2014 Bench-Bar Conference
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2014 Bench-Bar Conference

5/14/2014 to 5/16/2014
When: 5/14/2014
Where: Hotel Julien Dubuque
200 Main Street
Dubuque, Iowa  52001
United States
Contact: Christy Cronin

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


2:30 – 3:30 - Registration
3:30 – 3:45 - Warm-Up by Emcees - Speakers: Tom Waterman, Justice, Iowa Supreme Court and Matt Novak, Pickens Barnes & Abernathy (Bench-Bar Committee Co-Chairs)
3:45 – 4:15 - Welcome by Conference Co-Sponsors - Speakers: Guy Cook, President, The Iowa State Bar Association and Gary Anderson, President, Iowa Judges Association

Greetings from Academia - Speakers: Allan Vestal, Dean, Drake Law School and Linda McGuire, Assistant Dean, University of Iowa College of Law

4:15 – 4:30 - Keynote Remarks: The Role of Personal Relationships in a Profession - Speaker: Mark Cady, Chief Justice, Iowa Supreme Court
4:30 – 5:30 - Ethics: Think About It: What Happens When You Hit ‘Send’ (or ‘Post’)? - Speaker: Brett Trout, Law Offices of Brett J. Trout, P.C.
6:00 – 8:00 - Iowa Court of Appeals Reception (National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, 350 E. Third St., Dubuque)

8:30 – 10:00 - We’re Clicking! The New Frontier in Professional Interaction: What Paperless and Faceless Filing, CLE, and Messaging Mean for the Legal System
Moderator: Roxann Ryan, PhD, Iowa Department of Public Safety
Panelists: Hon. Kellyann Lekar, Trial Judge and Chief Judge, District 1; Hon. Stuart Werling, 7th District Judge; Susan Daniels, Iowa Legal Aid; and Hon. John Jarvey, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
10:00 – 10:15 - Break
10:15 – 11:45 - Where Can We Meet Lawyers and Judges in our Future? (Small Groups)
12:00 – 1:00 - Luncheon featuring Hon. Jane Kelly, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals - Bring it On!
1:30 - Sports and Arts (Golf, Running, Tennis, Painting, Bicycling, etc.)
6:30 - Iowa Supreme Court Reception
7:30 - Bench-Bar Banquet

8:30 - The Future of Collegiality - Speaker: John Jarvey

Bench-Bar Awards - Presenters: Tom Waterman and Matt Novak

8:30 –10:00 - Serving a Modern Public . . .The Advent of Online Access and Digital Information: What that Really Spells!
Moderator: Matt McDermott, Belin McCormick PC
Panelists: Jessica Hlubek, Shafer Law Firm; Hon. Bruce Zager, Justice, Iowa Supreme Court; and a Mystery Panelist
10:00 – 10:15 - Break
10:15 – 11:15 - Taking Home the Message About Connections (Small Groups)
11:15 – 12:00 - What’s Happened Here? (Small Group Reports) - Presenters: Tom Waterman and Matt Novak

Bench-Bar Drawings (must be present to win)

Adjourn after Bench-Bar Drawings

"I've attended every Bench Bar for decades and had a great experience each time. Bench-Bar is a wonderful opportunity for lawyers and judges of every level of experience to build relationships and learn from each other. The infectious enthusiasm of the Dubuque Bar and strong program bodes well for another successful and fun conference this year."  
- Justice Tom Waterman, Bench-Bar Conference Co-chair
"Over the years, the Bench-Bar Conference has engendered open discussions that prompt positive action on emerging issues of interest to the bench and the bar. This conference stands as a tremendous opportunity for any lawyer and any judge to be part of the mix!"  
- Annette J. Scieszinski, Iowa District Court Judge
"I’m excited to have the Bench/Bar in eastern Iowa. Dubuque is a great town with an active local bar association. The Dubuque lawyers I’ve spoken to are anxious to host this important gathering. The totally renovated historic Julian Hotel is an excellent site for the conference. I’m confident with such a great location and setting lawyers who may not have traveled in the past to the bench/bar in Okoboji will take advantage of this conference in Dubuque. Don’t be left out – sign up for this outstanding event today.”
- Guy R. Cook, President, The Iowa State Bar Association
"I graduated from Drake Law School in 2010 and was admitted to the Iowa Bar that same year. I was fortunate enough to attend the Iowa Bench-Bar Conference in 2012, and found it to be a tremendous experience--especially for a "greenhorn” attorney like me. It was a great opportunity to meet attorneys, judges, and justices from throughout the state in an environment much less formal than that of a courtroom. Throughout law school people told me that the legal community in Iowa was one of the most congenial and professional in the nation. The experience at the Bench-Bar Conference certainly proved to me that those people were correct. Not only is the Iowa legal community congenial and professional, it is full of great attorneys, judges, and justices who have a strong desire to mentor and to lead."  
Samuel "Luke” Craven, Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy P.L.C.

The registration fees below include Wednesday’s Iowa Court of Appeals Reception, Thursday’s luncheon, and Thursday’s Iowa Supreme Court Reception/Banquet. The registration fee does not include hotel rooms.

Attendees, including judges, will need to make their own reservations. Please call the Hotel Julien at 1-800-798-7098 to make hotel reservations. Be sure to ask for the ISBA special rate (special rate ends Wednesday, April 30th) when making hotel reservation. Sleeping room rate is $99 (+ tax) for single or double occupancy.

Prices below reflect the early-bird registration fees. Registering after May 13 will result in a $50 late fee being added on to your registration fee amount.
ISBA YLD Members (1-5 years) - $175
ISBA Members - $225
Non-ISBA Members - $300
Judges - $100

Judicial Law Clerks - $100

CLE CREDIT (approved)

6.25 hours of State CLE including 1 hour of Ethics CLE