From the President . . .
My tenure as PCBA President has ended. It was an unusual term to the say the least. I served the entire year without setting foot in the bar office, without holding one in-person board meeting, and missing out on many of the wonderful social opportunities that traditionally come with this position. That is unfortunate. But those violins of disappointment are silent compared to the symphony of achievement our staff, board members, committees, officers, and organization produced over the past year.
Throughout the pandemic, your PCBA membership remained the best deal in town. Since shifting to a primarily virtual format in March 2020, PCBA has offered 80 hours of CLE – all FREE with a PCBA membership. That is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to the continuing work of PCBA committees in serving our legal community.
Our members have also continued to serve the Polk community, and those efforts make me proud to be a lawyer in Polk County. Read more.
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.
Spring CLE materials are now online
PCBA members gathered virtually on May 20 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 7.75 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour Welllnes/Diversity. Click here to download the materials (member login required).
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.
Your help is urgently needed for legal hotlines
Iowa Legal Aid, The Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the ISBA, the Polk County Bar Association and the Linn County Bar Association have partnered to provide a hotline to help Iowans with legal problems caused by the August derecho. The new Derecho Legal Hotline is using the same pro bono legal services delivery model as the COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline. Volunteer Lawyers continue to be needed to serve both hotlines.
Click here for more information about the Derecho Legal Hotline. To learn more about how you can serve as a volunteer lawyer for the Hotlines, just call Carol Phillips at 515-243-3904 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful links, articles, and other COVD-19 resources
In response to the developing situation surrounding COVID-19, the Iowa State Bar Association has compiled a variety of resources to assist and educate. Click here to learn more.
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.
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.