From the President . . .

PCBA President Nathan Overberg

I was elected to serve as president of your Polk County Bar Association at the annual business meeting on May 12. During the Law Day luncheon that followed, Tre Critelli, in full wig and English regalia, artfully explained to the students in attendance how the Magna Carta, among other things, codified the power of community. Shortly thereafter, I presented my “inaugural” speech as president of our talented and dedicated community of lawyers and judges, known as the Polk County Bar Association. What follows are my brief inaugural remarks.

Like many of you, when I was interviewing for my first legal jobs, I was often asked “Why do you want to be a lawyer?” More recently, I have been asked why I would want to be president of the PCBA.

The answers to both questions are really the same.

I grew up on a family farm south of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. There were no lawyers in my family. In fact, other than a very nice gentleman who lived down the gravel road from me, who unbeknownst to me at the time, was Judge Harlan Bainter, I didn’t know any. However, when our long-time mayor was tragically shot at a city council meeting, the community encouraged a young, local lawyer to assume the role. He responded to the call, was promptly elected, and proved to be a pretty fair public servant. Read more…


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.


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.