The ISBA responds to Supreme Court request for public comment on diploma privilege recommendation
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In 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.

Ben 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.

Several 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.

The Iowa Judicial Branch is accepting public comments by email and offers additional information on its website. Any interested organization, agency, or person may submit comments by email to 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, 50319.

Any 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.