State, Federal CLE Approved for Summer Outing

State CLE credit in the amount of 3.25 hours, including 1.25 ethics hours, has been approved for the LCBA Summer Outing CLE held July 12, 2007 as follows:

Program Name:   2007 Linn County Summer Outing CLE
Start Date:   07/12/2007
End Date:   07/12/2007
City:   Cedar Rapids
Class Type:   Standard(live)
Total CLE Hours Approved:   3.25 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved:   1.25
Activity Number:   44655

Federal CLE of .5 hours has also been approved for Prof. Tung Yin’s presentation on enemy combatant handling by the United States.

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Attorney Wanted: Seeking attorney who wishes to build a private practice. First three months of rent free. Phone system, state-of-the-art void mail, own phone number and phone line, DSL, server, scanner, fax, copier, conference room, free convenient client parking, IowaDocs, Child Support Guidelines software, some legal assistant services available. Send resume and letter of interest to the attention of Stephanie at P O Box 8177, Cedar Rapids, IA 52408-8177. All inquiries held in strictest confidence.

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LCBA Summer Outing Bike Ride report

Almost 30 LCBA members gathered together July 12 for the  LCBA’s  annual Summer Outing Bike Ride.   Enjoying a weather-perfect afternoon, members rode either a 15 or  31 mile route that started in downtown Cedar Rapids and included stops  by Morgan Creek Park and in “downtown” Fairfax, and  went past the Eastern Iowa Airport and on the Cedar River Trail back downtown.

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By the Cedar River             Dick Garberson, Jim Holmes & Bob Rush

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David Cmelik                            Pat Shey                 Tim Semelroth, Stephanie Hinz

LCBA Approved CLEs January – July 2007

Summer Outing CLE – July 12, 2007
See agenda here: Summer Outing CLE Agenda
Total CLE Hours Approved:   3.25 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved:   1.25
Activity Number:   44655  

June  2007 Bar Meeting   – June  14, 2007
Program Name: Legislative Update

CLE Hours Approved: 0.5 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0
Activity Number: 44278  

April 2007 Bar Meeting – April 19, 2007
Program Name: The Role of Legal Education

CLE Hours Approved: 0.5 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0
Activity Number: 43432

March 2007 Bar Meeting – March 15, 2007
Program Name: Juvenile Court overview

Total CLE Hours Approved: 0.5 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0
Activity Number: 43164

February 2007 Bar Meeting – February 15, 2007
Program Name: Federal Practice Pointers: A View From The Bench

CLE Hours Approved: 0.5 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0

Activity Number: 42182

*The February program has also been approved for .5 hours of federal CLE, approval number 07-165.

LCBA Bench/Bar Conference – January 3, 2007
Program Name: 2007 Linn County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference
CLE Hours Approved: 1.0 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0
Activity Number: 41216

Summer Outing CLE Agenda

The LCBA Summer Outing CLE will be held from on Thursday, July 12 from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Dows Fine Arts Center at Coe College. Application will be made for 3.25 credit hours, including 1.25 ethics hours. The agenda is below.

Lunch will be provided following the CLE at Clarke Alumni House on the Coe campus. Box lunches for those who pre-registered for them will be available at Dows Fine Arts Center following the CLE.

7:30-8:00 Registration &
Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:20 State District Court

6th Judicial District Chief Judge David Remley

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Carroll Reasoner, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
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Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins
9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-11:00 Ethics Panel: High Conflict Family Ethical Cases

Richard F. Mitvalsky, Gray, Stefani & Mitvalsky, PLC
Martha Quint, Attorney at Law
Crystal Usher, Nazette, Marner, Wendt, Knoll & Usher, L.L.P.
Hon. Angeline Wilson, 6th Judicial District Associate Judge

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the War on Terror
Professor Tung Yin, University of Iowa College of Law

July 12 Summer Outing is approaching! RSVP now

The LCBA Summer Outing set for July 12 is quickly approaching.   Please remember to return your postcard RSVP.   There is a terrific agenda planned, from the morning 3.25 hour CLE, to the afternoon bike and golfing events, to the evening supper and other festivities at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course.   Please remember, only those who have paid their LCBA 2006-2007 dues are eligible to attend Summer Outing activities.

The CLE will be held from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.  at Dows Fine Arts Center  at Coe College.   Registration will be from 7:30 – 8 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be available.   The CLE agenda will include presentations by 6th Judicial District Chief Judge David Remley (district court developments); Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins (Iowa Supreme Court developments); Carroll Reasoner of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll (case law review); University of Iowa Law Professor Tung Yin (the war on terrorism); and an ethics panel.   Application will be made for 3.25  credit hours, including 1.25 ethics hours.

The golf and biking events will both take place in the afternoon following the CLE.   Details regarding both events will be sent to those who register for the events.
 — For more info on the golfing event, contact Dave Thinnes at or 363-3185.  
— For more info on the biking event, contact Stephanie Hinz at or 366-7621.  

A western themed  supper will follow at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course, with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. and a barbeque supper catered by BBQ This! beginning at 6:30 p.m.   Many contests and door prizes will be available.

For more information, please see here.   For any general  questions about the Summer Outing, contact Darin Luneckas at  or at 294-8777.

“Tailwind Training” Bike Rides a Success

The  four inaugural  LCBA “Tailwind Training” bike rides, held every other Wednesday  from May 16 to June  27, were a rousing success, with the rides attracting more than 30 LCBA members, and in some cases their spouses, children and significant others!

In addition to  putting miles on their legs in preparation for the Summer Outing bike ride and/or RAGBRAI, riders enjoyed camraderie with colleagues from all across the practice spectrum.     Many  members  suggested the rides continue post-Outing as well, which the LCBA will consider.   Any suggestions regarding this can be directed to Stephanie Hinz.

Next “Tailwind Training” Bike Ride June 27

The next LCBA “Tailwind Training” bike ride will be held Wednesday, June  27 starting at 5:30 p.m.   at GREENE SQUARE PARK in downtown Cedar Rapids.     The ride will be approximately 15 miles and have sag wagon support.

Click here for the route. (Note: Route is  designed for west wind; route may be changed if wind direction changes prior to ride.)

All members, as well as their friends and family members,  are invited to join the ride.   It is not required that you also sign up for the Summer Outing bike ride.   QUESTIONS? Contact Stephanie Hinz at or phone 366-7621.

LCBA website additions: Linn County Clerk ph. #s, Title Standards, Board of Governors roster

Check out these new additions to the LCBA website:

Under the Courts menu: Linn County Clerk of Court Phone Numbers & Extensions

Under the Links menu: Linn County Title Standards  (large .pdf file)

From  the Board of Governors link: Roster and photos of 2007-2008 Linn County Bar Association officers and Board of Governors.

If there are items you would like us to add to the website, please let us know! Contact us at

New LCBA Officers, Board members elected

At the LCBA Annual Meeting held June 14, 2007,  Allison Heffern  assumed her role as LCBA President, taking over from Gene Kopecky.    


The following individuals were elected to positions on the LCBA Board of Governors:

Scott E. McLeod
Lynch Dallas P.C.
526 – 2nd Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Phone: (319) 365-9101
Fax: (319) 365-9512

Stephanie Hinz
Pickens, Barnes & Abernathy
Tenth Floor American Building
101 2nd St. SE
P. O. Box 74170
Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4170
Phone: (319) 366-7621
Fax: (319) 366-3158
Laura C. Mueller  (term thru 2008)
Bradley & Riley, PC
2007 First Avenue SE
P. O. Box 2804
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-2804
Phone: (319) 363-0101
Fax: (319) 363-9824

Mary Chicchelly   (term thru 2010)
Seidl & Chicchelly
229 Northland Court Ne, Suite B
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
Phone: (319) 377-9770
Fax: (319) 377-5671

Darin H. Luneckas  (term thru 2010)
Luneckas & Newhouse, P.C.
3717 Center Point Rd. NE, Suite 100
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: (319) 294-8777
Fax: (319) 294-8775