From the President . . .

PCBA President David Nelmark

My term as President is not quite finished, but it will be soon. It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been more work than anyone told me it would be, but more fun too!

I’m proud of what the PCBA has accomplished in this year, and we’re not done yet. Before the gavel gets passed at the Annual Meeting on May 14, we have numerous events including our monthly luncheon on April 9, a “Breakfast & Learn” at La Mie on April 18, and Law Day on May 1.

As my tenure comes to a close, I’d like to offer sincere thanks to the staff of the PCBA. Even in a letter with limited space, I’m able to mention by name every employee. Carol Phillips, Sonja Diener, Julie Seidlin, Mark McGrath, and Charles Tamay constitute the complete full-time staff of the Polk County Bar Association, the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers’ Project, and the PCBA Mediation Program. Their limited number illustrates two things.

The first is how hard that group works. Our organization does more with less staff and less resources than most of its counterparts around the country. Read more.


Come meet Drake University’s Women’s Basketball coach

Join us on Tuesday, June 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for our annual law clerk luncheon when our speaker will be Drake Women’s Basketball Coach Jennie Baranczyk. She has established and grown a culture of academic, athletic, and community success during her tenure at the helm of the winning program.

The luncheon will be held at the Downtown Marriott Hotel, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines. Tickets are $25 in advance and $27 at the door. Keep in mind that seating is limited and we may not be able to accommodate walk-ins. So, please make your reservation early and no later than Thursday, June 6. Click here for details and a reservation form.


Get your Spring CLE materials here

Some 200 PCBA members gathered at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott on April 12 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 7.5 hours of State CLE credit, including 1 hour Ethics. Activity number 321777. Click here to download the materials. Member login required.


Students honored at annual Law Day event

Each year, the PCBA and ARAG® invites students in grades K through 12 from schools throughout the Des Moines area to take part in our Law Day competition in the Coloring, Poster, Essay, Poetry, Visual Arts, Technology, Music and Drama categories.

The 2019 theme – Free Press, Free Speech, Free Society – provided the opportunity for students to explore these First Amendment rights. The winning students, their teachers, and parents were recognized at a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Judicial Branch Building on May 1. In addition, they had the opportunity to hear presentations and mingle with special guest speakers Justice Susan Christensen of the Iowa Supreme Court, Eric Hanson of KCCI Des Moines, Des Moines Register Columnist Courtney Crowder, and Laura Belin of the Bleeding Heartland Blog.

Special thanks go to the PCBA Law Day Committee co-chaired by Kala Anderson and Stephanie Marett. Click here to see the winning entries and to view photos of the event.


Golf with us and support the PCBA VLP

Mark you calendar and plan to join us for the PCBA’s annual Bench and Bar Golf Outing to benefit the Volunteer Lawyers Project. This year’s event will be held on Friday, June 7, at the Waveland Golf Course in Des Moines. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Register now and take advantage of our early bird pricing which includes green fees, cart, and dinner following golf. Click here for complete details and to download the registration form.


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; 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 in 2019.

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. To help make it easier to support our efforts,

And 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.


Attend a luncheon on us!

New PCBA members and those who renew their membership are entitled to attend one of our informative and timely PCBA Luncheons on us — FREE of CHARGE — No strings attached! Attend one of our luncheons and find out for yourself why we are the premiere organization for Polk County attorneys, judges, and other members. Click here to download our certificate and return it to us before the luncheon you want to attend in order to receive your credit or contact Sonja Diener. Member login require