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Young Lawyers Division Executive Council

The Executive Council of the Young Lawyers Division consists of one representative from each Judicial Election District in Iowa, Judicial Election Districts having more than 100 Division members in good standing are eligible to have one additional representative for each 100 additional Division members in good standing, with such representatives to be chosen from the Division members in each Judicial election District.

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  • People's Law School series continues with focus on elder abuse prevention

    On Tuesday, Feb. 18, The Iowa State Bar Association will host its next free public event as part of the "ISBA People's Law School" series. This event will focus on elder abuse, including prevention resources. The speakers are Andrew Cederdahl and Chantelle Smith, both assistant attorneys general with the Office of the Iowa Attorney General.

    The public seminar will be held at the ISBA Headquarters at 625 E. Court Ave. in Des Moines from 5:30-7 p.m. and live-streamed to local communities throughout the state. Details on future People's Law School events can be found here. You may contact peopleslawschool@iowabar.org for more information.

    From the Iowa Lawyer Weekly
  • CALL TO ACTION: Contact your lawmakers to oppose "Caps on Damages" bills

    CALL TO ACTION: Contact your lawmakers to oppose "Caps on Damages" bills »The Iowa State Bar Association opposes arbitrary caps on damages that can be awarded to an injured citizen, and as such opposes recently introduced bills SSB 3085 and HSB 596.

    This legislation creates a cap of $250,000 on “non-economic damages” against a healthcare provider that is both arbitrary and punitive. A young child who is the victim of medical malpractice with an 80-year life expectancy will be limited to a $250,000 recovery. An 80-year-old with a five-or-six-year life expectancy would potentially be receiving the same amount in damages.

    The ISBA has opposed caps on recovery consistently since 1975, because of the belief that every Iowa citizen should have an opportunity to have his or her case decided on its own merits. If damages are to be awarded, a jury of the parties’ peers should determine an appropriate award, based upon the actual facts of the case.

    Here is a link to the current data on civil filings in Iowa, and here is data related to medical malpractice premiums. Please share this information when you contact your legislators to oppose these bills.

    From the Iowa Lawyer Weekly