From the President . . .
Oh… To be a kid again … and other random thoughts
My daughter came home from school the other day with a little extra bounce in her step. Earlier in the day, her social studies teacher had called her and some of her friends out of class to give them the opportunity to enter a competition, and anyone who has met my daughter knows that she loves to compete. To top things off, it was a “law” competition. So when she got home that afternoon, my daughter was proud to announce to her two lawyer-parents that she would be entering the 2016 Law Day competition sponsored by the Polk County Bar Association and ARAG.
Since the announcement, she has be reading up on the topic — Miranda: More than Words – and attempting to engage her parents in a dialogue about it. Unfortunately for my daughter, neither of her parents practice criminal law, and so the conversations have been decidedly one way as she re-educates us about the famous United State Supreme Court decision and recites the now famous “Miranda warnings.”
Needless to say, I am proud to be associated with the Polk County Bar Association for many reasons; but one of the primary reasons is the work the Law Day committee does to engage local schools, teachers, and students in learning about the importance of the law and lawyers to our society.
If you want to learn more about the Law Day competition or how to bring the competition to your child’s, grandchild’s, or neighbor’s school; or if you want to support the program by sponsoring a table at the awards luncheon, please contact the PCBA office. If you simply want to recharge your batteries by meeting some great young people and reading/hearing their observations about the importance of the Miranda decision, then join us for the Law Day luncheon on Tuesday, May 10, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Read more.
Don’t miss our Spring CLE on April 29
Make plans now to attend the PCBA Spring General Practice CLE on Friday, April 29, at the Downtown Marriott Hotel. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the program will run from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. We anticipate approval for 7.75 hours of State CLE credits including 1 hour Ethics and 2.75 hours Federal. This CLE is FREE to PCBA members.
Among the speakers and topics are: Mike Carroll on Employment Law, Erik Bergeland on medical malpractice, Sharon Greer on civil trial work, and Judge Rebecca Ebinger on mentorship, just to name a few. Click here for the agenda and registration form.
Golf with us for a good cause
This year’s event will be held on Friday, June 3, at the Bright Grandview Golf Course in Des Moines. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. If you register before May 2, you can take advantage of our early bird special and pay only $100 per person, which includes green fees, cart, and dinner following golf. You can also order a box lunch for $10.
Why not become a golf sponsor?
This year, the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project is offering two sponsorship levels for our Bench & Bar Golf Tournament. The Gold level is an exclusive hole sponsorship which includes one large sign at each hole and one Foursome as part of the package. The cost is $1,000. Only 18 Gold sponsorships are available. The Silver level sponsorship is $500 and includes signage on display at the tournament starting box. Click here for details.
Don’t miss our next Trivia Challenge Night
Tables will go quickly for our Trivia Challenge Night VI to benefit the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project to be held on Thursday June 9, at the ISBA Conference Center. So mark your calendar and plan to join us for dinner, drinks, music, fun, and the opportunity to show off your knowledge of all things trivial. The cost is $50 per person or $400 for a table (eight persons to a table). The previous events have been wildly popular and have sold out fast so make your reservation now by clicking here to download our form or by calling 243-3904.
Get your Fall CLE materials online now
A record-breaking crowd of nearly 300 PCBA members gathered at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott on November 20 to network and stay on top of their profession at the Fall CLE general practice seminar. As always, the CLE provided a full day of thought-provoking 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 7.5 hours of State CLE credit, incl. 1 hour of Ethics and 3.25 hours of Federal. Click here to download. (Member log-in required.)
The latest Polk County Courts phone chart is here!
The updated Polk County Court phone chart is now available and we have it here on our website for you! This new chart includes changes from the recent district court move and new appointees. Click here to access it (member login required).
Seeking students for Law Day competition
The Polk County Bar Association is once again partnering with ARAG to give Polk County area students a chance to get creative with the law as part of our annual Law Day celebration. Students in grades K through 12 are invited to compete in the visual arts, music, essay and poetry categories. Click here for details and entry forms.
The theme of the 2016 contest is Miranda: More Than Words to honor the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case – Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. The theme will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the US Constitution; how these rights are safeguarded by the Courts; and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.
The winning students will be honored at the PCBA Annual Meeting and Law Day Luncheon on Tuesday, May 10, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel. The keynote speaker at the event will be Judy Bradshaw, former Chief of the Des Moines Police Department and current Director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
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 2016 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 Phillips. 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.
Trivia teams compete for good cause
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.
And the winners are . . . .
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.