Next bar meeting Sept. 17 at Art Museum

The  Linn County Bar Association  meeting will be held Thursday, September 17, 2009, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, located 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 Jim Efting, Mock Trial Regional Coordinator.   An excerpt from a mock trial presentation will be given.  

Also, to kick off the new meeting year, the LCBA will be offering the chance for those in attendance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!  

Lunch is $7 and will be catered by Biaggi‘s





Linn Law Club Event – 9/23 at Zin’s

Please join us next week, on Wednesday, September 23rd to kick off the 2009-10 year for the Linn Law Club. We would like this event to be a welcoming event for new attorneys in Linn County. Please invite all new attorneys or anyone interested in attending club events at your firms/businesses/organizations to join us. As a reminder, the Linn Law Club is open to all attorneys 35 and under or who have been practicing less than 10 years.

What: Meet and greet for new attorneys in Linn County
When: Wednesday, September 23rd at 5:30 pm
Where: Zin‘s, 227 2nd Ave. SE

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