U of I Law Students to help with CR flood recovery March 14-19; Contributions sought

During the  University of Iowa College of Law’s spring break March 14-19, U of I law students will be once again  helping with Cedar Rapids flood recovery efforts.   See an email from Rob  Sand below.   Following a review of a request by the Iowa Law School students and a request from Associate Dean Linda McGuire at the Iowa Law School, the LCBA Board of Governors recently authorized a $200 contribution to assist the students with meals, tools and transportation costs associated with their spring break flood cleanup/repair work in Cedar Rapids. If anyone wants to personally volunteer time or money to help with their efforts you may contact Dean McGuire for details at linda-mcguire@uiowa.edu  or Rob Sand at rhsand@gmail.com.   You can also donate securely online via the link posted below.


—–Original Message—–
From: rhsand@gmail.com [mailto:rhsand@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Rob Sand
Subject: Iowa Law C.R. Flood Relief
Dear Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Legal Community,
After successful spring break service trips to New Orleans in 2006, 2007, and 2008, this year students from the University of Iowa College of Law want to stay in Iowa to help with Cedar Rapids flood recovery efforts.

Our spring break is March 14-19, and we will have from ten to twenty students working each day in Cedar Rapids, putting drywall and insulation into houses being rehabilitated. These efforts will continue the work that law students accomplished in the Fall of 2008.

Last fall, students donated over 900 hours on 4 Saturdays in Cedar Rapids. We volunteered with three different Cedar Rapids agencies to do disaster-related clean-up and to distribute legal information in the neighborhoods most affected by the summer flooding.

Now, we need your help to ensure that the students are fed, tools are provided, and transportation needs are met. I’m writing to ask you to contribute to our spring break flood recovery efforts in Cedar Rapids.

You may donate securely online at the Iowa Law Foundation’s website:   https://www.uifoundation.org/GiveToIowa/WebObjects/GiveToIowa.woa/wa/goTo?area=law    Choose the “Cedar Rapids Service Trip” option. Contributions are tax-deductible. If the cost of the trip is covered, leftover funds may be used for the Gulf Coast Service Trip. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thanks for your time and consideration,

Rob Sand
ISBA Co-President
Organizer, Iowa Law Cedar Rapids Service Trip

PS. As our efforts begin in just two weeks, contributions made this week will be especially helpful in helping us meet our budget and do as much work as possible in Cedar Rapids. If you can contribute, please take five minutes to make your contribution now. Thanks again.








Iowa Supreme Court issues Order requiring seven court closure days between March-June

Below is the text of a press release issued by the Iowa Supreme Court today:

Today, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a Supervisory Order  requiring all court offices, including clerk of district court offices and the office of the clerk of the supreme court, to be closed for seven days before the end of the current fiscal year on June 30. The move is in anticipation of a $3.8 million reduction in the FY 09 Iowa Judicial Branch operating budget. The closures are in addition to the February 16, 2009, closure required in an earlier supervisory order.

With the order, all court staff will take unpaid leave March 20, April 10, April 24, May 8, May 22, June 5 and June 19, 2009. One day of unpaid leave for all judicial employees except judges and magistrates (1,600 people) reduces expenditures by $335,009. Judges and magistrates are not subject to the unpaid leave order because the legislature sets their salaries and the supreme court lacks the statutory authority to change these salaries. On days the court offices are closed, judges and magistrates will work in their chambers to maintain a minimal level of access to the courts.  

The order also reduces the public hours of all offices of the clerk of district court. Clerks’ offices will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to closing

 “While this change in our customary public business hours is an unwelcome reduction in public access to the courts, it is necessary to help minimize other problems that will result from court closure days,” State Court Administrator David Boyd said. “By providing the clerk of district court offices with some uninterrupted work time each week, we hope to maintain productivity and thereby minimize delays in case processing.”

Additionally, the supreme court canceled its April 28-30 oral arguments to save travel expenses. The supreme court justices will remain in their home counties and consider only cases submitted without oral arguments. The court of appeals will also modify its April oral argument schedule. A panel of judges residing in the Des Moines area will hear oral arguments in the Judicial Branch Building and a second panel of judges living in Northwest Iowa will hear cases in the Dickenson County Courthouse in Spirit Lake. A third panel of judges will remain in their home counties and consider only cases submitted without oral argument.

Today’s order clarifies the earlier supervisory order reducing judge and court reporter travel expenses and gives chief judges the flexibility to assign a judge to preside over a trial outside the official domicile when the compelling interest of justice requires it or when the trial is held in a county where the judge resides.

 In addition, to further reduce expenses, the judicial branch will no longer post videos on its website, including supreme court oral arguments. For more information, go to, www.iowacourts.gov.

CLE approved for February 2009 bar meeting

State CLE credit (including ethics credit)  in the amount of .5 hours has been approved for the LCBA  February 2009  meeting as follows:

Program Name: U of I Associate Dean Linda McGuire on pro bono requirements

Start Date:   02/19/2009
End Date:   02/19/2009
City:   Cedar Rapids
Class Type:   Standard(live)
Total CLE Hours Approved:   0.5 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved:   0.5
Activity Number:   57645The outline from the CLE can be viewed here:  McGuire outline on pro bono requirements







CLE approved for 2009 Bench Bar Conference; January 2009 bar meeting

State CLE credit in the amount of 1.0 hours has been approved for the LCBA 2009 Bench-Bar Conference as follows:

Program Name: 2009 Bench-Bar Conference
Start Date: 01/06/2009
End Date: 01/06/2009
City: Cedar Rapids
Class Type: Standard(live)
Total CLE Hours Approved: 1.0 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0
Activity Number: 56500

State CLE credit in the amount of .5 hours has been approved for the LCBA January 2009 bar meeting as follows:

Program Name: January 2009 Bar Meeting
Start Date: 01/15/2009
End Date: 01/15/2009
City: Cedar Rapids
Class Type: Standard(live)
Total CLE Hours Approved: 0.5 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved: 0.0
Activity Number: 56504

 The outline for the presentation on representing military clients presented by Pete Welch of Crawford Sullivan Read & Roemerman can be viewed here: Family Military Law outline

Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission seeks applicants; Deadline extended to Jan. 9










                      The deadline for submitting written nomination petitions for two (2) County Magistrate Appointing Commissioners  whose terms will run from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2014 has been extended until January 9, 2009.  Only qualified attorneys within Linn County can be nominated and serve in these positions. The current attorney Commissioners are James Sines and John Ehrhart. Following nominations, an election will be held.  Ballots will be sent to all Linn County attorneys who have been certified as eligible to vote by the Supreme Court.


                      Written nomination petitions 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


                      The deadline for submitting written nomination petitions either in person or for receipt of petitions delivered by mail is 4:30 p.m., January 9, 2009.

LCBA sponsored 2008 approved CLE credit list

The following LCBA sponsored conferences and seminars presented in 2008 have been approved for CLE credit:


Judge Jon Scoles on the new federal local rules
Judge Baumgartner on the importance of judicial independence

Total state
CLE Hours: 1.0, Activity No. 48147,    

Federal CLE 1.0 hours approved


Susan Pence discusses recent updates to Iowa
probate and trust law.  
Total state CLE
Hours: .5, Activity No. 48482

 Judge Faye Hoover-Grinde discusses drug treatment court
Total state
Hours: .5,   Activity No. 50344


Mark Hudson
Ethics presentation: Top 5 Tips for Avoiding a Call from the Iowa Disciplinary Board  
Total state
Hours:   .5,   Total Ethics Hours: .5,   Activity No. 50666


Total state CLE Hours: 5.5,   Activity No. 51744
Federal CLE  .5 hours approved


Total state CLE Hours:   3.25,   Total Ethics Hours: 1.0, Activity No. 55812


Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg presents a Legislative Update

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 55151


Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus discusses Equal Justice for All  

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 55819

Michelle McMurray program on Fair Housing laws

Total state CLE Hours: .5, Activity No. 55011

Federal CLE  .5 hours approved




Court Schedules weeks of December 22, December 29

The courts for the Sixth Judicial District will be closed Thursday, December 25, 2008 and Thursday, January 1, 2009.   The courts WILL BE OPEN the remainder of the weeks of December 22, 2008 and December 29, 2008.

The holiday schedule for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa can be viewed here.     The Court will be closed Thursday, December 25, 2008 and Friday, December 26, 2008, as well as Thursday, January 1, 2009.



2009 Bench-Bar Conference on Jan. 6 at CR Art Museum


Please join the  Linn County Bar Association at  its  2009  Bench-Bar  Conference to start  the new year with some CLE credit and  a social with your friends and colleagues  in the bar and on the bench.

Tuesday, January  6, 2009    from  4:00 6:30 PM.

Where:  Cedar Rapids Museum





A reception catered by Winifred‘s will follow.


Please plan to attend this important event!   This event is free of charge to LCBA members.


QUESTIONS?   Call  LCBA  President-Elect Connie Alt at  365-9461.