From the President . . .

PCBA President Nathan Overberg

It’s been a great year

Summer is upon us, and with the changing of the seasons comes a changing of the guard with respect to the PCBA leadership team. The next President’s Message will be penned by my good friend Bridget Penick. I have no doubt she will be an effective and inspiring leader of this grand Association. As I pass the gavel to her, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year we have shared together.

By all accounts, it has been a good year. Our membership numbers have exceeded expectations and are higher in every segment. Indeed, compared with the prior year, we have seven more members in the 50-year membership club and 26 more members who are new admittees or law students. Our luncheon attendance remained strong and we were pleasantly surprised to see your interest in trying new venues like the Cub Club.

Our free, general CLE programs were exceptional and incredibly well attended (even for the ethics session at the end of the day on a Friday). In addition, our committees worked hard to, among other things: Read more . . ..


Winning Law Day contest students honored at luncheon

The Polk County Bar Association (PCBA) and ARAG® once again co-sponsored the annual Law Day Competition for students in grades K-5 and 6-12 in the Polk County metro area. This year’s theme was Miranda: More Than Words, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous United States Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona. Participating students were encouraged to explore the importance of the Miranda warning to protect every citizen’s right to remain silent (self-incrimination, 5th Amendment) and the right to an attorney (6th amendment) during police interrogations through visual arts, music, essay and poetry. Elementary school students participated in a coloring and poster contest.

The winning students were honored at our Law Day luncheon which featured guest speaker Judy Bradshaw, former Des Moines chief of police and current director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Click here to learn more.


Get your Spring CLE materials online now

Some 235 PCBA members gathered at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott on April 29 to network and stay on top of their profession at the Spring 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 7.75 hours of State CLE credit, including 1 hour Ethics and 3.75 hours 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).


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

Members of the winning Trivia Challenge Team Branstad Law.

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.