nearly three months of discussion and debate, President Joe Feller
filed the ISBA’s official position on access to justice funding to the
Iowa Supreme Court Dec. 29. The submission included a brief letter from
Feller on behalf of the ISBA, the motion adopted by the ISBA Board of
Governors Dec. 8 and results from the late-November ISBA Access to
The official ISBA position submitted to the Iowa Supreme Court can be viewed here.
In October 2014, the Iowa
Supreme Court filed an order requesting public comment on access to
justice funding recommendations. In addition to the ISBA Access to
Justice Committee’s proposed pro hac vice fee, the court included other
proposals in its request for comment. One of which included an Iowa
Legal Aid proposal to adopt a mandatory $100 annual fee for attorneys.
All supporting documents regarding the request for comments are available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website here. The period for comments closed Monday, Jan. 5.