Federal Courthouse in Cedar Rapids closed 6/12; Bankruptcy Courthouse closed until further notice

Due to flooding conditions in downtown Cedar Rapids, the U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids will be closed Thursday, June 12.   Click this link for more information:   www.iand.uscourt.gov

The Bankruptcy Court in Cedar Rapids is closed until further notice.   Click here for further information:   http://www.ianb.uscourts.gov/news/20080611-COOP-Closure.pdf

 The Linn County Courthouse is closed June 11.

Assistant U.S. Attorney vacancy, Northern District of Iowa

Posting:  http://www.usdoj.gov/oarm/jobs/08-ndia-ausa-02.htm

About the Office: The United States Attorney‘s Office prosecutes federal criminal offenses and defends the interests of the United States in civil cases. The United States Attorney‘s Office for the Northern District of Iowa covers 52 of the state‘s 99 counties. The headquarters office is located in the eastern Iowa community of Cedar Rapids, with a branch office located in Sioux City on the western border of Iowa.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The United States Attorney‘s Office for the Northern District of Iowa has one criminal attorney vacancy to be filled in either the Sioux City or Cedar Rapids office. This position will be assigned a variety of criminal cases with special emphasis on prosecution of offenses related to the sexual exploitation of children.

Qualifications: Required qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any United States jurisdiction), and have at least 3 years post-J.D. professional experience. Continue reading “Assistant U.S. Attorney vacancy, Northern District of Iowa”

LCBA Annual Meeting June 26 at History Center; elections & legislative update

The Annual Meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held  Thursday, June 26 from 12 – 1 p.m. at the History Center, 615 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.     Elections for officers for the 2008-2009 will be held.   A half-hour CLE will also be presented.   The speakers will be Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg of Elderkin & Pirnie and Iowa State Representative Tyler Olson of Bradley & Riley, who will be providing  us with a legislative update.    Lunch is $7.  

LCBA Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee of the LCBA has selected the following slate of nominees to be placed on the ballot for election at the Annual Meeting to be held in June:

President-Elect:                           Connie Alt (to be President in 2009-10)

Treasurer:                                             Todd Anderson (term expiring 2010)

Board of Governors:           Bill Nicholson (term expiring 2011)

                                                                            Laura Mueller (term expiring 2011)

Current President-Elect Scott McLeod will become President at the Annual Meeting.

In addition to the names submitted by the Nominating Committee, any member of the LCBA may have his or her name placed upon the ballot for a position by submitting to the LCBA a petition with at least 10 LCBA members‘ signatures.   Nomination petitions shall be submitted to LCBA President Allison Heffern (aheffern@simmonsperrine.com) at least four weeks prior to the meeting.   Members will vote on and elect the officers and governors for the open positions at the Annual Meeting.

Thornhill in Iraq — XIII

Once again, it’s been about a month since I sent out an e-mail update to the group.   The good news is – this will be the last!   As of today, April 22nd, I have 8 days left on the FOB and 9 days left in Iraq!   Boy has time slowed down considerably.   I have attached a few recent photos that will give you a little bit of an idea what I’ve been doing lately.   The first is actually a copy of a photo that appeared in the Ida County Courier, my hometown newspaper in Ida Grove.   If you recall, shortly after I arrived here at the Law & Order Task Force, a guy who went to  high school with me showed up.   This clipping from the Courier is of Pat and me delivering some Girl Scout cookies to local Iraqi children.   It’s easy to feel bad for the locals here, but seeing the children really gets to you.   I found out shortly thereafter that the cookies did not last long!
The second photo is from about 2 weeks ago.    I am with 4 of our federal law enforcement agents on the day they were leaving the FOB to head home.   Notice how they are smiling and I am not!   If I did not mention it before, this task force includes a lot of people from a lot of different agencies.   This group of agents consisted of 1 FBI, 1 DEA, and 2 ATF.   These guys, like their replacements, are on 3 month rotations.   The effort we (the U.S.) is putting into helping the Iraqis establish their legal system is really tremendous.   The progress is slow, but at least it’s progress!
fob-shield-apr-2008-2-019.JPGThe third photo is from last week.   This is me teaching a session at a week-long seminar on fighting terrorism using law enforcement.   This was held at the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Bureau.   The audience is a pretty select group of high-ranking Iraqi officials.   I was fortunate and honored to be recommended to participate in this event by the Director of our task force.   The other members of the seminar “faculty” were flown in from the United States.   The only bad part about the week (that I did not tell Paula until I returned!) was that it was held in the IZ (International Zone a/k/a Green Zone).   If you’ve been watching the news, the IZ has pretty much been taking rocket and mortar fire on a daily basis.   If you want the details, you’ll have to wait until I get home.
Needless to say, I am in the process of winding down my work here and am VERY excited to get home.   I have flag football games to get to and baseball season starts for all 3 boys!   It will take me a while to get home as I have a couple stops to make on the way.   With luck, I should be home by the middle of May.   I will let you all know when I get home.   And, yes, I dream about Tomaso’s Pizza and beer almost nightly!
See you soon.

Courier Photo

LCBA May “Meeting” at Vets for CR Kernels game May 20

LCBA members are invited to join the LCBA at its “May Meeting” on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, beginning at Noon at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for a game between our local Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.   We have reserved the Pavilion area at the ball park for our LCBA group.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to Tami Drexler at her direct dial 896-4080 or at tdrexler@simmonsperrine.com.   If you RSVP by May 2, 2008, the LCBA will pay for your ticket.   The LCBA Board of Governors will be at the ballpark a half hour before game time to hand out your tickets.   If you do not RSVP by May 2, we would still love to have you join us for the game, but you will be on your own for the cost of the ticket ($9.00 per person at the gate).   Also, if you RSVP, but then find you can’t make it, please let us know before May 5, 2008, or let us know who will be taking your place at the game.

 Plan on attending for good food, good conversation and great baseball with the Cedar Rapids Kernels!

CLE approved for April 2008 LCBA Meeting

State CLE ethics credit in the amount of .5 hours has been approved for the April 2008 LCBA Meeting as follows:  

Program Name:   Top 5 Tips for Avoiding a Call from the Iowa Disciplinary Board
Date:   4/17/2008
City:   Cedar Rapids
Class Type:   Standard(live)
Total CLE Hours Approved:   .5 (includes ethics hours)
Ethics Hours Approved:   .5
Activity Number:   50666

Next LCBA meeting April 17

The  April meeting of the Linn County Bar Association will be held on Thursday,  April 17, 2008, 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. Lunch is $7 and will be provided by Kristeena‘s.

This month‘s speaker is Mark Hudson of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll.   He will present on “The Top 5 Tips for Avoiding a Call from the Iowa Disciplinary Board.”   One half-hour state ethics CLE has been approved for this event.

LCBA Member Hon. David Baker appointed to Iowa Supreme Court

Congratulations to Linn County Bar Association member Hon. David Baker, who was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court by Governor Culver on April 4. Judge Baker, who was appointed as a district judge in the Sixth Judicial District in 2005 and to the Court of Appeals in 2006, is Culver’s first appointee to the Court.


Judge Baker fills the upcoming vacancy on the Iowa Supreme Court that will occur when Justice Jerry Larson retires May 17.

Kids First Law Center’s 3rd Anniversary Party & Silent Auction April 24

Kids First Law Center invites all attorneys and judges to join it in celebrating Kids First’s  third anniversary at a cocktail party  Thursday, April 24, 2008 from 5-7 p.m. at the CR Chop House.   The party will feature drinks, hors d’oeuvres, socializing, and a silent auction.    Entry is free, as is the first drink!   The party is being sponsored by Brady & O’Shea, Seidl & Chicchelly, and Simmons Perrine PLC.