This committee shall be charged with authority to act between meetings of the Board of Governors relative to administrative, legislative, policy matters and matters pertaining to the Headquarters office of the Association, including the hiring and discharge of personnel, compensation, purchase of office equipment and other similar matters. This committee shall make a report of its activities at each meeting of the Board of Governors.
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This committee shall have jurisdiction of all questions in the field of American citizenship and of the American form of government with respect to education and understanding of both the privileges and responsibilities thereof. It may make awards to students and others, recognizing excellence in American citizenship.
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This committee shall, with the advice and consent of the President, and with the assistance of the Headquarters staff, make arrangements for the annual meeting of the Association, including the programs and entertainment to be presented in connection therewith. The proposed budget for the annual meeting shall be submitted to the Administrative Committee for its approval.
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This committee shall work to improve the Appellate practice and interface with the restructuring efforts of the Supreme Court
This committee shall be charged with the duty of selecting and nominating for election by the Board of Governors one or more members of The Iowa State Bar Association to receive the annual Award of Merit of The Iowa State Bar Association. The nominations shall be presented to the Board of Governors no later than the spring meeting of the Board in each year. Upon presentation of the name or names of the candidates for the consideration of the Board of Governors, additional nominations may be made.
This committee shall plan and sponsor one or more conferences between members of the judiciary and members of the bar.
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This committee shall continue the work of the study committee which preceded it and shall assist the Board of Governors in assuring fair treatment and opportunities for all attorneys practicing in this state.
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The ISBA's Committee Ethics and Practice Guidelines issues advisory opinions on the proper interpretation of the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct. An archive of the ISBA's Ethics Opinions can be found on the ISBA website. (www.iowabar.org)Legal Ethics Opinions are advisory only and are not binding upon any member of the ISBA, any attorney licensed to practice in the state of Iowa.
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This committee shall deal with matters of concern to lawyers practicing in the federal court system. It shall sponsor CLE events satisfying the federal CLE requirements.
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This Committee is to investigate charges made in the press and otherwise, against judges. The Committee will prepare a timely public response to unfair criticism against judges and the judiciary under guidelines created for this purpose.
This Committee shall study and produce drafts of recommended uniform jury instructions for the approval of the Board of Governors. It shall monitor published instructions and modify them from time to time as required.
This Committee shall study and report from time to time on ways and means to improve the administration of justice.
This Committee shall provide an organization available to lawyers who are concerned with the improvement of the means and methods by which the practice of law is conducted and to study developments in legal systems, equipment, procedures and such other areas as the Committee may select. Recommendations will be disseminated through seminars, publications, and by such other means as the Committee may select.
This committee shall be concerned with the means and methods by which members of the Association provide legal aid to indigent persons. It shall coordinate activities with other pro bono groups when possible and shall report to the Board of Governors its recommendations.
Responsible for creation, modification and period review of legal forms copyrighted by The Iowa State Bar Association to insure they conform to current Iowa law. These documents are distributed via IowaDocs®, the ISBA’s document assembly program.
This Committee focuses on recruitment and retention of members by observing trends in membership and developing new and innovative ways to solicit all eligible persons for membership. The committee will also assist staff with the review, development and implementation of member services. The committee strives to:• Grow membership• Engage current members.• Retain current members.• Promote the benefits of ISBA membership.• Enhance the value of ISBA membership.
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To act as resource and liaison between the members of all branches and composites of the Armed Forces, especially the attorneys of each branch, and the attorneys and judges of the State of Iowa in order to better serve the legal needs of members of the Armed Forces of the United States.
This committee shall work closely with the Director of Communications and the Secretary to improve the relationship between this Association and the public, the media, other professional groups, and government officials and agencies. The objective of this committee shall be to create and maintain a good public image of the legal profession and of this Association.
This committee is designed to motivate rural practitioners planning to transition out of the law practice in the near future to hire law students, either as summer clerks in the case of 1L and 2L students, or as associates in the case of graduates, to work in rural practices statewide. The overall goal is to ensure that new, young attorneys fill the gaps in rural areas left open by retiring attorneys to ensure that rural Iowans have ready access to justice.
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