LCBA members to drive the zamboni at Roughriders game!

Plan to attend the Rough Riders hockey game  this Saturday, February 27 at 7:05 pm. After the game, our own Justice David Baker and attorney Matt Novak will be driving the Zamboni! They purchased this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the Kids First fundraiser last year. Even if hockey isn‘t your thing, you may want to come watch the after-game show!

Next Bar Meeting February 18 at CR Art Museum

The next meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held Thursday, February 18, 2010, beginning at noon at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art 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 Harold Denton of the Linn County Attorney’s Office.   Mr. Denton will speak on criminal law.   CLE credit of .5 hours will be sought.     The lunch will be catered by Kristeena’s.

As usual, if you are planning to attend, please respond to the RSVP request you receive from Attendance Chair Assistant Rebekeh Isbell.   If you are unable to attend, you do not need to send an e-mail.   If you are unable to attend the luncheon meeting after you have already sent an RSVP at an earlier time, please let Rebekeh Isbell know as soon as possible by e-mailing her or calling her at 365-9101, to advise that you are unable to attend.   Remember:   Your RSVP’s are very important!   Thank you so much for your assistance in helping to provide an accurate attendance count for the caterers.

2009 CLE credits approved for LCBA meetings & events

The following is a list of approved CLE credits approved for presentations sponsored by the Linn County Bar Association.   Note: This list does not include CLE credits approved for presentations sponsored by the LCBA Family Law Committee.

 

11/19/2009 LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING NOVEMBER 2009: Dick Wenzel and David Wenzel discuss the new child support calculations. 0.5 credit hours 0.0 ethics hours

Activity No. 64987

 

10/15/2009 LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION Linn County Bar Association Monthly Meeting – October 2009: The Iowa State Bar Association’s Task Force for the Enhanced Delivery of Legal Services Throughout Iowa. 0.5 credit hours 0.0 ethics hours Activity No. 64751

 

07/09/2009 LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION LCBA 2009 Summer Outing CLE 3.25 credit hours 1.0 ethics hours; 2.75 federal hours
Activity No. 62765  

 

06/18/2009 LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION MONTHLY MEETING JUNE 2009: Legislative Update 2009 0.5 credit hours 0.0 ethics hours
Activity No. 60603

 

03/19/2009 LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION Linn County Bar Association Monthly Meeting – March 2009: Federal Stimulus Spending to Improve Iowa’s Roadways 0.5 credit hours 0.0 ethics hours

Activity No. 64759

 

02/19/2009 LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION February 2009 LCBA Bar Meeting: U of I Associate Dean Linda McGuire on pro bono requirements 0.5 credit hours 0.5 ethics hours

Activity No. 57645


01/15/2009 LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION January 2009 Bar Meeting: Pete Welch discusses family military law 0.5 credit hours 0.0 ethics hours

Activity No. 56504

 

01/06/2009 LINN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 2009 Bench-Bar Conference 1.0 credit hours 0.0 ethics hours
Activity No. 56500

2010 LCBA Bench-Bar Recognition Ceremony a Success

More than 100 Linn County Bar Association members and members of the bench in Linn County attended the LCBA’s 2010  Bench-Bar  Conference and  Ceremony to recognize  retiring members of the  Bench  on Tuesday, January  19 at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The LCBA honored the following individuals who  recently retired from service or will be retiring in early 2010:   Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge David Remley, Sixth Judicial District Judges   Thomas Koehler and Kristin Hibbs,   U.S. Northern District of Iowa Bankruptcy Court Judge Paul Kilburg, and Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Van Zimmer.   The LCBA  also recognized Sixth Judicial District Assistant District Court Administrator Jane Sweaney, who retired in December, as well as Iowa Supreme Court Senior Justice James H. Carter, who  is a  50 year member of the  LCBA. Special guest Jane Lorentzen, president of the Iowa State Bar Association, was also in attendance.


THE HONOREES
L-to-R: Judge David Remley, Justice James Carter, Jane Sweaney, Judge Van Zimmer, Judge Thomas Koehler, and Judge Paul Kilburg.   Not pictured: Judge Kristin Hibbs.

New Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial District, Patrick Grady, provided an update on the court’s response to the current judicial budget crisis, as well as paid special tribute to the honorees.   An individual tribute was also given to each honoree.   The presenters included Judge Grady, Judge Douglas Russell, Connie Alt, Dan Childers, Jay Willems, Harold Denton and Rick Fry.

Following the recognition ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception catered by Winifred’s and a musical performance by Carlis Faurot and Mike Maas.



THE HONOREES and PRESENTERS
Back Row L-R: Jay Willems, Dan Childers, Rick Fry, Harold Denton, Judge Douglas Russell, Judge Patrick Grady Not pictured: Connie Alt
Front Row L-R: Judge David Remley, Justice James Carter, Jane Sweaney, Judge Van Zimmer, Judge Thomas Koehler, and Judge Paul Kilburg.   Not pictured: Judge Kristin Hibbs.

Change of Court Days in Iowa and Jones Counties

Chief Judge Patrick Grady released the following announcement today:

After much discussion and consideration, I have decided that an unavoidable casualty of the recent staff reductions is the need to reschedule court service days in Iowa and Jones Counties.   The primary reason is the near impossibility of staffing four rural counties on the same two days (Thursday and Friday) with court reporters throughout the year while still keeping our high priority dockets (e.g. criminal, child custody and juvenile) staffed in Linn and Johnson counties.   This has already been shown to be a problem this first week of January and only promises to get worse.   Also, with having to consolidate clerk’s positions in Benton and Iowa counties, it was not feasible that they share the same court service day every week.  

 

What this means is that trials in Jones and Iowa counties will be set to commence on Tuesdays rather than Mondays.   I am aware that this may create some logistical problems   with magistrate court in Iowa and Juvenile Court in Jones.   However, given the small number of trials, especially jury trials, in each county, these are problems that can be addressed.   Also, a number of attorneys with multiple district practices prefer having court service days on Monday to provide an extra day to settle trials.   I chose Iowa and Jones counties because they have less frequent back-to-back court service days whereas Benton and Tama counties have them more often than not and it often allows judges and reporters to catch up on Thursday orders on Friday.

 

We are still investigating whether we will be re-scheduling what is now the normal Child Support Recovery Day in Iowa and Jones counties.

 

I will be submitting an amended scheduling order to the Iowa Supreme Court and we will also post the new court days on the Iowa Judicial Branch web site.

 

Judges who are assigned to Iowa and Jones counties during even-numbered months will have their ruling days moved to Tuesday through Thursday.

 

I ask you for your patience and thank you in advance for your support.

 

Reminder to Submit Proposed Orders With Certain Motions

The Sixth Judicial District Court Administrator’s Office would like to remind attorneys to comply with Supervisory Order 2009-7. The order adopted four local rules. Local Rule 2 requires that certain routine motions be accompanied by a proposed order. Attorneys failing to comply will have the motion returned to them. These rules were adopted to help the judges deal with the court reporter reduction. Copies of Supervisory Order 2009-7 and the form order for a motion to withdraw are available on the Courts section of the LCBA web site.

2010 Bench-Bar Conference & Retiring Judges Recognition Ceremony Jan. 19 at Art Museum

Please join the  Linn County Bar Association at  its  2010  Bench-Bar  Conference and  Ceremony to recognize  retiring members of the  Bench  on  Tuesday, January  19, 2010    from  4:00 – 6:30  pm at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Carnegie Library (main level).      

The LCBA will be honoring the following individuals who  recently retired from service or will be retiring in early 2010:   Hon. David Remley,  Hon. Thomas Koehler, Hon. Kristin Hibbs,  Hon. Paul Kilburg, and Hon. Van Zimmer.   The LCBA will also be recognizing Jane Sweaney, who retired from the Court Administrator’s Office this year, as well as Iowa Supreme Court Senior Justice James H. Carter, who  is a  50 year member of the  LCBA.

Special guest Jane Lorentzen, president of the Iowa State Bar Association, will be in attendance.

A reception catered by Winifred‘s will follow.

Please plan to attend this important event!   This event is free of charge to LCBA members and guests of the honorees.   QUESTIONS?    Contact Stephanie Hinz via email at shinz@pbalawfirm.com  or at  366-7621.

LCBA Meeting on November 19

The Linn County Bar Association meeting will be held Thursday, November 19, 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 speakers will be Dick Wenzel and David Wenzel, who will be discussing the new child support calculations.   CLE credit of .5 hours will be sought.

Lunch is $7 and will be catered by Kristeena‘s.

RSVP’s are required only if you plan to attend.   If you are planning to attend, please reply to this email by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2009.   If your plans subsequently change, and you are no longer able to attend, please let me know via e-mail at risbell@lynchdallas.com or by calling 365-9101, ext. 119.

If you have recently changed your e-mail address, or you know of an LCBA member whose e-mail address has changed, please notify me so that we may keep our e-mail list as accurate as possible.

REMEMBER: your RSVP’s are very important!   Thank you so much for your assistance in helping to provide an accurate attendance count for the caterers.