IMAGES FROM YOUR 2008 IAJ ANNUAL CONVENTION

IAJ members Jessica and Jennifer Zupp (Denison), at the IAJ Contributors Reception on Wednesday evening, November 5.

 

IAJ member Dean Jennings (Council Bluffs) and Jenny Wertz (Cedar Rapids), wife of IAJ immediate past president Tom Wertz, at the IAJ Contributors Reception on Wednesday evening, November 5. IAJ members from the fourth judicial sub-district re-elected Jennings to the IAJ Board of Governors during balloting that took place prior to the annual convention.
IAJ members Paige Fiedler (Urbandale), Joe Cacciatore (Des Moines) and Dave O’Brien (Cedar Rapids), at the IAJ Contributors Reception, on Wednesday evening, November 5. Fiedler, a former member of the ITLA Board of Governors, was elected to a seat on the Iowa Civil Justice Foundation Board of Directors during the Foundation’s annual meeting on November 5. Cacciatore, a member of the Justice for All PAC Board of Trustees, was elected chair of the PAC during the PAC’s annual meeting later the same day. O’Brien stepped down as PAC chair after four years of sterling service, but was re-elected to the Board of Trustees during the PAC’s annual meeting.
IAJ member Matt Moore (Oskaloosa) and his wife, Elizabeth, with IAJ member Tom Palmer (West Des Moines), at the IAJ Contributors Reception on Wednesday evening, November 5. IAJ members from judicial sub-district 8A re-elected Moore to the IAJ Board of Governors during balloting that took place prior to the annual convention. Palmer was re-elected as a governor-at-large during the IAJ annual business meeting that took place on November 5.
IAJ members Matt Boles (Des Moines), Tom Newkirk (Urbandale), Janece Valentine (Fort Dodge) and C. J. May III (Dubuque), at the IAJ Contributors Reception on Wednesday evening, November 5. Boles was elected as a governor-at-large during the IAJ annual business meeting that took place on November 5. Valentine continues to serve on the Board of Governors by virtue of her post as IAJ past president (once removed). IAJ members from judicial sub-district 1A re-elected May to the IAJ Board of Governors during balloting that took place prior to the annual convention.

IAJ members Tim Semelroth, Tyler Olson and Pressley Henningsen (all of Cedar Rapids) with IAJ Public Affairs Director Lisa Davis Cook, at the IAJ Contributors Reception on Wednesday evening November 5. Semelroth was installed as the 35th President of IAJ during the annual convention. Olson, a state representative from Cedar Rapids, was re-elected by the voters in Iowa House District 38 to a second term in office on November 4. Henningsen was elected as a governor at-large during the IAJ annual business meeting that took place on November 5.
IAJ members Nate Boulton (Des Moines) and his wife, Meg, with IAJ members Emily and Dan Anderson (Cedar Rapids), at the IAJ Contributors Reception on Wednesday evening, November 5. Boulton was elected to the Justice for All PAC Board of Trustees during the PAC’s annual meeting on November 5.
Incoming IAJ President Tim Semelroth (right) and Outgoing President Tom Wertz (left) with Jim Trotter, emergency food pantry director for the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC). DMARC is a local interfaith agency that works to provide a common means of responding to basic human needs. As part of IAJ’s Justice In Deed mobilization, IAJ members brought non-perishable food items to the annual convention and filled DMARC Red Barrels to the brim with desperately needed food staples for families in need.
Outgoing IAJ President Tom Wertz presents IAJ’s Judicial Achievement Award to the Honorable Thomas Koehler, 6th District Court Judge from Cedar Rapids, during the IAJ Awards Luncheon on November 6. Koehler received the award “in recognition of a judicial career distinguished by hard work, common sense and empathy for those who seek justice in our courts.”
IAJ Public Affairs Director Lisa Davis Cook presents IAJ’s Public Service Award to Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition (IBC), during the IAJ Awards Luncheon on November 6. IBC received the award “in recognition of [the coalition’s] exceptional efforts to educate elected officials about the vital importance of preserving bicyclists’ rights to seek redress in our courts, and outstanding advocacy during the legislative session in defense of those rights.”
Outgoing IAJ President Tom Wertz presents IAJ’s Verne Lawyer Outstanding Member Award to Denny Chalupa, IAJ Past President, during the IAJ Awards Luncheon on November 6. Chalupa received the award “in recognition of [his] unstinting devotion and service to the association for several years running, and [his] leadership and guidance in recent months as budget committee chair.”
Outgoing IAJ President Tom Wertz presents IAJ’s Public Justice Award to IAJ member Dave O’Brien and his client, Cedar Rapids resident Christine Nelson, during the IAJ Awards Luncheon on November 6. O’Brien, Nelson and Alice McCabe (not pictured) received the award “in recognition of [their] persistence and determination in pursuing litigation to enforce the U. S. Constitution’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures, and to uphold the constitutional rights of the people to speak freely and assemble peaceably.”
Outgoing IAJ President Tom Wertz with IAJ Past Presidents Tito Trevino (1987-88) and Dwight James (1977-78). Trevino, James and IAJ Past President Fredd Haas (1997-98) received special accolades during the IAJ Officers Installation Luncheon on November 7, in recognition of their sterling service to the association and the entire legal community.
Incoming IAJ President Tim Semelroth presents a special gift to outgoing president (and superhero) Tom Wertz, during the Officers Installation Luncheon on November 7. During Wertz’ inaugural address at the 2007 annual convention he admitted a childhood affinity for comic book superheroes (since superceded by his affection for the trial lawyer heroes who have mentored his legal career), so Semelroth commissioned a classic comic book cover (issue No. 1) depicting the heroic exploits of Comp Man (Wertz). The artist who created the comic book cover also produced a short animation of Comp Man’s exploits on behalf of injured workers that left the luncheon crowd rolling in the aisles. To download and view the cartoon animation, click here: http://www.box.net/shared/hhnnas2m0x.
Newly installed IAJ President Tim Semelroth with his former and current law partners — the Honorable David Baker (left), Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, and IAJ past president John Riccolo (right) — at the close of the Officers’ Installation Luncheon on November 7.

 

ITLA Honors Past Presidents

The Iowa Trial Lawyers Association honored its Past Presidents

with a special dinner on May 8, 2008.
 

 



Tom Vesper and Mark Kosieradzki speak May 9, 2008 at

ITLA's Regular Members Only Seminar:  
DEPOSITION STRATEGIES



 



Tom Vesper surfs Iowa!

ITLA Member Davis L. Foster of Foster Law Office stated "it was one of the

best I have attended."

ITLA Member Brooke Timmer of Fiedler & Newkirk, P.L.C., said

"I just wanted to echo Mr. Foster's sentiments from Friday's CLE.

It was the best CLE I have ever attended!  As a newer attorney,

the informaton was invaluable and Mark and Tom were just a delight

to listen to.  What a great tribute to ITLA to have organized such an

important and worthwhile CLE.  To all those who helped organize this

CLE and ensure that it happened -- THANK YOU!"



Bike Helmet Thanks!

Hundreds of kids in RAGBRAI host communities received free bicycle helmets this summer courtesy of ITLA members who made substantial contributions to the Iowa Civil Justice Foundation, ITLA’s education and community service arm, to offset the cost of helmets. Letters of thanks poured into the ITLA office from around the state, including a passel from Mrs. Haley’s elementary school class at the Tipton Community Schools. One of the school kids, Denver Wallace, said it best of all (see below). You’re welcome, Denver! Live long and grow strong.

 

Justice In Deed

ITLA President-Elect Tim Semelroth with Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Red Barrel Coordinator Cindy Morton. On August 1, Iowa trial lawyers and paralegals who attended the ITLA Auto-Personal Injury Seminar at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines filled a DMARC red barrel to the brim with food staples for hungry Iowans. This is the first phase of a Justice In Deed project that ITLA is launching to help hard-pressed families. Other Justice In Deed community service initiatives will take place in conjunction with upcoming ITLA seminars.

 

ITLA's Justice for All PAC Dinner Keynote Speaker

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will keynote the annual dinner on August 21 for ITLA’s Justice for All PAC. Governor Sebelius is a popular two-term governor and is a rising star on the national political stage. Back in the day, she served as executive director of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association for several years (from 1977-87). For more information about the PAC dinner, contact Lisa Davis Cook at LDavisCook@IowaTLA.org.