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The ISBA People’s Law School provides free, educational events where members of the public can find answers to life’s legal questions. Speakers present information on a variety of legal topics and answer general questions.

Programming focuses on a variety of issues impacting Iowans including: the basics of wills and revocable trusts; buying and selling a home, mortgages and foreclosure; establishing guardianships and conservatorships; modifying child custody and visitation decrees and more.
ISBA People’s Law School events typically take place on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. (see event calendar below). Events take place at the ISBA Headquarters in Des Moines (625 E. Court Ave.) and are also live-streamed to local communities throughout the state.


Iowa's Child Custody Laws

Speaker: Anjie Shutts, Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy


Basics of Wills and Revocable Trusts

Speakers: Matthew Gardner, Gardner Law Firm, P.C. and Hope Wood, Hope Wood JD


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People's Law School events are for the public. There will be video and audio recording taken during this event at the ISBA Headquarters, as well as photographs. The ISBA may use the recordings in future publications and presentations, upload them to the ISBA website or present them in other media.

The ISBA building is accessible for people with mobility limitations. If other accommodations are needed, please indicate them on your registration form, email or call 515-243-3179 prior to the event.