President’s Message – April/May 2022

PCBA President
Debra Hockett-Clark

A woman says to her lawyer: “I want to divorce my husband.”

‟On what grounds?

‟Grounds? We have two acres at the edge of town with a big lawn and some fruit trees.

‟No, that’s not what I meant. Do you have a grudge?

‟Yes, we’ve a two car garage but only one car so we use the rest for storage.

^(getting exasperated) ‟Does he beat you up?

‟No, I’m up by 6:30 and sometimes he does not get up until after I’ve left for work.


‟We just can’t seem to communicate.”

Our next monthly online luncheon on April 5 will feature Professor Carissa Vogel, Law Library Director & Professor of Instruction at the University of Iowa College of Law; and Mandy Easter, Law Librarian/Consultant at the State Library of Iowa who will present about updates on a collaboration to create an interactive “People’s Law Library” and assist pro se litigants navigate the legal system. The website will be an integrated approach to legal services for everyone, but especially for low- and moderate-income Iowans. I hope that you will sign up to attend. Get more details and registration information here.

I am excited to announce that we will be returning to in-person luncheons starting with our May 3 Annual Meeting Luncheon. For those who are not comfortable attending the luncheon in person, we will continue to simultaneously offer the program online.

Our Spring General CLE, which is free to all PCBA members, is coming up on April 21. The last free CLE in the Fall of 2021 had over 300 members in attendance. Don’t miss out on one of the best benefits that you get as a member of the PCBA. It is anticipated that the CLE will be approved for 7.5 hours of CLE credit, including 60 minutes Ethics and 60 minutes Diversity credit. You can download the agenda here.

The PCBA published its March list of VLP cases that need volunteer attorneys. There are 15 cases that need your help. Please review the list and select a VLP case that will get you one step closer to fulfilling your pledges to provide 22 hours of volunteer hours in 2022.

We are looking forward to our upcoming Law Day event on May 2. The PCBA is requesting that you consider sponsoring one of the Law Day winners by donating $100 to cover the prizes and expenses of the event. Click here to get information on how to sponsor a student.

Attention Golfers!!! We are preparing for the annual VLP Golf event on June 3 at 1 p.m. at Grandview Golf Course. We are still looking for golfers and sponsors for the event. Click here to get information about participating and/or sponsoring the VLP Golf event.