President Cook talks Iowa legal history on Iowa Public Radio

On Wednesday, September 25, ISBA President Guy Cook sat down with Ben Kiefer, host of Iowa Public Radio's River to River program, to discuss important TORT cases decided by the Iowa Supreme Court.

Cook's discussion on Iowa TORT cases such as Katko v. Briney and Goetzman v. Wichern can be found at the 36- minute mark of this audio clip.

Also featured on the River to River program were Mary Beth Tinker from the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines decision, Administrative Law Judge Emily Gould Chafa discussing the first female lawyer in the U.S., Iowan Arabella Mansfield, University of Northern Iowa Professor Chris Larimer talking Iowa redistricting, and Michael Cates from the African American Historical and Cultural Museum remembering the very first case decided by the Iowa Supreme Court, In Re the Matter of Ralph.

The Iowa State Bar Association Rolls Up Its Sleeves To Improve Access To Justice Through Pro Bono Legal Service

The fifth annual Pro Bono Celebration is scheduled for the month of October.

Our annual Pro Bono Celebration is scheduled for the month of October. The celebration is a coordinated national effort to showcase the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to the nation, its system of justice, its communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

Although national in breadth, this celebration provides an opportunity for The Iowa State Bar Association to commemorate the contributions of Iowa's lawyers. The ISBA Access to Justice Committee also reminds us that the month is also dedicated to the quest for more pro bono volunteers to meet the ever-growing legal needs of this state’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Webinar on introduction to Clio practice management program set for Oct. 3

Clio, the cloud-based practice management program designed specifically for solo practitioners and small-to-medium law firms, will present a free webinar on the program at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.

The webinar is intended as an introduction to the management program for ISBA members who may be considering a change in their practice management system. Because it is 100 percent web based, it allows users to access their files from any device, including Mac, PC, tablet and smartphone, that connects to the internet.

All members receive a 10-percent lifetime discount on Clio in addition to free data migration and unlimited access to live customer support and training. To sign up for the webinar, click here.

ISBA develops helpful business resource

The Iowa State Bar Association's Public Relations Committee and Economic Development Committee have worked with the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Iowa Economic Development Authority to create a legal resource webpage to assist Iowa entrepreneurs and small businesses. The webpage will soon be accessed through State of Iowa's SourceLink site.

IASourceLink's mission is to help small businesses in Iowa grow and succeed. They provide firms with free, easy access to the help businesses need - when they need it. IASourceLink connects Iowa entrepreneurs to a network of 300+ nonprofit resource organizations that provide business-building services.They facilitate the linking of these resource organizations to one another and to established, emerging and start-up small businesses.

To get a sneak peek of the ISBA's resource page, please visit here.

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