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ISBA annual Bench-Bar Conference in Cedar Rapids NEXT WEEK. Sign up now!

For the first time in its history, the bi-annual ISBA Bench-Bar Conference will be hosted

in Cedar Rapids this year! The conference will be held May 8-10 (Wednesday afternoon-

Friday noon) at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Cedar Rapids. For an itinerary

Having the Bench-Bar take place in Cedar Rapids, following recent conference venues of

Sioux City, Waterloo, Dubuque, and Davenport, has been a long time in planning and its

success depends, in large part, on participation and involvement of the local members of

the bar. If you have never been to the Bench-Bar in the past, this is your best opportunity

to attend the only conference where judges and lawyers are encouraged to talk on a firstname

basis, without titles. It is anticipated judges from all over the state will attend,

including the chief judges of each district and all of the state appellate judges.

Festivities commence Wednesday afternoon, when the Iowa Court of Appeals will hold

oral arguments in Cedar Rapids. CLE will also be held, and a reception with the Court of

Appeals will be held that evening. Thursday’s agenda will be CLE sessions in the

morning and recreational and social activities in the afternoon, with options including

golf, tennis, biking, pickleball, and more. A banquet will be held that evening.

Additional CLE sessions will be offered Friday morning, and the conference wraps at


The Bench-Bar Conference committee is co-chaired by LCBA member Matt Novak and

Iowa Supreme Court Justice Matthew McDermott. If you are interested in assisting the

planning committee in organizing social or recreational activities, please contact Matt

Novak at LCBA members are needed to help organize and

direct each of the recreational and social activities. This is a great opportunity to get to

know judges and fellow attorneys from all across the state!

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