President’s Message – June/July 2017



I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return

For Good, from the musical Wicked, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz


PCBA President Bridget Penick

Polk County Bar Association,

You are collectively a talented, generous, group of attorneys I have been honored to serve this past year. Thank you.

Early in my term, you helped educate the community and ensure a successful retention election. You’ve supported the judiciary’s request for crucial funding, welcomed the new Polk County Court Administrator Christopher Patterson and District Court Judge Heather Lauber, attended appellate oral arguments in our community and lunch and learns, affirming our exemplary bench-bar relationship.

Just this month, you came together for a fantastic afternoon of golf and camaraderie, raising just shy of $25,000 for the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project. You’ve given generously through trivia nights, wing eating contests, and other events.

You’ve stepped up and organized the first-ever VLP family law case training program this summer for in-house counsel so that more of our neighbors in need of legal assistance can be helped.

Your board of directors has had a busy year, undergoing an audit to ensure accounting practices safeguard your PCBA’s resources and establishing a personnel committee to ensure PCBA has a plan for continuity for our staff, establishing job descriptions, performance review benchmarks, personnel policies, and pay and benefits practices that are compliant with changing federal laws.

You have elected a slate of hard working, dedicated officers to lead the organization through the upcoming years. I know you share my confidence in their leadership.

I’ll close this final President’s message by saying thank you – this experience has changed me FOR GOOD. Thank you to my supportive law firm, Fredrikson & Byron, who entrusted me to help launch and grow our Des Moines office at the same time I was ascending through the officer roles in the PCBA. Thank you to the board members and governors with whom I’ve served and now call friends as well as colleagues – you’ve made my tenure go so smoothly. Thank you to our judges who partner with the PCBA at every opportunity.

And thank you, Carol Phillips, for being the glue that holds us all together and puts us back together when something gets bent or broken along the way.

Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good