Grady Named Chief Judge of Sixth Judicial District

Chief Justice Marsha Ternus has appointed District Judge Patrick R. Grady, Cedar Rapids, as chief judge of the Sixth Judicial District.  Judge Grady succeeds Judge David Remley who will retire September 15, 2009.

 The August 26 press release from the Iowa Supreme Court states:

“Judge Grady’s extensive experience as a judge at several levels provides him with the knowledge and abilities needed to be an effective chief judge,” Chief Justice Ternus said. “His experience goes beyond his work on the bench. He has played a significant leadership role in many statewide projects for the courts, most recently working on our efforts to make the courts more accessible for people who choose to represent themselves. In these difficult times it is more important than ever to make it easier for people to navigate through the courts on their own.” Continue reading “Grady Named Chief Judge of Sixth Judicial District”

LCBA Summer Outing July 9

The LCBA Summer Outing set for    Thursday,  July  9   is quickly approaching.    Many members have yet to return their RSVP postcards.   Please return your postcard (yellow for general registration; blue for golf) no later than Monday, July  6  .     If you’ve lost your postcards,    you’ll find another set attached to this email.   Send them ASAP to Darin Luneckas, 3717 Center Point Road NE, Suite 100, Cedar Rapids,   Iowa   52402.

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, members  must have paid their LCBA    2008-2009  dues to attend Summer Outing activities.   Paid members may bring summer law clerks to Summer Outing events, but will be charged $15  per  person for attendance at the evening Hunter’s Ridge supper.

The CLE will be held from 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  at Dows Fine Arts Center  at Coe College.   Application will be made for 3.25  credit hours, including 1 ethics hour.     Registration will be from 7:30-8:00 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be available.      A Luncheon will follow the CLE at Clarke Alumni House on the Coe  campus.   Box lunches will be available for those who need to leave for golf or biking.     Contact CLE Chair Bob Teig at 363-0091 for any questions.

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 363-3185.    The  bike ride will start at 1 p.m, complete with refreshments, door prizes,  and sag wagon.     The route is approximately 29 miles.  The route will be emailed to those who register.   For more info, contact Stephanie Hinz at or 366-7621.  

A    “Chinese”   themed  supper will follow at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course,   with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. and a supper catered by    LJ’s Catering  beginning at 6:30 p.m.   Many contests and door prizes will be available to paid LCBA members.

For any general  questions about the Summer Outing, contact Darin Luneckas at  or at 294-8777.


Linn County Bar Association
Summer Bar Outing
CLE Seminar
July    9, 2009  
Coe College: Dows Theater


7:30-8:00         Registration  


8:00-8:20          State Court Update                                                                                    Judge David Remley  

8:20-8:30          Federal Historical Society                                                                Len Strand  

8:30-8:45          Federal Court Update                                                                              Judge Linda Reade, Clerk of Court Rob Phelps  

8:45-9:15            Post-Postville  : Evolving Legal Issues                      Clerk of Court Rob Phelps, Steve Pace  

9:15-9:30            Break  

9:30-10:30          Legal Issues after Varnum v. Brien                              Laura Mueller, Rich Mitvalsky, Paul Morf, and  Justice David Baker  

10:30-11:30    Ethics: Avoiding Malpractice and Ethics  Complaints in Everyday Matters           Todd Scott, Minnesota Mutual Insurance  


U.S. District Court for N.D. Iowa Expands Courthouse Operations, Open House 6/29

Via a press release from the Clerk of Court for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa:   Effective June 15, 2009, the Cedar Rapids courthouse operations at 4200 C Street SW have expanded to two buildings.   The original Building A will continue to house the US Probation Office.  The newly renovated Building B will house Courtrooms, Clerk’s Office docketing, and satellite offices for the U.S. Attorney and Federal Public Defender.  Please pay close attention to court orders on hearings and trial scheduling orders.    

Those wishing to see the new facilities are invited to an  Open House to be held Monday, June 29, 2009, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  Members of the Bar and their staff are welcome.  There will be tours of the facilities throughout the afternoon, briefings by the US Marshal Service, and demonstrations of the courtroom technology at 2:00 pm and at 3:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  Please join us for this festive occasion and RSVP to Diane Leibold at or 319-286-2334.  

Linn County District Court Video Court Resumes

Via a press release received from the Linn County District Court:   After a one year hiatus due to the flood, video court at the Linn County District Court will be up and running  June 16, 2009. Defendants scheduled to appear at 10:30 am will be appearing by closed circuit tv from the jail. Attorneys who have bond reductions at that time have their choice of going to the jail and being with their client or being in courtroom 3-D and using the secure telephone line to speak with their client.

LCBA Members Make $3,000 in Donations to Sixth Judicial District “Office Supply Fund”

You may recall the LCBA reached out to its members this March to make donations to an “Office Supply Fund” in response to the Iowa Judiciary’s  budget crisis.   The LCBA had asked Judge Remley “How can we help?”, and he  suggested the LCBA donate office supplies so that the District could focus more of its resources on its other operating expenses.     In response, members of the LCBA have since donated more than $3,000 for the “Office Supply Fund”.     A list of members who have donated can be seen here.