From the President . . .

PCBA President Debra Hockett-Clark

Well it is hard to believe but here is my last joke for my last President’s letter:

A couple was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The husband was asked what was the secret to their marriage. He replied, “When we first got married, we agreed that I would make all the big decisions and she would make all the small decisions. So far it’s been all small decisions.

I am sad to see my year as President come to an end. Most of my year was all virtual meetings and luncheons, but luckily, the pandemic precautions were eased and we were able to have our Law Day Event and our Annual Meeting luncheon in person. The luncheon was full and it was nice to see all of the members catching up with colleagues they had not seen for a few years.

However, our lives will never go back to what they were prior to the pandemic. The courts will continue virtual hearings after learning during the past few years how well they work. We will continue to have our CLEs available virtually and in person which has increased attendance and made it easier for members to attend. The PCBA is planning events that allow our members to return to in person social events like our upcoming golf outing and trivia night. READ MORE.


Spring CLE materials are now online

PCBA members gathered virtually on April 21 to network and stay on top of their profession at the Spring general practice seminar. 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 CLE credit, including 60 minutes Ethics and 60 minutes Diversity credit. Download the materials here.  Member login required.


Take the ’22 in 22′ Pro Bono Pledge

The Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, and Iowa Legal Aid, with the support of the Iowa Supreme Court, are proud to announce the 2022 Pro Bono Pledge, a new campaign created to increase access to legal services throughout the state. Attorneys statewide are encouraged to pledge to provide at least 22 hours of pro bono service in 2022. Information collected will be provided to the Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (for attorneys practicing in Polk County). Click here to take the pledge.


Have you renewed your 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 enrollment form. And don’t forget that you or you firm can use a credit card or send us a check to pay your dues.


Support the VLP and get a tax deduction

Don’t forget that you can make a contribution to the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project and get a tax deduction.

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, demand for PCBA VLP services has never been higher while our funding continues to decline.

It’s never been easier to donate. The PCBA VLP now offers you the ability to make donations on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis and you can use a credit card. Click here for more information and the donation form.


Make plans to hit the links for a good cause

Dust off those golf clubs and plan to attend our annual Golf Tournament to benefit the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project. This year’s event will be held on June 3 at Bright Grandview Golf Course. Check in is at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Click here for details.


Do you have the latest orders?

In an effort to maintain court services while preventing the spread of Covid-19, both the Iowa Supreme Court and the District Court have issued modifications to certain court functions. Your PCBA is committed to getting this information out to you as soon as possible so be sure to watch your email messages for important updates from us. Meanwhile, click here to see recent supervisory and administrative orders.


A special message from the Polk County Bar Association

The Polk County Bar Association joins the American Bar Association and many state and local bar associations in condemning the acts of violence at the U.S. Capitol during the certification of the Electoral Vote. The PCBA is committed to justice and upholding the rule of law. The actions of the rioters are the antithesis of our mission as an association. Let it be a call to re-dedicate ourselves to the pursuit of justice, safeguarding the rule of law and upholding our democracy.