an order issued last week (May 13), the Iowa Supreme Court sought public
comment on the ISBA Blue Ribbon Committee’s recommendations to allow diploma
privilege for qualified candidates of Iowa’s two law schools, and to replace
the current bar exam with the Uniform Bar Exam used in a number of states. The
release prompted media requests for comments from the association.
Kieffer interviewed ISBA President Guy Cook alongside State Representative and
Boone-based attorney Chip Baltimore on the hour-long River to River program (click here) on Iowa Public Radio yesterday, May 20. Also included in the program
was Jim Morrison, a circuit judge in Wisconsin, Meg Gaines, Associate Dean of
the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a recent University of Iowa Law
School graduate, Natalie Virden.
other media outlets such as The Gazette, The Daily Iowan and Business Record also addressed the
Supreme Court’s request for comments, and included statements from Cook and the
ISBA’s original report.
Iowa Judicial Branch is accepting public comments by email and offers additional
on its website. Any
interested organization, agency, or person may submit comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and must state
"Bar Admission Process" in the subject line of the email. The
comments must be sent as an attachment to the email in Microsoft Word format.
Comments also may be delivered in person or mailed to the Clerk of the Supreme
Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa,
comments received may be posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website. The
deadline for submitting comments is 4:30 p.m. on July 14. The public hearing is
scheduled for August 27 in the Iowa Supreme Court courtroom. The court will
determine presenters at a later date.