Last Chance for Ethics CLE Dec. 12

The LCBA Last Chance (for Ethics) CLE will be held on December 12, 2019 at the Ideal Social Hall, 213 16th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Doors Open at 3:30 p.m. Cash bar, but free snacks!

Please click here to RSVP for the CLE by Friday, December 6, 2019.

UI College of Law Professor Emily Hughes will present, followed by Lynch Dallas Associates Nathan Kooker and Ben Roberson who will conduct a rapid-fire disciplinary case law update. At 5:15 p.m., Sixth Judicial District Court Judge Christopher Bruns and his panel will take over to discuss a lawyer’s ethical duties when “zealously representing” their clients.

Free to dues-paid bar members! However, please note that LCBA has collected through voluntary contributions less than $1,000 this year for our charitable giving committee. We used to distribute $40,000, which would be $114 per member. In this season of giving, consider making that donation now since many of you did not make the contribution with your dues. You can make a donation with your credit or debit card at the LCBA Last Chance (for Ethics) CLE—see Erin and Sarah at the door or drop cash in the hat. We will deliver what we collect to the LCBA’s charitable giving committee. Thank you!

CLE credit approved for June bar meeting, July Summer Outing CLE

CLE credit has been approved for the following LCBA events:

June 2019 bar meeting – 6/20/19 – Speaker Hon. Kevin McKeever
Total CLE hours approved .5 (no ethics)
Activity Number 332257

Summer Outing CLE – 7/11/19
Total CLE hours approved 3.25
Ethics hours approved 1.75 (for presentations by Kristymarie Shipley and Emily Hughes)
Activity Number 332444

LCBA 2018 CLE Summary

The following 2018 LCBA programs were 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
313009   11/15/18 Hon. Susan Christensen – Pro Se Family Law Forms .5 0
313008   12/13/18 Last Chance Seminar 2.0 2.0

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) paymentof an annual fee.

2018 LCBA Last Chance Seminar – December 13, 2018

Please join us on Thursday December 13 at the Eastbank Venue & Lounge for the LCBA‘s Last Chance CLE!

3:30 p.m. – Doors open – please join us for beverages and appetizers

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Transitioning to the Bench & Ex Parte Communications

Presenter: Honorable Jason Besler

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Ethical Issues in the Representation of Clients with Diminished Capacity

Presenter: Professor Josephine Gittler

This event is free to all members of the LCBA. Non-members are welcome to join us at a fee of $25 per person, which can be paid at the door by cash or card.

Please RSVP to the Linn County Bar Association by Monday December 10 so that we can have an accurate headcount for food.


November Meeting, Justice Susan Christensen

Justice Susan Christensen

The November Meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park.   Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.    This month’s speakers will be Iowa Supreme Court Justice Susan Christensen, who will be speaking on the pro se family law forms committee/lawyer volunteerism/access to justice.   Continue reading “November Meeting, Justice Susan Christensen”

2018 Corporate Counsel Institute at Double Tree by Hilton

The following is an ISBA CLE opportunity.

2018 Corporate Counsel Institute (In-person or Live Webinar)
Nov. 8
In-person (Double Tree by Hilton Hotel) or Live Webinar
350 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids,  Iowa    52401

Please join us for the annual ISBA Corporate Counsel Institute (ICCI) sponsored by the ISBA Corporate Counsel Section. The ICCI seeks to provide a meaningful opportunity for new and experienced attorneys to interact with in-house counsel, corporate counsel and outside practitioners all while attending excellent continuing legal education programs. Continue reading “2018 Corporate Counsel Institute at Double Tree by Hilton”

October Meeting

The October Meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday, October 18, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park.   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.

Kristeena’s is catering lunch and will be serving: 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.

** Lunch is ordered as a courtesy for those who want to have lunch during the meeting.   Members are not required to order lunch.   There is no charge to attend the meeting if you do not order lunch.**

If you plan to attend, please answer the questions below. RSVPs are due 2 p.m. October 17.   (No need to answer the questions if you are not attending the meeting.)


6th Annual Corporate Counsel Forum

The following is a message from the  ACC, Iowa Chapter.

Please join the ACC, Iowa Chapter, for the 6th Annual Corporate Counsel Forum on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Sponsored by:    The Association of Corporate Counsel, Iowa Chapter

Program Location:    Drake University Law School, Cartwright Hall, Des Moines


  • Navigating the Fog of Immigration
  • Figuring-Out How to Trump the Environment – Where is Environmental Regulation Headed?
  • The #MeToo Movement and its Implications for Corporate Decision-Making
  • New SEC Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosures & Cybersecurity Enforcement
  • Opportunity Zones & Opportunity Funds under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
  • Tips on How to Effectively Work With and Negotiate with Regulators
  • Bankruptcy Update
  • Do You Really Need a Non-Compete and/or NDA?
  • How to Discipline Employees for Social Media Posts Without Getting Sued
  • New Tax Law – Emphasis on New Code Section for Pass-Through Businesses
  • Labor & Employment Law under Trump:   Where Are We and Where Are We Headed?
  • Standards of Professional Conduct – Civility Under the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Administrative Proceedings to Challenge Patent Protection
  • Data Security Issues and the Coming Wave of Personal Privacy Regulations
  • The Ins and Outs of Comparative Advertising and Other Uses of Another‘s Trademark
  • A special lunch presentation on Business Etiquette & Manners

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