University of Iowa College of Law students gathered last Friday for an
hour-long presentation and question and answer session on what it’s like to
practice in rural communities. The presentation was made by Phil Garland and
Amy Skogerson, co-chairs of the ISBA’s Rural Practice Committee.
us to hire people in our offices. They don’t want to go elsewhere for their
legal needs,” Garland, a long-time attorney in Garner, told the students. He
explained why it’s important for the legal profession in Iowa to take on the
responsibility of attracting new, young lawyers to rural practice as current
lawyers in those practices retire.
who has a solo practice in Van Meter, told the students that new and exciting
aspects of law practice are emerging that fit well in rural practice. Two of
those new opportunities are collaborative law and mediation.
Rural Practice Committee, created in 2010, has as its primary initiative a
summer clerkship program whereby mostly 1L and 2L students spend 10 weeks
during the summer working with rural practitioners to get a taste of law
practice in rural communities. The goal is for those students to choose a rural
practice when they graduate and are admitted to the Iowa Bar.
information about the summer clerkship program, including frequently asked
questions, can be found on the ISBA website. To be taken directly to the
information, click here. To reach the information from the
website, click on "Rural Practice” under the "Committees & Section” tab in
the gold bar near the top of the homepage.