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4/18/2014
Open Meetings and Public Records Update - From A-Z (Telephone CLE)

4/25/2014
Ethics, You, and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (Live Webinar)

5/1/2014
Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase (Live Webinar)

5/2/2014
2014 Criminal Law Seminar

5/5/2014
Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research (Live Webinar)

Committees: Rural Practice
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ISBA Rural Practice Committee

" Investing in the future of small-town practice."

The Iowa State Bar Association’s Rural Practice Committee was formed in the summer of 2010 by then-President Frank Carroll to address the aging population and growing decline of attorneys in Iowa’s rural counties. Frank saw that thousands of Iowans would lose their access to local legal services if nothing was done to reverse the decline.  

After nearly a year and a half of identifying the challenges preventing young attorneys from moving to rural communities, the committee’s approach took a different turn when a 1L student at the University of Iowa College of Law contacted the committee chair to request help in finding a clerkship with a small town firm.  She advised that many of her classmates were also interested in rural practice, and she set up a Saturday morning meeting at the College of Law. Within a month, 15 students at the U of I, and 20 students each at Creighton University School of Law and Drake University Law School had forwarded resumes to the committee. The challenge then became finding rural attorneys willing to hire a student as a clerk for the summer.  

Preliminary estimates indicate that as many or more students from the three law schools want to participate in the rural clerkship program in the summer of 2014. View information related to the 2014 program (link below).

Participation by attorneys is critical for the summer clerkship program to be successful and to expand. It needs to do both to achieve the goal for which the Rural Practice Committee was established.  

You can help by hiring a student for the summer. Contact Phil Garland, committee chair by e-mail at garlandlawfirm@gmail.com, or by mail at 200 State Street, P.O. Box 134, Garner, IA 50438-0134.

 

Attorney Resources

Student Resources

Why You Should Participate
Benefits of Participating
Frequently Asked Questions

View Participating Student Resumes

2014 Program Information
Submit Your Resume



Chair
Philip L. Garland


The Iowa State Bar Association • 625 East Court Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50309
Ph. (515) 243-3179 • Fax (515) 243-2511
Email: isba@iowabar.org