal training in arbitration and promotes excellence in arbitration advocacy. Participating students prepare and present an arbitration case. Their presentation will include opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations and summations. This year, the case involves an employment dispute concerning the discharge of a whistle-blowing employee.

The rounds will be held in Iowa City on Saturday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 21 as follows:

Round 1 – Saturday, November 20 (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Round 2 – Saturday, November 20 (1:00 pm to 4:30 pm)
Semifinal Round – Sunday, November 21 (8:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Final Round – Sunday, November 21 (1:00 pm to 4:30 pm)

If you wish to serve as a judge, please e-mail UIArbitrationRegional@gmail.com with your availability.  Approximately 54 judges  are needed.   The tournament coordinators at Iowa will provide the case file and competition rules to you a few weeks prior to the competition.   Briefly reviewing these materials is the only preparation required of you.

Meet Justice Ternus at LCBA Reception 10/19 @ Coe College

The Linn County Bar Association and Coe College are sponsoring a reception for LCBA members to meet with Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus at Coe College this coming TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. The reception will be held at Perrine Gallery of Stewart Memorial Library. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Please note this reception is open only to LCBA members.

Following the reception, LCBA members are also invited to attend a public lecture,”The Rule of Law and the Iowa Supreme Court”, presented by Justice Ternus from 7-8 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall on the Coe Campus. The news release regarding the lecture is attached.

Following the lecture, a reception for Coe students and the general public will be held in Hickok Hall lobby.

OCTOBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 2

LCBA OCTOBER MEETING  THURSDAY,  OCTOBER 21

MEETING INFO: The October meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held Thursday, October 21, 2010, from 12 – 1 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.

SPEAKER:   The speaker  will be  Judge Van Zimmer of the Iowa Court of Appeals.   He will be speaking on the upcoming judicial retention election, including addressing these questions.   What do we need to know about the upcoming election and merit selection of judges?   Why should bar members care about this issue?   How can we advise laypeople or friends and family?
GUESTS:   We realize the topic of this month‘s bar meeting presentation is of interest and importance to more people than simply our members.   Please feel free to bring guests — whether lawyers or not — to this meeting.   We simply request that you RSVP the numbers of guests you are bringing.

LUNCH & RSVP INFO:   Lunch will be catered by Kristeena‘s.   The cost is $7.   RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.     Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request email next week.   Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.     Make sure to RSVP if you are attending so that we order sufficient food from the caterer.    Also, if you DO  RSVP but discover last minute you cannot attend, please try to send one of your colleagues in your place.    We have had trouble ordering the correct quantity of food  for our meetings  because members often fail to RSVP and then show up for the meeting, or RSVP but do not attend.   Unfortunately, the number of members  in these two categories often invariably do not even out, resulting in us running out of food sometimes  (which isn’t fair to those in attendance) or ordering too much food thereby wasting both food and bar association money.

Continue reading “OCTOBER SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 2”

October Bar Meeting 10/21; Judge Zimmer to speak

The October meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held Thursday, October 21, 2010, from 12 – 1 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.   The speakers  will be  Judge Van Zimmer of the Iowa Court of Appeals on the upcoming judicial retention election.   Lunch will be catered by Kristeena’s.   The cost is $7.  

 RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.     Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request email in early October   Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday,October 20, 2010.    

PLEASE make sure to RSVP if you are attending so that we order sufficient food from the caterer.    Also, if you DO  RSVP but discover last minute you cannot attend, please try to send one of your colleagues in your place.    We have had trouble ordering the correct quantity of food    for our meetings  because members often fail to RSVP and then show up for the meeting, or RSVP but do not attend.   Unfortunately, the number of members  in these two categories often invariably do not even out, resulting in us running out of food sometimes  (which isn’t fair to those in attendance) or ordering too much food thereby wasting both food and bar association money.