From the President . . .
Let’s take a moment to reflect on how important your membership is to our association. Of course, membership dues support our many great events and programs such as a full year of CLE offerings, Law Day, the mediation program, and the Volunteer Lawyers Project. But membership is also the gateway to involvement and that combination keeps our association strong, especially in these challenging times.
This fall, in addition to renewing your membership, I invite you to make a pledge to become more involved in PCBA events over the coming year. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:
- Join a committee! Undoubtedly, there is a committee that fits your interests and skill set, and all of them need active participants. Committee service can also be a springboard to leadership positions in the organization. Click here to find out more about our committees.
- Join us at our (virtual, for now) monthly luncheons. The virtual lunches are free to members, will often include CLE credit, and we have great speakers coming up (Judge Nelmark and Judge McAllister on October 13 and Colin Grace from the ARL on November 10). Read more.
Animal welfare bill is topic of November virtual luncheon
Mark your calendar now and plan to tune in Tuesday, Nov. 10, for our Nov. 10 virtual luncheon. Our speaker will be Colin Grace, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s director of legal and strategic initiatives. He will discuss the companion animal welfare bill and its implications. Please register in advance by clicking here. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This CLE has been approved for 30 min. of CLE credit. Activity Number 355751.
Mark your calendar for expanded Fall CLE
You won’t want to miss the virtual PCBA Fall General Practice CLE on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This CLE will truly offer something for everyone with sessions covering issues such as jury trial reforms, guardianships and conservatorships, juvenile law, elder care, and criminal law just to mention a few.
This event is free for current PCBA members and you can sign up for one day or for both days. We won’t be providing printed booklets, but the materials will be posted on our website. Click here for details.
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.