2016 Bench-Bar Conference (Speaker form)
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Please register as a speaker for the Bench-Bar Conference, at no charge, by clicking on the "Register" link. Call Christy Cronin at 515-697-7874 if you have any questions.

5/4/2016 to 5/6/2016
When: 5/4/2016-5/6/2016
2:30 PM
Where: Hotel Blackhawk
200 E. 3rd St.
Des Moines, Iowa  52801
United States
Contact: Christy Cronin

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Thank you for agreeing to participate in the 2016 Bench-Bar Conference taking place May 4-6, 2016 at the Hotel Blackhawk. To register as a speaker, simply click on the "Register" button located at the top of this page.

As a speaker, you receive complimentary registration for the seminar as well as a one night hotel accommodation if you are traveling over 100 miles (room and tax will be paid for by the ISBA)


Any outlines or materials related to your presentation need to be sent electronically to ccronin@iowabar.org. Materials should be made available in one of the following programs: Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Corel or Power Point.


It is very important that seminar speakers submit an outline as event attendees are expecting your materials. For printing, assembling and distribution purposes, the final copy of presentation materials are due by 4 p.m. on April 22. 

Page Margins: No less than one inch margin on top, bottom and sides.         

Title Page: The first page of the written materials will include a title page that has been created by the ISBA. In order to create this page, please furnish the following information:
(1) the exact title of your presentation
(2) your name
(3) work address
(4) work phone number

The ISBA typically does not put e-mail addresses on title pages, however, please inform us if you would like the ISBA to include your e-mail address.

Length: The maximum length is 30 pages. This includes any reference materials, forms or bibliographies. If the outline exceeds 30 pages, please call the ISBA CLE Department at 515-697-7874.

Once again, we thank you for your interest in speaking at an ISBA CLE program. 

If you have any questions or if we can be of additional assistance, please call ISBA CLE Director Christy Cronin at 515-697-7874 / 800-457-3729 or e-mail ccronin@iowabar.org.

Thank you!

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 (Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801)

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

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