THE SCRIPTUM – April 2012


The next regular bar meeting will be Thursday, April 19, 2012, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park.   Jeff Pomeranz, the Cedar Rapids City Manager, will be our speaker.   RSVPs are required only if you plan to attend.

If you are planning to attend, please remember to RSVP by  2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.   If your plans subsequently change, and you are no longer able to attend, please e-mail or call 365-9101, ext. 119.


Baseball is in the air! The LCBA Kernels event will be on May 21, 2012 @ noon.   Don‘t forget to pay your dues because only members who have paid dues are allowed to attend.   Thanks!


Dust off those golf clubs and tune-up that bike because the LCBA Summer Outing will be here before you know it.   Please mark your calendars for Thursday, July 12, 2012, for the annual Linn County Bar Association Summer Outing.   There will be a bike ride and a golf tournament at Hunters Ridge Golf Club, followed by a social hour and a catered dinner afterwards.   Plans are underway for a CLE seminar in the morning.   Questions or comments, call  Darin Luneckas at 294-8777 or Dave Thinnes at 363-3185.


LCBA members are needed to present local high school American Citizenship Awards this spring.   The vast majority of these awards are presented during a senior awards night, with one or two presented at the school’s graduation ceremony. The awards are sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association and are presented annually to the students who have best demonstrated a knowledge and understanding of the principles of American citizenship.   We already have received volunteers for  some of the metro high schools.   Volunteers are still needed, however, at many  area high schools.

Listed below are the schools for which we are seeking volunteers and date/time  of the awards ceremonies.   If you are interested in volunteering or need more information, please contact the  LCBA Citizenship Committee member  listed below:

For North Linn HS (5/9 @ 7 p.m.) or  Marion HS (5/8 @ 7:30 p.m.), contact Todd Anderson at 362-2137 or
For Alburnett HS (5/16 @ 6:30 p.m.), Center Point-Urbana HS (5/16 @ 8:30 a.m.), or Springville HS (5/20 @ 2 p.m.), contact Cynthia Scherrman Sueppel at 286-1743 or

For Jefferson HS (5/14 @ 7 p.m.), Metro HS (5/17 @ 7 p.m.), or Prairie HS (5/23 @ 7 p.m.), contact Rich Mitvalsky at 364-1535 or

For Central City HS (5/16 @ 6 p.m.), contact Stephanie Hinz at 366-3720 or


If you would like to announce your law firm comings and goings, new office locations, attorneys named to partnership, or whatever your “NEWS” is, please let us know and we will put it in TRANSITIONS section of the Scriptum.   Submissions should be sent to


Lynch Dallas, P.C., a well established Cedar Rapids, Iowa, law firm seeks an associate attorney with 2-4 years of experience to practice in employment law representing private employers, cities, counties and school districts, as well as insurance defense and general, civil litigation.   Ideal candidate must have strong work ethic and excellent analytical, interpersonal, writing and research skills.   Competitive salary and benefits. Please send cover letter, resume and copy of law school transcript to Amy L. Reasner, Lynch Dallas, P.C., at PO Box 2457 Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 or

If you would like to publicize open attorney positions or available  law office space in your building, let us know and we will publish it here.   Contact   We will run your “Want Ad” for three (3) consecutive Scriptum editions.   If your space  or employment needs are met during your three-month Ad run, though, please drop us a line so we know to  delete your Want Ad from future issues.

Kirkwood Community College offers online Employers Services, available at no charge, 24  hours a day, 7 days a week.   To learn more about this topic, call 398-5689 or go to


A 40-Hour Family Mediator Training Course (which includes Basic Mediation Training) will be offered in two separate sessions by Crilley Mediation Services on June 11, 2012 to June 15, 2012; and September 17, 2012 to September 21, 2012.

For Collaborative Training only, Participants can select to attend either June 11th or June 12th to fulfill the Collaborative Mediation Training requirement.   The two days are not the same, but both days give important background and information that would be useful to the Collaborative Process.

Visit for more information and to download the Registration Form for either of these trainings.   This training is Nationally Approved and does qualify the Mediator for Roster Mediation.   If you have any questions, please call Chris Crilley at (319) 363-5606.


Are you interested in helping train and mentor future paralegals?   The Paralegal Program at Kirkwood Community College continues to grow.  Kirkwood paralegal students are required to intern in a legal environment as part of their education.   You can help tomorrow‘s paralegals gain valuable experience by agreeing to supervise a paralegal intern.   The internship requires that the student complete 120 hours in a legal setting, and compensation is not required.   If you are interested in mentoring a paralegal intern, please call Greg Clevenger at 398-5576.


Did you know the Linn County Bar Association publishes each day‘s court schedules for Linn County District Court, Associate Court and Small Claims/Traffic court?   Head over to the LCBA website at and click on “Court Schedules & Info” at the top.   You can also see the judge assignments, local Orders and contact information for the court.

The website also has contact information for all LCBA members.   You can view the member directory at Let the LCBA webmaster know if any changes need to be made.     If you have a new address, please notify the LCBA at P.O. Box  74127, Cedar Rapids, IA 52407-4127, or via email at


Membership in the LCBA is open to lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa and who live or work in Linn County.   Click here for our LCBA Membership Application form.     Membership in the LCBA is free the first year of membership.   Annual base membership dues for all others are as follows:

– Attorneys who have practiced for fewer than 5 years:   $95

– Attorneys who have practiced for 5-49 years:   $125

– Attorneys who have practice for 50 or more years:   $0

– Attorneys over age 65 but no longer in practice:   $75

** Total dues amount to be remitted above does not include a voluntary $100 contribution per member for law-related charitable contributions and endowments made on behalf of the LCBA.


Please click on this link for a list of recent Amendments and New Rules:


In accordance with the provisions of Section 535.2(3)(a), 2009 Iowa Code, the Superintendent of Banking has determined that the maximum lawful rate of interest provided for in said section shall be 4.00% for the month of  April. Please note the exemption in subsection 2 of said Chapter 535.2.   The usury rate is available at


The White Star Ale House located at 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street SE in Cedar Rapids is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene.   I was pleasantly surprised by the decor and the large size of this restaurant.   Upon arrival we were promptly taken to a booth (my preference) that was very comfortable, and presented with a lengthy menu.

The name (Ale House) is very appropriate as they have nearly 100 different types of beer available including 35 on tap.   They also have a nice variety of food on their menu.   I selected the Ale House cheeseburger soup along with some comfort food, Gramma’s pot roast and mashed potatoes.   The soup was good and the roast was excellent.   My wife ordered Charlie’s Favorite, which is a large chicken breast rolled in pistachios, then finished in the oven and topped with fresh fruit and tomato salsa.   It looked good, but I didn’t get a chance to taste it as she ate the whole thing.

The staff was friendly and very helpful, but the service was average.   However, we will go back again as I really want to try the lobster sherry bisque, the meatloaf, the Iowa pork chop, the four cheese pasta or maybe all of them. As I said, this is a welcome addition to the restaurant   scene and in particular to the downtown area.

Gene the Critic – Food Division



I have read nearly every book written by John Grisham.   I enjoy them primarily because they are written about lawyers, trials and various other legal matters.   And being a lawyer himself, Grisham has a unique understanding of the various facets of the law that he has covered in his novels. I vividly remember his first novel (at least the first one that I read), The Firm. I could hardly put it down.   It was intriguing, exciting and had a terrific plot. I finished it in one day.   He had me hooked.

As we were vacationing this winter, my wife found his newest novel, “The Litigators,” on IBooks   and she downloaded it on my IPad.   Before starting this read I was a little bit skeptical as I was sure he had to be running out of ideas.   So with little expectations, I began to read “The Litigators.”   Sure enough, it was 1 a.m. before I looked at the clock.   He had me hooked again.   Although I fell asleep shortly thereafter, I finished it the next morning.

This is a typical John Grisham book.   After the first five or six chapters I thought I knew how it was going to end, and except for a few twists I was correct.  However, it did not diminish his storytelling ability, as I wanted it to read it to the very end.   His descriptions are clear and precise.   In the first part of this book he describes a young lawyer who has exhausted himself as a result of working endless hours for this large law firm in Chicago.   This young lawyer ends up in a not so trendy Chicago bar for the better part of a day.  His description of the bar and the events taking place therein were excellent.   It made me feel like I was sitting on the bar stool next to this young lawyer.

The plot includes the handling of class action lawsuits, relationships that occur in small firms and the ethical and sometimes unethical conduct of lawyers.   One of the things that intrigued me was the ability of lawyers to prepare for trial, including the finding and preparation of expert witnesses in a very short period of time.   If I gave any more details I would ruin the story for anyone  who wants to read the book.   The best grade I can give it is a B+.   But remember that is a law school grade.   Enjoy the “The Litigators.”

Gene the Critic –  Book Division