From the President . . .

PCBA President Donna Miller

You may think of the PCBA as a provider of CLE, an organizer of networking events, or the administrator for volunteer legal services. It is those things, and more:

  • We facilitate educational and informational sessions (like our Lunch & Learns at the Federal and Polk County Courthouses);
  • We have a mediation program with a roster of mediators for family, small claims, and other legal issues
  • We have a new committee for corporate counsel which joins our solo/small committee to provide socialization and educational opportunities on a more specialized basis
  • Through VLP, we host a monthly multidisciplinary clinic to provide assistance to Hispanic families
  • We serve as a liaison between the bar and the Polk County judges

Recently switching from being a litigator at a medium-sized law firm to an owner of a small firm, I recognize how our professional needs change over the course of our careers. Read more.


Golfers hit the links for a good cause

Some 100 golfers hit the links on June 7 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 nearly $25,000 for the cause.

The winners in the First Flight were: 1st Place – Joe Moser, Ted Stopulos, Erik Bergeland, and Rob Johnson; 2nd Place – Brant Leonard, Phil Bubb, Marc Ward, and Emily Pontius. The winners in the Second Flight were: 1st Place – Dustin Mueller, Sarah Kouri, Alison Stewart, and Nick Cooling; 2nd Place – Tyler Smith, Marshall Tuttle, Joe Barron, and Lee Hook. Other winners: Closest to the Pin (Hole Number 2) – Scott Riemenschneider; Longest Putt – Joe Moser; Longest Drive (Women) – Laura Lockwood; Longest Drive (Men) – Noah Stochl; Closest to the Pin (Hole Number 13) – Noah Stochl.

Two new contests were introduced this year. In one, which was sponsored by Van Everett of Northwestern Mutual, participants could pay to have golf pro Broc Everett hit their drives on Hole 7. In the other game, which was sponsored by Iowa State Bank, golfers paid $5 in the hope that they could hit the green with their first shot. Among those who did hit the green, one name was drawn at random to receive half of the prize. The winner was Christian Walker who donated his share of the winnings to the PCBA VLP.

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A special thanks to our golf sponsors

The sponsors listed below helped make the 2019 Bench and Bar Golf Outing such a huge success:

GOLD: Ahlers & Cooney, PC; Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, PC; Brick Gentry, PC; Brown Winick, PLC; Davis Brown Law Firm; Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, PC; Drew Law Firm, PC; Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP; Finley Law Firm, PC; Fredrikson & Byron, PA; Galligan & Reid, PC; Gratias Investigations, Inc.; Grefe & Sidney, PLC; Iowa State Bank; Macro & Kozlowski, LLP; McKee, Voorhees, Sease, PLC; Northwestern Mutual; Nyemaster Goode, PC; Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese, PC; Timmer & Judkins, PLLC; Wasker, Dorr, Wimmer & Marcouiller, PC; The Weinhardt Law Firm; and Whitfield & Eddy Law.

SILVER: Dorsey & Whitney, LLP; Gislason & Hunter, LLP; Hansen, McClintock & Riley; Hartung Schroeder Law Firm; Hopkins & Huebner, PC; The James Law Firm; Laden & Pearson Law Office and Miller, Zimmerman & Evans, PLC; and Miki McGovern and Emily Chafa.

Dinner Sponsor: Roxanne Conlin & Associates. Hole-In-One Sponsor: Willis Auto Campus. Additional Sponsor: McCormally & Cosgrove, PLLC.


It’s back by popular demand

Tables are sure to go quickly for our Trivia Challenge Night IX to benefit the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project. This popular event will be held on Thursday, July 25, at the ISBA Conference Center. So, mark your calendar and make your reservation now to join us for dinner, drinks, music, fun, and the opportunity to show off your knowledge of all things trivial. The cost is $50 per person or $400 for a table (eight persons to a table). Click here for details and to download the 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.


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