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87th General Assembly Leadership
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ISBA Legislative Staff

Jim Carney, Legislative Counsel (515) 689-3189
Shannon Henson, Assistant Leg. Counsel (515) 282-6803
Doug Struyk, Assistant Legislative Counsel (402) 510-1576
Dwight Dinkla, Executive Director


The Iowa State Bar Association works tirelessly with its members to develop legislative positions that improve the administration of justice in the State of Iowa. The association speaks with a unified voice to best represent the interests of the legal community. This is accomplished through close collaboration with the ISBA's committees, sections and bar leadership, constructing position papers on legislation and other policy issues, informing and educating legislators on the issues that most profoundly impact the legal community and monitoring all issues of concern to practitioners and their clients.

This page contains The Iowa State Bar's legislative positions, information about Bar advocacy, and other links for those interested in the legislative process.

ISBA Legislative Information
2017 ISBA Affirmative Legislative Program

Legislative Report - March 22

Legislative Position Papers

Caps on Damages
Civil Justice System Reform
Funding for Legal Services
Indigent Defense
Judicial Branch Budget
Jury Nullification
Title Insurance

Find Legislation

Find a bill by bill number, subject, legislator, or committee. You can also track legislation using the Iowa Legislature's Bill Tracking Tool.

How a Bill Becomes a Law
Click here to learn how the legislative process in Iowa works.
ISBA Legislative and Administrative Review Flowchart


LawPAC is the Political Action Committee of The Iowa State Bar Association. LawPAC members are appointed by the president of the ISBA. The committee is composed of an equal number of Republican and Democrat ISBA members who approve contributions to legislative candidates. Contributions are not given to any statewide race, nor are contributions made to federal congressional races. LawPAC contributes solely and exclusively to state legislative races. The top priority of LawPAC is to support lawyers who are willing to run for public office and to be involved in public service. In addition to lawyer candidates, LawPAC supports candidates who are supportive of the ISBA’s legislative priorities.

Click here for more information about LawPAC.



Judicial Branch Statistics
Statewide Jury Verdicts in Iowa District Courts: 2009-2016 (preliminary)
Statewide Case Filings in Iowa District Courts: 2007-2016 (preliminary)
2016 Civil/Criminal Jury Verdicts Statewide in Iowa District Courts (preliminary)
2016 Filings in Iowa District Courts by Case Type (preliminary)
Statutory Modifications to Iowa Tort Law - 1982-2015

Miscellaneous Information

The Iowa Legislature's Official Website
Iowa's Secretary of State


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