From the President . . .
Even in a “normal year” there is nothing easy about being a lawyer. Whether you practice in a firm, the government sector, in-house, or elsewhere, the 24/7 buzzing of emails hitting the inbox is a constant reminder to lawyers of the ongoing demand for immediate, high-quality, low cost, legal service. Not enough? Okay, let’s add in family, money, health, politics and other “traditional” stressors we face in our lives. Still not enough? Okay, let’s add in a lethal global pandemic that eliminates nearly all in-person interaction for so many. Enough already!
The last year has been isolating and difficult for nearly everyone and incredibly difficult for some. The pressures of work (or lack of work) and life continue, but for many, they now face it alone, working remotely without supportive collegial and professional networks. No matter the scenario, if you are struggling with stress or any other mental health issues, I sincerely hope you are finding support amongst your family, friends, church, and/or a mental health professional. But if you are not, I want to remind you there is an excellent, confidential, free resource right here in Polk County. The Iowa Lawyers Assistance Program. 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.
Fall CLE materials are now online
PCBA members gathered virtually on November 12 and 13 to network and stay on top of their profession at the Fall general practice seminar. The CLE provided two full days of thought-provoking presentations covering a wide array of topics pertinent to the practice of law in Iowa. The program was offered FREE to members. 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.