The Iowa Supreme Court on Monday issued an order asking
for public comment on proposed amendments to provisions in Division III of the
court rules that would divide the existing exempt license classification into
two separate classifications. A new retired license classification would be
created for fully retired attorneys. The exempt license classification would
remain for attorneys who are inactive in Iowa but want to retain the ability to
reinstate to active status.
Under the proposed amendments, attorneys in the exempt classification would be required to
file an annual report and pay an annual exemption fee of $50, as well as any
late filing penalties. Those who are fully retired would not need to file a
report or pay fees.
"Iowa is one of the few states that does not maintain
contact with attorneys in inactive status and collect an annual fee from them,”
according to a memo from Paul
Wieck II, director of the supreme court’s Office of Professional Regulation.
The proposed amendments would "facilitate tracking inactive attorneys through
Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed amendments can
do so in person, by email or by mail through the U.S. Postal System.
Instructions for submitting comments can be found at the bottom of the order. The deadline for
submitting comments is 4:30 p.m., May 20.