Congratulations to Sixth Judicial District Judge Amanda Potterfield, who was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals by Governor Culver on July 3. Judge Potterfield fills the vacancy on the Court of Appeals that resulted from the appointment of Court of Appeals Judge and LCBA member David Baker to the Iowa Supreme Court in April. Potterfield was appointed as a district judge in the Sixth Judicial District in 2001.
On July 1, 2008, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a Supervisory Order regarding the dates for which certain district courts were considered “closed pursuant to the authority of the Supreme Court for purposes of Iowa Code section 4.1(34).” Included in the list is the Linn County Courthouse for dates June 11, 12, 13 and 16 and Benton County Courthouse for dates June 11, 12 and 13. The Order further states: Continue reading “Iowa Supreme Court July 1 Supervisory Order re tolling of deadlines”
On June 30, 2008, the Sixth Judicial District issued a second flood-related Administrative Order. The Order provides that since the Linn County Clerk of Court‘s office and Court Administration offices have been relocated to the Kirkwood Community College Continuing Education Center in Cedar Rapids and been in operation since June 19, there is no longer any necessity for maintaining a satellite office for the Linn County Clerk of Court in Jones County or for continuing to permit faxes of signed court orders to the Clerk of Court. The full text of the Order can be viewed here: Flood Supervisory Order No. 2
Program Name: LCBA Annual Meeting & Flood Recovery Seminar
Sponsor: LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
City: Cedar Rapids
Class Type: Standard (live)
Ethics Hours Approved: 0
Activity Number: 51744
Click here for TRANSCRIPT of panel discussion by New Orleans lawyers Leopold Sher, James Garner and Elwood Cahill
The following handouts were provided by Sher, Garner and Elwood at the seminar: Never Say Never Again, Sher Brief, Xavier Brief, Marseilles Opinion
CLICK here for TRANSCRIPT of Todd Scott presentation on “Considerations for Displaced Attorneys from a Malpractice Standpointâ€
Click here for TRANSCRIPT of Kerry Finley and Kyle Wilcox’s presentation on FEMA & SBA overview
Here is the PowerPoint Presentation file from the FEMA/SBA presentation.
The LCBA is extremely fortunate to have three members of New Orleans law firm Sher, Garner, Cahill, Richter, Klein & Hilbert, LLC speaking at the Flood Seminar today. In panel, question & answer format, Leopold Sher, James M. Garner, and Elwood Cahill are sharing a wealth of information likely to be of tremendous help to Linn County attorneys facing a multitude of flood issues.
For those of you who are unable to attend the seminar, you will be able to view the presentation online, thanks to the Iowa State Bar Association, which will be posting a video of the entire seminar online at its website.
From the Iowa State Bar Association:
ISBA President Dan Moore has established a task force to assist the law firms and attorneys who have been displaced by the tornadoes and floods this spring.
An estimated 40 firms and 250 attorneys have had to seek alternate arrangements in Linn County alone. Other areas of eastern Iowa also have been affected by the flooding.
Made up of a cross section of members, the task force has already set up a special section on the ISBA website (see here) where attorneys in the state can submit information about displaced attorneys, search for contact information about those displaced and offer help in the form of office supplies, office furniture, computers, office space, etc. One of the most pressing needs right now is for conference rooms for meetings and depositions.
The task force has also set up a Legal Community Relief Fund to receive monetary contributions. The fund is administered by The Iowa State Bar Association. Contributions should be made to the Iowa State Bar Foundation, a 501C3 corporation.
Forms for making donations of materials or money can be accessed here.
In addition to serving as a clearing house for those needing assistance and those wishing to provide assistance, the website lists a host of resources for displaced attorneys. Among those resources are temporary e-mail and fax solutions, and the ISBA-endorsed offsite backup system for electronic files. Other resources center primarily on publications that contain information on such topics as salvaging wet books and files, rebuilding the practice and disaster recovery.
Additional items will be added to the website as the need arises and as they become available.
The State of Iowa has created an Iowa 2008 Floods Information Site here.
Annual Meeting and Flood Recovery Seminar
THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008
615 1st Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
9:00 a.m. to 12:00: Panel discussion byLeopold Sher, James Garner and Elwood Cahill from the New Orleans law firm of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC
â€¢ Court issues for pending cases;
â€¢ Employee and personnel issues;
â€¢ Setting up a temporary office, dealing with disaster issues and keeping a firm together;
â€¢ Real estate issues created by the disaster;
â€¢ Insurance issues, particularly business interruption to law firms;
â€¢ Their personal experiences and what they learned; and
â€¢ Question and Answer period
12:00 to 1:15: Lunch and the LCBA annual meeting.
â€¢ Election of Officers
â€¢ Brief Remarks from ISBA President Dan Moore
1:15: “Considerations for Displaced Attorneys from a Malpractice Standpoint” Todd Scott ,VP of Risk Management and Member Services for Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
1:45: Report from Federal Clerk Ron Phelps
2:00: Report from Iowa District Court for Linn County, by Judge David Remley, Judge Patrick Grady and Assistant Court Administrator Jane Sweaney.
2:30: TENTATIVE: Jim Calloway of the Oklahoma State Bar Association: “Triage and New Technology”
3:20: FEMA & SBA Overview, by Kerry Finley and Kyle Wilcox from Simmons Perrine, P.L.C. (See PowerPoint Presentation file.)
No Charge. RSVP to Jeannie McCall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 365-9101