Elizabeth ("Liz") Overton was recently selected for the next session of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy ("WDMLA"). The WDMLA is a leadership development program designed for individuals who want to sharpen their leadership skills and gain a greater understanding of the region's economy and community networks. Participants were selected based upon leadership potential, community interest and involvement, accomplishments, recommendations and ability to assume community responsibility. Congratuations Liz!
Sullivan & Ward's Larry McLellan was recently appointed by Governor Branstad to serve as a Judge in the Fifth Judicial District. Larry was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Donna Paulsen. Larry will be missed at Sullivan & Ward; however, we are all excited for him and this new opportunity. Congratulations Larry!
Kyle Kruidenier was elected to the Urbandale School Board following Tuesday night's election. Kyle has been with Sullivan & Ward, P.C. since 2004. While Kyle's practice is a general civil practice, he focuses primarily on real estate, landlord/tenant, environmental, business, non-profit, employment, collection and public utility law. Congratulations, Kyle!
Sullivan & Ward, P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of David J. Hellstern to the Firm. David received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 2000 and his Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in 2004. Prior to joining Sullivan & Ward, P.C., David practiced with a small firm in West Des Moines, Iowa. David's practice areas include Business/Corporate Law, Construction Law, Real Estate, Probate and Family Law. Welcome David!
Martindale-Hubbell recently recognized Matt Gardner as an AV® rated attorney. The AV® rating is the highest rating available to any individual lawyer. An AV® rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence, has practiced law for many years and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. Congratulations, Matt, on this stellar accomplishment!
Larry McLellan has been selected to receive the Honorary Order of the Barrister Award from the National Order of the Barristers. Each year Drake University Law School awards 10 Order of the Barrister positions to students and as well as the Honorary Award. The National Order of the Barristers is an organization that recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to advocacy programs and demonstrated skill in oral advocacy. The Honorary Award is given to an individual who has made great contributions to the the Drake University Law School advocacy and moot court programs as well has having made an impact as an advocate in the legal profession. Congratulations, Larry!
Robert M. "Bob" Holliday was recently awarded the Rolland Grefe Pro Bono Publico Award for his efforts to have the life sentence of Reed Prior commuted. Mr. Prior's sentence was commuted by President George W. Bush on December 23, 2008 approximately seven years after Bob began working on his case. Bob received the Award on June 24, 2009 at the President's Awards Banquet during The Iowa State Bar Association's Annual Meeting. Congratulations, Bob!
Benjamin joined the firm as an associate in September of 2008. He is a recent graduate from Drake University Law School where he served on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. Benjamin's knowledge in the areas of environmental, agricultural, real estate, corporate, and public utility law are an asset to the Firm.
I was fortunate enough to have been part of the 2007-2008 Leadership Iowa class. Throughout the year I traveled the state learning about different communities and important issues facing Iowa such as healthcare, economic development and agriculture entrepreneurship. During one session, my class and I decided we were going to partner with Habitat for Humanity and build Iowa's first "green" Habitat House.
Our goals were to build a model green home that would:
* Reduce the impact on human health and the environment;
* Minimize the family's sustained utility costs;
* Serve as a model for Habitat for Humanity nationwide to encourage the organization to build more green homes, reduce the carbon footprint, and help make sustaining a home more affordable for partner families;
* Raise awareness of Iowa's leadership in renewable energy; and
* Demonstrate that the life cycle cost of green building is less expensive than traditional construction.
These goals are becoming a reality this week when construction on Iowa's first "green" Habitat House gets undeway. "Raise the Roof" on Project LIGHT (Leadership Iowa Green Home Team) is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, 2008. Thank you to everyone involved who has contributed to make this project a reality!