From the President . . .


PCBA President
Emily Gould Chafa

I’m thrilled and honored to serve as president of this great organization for the coming year.

As those of you who attended the May luncheon meeting already heard, I’m asking all of you to give your time, talent and treasure to serve this organization, our profession and our community. My theme for the year is simple: Get Out – of your office and your comfort zone. Give Back – to the PCBA and our community.

How can you get out and give back?

First, look at the PCBA VLP wish list. Note the variety of legal issues. Realize the specific important need for legal assistance reflected in each case. Use your time and talent to help a VLP client who cannot otherwise obtain legal assistance. Each VLP case you handle will make a definite difference in each VLP client’s life.

If, like mine, your legal employment or practice area doesn’t allow you to represent PCBA VLP clients, give some of your treasure to the VLP. Checks are always welcome! You can add some entertainment value to your VLP donation, through participation in the upcoming golf outing or the trivia challenge nights. Read more.


PCBA honors Polk County students at Law Day celebration

The PCBA recently awarded prizes to a number of Polk County middle school and high school students who took part in the annual Law Day celebration and competition. This year’s theme was American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. The winners were honored at the annual PCBA Annual meeting and Law Day Luncheon on May 13 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel. Featured speaker was Dennis Goldford, Drake University Political Science professor. Click here to see photos and read about the winning entries.


Let’s all go out to the ball game

images-2Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for an evening enjoying the national pastime with your fellow PCBA members, guests, and Drake law students. We are arranging a group of tickets for one of the last Iowa Cubs games of the season on Friday, August 29. The game begins at 7:05 p.m., but we’ll gather for burgers, brats, hot dogs, and all the fixings at 6 p.m. More details will follow, but be sure to contact Sonja Diener if you are interested in attending so we can make sure there will be enough seats available. Spouses, significant others, and children are all welcome!


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.