2018 Bench-Bar Conference
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5/9/2018 to 5/11/2018
Where: Courtyard by Marriott
250 Westfield Ave.
Waterloo, Iowa  50701
United States
Contact: Christy Cronin

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This year’s Bench-Bar Conference will be dedicated to the problems that the community of lawyers and judges in Iowa face with the increased fiscal burdens placed on the judicial branch. Presenters, including Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady, Justice Edward Mansfield, Court of Appeals Judge Mary Tabor, Sen. Robert Hogg and Sen. James Carlin, will cover the topics of legal ethics, building coalitions with those outside of the judicial branch, and improving internal relationships among the bench and bar.

Scheduled for Friday’s programming is a discussion on “Building Relationships: Standards for Professional Conduct” with David Baker (David Baker Mediation), Chief Judge Kellyann Lekar (District 1B), Jaki Samuelson (Whitfield & Eddy PLC) and Barbara Randell (Colorado Justice Institute).

If you’ve never been, there’s no better time to see for yourself the great fellowship of Iowa's legal community than at the 2018 Bench-Bar Conference and experience the City of Waterloo’s improvements to its downtown areas in the past several years. Attendees of the 2018 Bench-Bar Conference in Waterloo will see this firsthand with a visit to the John Deere Museum and in a converted factory that is now home to a brand new hotel where guests will be staying. Other sites to visit during your stay include the revamped Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, the Dan Gable National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the shops and restaurants in historic downtown Cedar Falls.

What other CLE features golf, bike riding, and fun walks/runs with Iowa lawyers and judges? At the 2018 Bench-Bar Conference, join fellow attendees in golfing at the Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course, biking the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail, painting your next office décor with an Art & Wine event, or sampling some local brews.

There’s simply no other CLE event like the Bench-Bar Conference. Come see for yourself May 9-11 in Waterloo!

Sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association Bench-Bar Committee

Wednesday - May 9
2:30 - 3:30 - Registration
3:30 - 4:15 - Bench-Bar Welcome - Speakers: Justice Thomas Waterman, Bench-Bar Co-Chair; Matt Novak, Bench-Bar Co-Chair, Stephen Eckley, President, The Iowa State Bar Association; Hon. Paul Scott, President, Iowa Judge's Association; Jerry Anderson, Dean, Drake University Law School; Brian Farrell, Lecturer, University of Iowa College of Law; and Quentin Hart, Mayor, Waterloo
4:15 - 4:30 - General Remarks from Chief Justice Mark Cady
4:30 - 5:30 - How Do We Get Professional Ethics Up to Date? - Speakers: Justice Edward Mansfield, Iowa Supreme Court and Judge Mary Tabor, Iowa Court of Appeals
6:00 - 8:00 - Iowa Court of Appeals Reception at the John Deere Museum

Thursday - May 10
7:00 - Fun Run and Walk

8:30 - 10:00 - Building Coalitions
Chief Justice Cady, Iowa Supreme Court
Doug Struyk, ISBA Assistant Legislative Counsel, Carney & Appleby PLC
Sen. Robert Hogg, State Legislator
Sen. James Carlin, State Legislator
Georgia Van Gundy, Executive Director, Iowa Business Council
Dan Huitink, Corporate Counsel, Vermeer Corporation
Barbara Randell, Future Image Group

10:15 - 11:45 - Small Group Breakouts  
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch (provided with registration)
- Remarks by Todd Nuccio, State Court Administrator
1:30 - Golf, Tennis, Biking, and Painting

6:30 - Iowa Supreme Court Reception & Dinner - Speaker: Arne Sorenson, Marriott International Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer
(Dinner at 7 p.m.)

Friday - May 11
7:00 - Fun Run and Walk

8:30 - 10:00 - Building Relationships-Standards for Professional Conduct
David Baker - David Baker Mediation Services
Jaki Samuelson, Whitfield & Eddy PLC
Hon. Kellyann Lekar, Chief Judge, District 1B
Barbara Randell, Future Image Group

10:15 - 11:15 - Small Group Breakouts
11:15 - 12:00 - Small Group Reports
12:00 - Adjourn 

Wednesday - May 9
*Court of Appeals Reception at the John Deere Museum

Thursday - May 10
*Fun Run and Walk
*Tennis and Biking (rentals not included)
Golf - $40 (please select golf ticket when registering)
Painting at 515 Wine with Design - $45 (Visit website to register for this event. Items needed from participants prior to event.)
*Iowa Supreme Court Reception & Banquet

Friday, May 11
*Fun Run and Walk

*complimentary event with registration

CLE CREDIT (approved)
8.25 state hours which includes 1 ethics hour and 3.5 federal hours
Prices below reflect the early-bird registration fees. Registering after May 4 will result in a $50 late fee being added on to your registration fee amount.


ISBA YLD Members (1-5 years) - $150
ISBA Members - $260
Non-ISBA Members $360

ISBA Member Judges - $125
Non-ISBA Member Judges - $150

Law Clerks

CLE Season Pass holders, please note that the pass will cover the cost of the CLE program, however, it does not cover the cost of the golf or wine event.

Courtyard by Marriott
250 Westfield Ave., Waterloo, Iowa 50701
Room Rate (available until April 9): $119 (+tax)
Group Code: ISBISBA

Sponsored in part by a City of Waterloo Hotel-Motel Tax Grant