From the President . . .
On November 5, the voters approved the Polk County Safety Judicial System Bond Referendum. This was a great day our community as a whole. With its passage, our historic Polk County Courthouse will be preserved and we can look forward to a future where Polk County residents will have the necessary facilities for the judicial resolution of disputes.
The success of the measure is due in large part to the leaders of the effort – Mary Kramer, Martha Willits, and E.J. Giovannetti. On behalf of the Polk County Bar Association Board, I thank them for their leadership, hard work, and dedication.
As you know, the PCBA was significantly involved in the effort and all members should be proud of the involvement of the legal community in the successful outcome. On behalf of the PCBA Board, I thank all law firms and PCBA members who contributed to the effort and worked to get the vote out. Special thanks to former PCBA President Steve Eckley, PCBA member Michael Kuehner, and PCBA Executive Director Carol Burdette for their hard work in support of the measure.
This effort started in 2008 when a referendum was voted on by Polk County residents. The PCBA, through the tireless efforts of Guy Cook and Eric Turner, led the effort for its passage. Although the referendum did not pass, the vote was critical to the success of last November’s vote because it provided a clear direction for a reshaped proposal that was approved on November 5 by 67 percent of the vote.
This effort is one example of the importance of the PCBA. The organization strives to serve its members and to promote the legal community. As we end the year, we are in the process of membership renewal. With approximately 1,500 of your fellow Polk County attorneys belonging to the PCBA, we are proud of our broad-based membership and of the valuable services and benefits that PCBA provides to the Bar, Bench and Community. Read more.
Polk County voters approve Courthouse improvements
Thanks to the hard work of PCBA members and friends, Polk County voters overwhelmingly approved Public Measure “A” on November 5. We very much appreciate all of the law firms and members who supported this important effort for our community.
Earn CLE credits at our upcoming seminar
The PCBA is offering a free CLE program for members on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Downtown Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave. Among the topics to be explored are business law, the ‘One Contract’ law, real estate, the Iowa healthcare marketplace, bankruptcy update, and more. Approval is pending for 7.5 hours of State CLE credit, inlcuding 2.5 hours of Ethics, and 3 hours Federal. Click here to download the agenda and registration form.
Trivia teams compete for a good cause
Twelve teams of eight players each showed off their knowledge of all things trivia and battled it out for bragging rights at the PCBA’s first-ever Trivia Challenge Night to benefit the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project on April 11. Master of Ceremonies Former Justice Michael Streit put the teams through their paces and quizzed them on a wide variety of trivia topics – both law-related and non law-related. The competition was fierce, but “The Benchwarmers” emerged as the Trivia Champion and took home the trophy. Team members were Mark Smith and Judges Douglas Staskal, Christopher McDonald, Carla Schemmel, Artis Reis, Robert Hanson, Karen Romano, Lawrence McLellan, and Eliza Ovrom. Nearly $5,000 was raised by the teams, each of whom made a donation to the PCBA VLP in order to compete. Click here to view photos.
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.