Supreme Court requests comments on amendments regarding exempt license classification
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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 annual reports.”


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.