Searching for the latest in legal research? We have it! Need the most up-to-date ethics opinions, workers' compensation decisions, and jury instructions? It's right here. Whatever the tool you're searching for to assist you in the practice of law, The Iowa State Bar Association has you covered.
Our support for your law practice begins here with these exclusive member benefits. These offerings represent literally hundreds of tools and resources, specifically designed to promote the success of your practice, the enrichment of your career, and the quality of your personal and professional life.
The Career Center is a powerful online service which which brings attorneys and employers together. Listings are available for a nominal fee for ISBA members. Job seekers may search the listed jobs and post their resumes on the site for free.
Caselaw Update is a free email service that keeps you abreast of recent cases that have been added to the Iowa Bar’s case law archives. Once you are subscribed, you will receive an email each time decisions are handed down by the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Each edition summarizes recent cases by topic and provides direct links to the full text of each decision.
Civil & Criminal Jury Instructions
The purpose of jury instructions is to give the law to the jury in language they can understand. Our model jury instructions accurately instruct juries in plain language. You can find the civil jury instructions here and the criminal jury instructions here.
ISBA CLE outlines are a great way to begin your research for any case. The CLE Index gives you instant access to all ISBA CLE outlines from 2000 to present. No more searching the library for a topic you vaguely remember, you can search by author, seminar subject, or any keyword. This database is fully searchable.
Ethics & Practice Guidelines
Click here to visit the ISBA's Ethics & Practice Guidelines Committee webpage.
The ISBA offers Fastcase, an online legal research service, to its members for free! Bar members will have access to all 50 states’ supreme court and court of appeals opinions from at least 1950 to the present, along with workers’ compensation decisions, an extensive federal package, and Iowa’s code, administrative code, and constitution.
IABAR.ORG Email Service
The ISBA offers a free email service for members that associates them with the practice of law and presents a more professional looking email address. In addition the program integrates contacts, calendars, tasks, notes and more. Use a business email account that looks more like business, such as "firstname.lastname@example.org", and keep that email of "email@example.com" for your personal use.
IowaDocs® is a library of hundreds of legal documents created, endorsed and copyrighted by The Iowa State Bar Association that have been automated using HotDocs. These templates ask questions and automatically create customized documents based on the answers given. This member service will save time, effort and money in the production of repetitive documents and forms.
Jury Verdict Report
The Iowa Jury Verdict Reporter is a collection of Iowa civil jury verdicts. Search hundreds of cases to view comparable verdicts and sample documents used within the various cases. The service also includes an email service where upcoming trials and recent results are emailed to all members of the YLD, Litigation Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section on a weekly basis.
The ISBA has established a listserv for all ISBA sections to help them communicate better. These listservs are to be used as a professional communication tool to impart information to members within a specific interest group. To be part of this service, you must be an active member and a member of that section.
Members have free access to the Iowa Land Title Standards, which are designed to encourage consistency among examining attorneys within the state, and to assist them in examining abstracts of title.
Workers' Compensation Decisions
Stay up-to-date with the most recent workers' compensation decisions with this searchable database.