IAJ Criminal Defense & Family Law Conference


AGENDA (click here for brochure)

Wednesday Schedule - September 15

9:00 - 10:30 AM - BANKRUPTCY AND FAMILY LAW - Joseph Peiffer, Cedar Rapids, Austin Peiffer, Cedar Rapids
10:30 - 11:00 AM - IOWA SPOUSAL SUPPORT IN LIGHT OF MANN - Madison Schroeder, Cedar Rapids
11:00 - 11:30 AM - MOTIONS FOR ATTORNEY FEES: FACTORS TO CONSIDER FOR APPEAL - Stephen B. Jackson, Cedar Rapids
11:30 - 1:00 PM - LUNCH ON YOUR OWN - Register for a Grab & Go lunch available at The Graduate Hotel or venture out to one of the many nearby restaurants.
1:00 - 2:30 PM - OBTAINING RELOCATION AND OTHER PROTECTIVE INJUNCTIONS YOUR CLIENT CAN LIVE WITH - Hon. Christopher Bruns, Iowa City, Hon. Chad Kepros, Iowa City, Jake Koller, Cedar Rapids
2:30 PM - BREAK
2:45 - 3:45 PM - LIMITING THE SCOPE OF YOUR APPEARANCE: WHAT ARE THE RULES? - Amy Skogerson, Van Meter, Andrea McGinn, Van Meter
3:45 - 5:15 PM - CASE LAW UPDATE - James Meade, West Des Moines
5:30 - 8:00 PM - WEDNESDAY NIGHT DRINKS & DINNER - Plan to reconnect with IAJ friends over drinks and dinner at a nearby restaurant. RVSP on the registration form to ensure we reserve enough space. Please understand each guest will pay for their own drinks and dinner.

Thursday Schedule - September 16

9:00 - 10:00 AM - FIFTY WAYS TO LOSE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE! - Nina Forcier, Waterloo, Molly Spellman, West Des Moines
10:00 - 10:45 AM - HOT TOPICS IN ARSON CASES - Marc Fennell, Downers Grove, IL
10:45 - 11:30 AM - CBD: THE STRAIGHT DOPE ON CANNABIDIOL IN IOWA - Colin Murphy, West Des Moines
11:30 - 1:00 PM - LUNCH ON YOUR OWN - Register for a Grab-n-Go lunch available at The Graduate Hotel or venture out to one of the many nearby restaurants.
1:00 - 1:30 PM - PAROLE AND ITS PART IN INDETERMINATE SENTENCING - Jeff Wright, State Public Defender
1:30 - 2:15 PM - POLYGRAPH EXAMS: THE TRUE STORY - Gary Davis, Eudora, KS
2:15 PM - BREAK
3:30 - 5:00 PM - CASE & APPELLATE LAW UPDATES - Hon. Paul Ahlers, Iowa Court of Appeals, Spencer Cady, Des Moines
5:00 - 6:30 PM - THURSDAY NIGHT NETWORKING RECEPTION - Plan to reconnect with IAJ friends at the Topgolf Swing Suite at the Graduate Hotel. Drinks and snacks will be provided, guests who wish to golf can purchase on site.

Friday Schedule - September 17

9:00 - 11:30 AM - TRIAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS - John Conard, Minneapolis, MN
(Geared toward criminal defense practice, but available to all conference registrants both in-person and virtually)
Additional workshop facilitators will include elected members of the IAJ Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Section Core Group: Grant Gangestad, Heather Jackson, Matt Lindholm, Bobby Rehkemper, and Nick Sarcone.



The Iowa Association for Justice Trial Lawyers Conference brings our Criminal Law and Family Law Seminars together in one conference. This is a hybrid event that will take place in person and will also be available virtually.

Conference Registration: Pay one registration fee and view any presentation at either seminar. Rates depend on your membership status with IAJ. Members who belong to either the IAJ Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Section or the Family Law List Serve will receive a special rate. You can join IAJ, the Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Section, or the Family Law List Serve with your mailed registration. (If you choose the rate for Family Law List Serve subscribers you will be added to that list serve automatically if not already subscribed. The Family Law List Serve is only available to dues paying IAJ members.)

Public Defenders: The IAJ Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Section is happy to offer a discounted registration rate for staff Public Defenders. 

CLE Hours: 16.75 Total CLE Credit Hours Available (1.5 Ethics Hours)
Wednesday IAJ Family Law Seminar = 6.5 CLE Hours
Thursday IAJ Criminal Law Seminar = 6.25 CLE Hours
Friday IAJ Workshops and Virtual Ethics = 4 CLE Hours (1.5 Ethics Hours)

Location: The Graduate Hotel, 210 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA. Reserve your room with the IAJ rate of $129 by August 18, 2021. Virtual attendees will receive Zoom details prior to the conference.

Registration: Those who have paid 2021 IAJ dues, or who join IAJ before or at the conference, are eligible for the member rate. Please use a separate registration form for each registrant.  
Refund Policy: Cancellations will be accepted through Friday, September 3. A recording of the conference and the electronic CLE material will be made available to all registrants. Substitutes may attend for registrants. Nonmembers substituting for a member must pay the difference in price before the event.
Seminar Materials: All conference materials will be accessible online immediately prior to and during the conference at no charge to registrants. The conference materials will be in printable electronic PDF format so that you can print all or part of the material from your office or home.


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