of the speakers who addressed the 130 new lawyers who were admitted to the Iowa
Bar yesterday stressed the importance of finding a mentor who can guide them
through the intricacies of law practice. Iowa Board of Law Examiners Chair
Lora McCollom, Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel, ISBA President Skip
Kenyon, YLD President Reed McManigal and Iowa Legal Aid Executive Director
Dennis Groenenboom all provided bits of advice for the new attorneys during the
1 ½-hour ceremony.
your mind and heart open to learning to be a better lawyer,” McCollom said.
"Don’t be afraid to re-invent yourself – to try different things,” Kenyon told
the group, citing his own career experiences as an example.
of you has the capacity to be a great lawyer,” said Justice Appel. He stressed
the importance of accuracy and diligence, and punctuated the message with
quotes from Daniel Webster and Abraham Lincoln. He also advised the new
attorneys to confront mistakes and fix them, rather than disavowing them. The
latter approach always leads to trouble down the road, he said.
new lawyers and their families were treated to a reception following the
swearing-in and distribution of certificates. The YLD also hosted a gathering
for the lawyers and their families at the bar office from 3-5 p.m.