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Third annual Meet and Greet connects rural attorneys and students

Thursday, February 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Zach Zuber
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Thirteen rural attorneys from around the state and 23 students from Drake University Law School and the University of Iowa College of Law gathered Saturday at the ISBA office to meet one another and explore the possibility of hiring for a full-time position or for a summer clerkship. 

Several of the attorneys commented on the quality of the students at this year’s event. Students, likewise, said they were impressed with the attorneys and the opportunity to meet so many in one place.

Based on the concept of speed dating, this year’s third annual meet and greet event paired each student with each attorney for eight minutes. At the end of that time, the students moved to the next attorney.

The purpose of the meet and greet is to introduce rural attorneys to students interested in working in a rural practice after graduation. The goal is for the attorneys and students to discover a potentially satisfactory fit, and establish ongoing communications that explore and develop the relationship. Assuming the fit continues to be satisfactory, the attorney hires the student as a summer clerk or as a full-time associate.

Interested attorneys who were unable to attend the meet and greet are still able to connect with students by viewing the resumés posted on the Rural Practice Committee’s web page on the ISBA website. Presently, there are 22 resumés posted on the site. More will be added as they become available. They can be viewed via this link, or by going to the ISBA website, clicking on "Committees” in the "Member Groups” tab at the top, then scrolling down to "Rural Practice.”

Committee Chair, Phil Garland, and Staff Liaison, Steve Boeckman, are also available to assist attorneys and students hoping to find a full-time match or a summer clerkship. Contact Garland at, or Boeckman at

Photos from the event can be found on the ISBA Facebook page.

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