Sixth Judicial District Judge Amanda Potterfield appointed to Iowa Court of Appeals

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.      

Iowa Supreme Court July 1 Supervisory Order re tolling of deadlines

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”

June 30 D.Ct. Flood Supervisory Order No. 2; IA S.Ct. Notice re filing 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

 The first flood-related Administrative Order, dated June 16, 2008, can  be viewed here: Administrative Order.   NOTE: As of June 30, the court was continuing to have problems with the direct number for court administration (319-398-3920. Another number which can be used to reach court administration is (319)-398-3411 and then pressing  “1”.

Also on June 30, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a notice on its website pertaining to the closing of the Linn County Courthouse and computation of filing deadlines.   The introductory link to the notice is captioned “Flood-related information as of 3:45 p.m. (June 30, 2008). Statewide court closings due to flooding will be updated as information becomes available.”   The Notice states:

The following court offices have been closed pursuant to the authority of the Supreme Court.   Statewide court-related closings will be updated as information becomes available.  

Linn County courthouse is closed indefinitely. Court business will be operated at facilities at Kirkwood Community College, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard, Cedar Rapids, beginning Monday, June 23.    Flood-related emergency procedures for the Linn County District Court are now in effect.   (updated 9:00 a.m. June 20)    

The Linn County Clerk of Court’s satellite office is closed effective June 27th, 2008.   Court administration is experiencing problems with its direct phone number.   Court administration can be reached by calling (319) 398-3411 and pressing 1. (updated 3:30 p.m. June 30)    

Polk County Juvenile Court Services offices in the River Place site have been closed and staff relocated to other locations until further order of the Court.   If you have questions about an appointment, please call 286-3960 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  (updated 5:00 p.m. June 15)    

All other county courthouses are open and operating on normal schedules.  


See Iowa Code section 4.1(34) and Iowa Rule of Civil Procedure 1.1801 for computation of filing deadlines when the office of the clerk of the district court is closed pursuant to the authority of the supreme court.  

CLE approved for LCBA Annual Meeting & Flood Recovery Seminar; Free transcripts & outlines

State CLE credit in the amount of 5.5 hours has been approved for the LCBA Annual Meeting & Flood Recovery Seminar  as follows:  

Program Name:   LCBA Annual Meeting & Flood Recovery Seminar  
Cedar Rapids
Class Type:   Standard (live)
CLE Hours Approved:   5.5
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 Jim Calloway presentation on “Triage and New Technology”
      Here is an  outline from Calloway.

CLICK here for TRANSCRIPT  of Todd Scott presentation on “Considerations for Displaced Attorneys from a Malpractice Standpoint”

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.

New Orleans firm’s presentation at the Flood Seminar

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.

ISBA Disaster Assistance Task Force Established

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.

LCBA Annual Meeting and Flood Recovery Seminar Agenda for June 26

LCBA Annual Meeting and Flood Recovery Seminar Agenda (Word file)

Annual Meeting and Flood Recovery Seminar
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
• Court issues for pending cases;
• Employee and personnel issues;
• Setting up a temporary office, dealing with disaster issues and keeping a firm together;
• Real estate issues created by the disaster;
• Insurance issues, particularly business interruption to law firms;
• Their personal experiences and what they learned; and
• Question and Answer period

12:00 to 1:15: Lunch and the LCBA annual meeting.
• Election of Officers
• 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.)

3:50: Q&A

No Charge. RSVP to Jeannie McCall at or 365-9101

The following are some of the handouts that will be provided at the seminar:
Never Say Never Again
Sher Brief
Xavier Brief
Marseilles Opinion