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2016 Bench-Bar Conference
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5/4/2016 to 5/6/2016
Where: Hotel Blackhawk
200 E. 3rd St.
Davenport, Iowa  52801
United States
Contact: Christy Cronin
515-697-7874

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Registration for this event is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome ($50 walk-in fee).


The biennial bench-bar event is coming to Davenport, Iowa, May 4–6. Held at the historic Hotel Blackhawk, this year’s Bench-Bar Conference will focus on Iowa’s edge. Take a look at this year’s engaging programming that combines useful panels and presentations with fun social events and networking.

We hope you join us for this interesting, fun and thought-provoking event. Special rates are available for the judiciary, judicial clerks and YLD members. Hotel Blackhawk is also offering a special ISBA rate for those who register by April 18.

- Dasha Ternavska, YLD member and Bench-Bar Planning Committee member


SCHEDULE - WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
2:30 - 3:30 - Registration
3:30 - 3:45 - Warm-Up by Conference Co-Chairs
- Speakers: Hon. Tom Waterman, Justice, Iowa Supreme Court and Matt Novak, Lawyer
3:45 - 4:15 - Welcome by Conference Co-Sponsors - Speakers: Bruce Walker, President, The Iowa State Bar Association and Hon. Jeff Neary, President, Iowa Judges Association  

Greetings from Academia - Speakers: Ben Ullem, Dean, Drake University Law School and Gail Agrawal, Dean, University of Iowa College of Law  
                        
4:15 - 4:30 - Keynote Remarks: Iowa’s Edge - a Culture of Excellence - Speakers: Hon. Mark Cady, Chief Justice, Iowa Supreme Court  
4:30 - 5:30 - The Role of Leadership in Professional Ethics - Speaker: Nick Critelli, Lawyer
6:00 - 8:00 - Iowa Court of Appeals Reception (Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801)

SCHEDULE - THURSDAY, MAY 5
7:00 - Fun Run and Walk (meet in Hotel Blackhawk lobby)
8:30 - 10:00 - The Art of Today’s Trial -- Techniques to Switch Up Your Game
Moderator: Hon. John Wright, Trial Judge  
Panelists: Michael Bush, Lawyer; Hon. Marlita Greve, Chief Judge; Martha Shaff, Lawyer; Kent Simmons, Lawyer; and Robert Waterman, Lawyer                     
10:00 - 10:15 - Break
10:15 - 11:45 - Strengthening Iowa’s Trial Courts
(Small Groups)
12:00 - 1:00 - Luncheon (provided with registration) - Excellence Through Teamwork (Chief Judges)                                
1:30 - Sports, Touring and Arts (see details below)
6:30 - Iowa Supreme Court Reception
(Hotel Blackhawk)
7:30 - Iowa Supreme Court Banquet
(Hotel Blackhawk)
8:30 - A Career Retrospective on Iowa’s Edge
- Speaker: Hon. Mark Bennett, Federal Trial Judge
                                                                    
Bench-Bar Awards - Presenters: Conference Co-Chairs

SCHEDULE - FRIDAY, MAY 6
7:00 - Fun Run and Walk
(meet in Hotel Blackhawk lobby)
8:30 - 10:00 - Access to Justice: an Iowa Edge - Diagnosing and Dealing with Barriers
Moderator: Anjela Shutts, Lawyer         
Hon. Brent Appel, Justice, Iowa Supreme Court; Matthew Brandes, Lawyer; Brian Farrell, Lecturer, University of Iowa College of Law; John Goerdt, Assistant State Court Administrator; Chris Luzzie, Lawyer, Iowa Legal Aid; Brett Toresdahl, Director, ISBA Public Service Project; and Hon. Cheryl Traum, Associate Court Judge                                                              
10:00 - 10:15 - Break
10:15 - 11:15 - Taking Home the Message About Access
(Small Groups)                    
11:15 - 12:00 - What’s Happened Here? (Small Group Reports) - Presenters: Conference Co-Chairs

Bench-Bar Drawings (must be present to win)

Adjourn After Bench-Bar Drawings


ACTIVITY INFORMATION - THURSDAY
Fun Run and Walk - Attendees interested in the fun run and walk should indicate so when registering for the Bench-Bar Conference.

Golf
- Golfing will take place at the Davenport Country Club (2500 Valley Dr., Pleasant Valley, IA 52767). Cost is $88 which includes use of a cart. Attendees interested in golfing should select the optional "2016 Bench-Bar Golf" ticket when registering.

Wine Tasting - A wine tasting will take place at the Wide River Winery (106 North Cody Rd., LeClare, IA 52753). Attendees interested in the wine tasting should indicate so when registering for the Bench-Bar Conference.

Wine and Art - Attendees interested in pairing wine with painting with 515WineWithDesign, taking place at the Wide River Winery, should indicate so when registering for the Conference. Painting cost $40. A link to a payment portal will be emailed to those attendees who have indicated their preference to attend this activity when registering for the Conference.

Biking - Attendees interested in viewing the town of Davenport from the seat of a bike should meet in Hotel Blackhawk lobby. Attendees interested in biking should indicate so when registering.

Tennis - Attendees interested in swinging the racket should meet in Hotel Blackhawk lobby. Attendees interested in tennis should indicate so when registering.

All Thursday activities listed above (except for the Fun Run and Walk) will begin no later than 1:30 p.m.


ACTIVITY INFORMATION - FRIDAY
Fun Run and Walk - Attendees interested in the fun run and walk should indicate so when registering.


EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION FEES

Prices below reflect the early-bird registration fees. Registering after May 2 will result in a $50 late fee being added on to your registration fee amount.

ISBA YLD Members (1-5 years) - $150
ISBA Members - $250
Non-ISBA Members - $350
Judges - $100

Judicial Law Clerks - $100


CLE CREDIT (approved)

8.25 state hours which includes 1 ethics hour


Sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association Bench Bar Committee


The Iowa State Bar Association • 625 East Court Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50309
Ph. (515) 243-3179 • Fax (515) 243-2511
Email: isba@iowabar.org