|Kutzko to join Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame|
Diane Kutzko, a senior vice president at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was selected to join the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame, the most prestigious volunteer award given by the state of Iowa. Kutzko will be one of five honorees inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The inductees will be honored at the state capitol April 13.
The Commission on Volunteer Service will also be awarding a People's Choice Award to an inductee during the ceremony. Voting is open during the month of March at the volunteer Iowa website. Members are encouraged to cast their votes.
Iowa Legal Aid nominated Kutzko for this distinguished award to recognize her dedication to providing hope, dignity and justice to low-income Iowans and furthering the legal profession. Among Kutzko’s many contributions are her efforts to encourage lawyers to provide support for legal aid services of which she has been a long-standing proponent.
Kutzko served as the board president of Legal Services Corporation of Iowa (LSCI) and was vital in facilitating the successful merger of LSCI and Legal Aid Society of Polk County to form Iowa Legal Aid in 2003. In 1996, Kutzko played a key role in obtaining Iowa’s first state appropriation to support civil legal aid, which has continued every year since. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Shuttleworth & Ingersoll Intake Project in the Cedar Rapids Regional Office, and participates in Iowa Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Project.Her additional contributions to the legal profession include her service with the Iowa State and American Bar Associations and on the Linn County Bar Board of Governors. Kutzko was Iowa’s delegate for many years to the American Bar Association and a former member of The Iowa State Bar Association’s Board of Governors.