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2015 Economic Survey of Legal Practice in Iowa
The economic survey, which is conducted every four to five years, monitors the financial health of the legal profession in the state, provides an understanding of the demographics of the membership, and collects accurate information on the economic realities of the legal profession to share with future attorneys and others who need information about the legal profession. Conducted online by Readex Research in Stillwater, Minn., the 2015 survey asked active ISBA members practicing in Iowa about salaries for staff and new associates, overhead expenses, billable hours and other practice management subjects. New to the survey this year were questions about student loan debt including the amount at graduation, the monthly payment and the number of years remaining before the debt is paid off. The survey garnered a 16% response rate. Measurement specifics are detailed in the report.

2013 Blue Ribbon Committee on Legal Education and Licensure Report

The Iowa State Bar Association’s Board of Governors unanimously approved the recommendations put forth by the Blue Ribbon Committee on Legal Education and Licensure in December 2013. 

The recommendation moves away from the multi-state bar exam in use for the past five years and adopts the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) that is portable in 14 states. The recommendation also allows students who successfully complete three years of specified law school course work at Drake University Law School or the University of Iowa College of Law to be admitted to the Iowa Bar without being required to take a bar exam.

2011 Economic Survey of Legal Practice in Iowa
This self administered survey was conducted by email and sent to all members of the ISBA
including those out of state. Approximately 8,000 attorneys were sent this survey. ISBA members were asked to complete and return the survey. A total of 858 were received which represents a 10.7% response rate. The responses appear to be representative of the entire ISBA membership in terms of geographic distribution, gender, and areas of practice. Not all respondents replied to each question, so in some circumstances a smaller number of responses were used to compile the data.

2005 Courthouse Security Task Force Report 
In 2005, two tragic and violent events impacting courthouse security and the safety of our judiciary shocked the nation.  In response to the Atlanta courthouse shootings and the murders of a Federal Judge’s family members in Chicago, Immediate Past President of the Iowa State Bar Association, Nick Critelli, called for the formation of a task force "to study courthouse safety issues in the State of Iowa and to present recommendations regarding safety issues to assure that the Iowa Judges, court support personnel, and the public are as safe as is practicable.” 

2005 Task Force on Pro Se Litigation Report
Board of Directors of the Iowa Judges’ Association (IJA) and The Iowa State Bar Association adopted a resolution to join with the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA), "to commonly undertake the formation and support of a Pro Se Task Force for recommendations on how the challenges presented by pro se litigants can be managed in the Iowa Courts.”

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