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Upcoming Events

  • Iowa and the Fight Against Slavery and Involuntary Servitude: 1840 to Present

    Feb 7, 12:00:00 PM - 01:00:00 PM (CT)


    This CLE presentation will be an exploration of the fight against slavery/involuntary servitude in Iowa from territorial times until today. The discussion will include a review of significant legal cases and legislation, the involvement of Dred Scott, John Brown and other local and national historical figures in Iowa, and modern-day efforts in Iowa and surrounding states to wholly eliminate slavery/involuntary servitude, even as a form of punishment for crime.

    Henry Hamilton III, Federal Administrative Law Judiciary

    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 Iowa State Bar Association Government Practice Section and Diversity and Inclusion Committee

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  • Common Scenarios Involving Medicaid Eligibility for Long-Term Care

    Feb 10, 11:45:00 AM - 12:45:00 PM (CT)


    This presentation will discuss common scenarios involving eligibility for Medicaid for long-term care, including issues involving long-term care insurance and other sources of income, spending down assets to become eligible, Miller Trusts, transfers of assets and alternatives to nursing home care.

    Scott Hartsook, Attorney at Law

    CLE CREDIT (approved)
    1 state hour

    ISBA Elder Law Section Members - $35
    Please use promo code elder35 when registering to receive the $35 rate. This code is for ISBA Elder Law Section members only. This code is not applicable to YLD Members (Years 1-3) who are members of the section.

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

    Sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association Elder Law Section

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  • Advanced Legal Writing and Editing

    Feb 18, 08:30:00 AM - 03:30:00 PM (CT)


    Professor Bryan A. Garner provides the keys for making the most of your writing aptitude—in letters, memos, briefs, and more. The seminar covers five essential skills for persuasive writing:

    • framing issues that arrest the reader’s attention;
    • cutting wordiness that wastes the reader’s time;
    • using transitions deftly to make your argument flow;
    • quoting authority more effectively; and
    • tackling your writing projects more efficiently.

    Garner teaches dozens of techniques that make a big difference. Most important, he shows what doesn’t work—and why—and how to cultivate skill.

    8:30 – 9:30
     – Classroom Opens
    9:30 – 9:45 – Three Conditions Precedent
    9:45 – 10:30 – Four Unshakable Tenets
    10:30 – 10:45 – Break
    10:45 – 11:15 – Streamlining Your Prose
    11:15 – 12:00 – A Solid Lead and a Lucid Train of Thought
    12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
    1:00 – 2:15 – The Key to Opening Motions, Briefs, Reports and Memos
    2:15 – 2:30 – Break
    2:30 – 3:00 – A Potent Conclusion
    3:00 – 3:15 – Being Likeable
    3:15 – 3:30 – Managing Yourself

    Professor Bryan A. Garner, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University

    Bryan A. Garner is an American lawyer, grammarian and lexicographer. He also writes on jurisprudence (and occasionally golf). He is the author of over 25 books, the best-known of which are Garner’s Modern English Usage (4th ed. 2016) and Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts (2012—coauthored with Justice Antonin Scalia), as well as five unabridged editions of Black’s Law Dictionary. He serves as Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. He also teaches from time to time at the University of Texas School of Law, Texas A&M School of Law, and Texas Tech School of Law.

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    CLE CREDIT (approved)
    5 state hours

    All Member and Non-Member Categories - $150

    Capacity for this online event is 100 attendees. Deadline to register is Jan. 31, 2022. 

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  • 2021 ISBA CLE credit information available for attorney reporting

    To assist attorneys with the reporting of their 2021 CLE credits, the ISBA has created this CLE publication which includes CLE titles, dates, state, diversity, ethics, juvenile and wellness credit information as well as the activity numbers for each program offered by the ISBA last year. Credit information for ISBA On-Demand CLE and Fastcase events can also be found in this guide.

    Annual reports are due by March 10. If an extension is needed for CLE hours, log into your account on the Office of Professional Regulation website. On your “My Account Lawyer” page, select “File for Regular CLE Extension” under “CLE Functions.”

    Contact the ISBA CLE Department at 515-697-7874 or email for questions concerning CLE credit of ISBA-sponsored events. For questions on the regulation of CLE, please contact the Commission on Continuing Legal Education at 515-725-8029 or 

  • Chief Justice Christensen to Deliver Condition of the Judiciary Message

    On Wednesday, January 12, at 10:00 a.m. in the House Chambers, Chief Justice Susan Christensen of the Iowa Supreme Court will address a joint convention of the General Assembly on the Condition of the Judiciary.

    Iowa PBS will livestream the speech on, Facebook, and YouTube. The speech will be posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at 10:45 a.m.