Diversity & Inclusiveness

Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee Member Community

Message from Committee Chair Emily Chafa

thumbnail imageWelcome to the Member Community for the Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee. We are delighted to offer this interactive forum for members of the Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee to communicate with each other and share resources.

If you have questions about the Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee or ideas for how we can improve this community and its resources; we want to hear from you. Please send your questions and ideas to chairperson Emily Chafa at emilychafa@msn.com. 

The new listserv email is iowabar-diversity@connectedcommunity.org

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Upcoming Events

  • Women Navigating Life and the Legal Profession

    Sep 13, 12:00:00 PM - 01:00:00 PM (CT)


    A multi-generational panel of women attorneys provide insights and perspectives on practicing law pre-pandemic, during the pandemic and post-pandemic. Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives make this balancing act easier to navigate. Panelists will suggest to attendees best practices and strategies moving forward.

    Emily Chafa, Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee Chair

    Marlene Garvis, Marlene Garvis, LLC (view bio)
    Megan Merritt, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. (view bio)
    Lisa Reel-Schmidt, Assistant Attorney General, Iowa Attorney General's Office
    Kristen Shaffer, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll P.L.C. (view bio)

    CLE CREDIT (pending)
    1 state hour which includes 1 diversity and inclusion hour

    ISBA Members - $40
    ISBA YLD Members (Years 1-3) - $25
    Non-ISBA Members - $55
    Law Students - Free

    Sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee

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  • New date for Cady Cup Golf Tournament

    The annual Cady Cup Golf Tournament is an event for law school graduates, faculty, staff and students of Drake University Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law. All are invited to participate - regardless of skill level - to show support for their law schools and raise funds for Iowa Legal Aid.

    Heavy rains in mid-May left the Echo Valley Golf Course in Norwalk too wet to play on the original scheduled date of May 17, disappointing the 104 golfers registered for the Cady Cup event. A new date of Monday, Sept. 20, has now been reserved at Echo Valley.

    The Cady Cup, formerly known as the Dean's Cup, was renamed in 2019 in honor of the late Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. Click here to view the registration form.
  • REMINDER: Renew your ISBA dues now or lose out

    If you have not yet renewed your ISBA dues for 2021-2022, you risk losing access to the many crucial member benefits, services and programs that help you succeed in your legal practice. You should have recently received a hard-copy membership renewal form with instructions on how to renew in the spring, but you may renew your membership online at any time by visiting  iowabar.org. Click the “Sign In” link at the top of the homepage and, once you are logged in, you will see a “Renew Your Membership Now” prompt on your Manage Profile page.

    You may contact the ISBA with any questions about your membership at membership@iowabar.org.