Governor signs legislation that improves budget outlook for Judicial Branch; New court filing fees in effect May 26

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a press release May 27 regarding legislation signed by Governor Culver May 26 that reduces the budget shortfall the judicial branch expected for the next fiscal year.   The press release can be viewed here.   One result of the legislation is that all clerk of court offices will be restored to full customary business hours effective June 1, and the June 5 and June 19 court closure days will be cancelled.

Also, the legislation increases certain court fees and costs effective May 26.   A general list of fees can be viewed here.    Among the fee changes are  increases for the filing fee for a civil petition from $100 to $185 and for a small claims petition from $50 to $85.

LCBA Summer Outing set for July 9

The LCBA Summer Outing is set for Thursday, July  9.    Members should have already received their registration materials in the mail.   If you did not, please contact Outing Chair Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or email him at  

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. Registration will be from 7:30-8:00 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be available. At agenda will be available at a later date. Application will be made for 3.25  credit hours, including 1 ethics hour. 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 or to register, contact Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.   Golf registration is 11:30-12:45, and shotgun start is  at 1 p.m.

bike ride will be a   25-30 mile route starting at 1:30 p.m, complete with refreshments  and sag wagon.   For more information, contact Stephanie Hinz at or

Supper will follow at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Course, with refreshments served at 5:30 p.m. and supper catered by Catering by L.J.‘s beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For any general  questions about the Summer Outing, contact Darin Luneckas at or at 294-8777.

Charitable Donations Committee Funding Request Deadline is July 1, 2009

Periodically, the Linn County Bar Association Charitable Donations Committee distributes grants to nonprofit organizations. The committee is now accepting applications. The applications must be received by the committee by July 1, 2009. For more information, please see the following documents:

Charitable Donations Committee Funding Letter

Charitable Donations Committee Funding Request Application

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 June 18:

President-Elect:                      Stephanie Hinz (to be President  2010-2011 term)

Secretary:                                          Laura Mueller (term expiring June 2011)

Board of Governors:           Rich Mitvalsky (term expiring June 2012)
                                                                         Ian Thornhill  (term expiring June 2012)
                                                                        Kerry Finley (term expiring June 2011)

 Current President-Elect Connie Alt 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 Scott McLeod( 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.

Applicants sought for Linn County Judicial Magistrate positions

The Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission has issued the following notice regarding appointments of Judicial Magistrates in Linn County:








Pursuant to Iowa Code §602.6403, the Linn County Magistrate Appointing Commission is accepting applications for the office of Linn County Magistrate for terms to begin August 1, 2009.    


                      To be considered by the Commission, the original completed application must be delivered to the office of the District Court Administrator, Linn County Courthouse, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2009 and a copy sent to each Commissioner by that same date and time at the addresses listed.   State-prescribed applications may be picked up at the Court Administration Office or a copy of the application may be requested via e-mail from


                      No application or letter of renewal will be accepted after Friday, May 15, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. regardless of the reason.   Any application, together with supporting documents and letters of support or opposition, must be sent to Commissioners at the addresses listed.  


                      Applicants for the positions are not required to be members of the Iowa Bar but must be a resident of Linn County and less than seventy-two years of age at the time of appointment.   The present salary for the position is $37,740.


                      The Linn County Magistrate Nominating Commission has set Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. as the date for a meeting at which all applicants for the position will be interviewed by the Commission.   Following the interviews, the Commission will, in all probability, proceed by ballot to select the Magistrates to fill the positions.   The interviews and balloting will take place in Courtroom 3-A of the Linn County Courthouse.   The Commission shall then certify to Chief Judge David Remley and Clerk of Court Sharon Modracek the names of the successful candidates.  


The persons appointed to the position will serve a term of office ending August 1, 2013 and may stand for reappointment at that time.


                      There is no requirement for applicants to personally interview with Commissioners prior to May 19, 2009, nor is there a requirement for all applicants to obtain letters of support or opposition.   It is up to each individual Commissioner to determine whether or not they will schedule personal interviews with applicants; however, the individual policy of a Commissioner in this regard is to be applied consistently to all applicants who request an interview in a timely manner.   Letters should be directed to Judge Patrick R. Grady at the Courthouse with copies sent directly to each Commissioner.    It is suggested that letters of support or opposition be mailed to the Commissioners no later than May 12, 2009.


To facilitate any personal contacts that an applicant may wish to make with a Commissioner, a complete list of the names and addresses of each Commissioner is provided below:


Chairman:             Patrick R. Grady, District Judge

P.O. Box 5488

Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-5488

(319) 398-3920



Stephen Jackson, Jr.                                                         Nancy Evans

                                              The Armstrong Centre                                                 2336 Linden Drive S.E.

222 Third Avenue S.E. Ste. 250                     Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

PO Box 74198                                                                         (319) 362-7823

Cedar Rapids, IA   52401          

                                              (319) 363-2683


Mark Brown                                                                               James Sattler

211 Third Ave. S.W.                                                     4359 Pioneer Trail, S.E.

Cedar Rapids, IA   52404                                         Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

(319) 862-2519                                                                     (319) 395-9157 (business)


Tom Neenan

1201 Central Avenue

Center Point, IA   52213

(319) 849-1844





Kids First Law Center’s 4th Anniversary Party & Silent Auction May 7

Mark your calendars for Kids First‘s 4th annual cocktail party fundraiser on Thursday, May 7, from 5-7 pm at Zins! Once again, the party will feature a silent auction with items donated by attorneys along with gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses. Significant others are welcome to attend. Entry is free and the first drink is on  Kids First, thanks to the generosity of this year‘s sponsors: Lynch Dallas,  Jackson & Jackson, and Lederer, Weston and Craig.  Kids First is  still looking for items, so if you have anything you‘d like to donate, please contact Jenny at 365-5437 or  


LCBA day at the ballpark May 21

Please join the Linn County Bar Association for its “May LCBA Meeting” on Thursday, May 21, 2009, beginning at Noon at the Veterans Memorial Stadium for a game between our local Cedar Rapids Kernels and the  Great Lakes Loons.   We have reserved the Pavilion area at the ball park for our LCBA group.


RSVPs can be sent to or call 365-9101, ext. 119. If you RSVP by May 5, 2009, 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 5, 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, 2009, 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.

Next bar meeting April 16, 2009 at CR Art Museum

The  next Linn County Bar Association  meeting will be held  on Thursday,  April 16, 2009, at  Noon, at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art,  located at 410  3rd Avenue SE,  Cedar Rapids.     The speaker will be    Barbara Collins,  a representative for LexisNexis USLM (United States Legal Markets).   Her territory covers the state of Iowa and the Quad Cities, where she consults with law firms on Law Firm Marketing, Legal Research, and Litigation Tools. She is certified by SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing for Professional Organizations).   Barbara will discuss law firm marketing and website search engine optimization in challenging economic times.

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,  April 15, 2009.    If your plans subsequently change, and  you are no longer able to attend, please e-mail or call 365-9101, ext. 119.


Nominations Sought by I.O.W.A. for Arabella Mansfield and Gertrude Rush awards

The Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys  is seeking nominations for the the Arabella Mansfield and Gertrude Rush awards.   The Arabella Mansfield Award is intended to recognize a female attorney who has nurtured women in our field.  The Gertrude Rush award is designed to recognize an attorney, male or female, who has contributed to human and civil rights issues.  Nominations are due May 15, 2009.   The awards will be presented at the IOWA annual meeting and dinner, Thursday, June 25, 2009.   The nomination forms can be viewed here:

Gertrude Rush nomination form

Arabella Mansfield nomination form