IOWA COURT REPORTERS ASSOCIATION


Upcoming events

    • Saturday, November 14, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (CST)
    • DMACC, Newton, Iowa
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    IOWA COURT REPORTERS ASSOCIATION 

    2020 Midyear Semiar

    Saturday, November 14, 2020

    DMACC

    600 North Second Avenue West

    Newton, IA 50208 

    .75 CEUs

    Title of Session

    Time

    CEUs

    Instructor/Presenter

    REGISTRATION

    8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

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    REGISTRATION

    Continental Breakfast

    Case Study: 

    U.S. v. Gregory Stephen

    8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

    x

    DCI Special Agent Ryan Kedley 

    Break

    11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


     

    Lobbyist Update/Lunch & Learn

    12:00 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.

    x

    Kelli Paschke, Legislative Counsel

     Break

    12:55 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

     

     

    Iowa Cold Case: 

    State v. Jerry Burns

    1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    x

     

    Nick Maybanks, First Assistant Linn County Attorney

    Break

    3:30 to 3:40 p.m.


     

    Newton Correctional Facility

    3:40 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

    x

     Craig Andrew, Associate Warden of Treatment and

    Mike Robinson, Investigating Captain

    HOTEL INFO:

    Room block at the AmericInn in Newton.  When you make reservations tell them you are part of the Iowa Court Reporters Association block.  The rate is $65/night.  The contact info is as follows:

    AmericInn by Wyndham Newton

    4401 S 22nd Avenue East

    Newton, IA 50208

    (641) 791-1160


    **Current COVID-19 protocols will be observed including but not limited to social distancing, pre-packaged lunch and snacks, facial mask/shield to be worn at all times, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the location.**


    SPEAKER INFORMATION

    8:45 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

    Case Study: US v. Gregory Stephen, Director and Co-Founder of the Iowa Barnstormers Youth Basketball Organization

    Special Agent Ryan Kedley

    In May of 2019, Former Co-Founder and Director of the Iowa Barnstormers Youth AAU Basketball Organization, Gregory Stephen of Monticello, was sentenced in Federal Court to 180 years in prison after having pleaded guilty in October 2018 in U.S. District Court to five counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count each of possession of child pornography and transportation of child pornography. During the course of the investigation into Stephen’s activities, it was determined Stephen had amassed a collection of illicit images of over 400 youth males. It was also determined Stephen had molested a number of Iowa Barnstormer players while under his supervision over a span of nearly 20 years. 

    Special Agent Ryan Kedley, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, will present this multi-jurisdictional investigation and discuss how the investigation was initiated, the approaches taken by the DCI and lessons learned along the way, leading up to Stephen’s sentencing on May 2, 2019.

    Special Agent Ryan Kedley is a thirteen-year veteran of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Since the fall of 2014, Special Agent Kedley has been assigned specifically to the Stockton Office of the Major Crime Unit within the Iowa DCI, acting as the lead agent and assisting agent in major felony-level investigations to include but not limited to Homicide investigations, suspicious death investigations, sexual assault investigations, Officer-Involved Shooting investigations, Felonious Misconduct by Public Official investigation, as well as large-scale child exploitation investigations, etc. 

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    12:00 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.

    Lobbyist Update

    Kellie L. Paschke

    Skinner & Paschke, P.L.L.C.

    Attorneys & lobbyists for ICRA

    Kellie received her B.A. from Cornell College in 1997, majoring in political science and J.D. from Drake University Law School in 2000, with a focus on corporate/business law.  She was admitted to practice law in September 2000.

    Kellie began working in the legislature as a legislative intern in 1999.  Upon graduation, she spent five (5) years working inside the Capitol as a research analyst for the Iowa House Republican Caucus staff.  Kellie was responsible for legal research and analysis of legislation for several areas including Judiciary, Public Safety, Justice System Appropriations, and Judicial Branch budget.

    In 2005, Kellie joined the Iowa Association of Business and Industry as Vice President, Government Relations.  In this role, she served as a primary lobbyist for the association on all matters related to business, environmental, and labor law.  Kellie joined the law firm of Skinner, Nielsen, & McCollom, PLC in 2008.

    In 2010, Troy and Kellie formed the firm Skinner & Paschke, PLLC.  During the legislative session they work full-time at the Statehouse, and in the interim they continue this service by providing regulatory and policy development assistance.  Troy and Kellie also maintain an active law practice which includes a focus on personal injury, workers’ compensation, employment law, and real estate matters.

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    1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

     Iowa Cold Case:  State v. Jerry Lynn Burns

     Assistant Linn County Attorney Nicholas Maybanks

    On December 19, 1979, 18-year-old high school student Michelle Martinko, who was found stabbed to death in her family's car in the parking lot of a local mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The murder was closely followed within her community, and the police received more than 200 tips in the weeks following her killing. However, the case gradually grew cold as the investigation stretched on. In 2006, a cold case investigator discovered unidentified blood, presumably belonging to the killer, while reviewing case files.  In 2015, Investigator Matt Denlinger took over the case.  We will hear about the efforts taken in the investigation, which eventually lead to the arrest of Jerry Lee Burns.  On February 24, 2020, Burns was found guilty of Murder in the First Degree, and on August 7, 2020, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. 

     

    Nicholas Maybanks, First Assistant Linn County Attorney

    Nick graduated magna cum laude from Loras College with a BA in psychology and a minor in criminal justice and then attended Drake Law School.  He has been the First Assistant Linn County Attorney since 2010 and prior to that was an assistant in the office from the date he was hired in September of 2000.  In September 2013, he received the Dr. Kathleen Opdebeeck Award for Professional Excellence for Outstanding Achievement and Exemplary Service in the Protection of Iowa's Children.  In September 2015, he received the Iowa County Attorney's Association Staff Attorney Award of Merit.  He serves on the Iowa County Attorney’s Association Legislative Committee and has been a featured speaker at many conferences around the State of Iowa through his career.

    Nick served as lead counsel in the State v. Jerry Lynn Burns case, where the defendant was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1979 death of 18-year-old Michellle Martinko in the parking lot of the Cedar Rapids shopping mall. 

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    3:40 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

    Newton Correctional Facility:  Treatment Interventions

    Craig Andrew, Associate Warden of Treatment

    Mike Robinson, Investigating Captain 

    The Newton Correctional Facility is located five miles south of Newton on a 1,476-acre tract of land and includes a minimum-security facility as well as a medium security facility.  The Sexual Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) at the Newton Correctional Facility has been developed on the basic tenet that sexual deviance is a complicated, multi-dimensional behavioral disorder.  The SOTP at Newton Correctional Facility provides programming that attempts to help men who have committed sexual offenses learn how to deal with their deviant thoughts, feelings, and behavior to substitute for the inappropriate and irresponsible behavior, which led to the offense.  Treatment intervention, which is provided through group therapy and individual counseling as appropriate, focuses on assisting the individual to accept responsibility, increase recognition, institute change and manage sexually deviant thoughts, attitudes, and behavior. 

    The Correctional Release Center currently houses offenders in a variety of low-secure living areas and is charged with preparing offenders of Iowa’s correctional institutions for parole, work release or discharge.  Correctional Release Center programs emphasizes the need for individuals to take responsibility for their own actions and fall into two primary categories: release preparation and cognitive behavioral programming.

    Adult Basic Education, HiSET classes, and special education are provided for eligible individuals.  Offender work may include on-grounds work assignments or, if approved, participation in community service work programs at state agencies or private sector employment.  Offenders involved in community service work programs are transported to work sites each day and work under the supervision of non-correctional state employees.

    Craig Andrew, Associate Warden of Treatment

    Craig started his career with the Department of Corrections in 1997 after serving four years in the United States Army. He worked as a correctional officer for just over 15 years.  Around 2013, he was promoted to Captain and was a shift supervisor until 2016, when he was given the position of correctional counselor. He was in that position for approximately two years until he promoted to Treatment Services Director. As a treatment services director, he was responsible for two units with approximately 300 inmates, counselors, and officers.  In June of 2020, Craig was again promoted to Associate Warden of Treatment.  He currently oversees the SOTP program at Newton and for the entire state of Iowa and assesses other individuals who may need sex offender treatment based on their crime. 

    Craig completed just under two years at William Penn University and transferred to Liberty University where he completed his Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently completing his masters in Forensic Psychology through Liberty University, with only four classes left.

    Craig is certified by the State of Iowa to facilitate sex offender treatment and is a member of the Iowa Board for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.  He also serve on the Multidisciplinary Team committee, which recommends individuals for possible civil commitment.

    Mike Robinson, Investigating Captain

    Mike joined the Department of Corrections at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in 2003 as a Correctional Officer and was promoted to Captain in 2013.  He then transferred to Newton Correctional Facility in 2016 to broaden his knowledge and skillset working with both male and female offenders.

    He started his college education in 2002 at Hamilton University for a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) and later changed to Criminal Justice.  The Director of the Law Enforcement Academy of Iowa was a professor of his at the time and pushed him to join the Department of Corrections first, since he was too young at the time to become a police officer.  After an opportunity to tour a prison, he later applied for a position within the DOC and was given an opportunity to join the team.

    Mike is currently enrolled at Western Governor's University for Business Administration/Marketing with hopes of graduating in 2022.  He is a certified MRT (moral reconation therapy) instructor and oversees this program at Newton Correctional Facility.

Past events

Saturday, February 29, 2020 2020 Midyear Seminar
Monday, June 10, 2019 2019 ICRA Annual Convention
Saturday, December 08, 2018 2018 Midyear Seminar
Monday, June 18, 2018 2018 ICRA Annual Seminar
Saturday, December 02, 2017 2017 ICRA Midyear Seminar
Monday, June 19, 2017 ICRA Annual Convention - Honey Creek, Iowa
Saturday, March 25, 2017 ICRA Spring Seminar 2017
Saturday, November 05, 2016 2016 ICRA Midyear Seminar
Monday, June 13, 2016 ICRA Annual Convention
Saturday, March 19, 2016 ICRA Spring Seminar
Saturday, November 07, 2015 2015 ICRA Fall Seminar

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