MARCH SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 5

NEXT BAR MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 15

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be Tuesday, March 15, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m.   at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park   The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.   The speaker  will be  Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett.

Lunch will be catered by Kristeena‘s.   The cost is $7.   RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.     Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request the week before the meeting.   Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011.

ATTORNEY JUDGES STILL NEEDED FOR MARCH 10 HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL REGIONALS

Attorney Judges are still needed for the High School Regional Mock Trial Competition on Thursday, March 10 at Coe College.    There are 3 rounds (9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m.) in the regional competition, and attorneys may volunteer to judge as many or as few rounds as they wish.   No trial experience or mock trial experience is necessary to serve as a mock trial judge.   To volunteer as a judge or for questions, please contact Debbie Neumeyer  at debbie@simplyperfectprinting.com or via phone at 319-310-4025.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING MARCH 16

The Historical Society for the Northern District of Iowa will meet at noon on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at the office of the United States Attorney, located in the Hach Building, 401 1st Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA. All members of the bar are invited to attend.

A telephone conference line will be set up for those who cannot attend in person. The telephone number will be   319-286-2369, conference ID 1128 #.

More information can be obtained from: Len Strand [Lstrand@simmonsperrine.com] or Rich Murphy [Rich.Murphy@usdoj.gov].

MAKE A DIFFERENCE WEEKEND APRIL 1-3

The Philanthropy Council of the University of Iowa College of Law will hold its first annual Make a Difference weekend April 1-3. Practitioners are invited to volunteer along with students at a variety of projects throughout the weekend. Among the projects are the Longfellow Elementary School Carnival on Friday evening, the Shelter House Activity Night on Saturday evening, and a Creek Cleanup on Sunday morning. For further information  and to sign up, please contact law-clp@uiowa.edu.

LINN LAW CLUB “LUNCH WITH THE BENCH” APRIL 12

The next get-together of the Linn Law Club will be a “Lunch with the Bench”   on April 12, with guest Hon. Stephen Jackson, Jr.   The tentative location is Mr. Beans.   Watch for the email from the Law Club with more information.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO PRESENT AREA HIGH SCHOOL CITIZENSHIP AWARDS

LCBA members are needed to present local high school American Citizenship Awards at high school graduation and award ceremonies this spring.   The awards are sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association and are presented annually to the students who have best demonstrated a knowledge and understanding of the principles of American citizenship.  We already have received volunteers for many of the metro high schools.   Volunteers are still needed, however, for Springville, North Linn, Central City, Alburnett, Center Point-Urbana.   Please contact Bill Nicholson at wnich@rushnicholson.com or (319) 363-5209 for more information or to volunteer.

LCBA APRIL MEETING APRIL 21, JUDGE JARVEY GUEST;

LCBA MAY MEETING AT THE BALLPARK WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

Judge John Jarvey will be the speaker at the LCBA‘s April meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 21 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

The LCBA‘s “May Meeting” will be held Wednesday, May 25, beginning at noon at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for a Cedar Rapids Kernels game.   We have reserved the Pavilion area at the ball park for our LCBA group. Plan on attending for good food, good conversation and great baseball with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

2011 SUMMER OUTING – SAVE THE DATE

Got the winter blues?   It‘s not too early to start thinking about golf and bike rides.   Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 14, 2011, for the annual Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing.   There will be a bike ride, a golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Club with a shotgun start, followed by a social hour and a catered dinner afterwards.   Plans are underway for a CLE seminar in the morning.   Questions or comments, call Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.

PARALEGAL INTERNSHIPS WANTED

Are you interested in helping train and mentor future paralegals?   The Paralegal Program at Kirkwood Community College continues to grow.   Kirkwood paralegal students are required to intern in a legal environment as part of their education.   You can help tomorrow‘s paralegals gain valuable experience by agreeing to supervise a paralegal intern.   The internship requires that the student complete 120 hours in a legal setting, and compensation is not required.   If you are interested in mentoring a paralegal intern, please call Greg Clevenger at 398-5576.

DUES REMINDER

Final annual dues reminder invoices for 2010-2011 were sent to members in January. Please pay your dues if you haven‘t already!   Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

2010 CLE SUMMARY

The following is a summary of CLE approved for 2010 Linn County Bar Meetings and Conferences.

FEBRUARY 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Criminal Law   by Harold Denton
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69326

MARCH 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Non-Profit Law in the State of Iowa by Andrew Hosmanek
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69241

APRIL 15, 2010 BAR MEETING
Elder Law by Prof. Josephine Gittler
Total state CLE Hours:   .5, Activity No. 69243

JUNE 17, 2010 –ANNUAL MEETING
Legislative Update by Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg and other Lawyer-Legislators

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 73954

JULY 8, 2010 — SUMMER OUTING CLE
Total state CLE Hours:   3.0, Ethics Hours:   1.5, Activity No. 73954

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 BAR MEETING
Sixth Judicial District update by Hon. Patrick Grady and Iowa Supreme Court    update by Hon. David Baker

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

OCTOBER 21, 2010 BAR MEETING
History of Judicial Selection by Hon. Van Zimmer
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

DECEMBER 16, 2010 LAST CHANCE SEMINAR
Probate & Trust Law update by Susan Pence and Ethics presentation by Karen Erger
Total state CLE Hours: 2.0, Ethics Hours: 1.0, Activity No. 75582

AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:   http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/

TRANSITIONS*

Jack C. Paige is now practicing full-time in Iowa City as Jack Paige Law Office, 103 E. College St., Suite 210, P.O. Box 2720, Iowa City, IA 52244-2720. He was with Elderkin & Pirnie, PLC, for 24 years. Legal services at the new office  include workers’ compensation mediation. Jack can be reached at 319-351-3005 or by email at jackpaigelaw@gmail.com.   For further information, go to www.jackpaigelaw.com.


Stephen B. Jackson, Sr.
has joined the firm Lynch Dallas, P.C. as a Shareholder.   Mr. Jackson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in 1959 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1964.   He has been in private practice for 47 years. Most recently, he practiced for the last sixteen years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with his son, Stephen B. Jackson, Jr., who was recently appointed district court judge.       Mr. Jackson practices in the areas of family law, estate planning, and corporate law.

David Cmelik has joined the firm of Nidey Wenzel Erdahl Tindal and Fisher, PLC as an Associate. Mr. Cmelik was raised in Marengo, Iowa and graduated from Iowa Valley High School.   He received his B.A. in English from Iowa State University in 1995.   He received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and in 2002 was admitted to practice in Iowa.   Mr. Cmelik‘s practice currently includes criminal litigation and general practice.

*TRANSITIONS is a NEW section of the Scriptum!   If you would like to announce your law 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 webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

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 jtclendenin@nyemaster.com. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Nyemaster Goode is an equal opportunity employer.
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 webmaster@linncobar.org.   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.

HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES


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 manderson@Aegonusa.com

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 jobs@kirkwood.edu.

COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE

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 www.linncobar.org 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.

LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!

Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website   at www.linncobar.org? 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 www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html 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 webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA    and DUES  INFORMATION

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

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.

LCBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011

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 CANCELED
Bar Meeting: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, March 17, Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Bar Meeting: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Bar Meeting: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (noon Kernels game)
Bar Meeting: Thursday, June 23, 2011 (Note: This is the 4th Thursday of the month).
Summer Outing: Thursday, July  14,  2011

USURY RATE

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 5.5% for the month of  March.   Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.   The usury rate is available at http://www.treasurer.state.ia.us/rates/

RESTAURANT REVIEWS


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

This month I have tasted some excellent food at various restaurants, all of them many hundreds of miles from Linn County.   This food included terrific shrimp bisque, lobster tails served with a side dish of corn on the cob and   eggs benedict for lunch while sitting outside in the warm air while listening to live music.   And I have tasted shrimp scampi, barbecue shrimp on a skewer, shrimp salad, shrimp with angel hair pasta( can‘t remember the menu name) and all you can eat boiled shrimp.   I liked all the food, some better than others.   The best being the shrimp bisque.

But the most interesting thing about the food I ate was the name of the restaurant.     The names included:   GRAVEL ROAD;   BACK PORCH; ANOTHER BROKEN EGG; ISLAND COW; WHALES TAIL; GOATFEATHERS; MUCKY DUCK and FISHBONE.   I love the names.

Next month we may be back to Iowa.

Gene the Critic

March bar meeting: TUESDAY, March 15 at CR Art Museum

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held TUESDAY, March 15, 2011 from 12-1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, located on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park.     The speaker will be  City of Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett.     Although our monthly bar meetings are usually scheduled for the third Thursday of the month,   the March meeting is being moved to TUESDAY, March 15, in order to avoid the congestion that will surround the Art Museum on Thursday due to the St. Patrick’s Day parade route going by the Museum at 1 p.m., and also to better  accommodate our speaker’s schedule.

You will be receiving a formal RSVP request from Rebekah Isbell next week.   (No need to reply your RSVP to this email.   We just wanted to give you a heads-up as to the change in the meeting date.)

We hope many of you can join us for our TUESDAY, March 15 bar meeting.

Schmoozapalooza continues! Bench-Bar reception with Court of Appeals March 7 in Iowa City

Next up in our Schmoozapalooza tour is  a   Bench/Bar Reception honoring the Iowa Court of Appeals judges on Monday, March  7 from 4:30-7 p.m.. This event is co-sponsored by the Linn County Bar Association, the Johnson County Bar Association and the University of Iowa College of Law.     (The judges are holding oral arguments at the U. of Iowa Law School March 8-9.   (Click here for the oral argument schedule.)

The Bench/Bar Reception will be at The Levitt Center for University Advancement, Wyrick Rotunda,  One West Park Road, Iowa City (next to Hancher  Auditorium).     Click here for a map.

The reception is open to all LCBA and JCBA members, as well as members of other 6th Judicial District bar associations, plus Washington and Cedar Counties as well!

Complimentary drinks and hors d‘oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

Please RSVP for this event by responding to the E-Mail request from LCBA President Stephanie Hinz or call her at 366-7621.

Bar Meeting Thursday, Feb. 17 at Art Museum

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association  will be Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side. The speakers will be Iowa State Bar Association President Frank Carroll and Iowa State Bar Association Legislative Counsel James Carney.

Lunch will be catered by Kristeena‘s. The cost is $7. RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend. Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request the week before the meeting. Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2011.

Schmoozapalooza! Justice Wiggins to meet w/ LCBA 2/21; Court of Appeals reception 3/7

The LCBA has some fabulous opportunities in the next few weeks  — we’re calling  it a  Schmoozapalooza! — for you to meet with members of Iowa’s upper courts.

Next MONDAY, February 21, Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins will be the LCBA’s guest at a private get-together for our members at the Dublin City Pub, 415 1st St SE, Cedar Rapids.   Justice Wiggins will be available from 4:30-6 pm.   Come on over after work for some appetizers and drinks, courtesy of the LCBA, and meet Justice Wiggins.   He is ready for any Q&A, or even just some basic meet and greet.

Following the Dublin City Pub  LCBA get-together, Justice Wiggins will be speaking at a public forum, “A Conversation with the Court”,  at Kirkwood Community College starting at 7 p.m.  Students and the public are invited to the Hotel at Kirkwood Center to learn about the role and function of the Supreme Court and the recently completed merit selection process.   Justice Wiggins will take questions from the audience. See announcement here.
Then, on MONDAY, March 7, the LCBA and the Johnson County Bar Association, in conjunction with the University of Iowa Law School, are hosting a reception   for all nine Iowa Court of Appeals Judges, who are holding oral arguments at the University of Iowa Law School March 8-9.   The reception will be late afternoon Monday from 4:30-7 pm at the Old Capitol in Iowa City.   The reception is open to all LCBA and JCBA members, as well as their spouses or other adult guests.   Complimentary drinks and hors d‘oeuvres will be served.

Here is a link to the scheduled oral arguments if you’d like to attend any of those as well:   http://www.iowacourtsonline.org/Court_of_Appeals/Oral_Argument_Schedule/

Family Law Committee meeting Feb. 3

The next Family Law Committee meeting will be held Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 12-1 p.m. at Mr. Bean’s, in the Alliant Tower.

The speaker is Jake Koller.   The topic is “Collaborative Ways to Divorce.”   State CLE credit will be sought (between .75-1 hour).

2010 LCBA-Sponsored CLE Summary

The following is a summary of CLE approved for 2010 Linn County Bar Meetings and Conferences. A separate summary of the CLE approved for meetings of the LCBA Family Law Committee can be viewed here:  Family Law Committee – letter re 2010 CLE.

FEBRUARY 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Criminal Law by Harold Denton
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69326

MARCH 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Non-Profit Law in the State of Iowa by Andrew Hosmanek
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69241

APRIL 15, 2010 BAR MEETING
Elder Law by Prof. Josephine Gittler
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69243

JUNE 17, 2010 –ANNUAL MEETING
Legislative Update by Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg and other Lawyer-Legislators
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 73954

JULY 8, 2010 — SUMMER OUTING CLE
Total state CLE Hours: 3.0, Ethics Hours: 1.5, Activity No. 73954

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 BAR MEETING
Sixth Judicial District update by Hon. Patrick Grady and Iowa Supreme Court update by Hon. David Baker
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

OCTOBER 21, 2010 BAR MEETING
History of Judicial Selection by Hon. Van Zimmer
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

DECEMBER 16, 2010 LAST CHANCE SEMINAR
Probate & Trust Law update by Susan Pence and Ethics presentation by Karen Erger
Total state CLE Hours: 2.0, Ethics Hours: 1.0, Activity No. 75582

No January Bar Meeting; Next Meeting Thursday, February 17

The January meeting of the Linn County Bar Association previously scheduled for January 20, 2011 has been CANCELED. The next meeting will be Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side. The speakers will be Iowa State Bar Association President Frank Carroll and Iowa State Bar Association Legislative Counsel James Carney.

Lunch will be catered by Kristeena‘s. The cost is $7. RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend. Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request the week before the meeting. Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2010.

Applications Sought for Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission Vacancy

The Clerk of District Court in Linn County is now accepting written nominations or applications to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Stephen Jackson, Jr. as a County Magistrate Appointing Commissioner. The term expires on December 31, 2014. Only qualified attorneys residing within Linn County can be nominated and serve in this position. The other current attorney commissioner is Mark Brown.

The deadline for submitting written nominations or applications is 4:30 p.m., February 14, 2011. Nominations may be delivered to the Clerk of District Court in Linn County or may be mailed to the following address:

Sharon K. Modracek
Clerk of District Court
Linn County Courthouse
P.O. Box 1468
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-1468

On February 18, 2011 ballots listing the nominees will be sent to all Linn County attorneys who have been certified as eligible to vote by the Supreme Court.

JANUARY SCRIPTUM, Vol. 33, No. 4

January 18, 2011

NO JANUARY BAR MEETING; NEXT MEETING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17

The January meeting of the Linn County Bar Association previously scheduled for January 20, 2011 has been CANCELED. The next meeting will be Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side. The speakers will be Iowa State Bar Association President Frank Carroll and Iowa State Bar Association Legislative Counsel James Carney.

Lunch will be catered by Kristeena‘s. The cost is $7. RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend. Rebekah Isbell, assistant to LCBA Attendance Chair Corinne R. Butkowski, will send all LCBA members a RSVP-request the week before the meeting. Please respond to Rebekah’s email by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2010.

PASSING OF KARLA WOLFF and WYTHE WILLEY

The LCBA offers its sincere regret and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of LCBA member and family law practitioner Karla Wolff, who passed away Thursday, January 13 after being diagnosed with cancer only a few days prior. Karla was 49. Karla is survived by her husband, Bob, and daughter, Jessica. A family visitation will be held at Murdoch Funeral Home, 3855 Katz Drive, Marion, on Wednesday, January 26 from 4-8 p.m. A memorial fund has been established at HACAP in Cedar Rapids. The LCBA will be making a contribution to HACAP on Karla’s behalf.

The LCBA also offers its sincere regret and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of former LCBA member Wythe Willey, who passed away December 19, 2010, after a two year battle against cancer. Wythe was 68. Wythe is survived by his wife Susan Willey, who is also a LCBA member and practices at Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman, and five children. Contributions can be sent to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. The LCBA made a contribution to the Linn County Bar Association Endowment Fund at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation on Wythe’s behalf.

2010 CLE SUMMARY

The following is a summary of CLE approved for 2010 Linn County Bar Meetings and Conferences. A separate summary of the CLE approved for meetings of the LCBA Family Law Committee can be viewed in the pdf attachment.

FEBRUARY 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Criminal Law by Harold Denton
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69326

MARCH 18, 2010 BAR MEETING
Non-Profit Law in the State of Iowa by Andrew Hosmanek
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69241

APRIL 15, 2010 BAR MEETING
Elder Law by Prof. Josephine Gittler
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 69243

JUNE 17, 2010 –ANNUAL MEETING
Legislative Update by Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg and other Lawyer-Legislators

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 73954

JULY 8, 2010 — SUMMER OUTING CLE
Total state CLE Hours: 3.0, Ethics Hours: 1.5, Activity No. 73954

SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 BAR MEETING
Sixth Judicial District update by Hon. Patrick Grady and Iowa Supreme Court update by Hon. David Baker

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

OCTOBER 21, 2010 BAR MEETING
History of Judicial Selection by Hon. Van Zimmer
Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 72613

DECEMBER 16, 2010 LAST CHANCE SEMINAR
Probate & Trust Law update by Susan Pence and Ethics presentation by Karen Erger
Total state CLE Hours: 2.0, Ethics Hours: 1.0, Activity No. 75582

LINN LAW CLUB

The next get-together of the Linn Law Club will be a social February 3 at Red‘s Public House starting at 4:30 p.m.

Also, please see the attached Thank You note from the Club regarding its 9th Annual Holiday Gift Drive.

JUDICIAL MAGISTRATE APPOINTING COMMISSION VACANCY
The Clerk of District Court in Linn County is now accepting written nominations or applications to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Stephen Jackson, Jr. as a County Magistrate Appointing Commissioner. The term expires on December 31, 2014. Only qualified attorneys residing within Linn County can be nominated and serve in this position. The other current attorney commissioner is Mark Brown.

The deadline for submitting written nominations or applications is 4:30 p.m., February 14, 2011. Nominations may be delivered to the Clerk of District Court in Linn County or may be mailed to the following address:

Sharon K. Modracek

Clerk of District Court

Linn County Courthouse

P.O. Box 1468

Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-1468

On February 18, 2011 ballots listing the nominees will be sent to all Linn County attorneys who have been certified as eligible to vote by the Supreme Court.

2011 BENCH-BAR CONFERENCE

The LCBA had a fantastic turnout for its 2011 Bench-Bar Conference on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. More than 120 lawyers and judges attended to take part in a tribute to Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Baker. Following the recognition ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception catered by Winifred‘s and a musical performance by Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas. To see more photos from the event, go to https://www.linncobar.org/?p=3543

THE HONOREE & PRESENTERS
L-to-R: Matt Novak, Hon. David Baker, Hon. Van Zimmer, and Tim Semelroth.

DUES REMINDER

Final annual dues reminder invoices for 2010-2011 were recently sent to members. Please pay your dues if you haven‘t already! Payment of dues should be sent to Linn County Bar Association, P.O. Box 74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407.

AMENDMENTS TO IOWA COURT RULES

Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules: http://www.iowacourts.gov/Court_Rules_and_Forms/Recent_Amendments__New_Rules/

TRANSITIONS*

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.

*TRANSITIONS is a NEW section of the Scriptum! If you would like to announce your law 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 webmaster@linncobar.org.

WANT ADS

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 jtclendenin@nyemaster.com. All inquiries will be held in confidence. Nyemaster Goode is an equal opportunity employer.

A 40 Hour Mediation Training Course will be offered by Crilley Mediation Services on February 7, 2011 – February 11, 2011. Please visit our website at www.CrilleyMediation.com and click on “Training and Seminars” link for more information and to download the Registration Form. This training is Nationally Approved and does qualify the Mediator for Roster Mediation. Registration is $995 for the 40 Hour Course and Manual. No registrations will be taken after February 2, 2011. If you are interested in this training, please download and fill in the Registration Form and mail the Registration Form along with your payment to Crilley Mediation Services, 320 Miller Road, Hiawatha, Iowa 52233. If you have any questions, please call Chris Crilley at (319) 363-5606.

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: smcleod@lynchdallas.com.

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 webmaster@linncobar.org. 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.

HELP WANTED ADS PUBLISHED FOR FREE; WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYERS TO SEEK EMPLOYEES

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 manderson@Aegonusa.com

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 jobs@kirkwood.edu.

COURT SCHEDULES ON THE LCBA WEBSITE

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 www.linncobar.org 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.

LCBA MEMBER CONTACT INFO ON LCBA WEBSITE – UPDATE YOURS TODAY!

Did you know contact information for all LCBA members is available to the public via the LCBA website at www.linncobar.org? 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 www.linncobar.org/directory/attorneys/index.html 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 webmaster@linncobar.org.

HOW TO JOIN THE LCBA and DUES INFORMATION

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

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.

LCBA CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011

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 CANCELED
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**

USURY RATE

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 4.75% for the month of January. Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2. The usury rate is available at http://www.treasurer.state.ia.us/rates/

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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 review!

This month I looked for a restaurant that was serving food that is fresh, tasty and reasonably priced. I found just the right place. Panera Bread Co. bakes fresh bread everyday and it is very good. I particularly like the Sourdough loaf thin sliced. It is good for homemade sandwiches or toast. However, if you don‘t want to cook at home they have a good lunch and dinner menu (the menus are the same).

I prefer the soup and sandwich options. My favorite soups are chicken tortilla, baked potato or natural steak chili. Add in a sandwich like Napa Almond Chicken Salad on sesame semolina bread or Ham and Swiss on sourdough and it is a very tasty and filling lunch or dinner. In the warmer weather I prefer one of their salads. Orchard Harvest Chicken Salad with dried cherries, fresh D‘Anjou pears, gorgonzola and toasted pecans is very good. So is the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad with vine ripened tomatoes, red onions, pecans, gorgonzola and apple chips. Add coffee, tea or a soft drink and you have a fresh, tasty and healthy lunch or dinner for less than $10 and no tip. It‘s worth a try.

And just an added note for those who enjoy food and investing, if you bought Panera stock on January 1, 2010, it cost about $65 per share. On January 1, 2011, it was worth $103 per share. They must be selling a lot of good food. From the Sunshine State….

Gene the Critic