Government Practice Section

Welcome to the Member Community for the Government Practice Section. We are delighted to offer this interactive forum for legal professionals interested in regulatory, legislative and judicial matters related to Government Practice. Our goal for this Community is to provide a resource to help members communicate with each other and share resources.

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Upcoming Events

  • Iowa’s New Law Governing Diversity and Inclusion Training and Teaching

    Dec 15, 12:00:00 PM - 01:00:00 PM (CT)


    This live webinar will explore the recently enacted Iowa law commonly known as House File 802, which regulates “racism or sexism trainings at, and diversity and inclusion efforts by, governmental agencies and entities, school districts, and public postsecondary educational institutions.” It will examine how the law impacts teaching certain topics, including Critical Race Theory, in Iowa’s public education institutions.

    The program will further address how House File 802 affects diversity and inclusion training in Iowa’s government offices and agencies. The CLE presentation will offer suggestions for lawyers representing schools and governments. Speakers will provide examples of diversity topics and trainings that comply with this law or are exempt from this law.

    Emily Chafa, Chair, ISBA Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee
    Prof. Adrien Wing, University of Iowa Law School
    Thomas Mayes, Counsel for the Board of Education
    Thomas Fisher, Counsel for the City of Des Moines

    CLE CREDIT (approved)
    1 state hour which includes 1 diversity hour

    ISBA Members 
    - $45
    ISBA YLD Members (Years 1-3) 
    - $30
    Non-ISBA Members 
    - $60
    Law Students - Free

    Sponsored by the ISBA Government Practice Section and Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee

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  • Register for Next Week's Bloethe Tax School

    Bloethe Tax School is the foremost CLE conference for Iowa’s tax professionals and the program attendees look forward to all year. Participate Dec. 1-3 in-person at the ISBA Building in Des Moines or attend via the live webinar format to hear discussions on these highlighted presentations:

    • Tax Rates and Tables - Prof. Roger McEowen, Professor of Agricultural Law and Taxation at Washburn University School of Law
    • Tax Forms and Examples - Daniel Fischer, Kohorst & Fischer Law Firm PLLC and Brandon Buck, Moore McKibben Goodman & Lorenz LLP
    • Iowa Department of Revenue Update - Kurt Konek, Iowa Department of Revenue
    • Planning During Times of Uncertainty - Paul Morf, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC and Kyle Wilcox, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
    • Impact of Recent Legislative Changes on 2021 Returns - Kristine Tidgren, Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation
    • Asset Protection Planning - David Repp, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.

    Register today and earn 15 state CLE hours which includes 1 diversity and 1 ethics hour. 
  • November Iowa Lawyer now available online

    The November 2021 issue of The Iowa Lawyer magazine has been posted to the ISBA’s website. The cover article is entitled “Moving targets: Vaccine mandates in the Iowa workplace” and discusses COVID-19 and what attorneys need to know to counsel employer clients. It also discusses how Iowa’s vaccination laws interface with federal laws.

    The issue also features “Potential in the pandemic” and what that means for law firms, particularly regarding diversity. In addition, there are articles on the Secretary of State’s Fastrack Filing system and the updates coming to it, and the ISBA Board of Governors’ fall quarterly meeting. President Anjela Shutts talks about the impact COVID-19 has had on women, especially working women, and urges women attorneys to be kind to themselves and to be authentic in their personal and professional lives.

    You can read the November issue here. The printed magazine is scheduled to be mailed next week.