2021 Bench-Bar Gala to be held January 21, 2021

All Linn County Bar Association members are cordially invited to attend the LCBA’s 2021 Bench-Bar Gala on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. A link was emailed to all LCBA members. Members who did not receive an email invite should contact the LCBA at linncobar@gmail.com.

The annual Bench-Bar Gala is an opportunity to honor our members and will feature:
 -A tribute to our 50-year members of the LCBA (Scott Bogguss, Guy Booth, Bob Houghton, Jane Schmidt)
 – Recognition of Judge Grady, who retired December 2020
 – Recognition of the recipient of the LCBA’s annual Citizenship Award

Please plan to participate in this important and fun event! This event is free of charge to all dues paid LCBA members.

For those who attend the Bench-Bar Virtual Gala the LCBA is also coordinating with three local businesses to provide members participating in the Bench-Bar Virtual Gala with a beverage and/or snack of their choice, up to $15. Members should see their Zoom email invitation for further information.

Citizenship Award Nominations Sought

The Board of Governors is seeking nominees for its Citizenship Award. Any LCBA member may nominate any other LCBA member for this award. The following factors will be considered in determining the award recipient:

  1. Active participation in civic organizations that provide services to others in the community, state and/or country (not necessarily just to other lawyers);
  2. Active participation in activities designed to further the interests of the Iowa bar (whether at the local, regional, or state level);
  3. Demonstrates strength of character and ability to motivate others to action to benefit the community, state and/or country; and
  4. Supports, promotes and “goes above and beyond” to further the interest of others in the local community.

Please note that current Board of Governors members and LCBA officers are not eligible for this award.

Please submit your nominations for the Citizenship Award to LCBA President-Elect Laura Hyer at lhyer@bradleyriley.com by Monday, January 4, 2021.

The Citizenship Award will be presented at the Bench/Bar event on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

Last Chance Seminar – 2 hour free CLE December 10

Linn County Bar members are cordially invited to attend the annual Last Chance for Ethics CLE! This event is free to all dues-paid LCBA members.

Where:  Virtually, via Zoom
When:  Thursday, December 10 from 3:00p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  *  Professor Erin Lain, Assistant Provost for Campus Equity & Inclusion and Professor of Law at Drake University, will present on the state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
  *  The Honorable Christopher Bruns and the Honorable Chad Kepros will present on ethical pitfalls and issues they have encountered during the pandemic and how lawyers can avoid them.

  You can register for the event using this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NaWIA42CQ1mOFotc-h4r1A

December 11, 2020 7 hr CLE: Access to Justice: 2020 and Beyond

Mediate Iowa is sponsoring a 7 hr Zoom CLE this Friday, December 11 from 8:30am-4:50 pm. The CLE includes 2.5 hours of ethics credit.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://mediateiowa.org/for-mediators/access-to-justice-2020-and-beyond/

8:30 Welcome
8:35 – 9:35 How Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession Perpetuates Systemic Racism (1 hr.)
9:35 – 9:45 Break (10 minutes)
9:45 – 11:15 Ethical Concerns: Reducing Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice in Johnson County (1.5 hr.)
11:15-11:25 Break (10 minutes)
11:25-12:25 Cultural Proficiency for Organizations and Professionals (1 hr.)
12:25-1:00 LUNCH (35 minutes)
1:00-2:30 Organizations and Social Justice: A Roundtable Discussion (1.5 hr.)
2:30 – 2:40 Break (10 minutes)
2:40 – 3:40 Trauma-Informed Practices (1 hr.)
3:40 – 3:50 Break (10 minutes)
3:50 – 4:50 Changing a School’s Climate and Children’s Lives (I hr.)

Registration: In this time of Covid, and given the uncertainty people are experiencing, and given the importance of this information, we are offering this conference at reduced rates:
For attorneys who want CLE credit, the registration is $125 for the day.

For all others, including employees of nonprofits, governments, elected officials, community members, students, the registration is $25.
Volume discounts: If an employer or people get together and register 5 people at once, they can each pay $20. Please contact admin@mediateiowa.org for more information.
Scholarships: If you need a scholarship, please contact admin@mediateiowa.org for more information.

Click below for detailed descriptions of the sessions and presenter lists.

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Introduction to Jeff Wright, State Public Defender

Jeff Wright was supposed to speak at the April meeting of the LCBA, however he was unable to do so since the meeting was canceled due to COVID-19. We plan to invite Jeff back to speak once it is safe for us to meet in person. In the meantime, Jeff put together this brief video explaining his background and his role as the state public defender. We would like to thank Jeff for taking the time to put together this video. We look forward to hosting him at a future LCBA meeting! If you have questions for Jeff, please feel free to email us at linncobar@gmail.com and we will pass them along.

Click here to view the video.

Notice of Annual Meeting & Elections June 18, 2020

Each year in June the LCBA votes on the slate of officers for the next year. Due to Covid-19, our June meeting will be held electronically over Zoom. Please see the Notice of Annual Meeting below.

To permit members to cast their votes on the proposed slate of officers and not delay the meeting, an Electronic Poll will be sent out the day before the meeting. This will be similar to the lunch RSVPs emails you have received in the past.
In addition to voting on the slate of officers there will also be votes to ratify the Board of Governors decisions to conduct the annual meeting and the election via electronic means.
Voting will be open from June 17, 2020 at 11am until June 18, 2020 at 11am. The results will be announced during the meeting on June 18, 2020.
If you have further questions, please contact the Linn County Bar at linncobar@gmail.com.


The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held via Zoom in Linn County on Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. The speaker will be Rob Sand, Auditor of the State of Iowa. Business to be conducted at the annual meeting shall include the following:

  1. Ratification of the Board of Governors decision to conduct the annual meeting of the Linn County Bar Association via electronic means, specifically Zoom; and,
  2. Ratification of the Board of Governors decision to conduct the election of new officers and members via electronic means, specifically Google forms with voting open from 11:00 AM on June 17, 2020, until June 18, 2020 11:00 AM. Results will be announced during the Annual Meeting of the LCBA on June 18, 2020.
  3. Announcement of the election results.
    The Linn County Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has selected a slate of nominees to be placed on the ballot for election at the Annual Meeting, which is normally held on the third Thursday of June (June 18, 2020). Due to COVID-19, the Board of Governors has approved a motion to conduct the annual meeting of the Linn County Bar Association via electronic means, specifically Zoom. The Board of Governors also approved a motion to conduct the election via electronic means, specifically Google forms.
    Details will be sent at a later date with information for members to participate in the LCBA annual meeting via Zoom; and information for members to participate in the election via Google forms. The Proposed Nominees are:

    President-Elect (term of presidency 2021-2022): Laura Hyer, Bradley & Riley, PC

    Treasurer (two-year term 2020-2022): Erin Grabe, Hills Bank and Trust Company

    Board of Governors (three-year term 2019-2022):
    Lisa Gavin, Iowa Legal Aid
    Shannon Powers, Lederer Weston, Craig, PLC
    Holly Corkery, Lynch Dallas, P.C. (completion of year three of three-year term for Laura Hyer)

    Current President-Elect Megan Merritt, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C., will become President at the Annual Meeting.

    In addition to the names submitted by the Nominating Committee, any member of the Association may have his or her name placed upon the ballot for a position by submitting to the LCBA a petition with at least ten (10) LCBA members’ signatures. Nomination petitions shall be submitted to LCBA President Phillip Seidl (pseidl@sccrlaw.com) by no later than May 21, 2020, a date at least four weeks prior to the June 18 Annual Meeting date. Members will vote on and elect the officers and governors for the open positions through Google forms with balloting conducted commencing June 17, 2020 until 11:00 AM June 18, 2020 with results announced at the Annual Meeting

LCBA Summer Outing postponed

The LCBA Board of Governors has voted to postpone the LCBA’s Summer Outing, previously scheduled for Thursday, July 9. The plan for now is to “wait and see” our community’s progress toward reopening as the pandemic subsides and then hold a celebration or some other event to welcome LCBA members back.  We know members had looked forward to our annual summer event and will keep you updated with future plans. Stay safe!

Cancelled: March LCBA Luncheon

Please note that the March LCBA luncheon scheduled for Thursday, March 12th at noon has been cancelled due to public health concerns. Please feel free to contact the LCBA with any questions or concerns.