From the President …

PCBA President Adam Zenor

The very essence of civil liberty certainly consists in the right of every individual to claim the protection of the laws, whenever he receives an injury. One of the first duties of government is to afford that protection. – Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 163 (1803).

The Polk County Bar was proud to host a recent reception honoring the judiciary. The reception was organized by the PCBA’s Bench & Bar Committee and was a wonderful occasion. We would like to thank the Committee and its Co-Chairs Judge Jeffrey Farrell and Drew Gentsch.  We would also like to thank Justice Edward Mansfield for providing keynote remarks. Finally, we would like to thank all those who were able to attend. For those that were not able to attend, this note provides a few high points.

As you may recall, the PCBA’s Bench & Bar Committee generally holds this reception annually. However, due to the pandemic, we had not been together for such an occasion since 2019.

There is exceptional service to recognize. Read more.


You won’t want to miss our October luncheon

Meet the candidates for Polk County Attorney at our Oct. 11 luncheon.  Kimberly Graham (D) and Allan Richards (R) will be on hand to share their views and answer your questions at this hybrid event. Join us in-person from noon to 1 p.m. at the ISBA building, CLE center, 625 E. Court Ave., in Des Moines; or join us virtually via Zoom. Get details here.


Honor Justice Cady by volunteering your time and talent

The Polk County Bar Association and the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project (PCBA VLP) are proud to once again co-sponsor The Cady Day of Public Service to honor the late Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. The event brings the community together to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Justice Cady and his commitment to public service, access to justice, and civil rights. Attorneys and others throughout the state are invited to join us in service to the public or pro bono work on Oct. 21. Get details here.  For a list of projects and volunteer opportunities, including two sponsored by the PCBA VLP – A free clinic on Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney, and a Pro Se Asylum Application Clinic – click here.


Advancing the Rule of Law Now: Accountability and Access, a Call to Action

The Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association are co-sponsoring a free, virtual community event that will explore how the rule of law provides opportunities to preserve our democracy and implement real change. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, from 2 – 3 p.m. as part of the 2022 Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service. Get details here.


PCBA VLP recognizes pro bono service

Each year attorneys in Polk County donate thousands of hours of pro bono legal service to low -income members of our community. It is with gratitude that the PCBA recognizes attorneys who accepted a referral from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Click here to see a listing of the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project Honor Roll members.


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.