Get 2 FREE CLE hours with a Probate Law overview & Ethics talk!

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!


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 ( 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 attached flyer for more details.

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.


Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:


Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day’s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?   Just head over to the LCBA website at and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.   This section of the website also has links to judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.


Tom Riley Law Firm is not moving offices but does wish to announce a temporary access to its Cedar Rapids office due to construction on First Ave. The access is off of 40th St. NE.   Please see the attached letter for more information.

*TRANSITIONS is a NEW section of the Scriptum!   If you would like to announce your law firm 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 the Scriptum.   Submissions should be sent to


Nyemaster Goode, P.C., is seeking a corporate/transactional attorney with 5+ years of experience for its growing Cedar Rapids office. The ideal candidate would possess outstanding academic credentials and work experience; would have a strong work ethic; and would have developed a base of business.   The successful candidate will be involved in the firm‘s corporate/transactional matters, especially with respect to Nyemaster Goode‘s clients located or doing business in eastern Iowa.   Please send a cover letter and résumé by postal mail to John T. Clendenin, 700 Walnut Street, Suite 1600, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, by fax to (515) 283-3108 or by email to All inquiries will be held in confidence. Nyemaster Goode is an equal opportunity employer.

Brady & O’Shea, PC is seeking full-time paralegal for work in litigation and real estate.   Minimum of 2 years experience and legal assistant degree/certificate required. Strong written/oral skills, proficiency in MS Office required. Excellent benefits.   Pay commensurate with qualifications & experience. Please send resume, references, and salary requirements:   Peggy Patters, Brady & O’Shea, PC, 2735 1st Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
Scott McLeod is announcing that he is available as a mediator in all areas of civil litigation and workers’ compensation.   Scott has practiced law with Lynch Dallas, P.C. since 1969, is a Fellow, with the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.   For more information contact Scott at Lynch Dallas, P.C., PO Box 2457, Cedar Rapids, IA.   Tel. No.   (319) 365-9101 or email:
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   We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptums.   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.


As a service to the legal community, Legal Support Professionals of Linn County (“LSPLC”) will publish your “help wanted” ad in its monthly publication, Behind the Bar.   The organization will e-mail the ad to its members, who in turn may know of someone looking for work in the legal community.   If you have questions about this service, or if you would like to publish an ad in Behind the Bar, the monthly newsletter of LSPLC, please contact Mickala Anderson, Employment Committee Chair, at 355-4292, fax 355-8371; or

Kirkwood Community College offers an 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


Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website   at However, some of the contact information listed on the website is out of date! Please take a minute to view the information listed for your name at and let the LCBA webmaster know 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 e-mail at


Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.   Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.     Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.   Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years: $95
– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:   $125
– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:   $0
– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:   $75

Annual dues invoices for 2010-2011 will be sent to members shortly.   Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.


Here is a list of dates for Linn County Bar Association meetings and other activities for 2010-2011:

BAR MEETINGS (12-1 p.m. @ Cedar Rapids Art Museum) & other LCBA EVENTS:

** NO bar meeting in August **
Bar Meeting: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Bar Meeting: Thursday, November 18, 2010
** NO bar meeting in December **
December Last Chance Seminar: Thursday, December 16, 2010
Bench/Bar Conference: Tuesday, January 6, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, March 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
** May “meeting” is a noon Kernels game, date TBD**
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2011 (Note: This is the 4th Thursday of the month).
** Summer Outing first/second week July , date TBD**


In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 4.50% for the month of  December.   Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.   The usury rate is available at


by Gene the Critic

As a fun, new service to our members, we are publishing monthly restaurant reviews written by our very own members.   Enjoy this month’s reviews!

Today I am going to write about one of my favorite places to eat, Granite City Food and Brewery located at the corner of Collins Road and 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids.   Granite City has a welcoming atmosphere, including several TV’s tuned in to various sports events and an extended menu with a lot of options.   The host and the waiters are pleasant,   very hospitable and provide very good service.   And the cloth napkins are a nice touch.

There are a lot of lunch items available but my favorite is a cup of chicken tortilla soup with the chicken bruschetta salad (includes 4 to 6 slices of yummy bread) and ice tea.   There ice tea is the best!   My wife loves two of the appetizers, chicken quesadillas and the spinach artichoke dip.   One of my favorite dinners is the meat loaf, mashed potatoes and toasted bread. The mediterranean chicken and   the pasta dishes are very good.   We also enjoy the Sunday brunch.   They   brew beer on the premises and have several interesting varieties.   You will see many people come in with their growlers and fill them with their favorite brew.     I am sure you would enjoy your lunch or dinner at Granite City.


This review is somewhat different.     The restaurant is called Todd English/Olives. It is elegant.   Expect great food.   The service is fantastic.   They have one of my favorite touches, cloth napkins.   But lets start with the food.

Begin with a nice glass of wine, for me a Merlot and for my wife a Pinot Noir. They   then bring a small tray of special olives (3 varieties) and 3 olive pastes to spread on the warm freshly baked sliced bread that was in a separate basket.   Then a crunchy vegetable salad (too many good ingredients to list all of them) served with their special olive oil dressing.   Then the main course.   A beef tenderloin (medium well) with a potato (mashed for me) and asparagus spears cooked perfectly.     Take your time eating because this is excellent food and dining at its best.   Then dessert of course and there are five or six options.   I chose the chocolate cake drizzled with white chocolate.   Then maybe some coffee or an   after dinner drink like B & B, Kahlua or Baileys.   Wow, this is great.

One of the places to eat this great food is on the ocean liner the Queen Mary II in the middle of the North Atlantic where the view is the deep blue ocean water and a beautiful orange-yellow sunset.     Another place   to eat this great food is on the veranda at   the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas near the musical dancing   fountains.   On a warm August evening the fountains gently drop a cool mist over you as you enjoy the great food of Todd English/Olives, while in the background you can hear an Italian tenor sing a beautiful song.

We have tried both places and they are terrific.