From the President . . .

PCBA President Nathan Overberg

Be an Everyday Mentor

Richard (“Dick”) Smith took me to lunch last week. The reason for his visit? He wanted to congratulate me on becoming President of the PCBA and to encourage me to stay involved after I transition on to the ISBA Board of Governors. Of course, he regaled me with stories from his days as President of both the PCBA (‘80-’81) and ISBA (’87-’88), most of which he assured me were true. But more importantly, he was being something that I think is so important to anyone’s professional development – he was being an everyday mentor.

I know there are plenty of opportunities to be involved in organized mentoring programs; indeed, programs sponsored by the law schools, the ISBA YLD, and local Inns of Court come to mind. These are wonderful programs and I encourage you to participate. But if you can’t seem to find the time or are hesitant to commit to an established program, then try to make it a priority to be an everyday mentor.

What does it mean to be an everyday mentor in our profession? It means that you take the new lawyer next door along with you to that simple hearing so she has an opportunity to meet the judge. It means you take the time to answer questions from a new lawyer, even if you are pressed for time. It means you encourage a colleague to join a non-profit board you are on. It means you send an unsolicited reference letter in support of a colleague’s judicial application. It means you set a positive example in how you treat one another and the court. Read More.


Get the inside scoop on Presidential politics, Iowa caucuses

Kathie Obradovich
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at noon for our monthly luncheon featuring Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for The Des Moines Register. Kathie will offer some reflections on the 2016 Presidential campaign/caucus season and then take questions from the group.

During the luncheon we will also honor the PCBA VLP 2014/2015 outstanding volunteer attorneys. The awards will be given out by The Honorable David Wiggins of the Iowa Supreme Court. Click here for complete details and the reservation form.


Trivia teams compete for good cause

Members of the winning Trivia Challenge Team Branstad Law.

Back by popular demand, the PCBA hosted the 5th Trivia Challenge Night to benefit the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project on June 25 at the Iowa Bar Association building. A full house of 12 teams made up of eight players each showed off their knowledge of all things trivia while Master of Ceremonies, former Justice Michael Streit, once again kept the event moving and the crowd entertained! The night’s winning team was the Branstad Law’s “Inimicus Curiae.” More than $6,000 was raised through table sponsors and the popular “Double Down” option to benefit the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project. Click here to view photos of this great event.


Save the Date!

Mark you calendar now and plan to attend our Fall General Practice CLE on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel. This event is free for current members, but there is a small charge for the printed materials. We anticipate approval for 7.5 State CLE hours, including some Ethics and Federal. Click here to see the agenda and download the reservation form.


And the winners are . . . .

mixed golf winnersOur golfers hit the links at the Bright Grandview Course in Des Moines on June 5 and raised nearly $30,000 for the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project!

Winners in the Mixed Flight category were: Stacey Warren, Brent Cashatt, Ross Gibsen, and Craig Jellings. Winners in the Men’s Flight were: J.T. Clendenin, Ryan Stefani, Cory Harris, and Christian Walk.

Many thanks to all of the sponsors, golfers, and the Golf Committee for making this event a huge success. Click here to view photos of all the winners.


Students recognized at PCBA Law Day observance

lawday_800The PCBA once again sponsored its annual Law Day Competition for students in grades 6-12 in the Polk County metro area. This year’s theme was “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.” Participating students were encouraged to explore the importance of the Magna Carta on its 800th Anniversary through visual arts, music, essay and poetry.

The winning students  were honored at a special luncheon at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel on May 12, 2015. Click here for details and to see the winning entries.


Spring CLE materials are now online

PCBA members gathered at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott on April 17 to network and stay on top of their profession at the Spring CLE seminar. As always, the CLE provided a full day of diverse presentations covering a wide array of topics pertinent to the practice of law in Iowa. The program, which was offered FREE to members, was approved for 7.75 hours of State CLE credit, including 2.25 hours Ethics and 1.5 hours Federal. Click here to download the materials (member login required).


Have you renewed your PCBA membership?

One of the best things you can do for your career is to belong to the Polk County Bar Association. Your PCBA membership entitles you to FREE CLE seminars to sharpen your skills, monthly luncheons to explore current issues, access to the court-sponsored mediation program, news and information you can’t get anywhere else, discounts on programs and services, and much, much more. Click here to learn more and to download the renewal form. And, as a bonus, first-time PCBA members and those who renew their membership for 2015 are entitled to attend one of our informative and timely PCBA Luncheons on us – FREE of CHARGE – No strings attached! If you have questions about your membership, contact PCBA Executive Director Carol Burdette. Click here for details and to download the membership form.


Support our VLP and get a tax deduction to boot!

Did you know that contributions to the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project are tax-deductible? The PCBA VLP is a charitable organization established with the mission of providing legal services to low income residents of Polk County. With your help, PCBA VLP is one of the most successful volunteer lawyer programs in the country, with Polk County lawyers donating approximately 5,000 hours of their time annually.

Unfortunately, the tough economic conditions have severely impacted the PCBA VLP. Demand for services has never been higher while our funding continues to decline. The PCBA VLP now offers you the ability to make donations on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis – all you need to do is check the appropriate option on your PCBA membership renewal form. And don’t forget that the PCBA VLP is a tax-exempt, charitable organization which means any donation you make is tax deductible. You can also designate the PCBA VLP as the recipient on your United Way donation. Click here to download the donation form.