From the President . . .

PCBA President Debra Hockett-Clark

I am so honored to serve as this year’s president of the PCBA. As a solo practitioner, I have had the benefit of utilizing many of the services offered by the PCBA throughout my years in practice.

It is my hope to encourage increased membership this year. Your membership allows the PCBA to continue to provide all of the great services offered and to support the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). Unfortunately, the IOLTA grant for 2021 for the VLP was drastically reduced compared to prior years. We will need your help to financially support the VLP by attending our Trivia Nights, making donations to VLP, and attending the golf outing next summer.

You are also able to support the VLP by agreeing to accept cases off the Wish List. You should not be apprehensive to take on cases through the VLP even if they are outside your area or practice or you are a new attorney. Our wonderful staff at the PCBA will provide you with forms and names of attorneys who can assist you through the process. Read more.


Luncheons resume on Sept. 8 with focus on wellness

Join us on Wednesday, September 8, from noon to 1 p.m., as our monthly luncheons resume after the summer break. Our speaker for this virtual event is Tyler Coe, J.D,. from Whitfield & Eddy Law. We anticipate 1 hour CLE credit in the Wellness category. Tyler’s presentation on mental health and wellness focuses on our duties as lawyers and how we should help ourselves and each other. Law does not need to be a constant struggle between personal wellbeing and getting our jobs done. Instead, allowing ourselves to focus on both leads to better outcomes for ourselves and our clients. Plus, our rules of professional responsibility demand we take care ourselves to best serve our clients. Click here for details.


PCBA members hit the links for a good cause

Some 120 players hit the links on June 4 at the annual Bench and Bar golf outing to benefit the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. The event, which was held at the Waveland Golf Course, raised more than $35,000 for the cause.

And the winners are …. Men’s team, with a score of 54: Brad Epperly, John Clendenin, Cory Harris, and Ben Roach. Mixed team, with a score of 60: Ross Gibson, Whitney Judkins, Laura Lockwood, and Kara Eischen. Longest putt: Andrew Steffenmeier. Longest Drive: Stephen Brown. Closest to the Pin #2: Dustin Mueller. Closest to the Pin #10: Laura Cilek. Closest to the Pin #13: Brian Carlson

A special thank you goes to Laura Cilek, who won the circle game but donated her $410 winnings back to PCBA VLP. And a very big thank you goes to the Golf Committee and the following volunteers who helped on the day of the event: Corrin Hatala and Abigail Wallace, Golf Committee Co-Chairs. Amanda Adams, David Barajas, Maria Brownell, Phil Bubb, Emily Chafa, Nicholas Cooper, Matt Dixon, Tracy Eaton, Zach Eubank, Van Everett, Drew Gentsch, Debra Hockett-Clark, Kelli Huser, Jesse Johnston, Michael Kuehner, Laura Lockwood, Cole Mayer, Miki McGovern, Julie Johnson McLean, Nathan Mundy, Julie Seidlin, Kayla Sproul, and Elizabeth Van Arkel. Click here to see photos of the event.


We couldn’t do it without our generous sponsors

The sponsors listed below helped make the 2021 Bench and Bar Golf Outing such a huge success:

Gold Sponsors: Ahlers & Cooney, PC; Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, PC; Brick Gentry; PC, BrownWinick Law Firm; Carney & Appleby, PLC; Dentons Davis Brown, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, PC; Drew Law Firm, PC; Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP; Finley Law Firm, PC; Fredrikson & Byron, PA; Galligan Law, PC; Grefe & Sidney, PLC; Mark Hinshaw Law Offices; Iowa State Bank; LexisNexis; Macro & Kozlowski, LLP; McKee, Voorhees & Sease; Nyemaster Goode, PC; Northwestern Mutual; Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese, PC; Timmer & Judkins, PLLC; Wasker, Dorr, Wimmer & Marcouiller, PC; Whitfield & Eddy Law; and Zenor Kuehner.

Silver Sponsors: Emily Chafa & Miki McGovern; Dorsey & Whitney, LLP; Hansen, McClintock & Riley; Hopkins & Huebner, PC; Laden & Pearson, PC and Feuerhelm Law Office; Miller, Zimmerman & Evans, PC; Parrish Kruidenier; Patterson Law Firm, LLP; Peddicord Wharton; Sullivan & Ward, PC’ The Weinhardt Law Firm; and Wilson, Deege, Despotovich, Riemenschneider & Rittgers, PLC

Lunch Sponsor: Roxanne Conlin & Associates, P.C. Other Sponsor: McCormally & Cosgrove, PLLC


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


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.


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.