LCBA Kernels Outing – July 23, 2021

What a year we have all had. With more opportunities to be outdoors and the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LCBA has decided to bring back one of our most popular events – the group outing at The Kernels! However this year the outing is going to look a little different. First, we are opening the event up to family members of up-to-date dues-paying members. Additionally, the event is scheduled for a Friday evening, July 23, 2021. The game begins at 6:00 PM and the gates open at 5:30 PM. As a benefit to our members, we have decided to provide unlimited food and drink for our members and their guests. However, attendance is limited to 150 people (not including children aged 5 and under, because they are free and do not count toward our final numbers) and you MUST RSVP to reserve you/your family’s spot. In order to get an appropriate headcount we will be sending out an online RSVP in the near future. Keep an eye out for that because we’d love to have you join us!

Annual Meeting & Elections June 17, 2021

In light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, on May 4, 2021, the Linn County Bar Association Board of Governors approved a motion to hold our 2021 Annual Meeting by electronic means, specifically Zoom, on June 17, 2021. The Board of Governors has also approved a motion to elect our 2021 Officers and Governors by electronic means. These actions will require membership Approval/Ratification in compliance with the requirements of the Linn County Bar Association bylaws (September 2008).  

An email will be distributed the day before our annual meeting, June 16, containing the two actions to be ratified and the slate of officers to be approved. 

The Proposed Slate is as follows:

President-Elect: Holly Corkery, Lynch Dallas, PC (Term of Presidency 2022-2023)

Secretary: Sarah Thielen, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC (2021-2023)

Board Members:
-Casey Rigdon, Howes Law Firm (2021-2024)
-Melissa Carrington, Assistant United States Attorney (2021-2024)
-Tony Olson, Rush Nicholson (2021-2022: Completing Landon Dufoe’s term)

Thank You,
Linn County Bar Association

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

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 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:

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.


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 for more information.
Scholarships: If you need a scholarship, please contact 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 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


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 ( 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