From the President …

PCBA President Adam Zenor

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

It is an honor to serve as the President of the Polk County Bar Association for the 2022 – 2023 term.

The Polk County Bar Association enjoys a long, rich history. For nearly a century, this Association has been committed to promoting the rule of law through service to its founding principles: judicial independence, access to justice, and legal education, not only for our members but also for our community.

Today, our Association’s commitment to these foundational principles remains steadfast and is shown in the work of our committees, our programming, and the active engagement of our Association’s members. Read more.


September luncheon to feature Erin Lain

Plan to join us in-person or virtually as our monthly luncheons resume on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Our speaker will be PCBA Vice President Erin Lain, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Law at Drake University Law School.  Her presentation is entitled “Past, Present and Future of Affirmative Action.”  We anticipate the program will qualify for .75 hours of Diversity and Inclusion CLE Credit. Details.


Golfers compete to benefit PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project

Nearly 100 players hit the links to support the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project at the annual Bench & Bar Golf Outing on June 3. The event, which was held at the Bright Grandview Golf Course in Des Moines, raised more than $31,000 for the cause.

And the winner of the Event with a score of 53 was the Nyemaster Law Firm’s foursome: Brad Epperly, Cory Harris, John Clendenin, and Ben Roach. Other winners included: Longest Drive – Noah Ridgeway (Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese); Longest Putt – Bridget Penick (Fredrikson & Byron); and Closest to the Pin (Hole in One) – Cory Harris (Hole in One). Nick Lindgren from Northwestern Mutual also had a Hole in One.

A special thanks goes out to these volunteers: Maria Brownell, Emily Chafa, Amy Davis, Tracy Eaton, Drew Gentsch, Corrin Hatala, Debra Hockett-Clark, Miki McGovern, and Ryan Sheahan.


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.