From the President . . .

PCBA President Bill Boyd

PCBA President Bill Boyd

One of the important functions of the Polk County Bar Association is its support of the PCBA’s Volunteer Lawyers Project. VLP and Iowa Legal Aid are the two organizations that are able to provide needed legal services to low income individuals in our community. VLP, which works closely with Iowa Legal Aid in placement of cases, is successful because of the tremendous efforts of many volunteer lawyers and the hard work of a small administrative staff.

VLP receives a significant portion of its funding from grants awarded by the Iowa Supreme Court Lawyer Trust Account Commission through the Commission’s IOLTA program. With interest rates continuing to be historically low, the funding available to be granted by the Commission is expected to be even lower this year than in previous years.  As a result, VLP contributions from PCBA members are even more important. Although we have received contributions from many PCBA members this year, we are still short of our goal.

Thank you very much if you have already contributed to VLP this year.  If you have not yet contributed, please consider supporting this very worthwhile effort. Click here to learn more.


Don’t miss our April 25 PCBA CLE seminar

The PCBA will host its annual Spring CLE program – which is FREE to PCBA members – on Friday, April 25, at the Downtown Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave. Among the cutting edge topics to be explored are Federal Criminal Law, What Judges want to see in Custody Cases, Worker’s Compensation, and financial crimes.When coupled with the free CLE offered by the PCBA each fall, this program is designed to offer 100 percent of the CLE credits required by the Iowa Supreme Court and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. (Approved for 7.5 hours of State CLE credit, including 3 hours of Ethics and 3.5 hours of Federal). Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. Click here to download the agenda and reservation form.


Mark your calendar for our Bench & Bar spring social

The PCBA Bench & Bar Committee invites you to attend our spring social, on Thursday, May 8th, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the ISBA Conference Center, 625 East Court Avenue in Des Moines, in recognition of the appointment of the following judges: Iowa Court of Appeals –Hon. Christopher McDonald; and District 5C – Hon. Jeffrey Farrell, Hon. Joseph Seidlin, Hon. Jeanie Vaudt, Magistrate Becky Goettsch, Magistrate Anastasia Hurn, and Magistrate Beth Tigges. Complimentary Hors d’Oeuvres and beverages will be served.


Back by popular demand!

The response has been so positive that we’re doing it again! Mark your calendar and plan to attend our Trivia Challenge Night III to benefit the Volunteer Lawyers Project, on Thursday, July 10 at 5 p.m. at the ISBA Conference Center. Join us for dinner, drinks, music, fun, and the opportunity to show off your knowledge of all things trivia. The cost is $50 per person or $400 for a table. This event sells out fast so click here for more details and to download your reservation form.


It’s time to renew 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 our court-sponsored mediation program, news and information you can’t get anywhere else, discounts on programs and services, and much, much more. And, as a bonus, first-time PCBA members and those who renew their membership for 2013 are entitled to attend one of our informative and timely PCBA Luncheons on us – FREE of CHARGE – No strings attached! Click here to learn more and to download the renewal form. If you have questions about your membership, contact PCBA Executive Director Carol Burdette.


Support the VLP and get a tax deduction to boot!

While you’re renewing your PCBA membership, don’t forget to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project.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.  Click here for more details from PCBA VLP President Nicholas Cooper.