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No. 13-1061
STATE OF IOWA vs. DONALD JOSEPH KING
No. 13-1438
ROSELENE SANON and NEMI SANON, Individually and as Administrators of the ESTATE OF NEHMSON D. SANON, and PAULETTE CEZIL POGUE, Individually and as Administrator of the ESTATE OF GAEL CEZIL HRISPIN vs. CITY OF PELLA
No. 13-1525
SIOUX PHARM, INC. and SIOUX BIOCHEMICAL, INC. vs. EAGLE LABORATORIES, INC.; BIO-KINETICS CORPORATION; and DANA SUMMERS
No. 13-1960
STATE OF IOWA vs. DAMION JOHN SEATS
No. 14-0175
STATE OF IOWA vs. YVETTE MARIE LOUISELL
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No. 13-1095
STATE OF IOWA vs. TYLER JAMES WEBSTER
No. 13-1229
STATE OF IOWA, Plaintiff-Appellee, vs. CLIFFORD LYNN MCNEAL
No. 14-1415
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE HEARTLAND, INC. and JILL MEADOWS vs. IOWA BOARD OF MEDICINE
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No. 13-2044
IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF SUSAN MICHELLE THATCHER AND RONALD DEAN THATCHER Upon the Petition of SUSAN MICHELLE THATCHER, Petitioner, ANNA CARSON as Executor for the ESTATE OF SUSAN MICHELLE THATCHER
No. 14-0231
DES MOINES AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY and UNITED HEARTLAND vs. ARBREINA YOUNG
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No. 13-0474
WARREN PROPERTIES and ACE AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY vs. JANICE STEWART
No. 14-0178
DANNY HOMAN, STEVEN J. SODDERS, JACK HATCH, PAT MURPHY, and MARK SMITH vs. TERRY BRANSTAD, Governor, State of Iowa, and CHARLES M. PALMER, Director, Iowa Department of Human Services

FURTHER REVIEWS

May 22, 2015

GRANTED:

NUMBER

COUNTY

CASE NAME

DENIED:

NUMBER

COUNTY

CASE NAME

13-0581

Scott

State v. Harter

13-1034

Polk

Butts v. Iowa Health Sys.

13-1766

Cerro Gordo

State v. Vrba

13-1848

Woodbury

Sickels v. State

13-1912

Dallas

State v. Hicks

13-1925

Woodbury

Allen v. State

13-1968

Polk

State v. Hawkinson

14-0032

Jasper

Jeffries v. Gen. Cas. Ins. Cos.

14-0044

Polk

Bell v. 3E

14-0051

Johnson

State v. Arellano

14-0061

Clarke

State v. Carter

14-0164

Polk

Moad v. Gary Jensen Trucking, Inc.

14-0173

Black Hawk

State v. Alexander

14–0184

Scott

State v. Harris

14-0206

Davis

McGlothlin v. State

14-0230

Dallas

Martin v. Chemtech

14-0271

Winneshiek

State v. Young

14-0272

Wapello

State v. McGee

14-0292

Polk

NID, Inc. v. Monahan

14-0294

Montgomery

State v. Ramos

14-0433

Wright

State v. Putney

14-0535

Des Moines

State v. Jones

14-0636

Black hawk

Mujkic v. Lynx, Inc.

14-0647

Scott

State v. Ross

14-0697

Scott

State v. Hayes

14-0723

Linn

State v. Buck

14-0776

Johnson

State v. Kurka

14-0781

Johnson

Leddy v. Bd. of Adjustment

14-0788

Scott

State v. Smeltzer

14-0871

Winnebago

Shaw v. Ostrander

14-0916

Cerro Gordo

State v. Hopkins

14-1208

Wright

State v. Oelmann

14-1294

Polk

In re Marriage of Griffith

14-1310

Buena Vista

State v. Trevino

14-1545

Black Hawk

State v. Hill

14-1662

Cerro Gordo

State v. Busch

UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE COURT:

NUMBER

COUNTY

CASE NAME

12-1915

Scott

State v. Rush-Brantley

13-0346

Linn

State v. Schlitter

13-0633

Polk

Colbert v. State

13-0988

Black Hawk

State v. Reed

13-0997

Black Hawk

Willock v. State

13-1007

Decatur

Mosher v. Dewaay Fin. Network

13-1202

Black Hawk

State v. Smith

13-1233

Sac

State v. Levin

13-1259

Marshall

State v. McDowell

13-1312

Pottawattamie

State v. Bey

13-1573

Polk

State v. Ceretti

13-1622

Cerro Gordo

Butcher v. City of Mason City

13-1650

Des Moines

State v. Clayton

13-1665

Dubuque

McCullum v. State

13-1689

Polk

State v. Hendrickson

13-1733

Polk

Jenson v. Cummins Filtration

13-1751

Audubon

In re Marriage of Johnston

13-1837

Polk

State v. Winfrey

13-1849

Sioux

Termaat v. State

13-1852

Cerro Gordo

State v. Adams

13-1879

Polk

Urbandale Best v. R&R Realty Grp.

13-1883

Linn

Bryant v. Rimrodt

13-1906

Marion

State v. Pearson

13-1935

Mahaska

State v. Spahr

13-1997

Black Hawk

State v. Howse

13-2025

Dubuque

Quad City Bank & Trust v. Elderkin & Pirnie

13-2042

Johnson

Lindsey v. State

13-2046

Monroe

Crow v. Simpson

13-2065

Polk

Kragnes v. City of Des Moines

13-2077

Poweshiek

Bear v. State

13-2078

Henry

State v. Newsom

14-0019

Scott

State v. Richards

14-0029

Poweshiek

In re Property Seized from Pardee

14-0124

Story

State v. Saxton

14-0132

Black Hawk

Benson v. 13 Assocs.

14-0140

Woodbury

Roche v. Davenport Cleaners

14-0186

Lee (South)

State v. Kelley

14-0204

Jefferson

Perelson v. Davidson

14-0215

Clinton

State v. Patterson

14-0239

Polk

Menard, Inc. v. Bahic

14-0257

Polk

State v. McLachlan

14-0284

Story

State v. Lopez

14-0298

Cerro Gordo

Villarreal v. United Fire Cas.

14-0317

Black Hawk

In re Marriage of Mauer

14-0334

Polk

In re Marriage of Witherly

14-0366

Black Hawk

State v. Cram

14-0394

Polk

State v. Harris

14-0448

Madison

Pettit v. State

14-0565

Polk

JBS Swift & Co. v. Hedberg

14-0622

Cerro Gordo

State v. Holmes

14-0635

Polk

Gonzalez v. Edwards

14-0640

Polk

Ramirez Trujillo v. Quality Egg

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No. 13-0917
STATE OF IOWA vs. VICTOR HERNANDEZ-GALARZA
No. 13-1877
JOHN BAKER and VALERIE BAKER vs. CITY OF IOWA CITY, IOWA and IOWA CITY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 35.14 for Reinstatement of License After Revocation (May 18, 2015)
Order (37 kb)
Chapter 35 (103 kb)
Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 31.16 for Registration of Foreign House Counsel (May 18, 2015)
Order (30 kb)
Chapter 31 (96 kb)
Revisions to New and Amended Rules Governing Court Interpreters (May 18, 2015)
Chapters 47 and 48 of the Iowa Court Rules
Order (45 kb)
Chapter 47 (8 kb)
Chapter 48 (7 kb)
Adoption of Clarifying Amendments to New Discovery Rules and Forms (April 1, 2015)
Order (116 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Rule 1.500 Discovery Amendments (140 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Rule 1.507 Discovery and Inspection (139 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Rule 1.906 Discovery Amendments Trial and Judgment (126 kb)
Trial Scheduling and Discovery Plan: Rule 23.5–Form 2 (631 kb)
Trial Scheduling and Discovery Plan for Expedited Civil Action: Rule 23.5–Form 3 (1941 kb)
In the Matter of the Basic Skills Course Requirement for Newly Admitted Attorneys (January 21, 2015)
Basic Skills Course Requirement
Effective immediately
Order (420 kb)
Rule 41.12 Basic skills course requirement (151 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Chapter 46 of the Iowa Court Rules (December 18, 2014)
Certification of Shorthand Reporters
Effective immediately
Order (68 kb)
Chapter 46 (102 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules 31.3 (December 16, 2014)
Required Examinations
Effective immediately
Order (35 kb)
Rule 31.3 Required examinations (157 kb)
Adoption of New and Amended Rules Governing Court Interpreters (December 4, 2014)
Chapters 47 and 48 of the Iowa Court Rules
Effective July 1, 2015
Order (177 kb)
Chapter 47 (326 kb)
Chapter 48 (219 kb)
Revisions to Expedited Civil Action Rule and Recent Amendments to Iowa Discovery Rules (October 30, 2014)
Order (92 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Expedited Civil Action Rule 1.281 (27 kb)
Revisions to Ch. 1 Discovery Amendments (65 kb)
Joint Motion to Proceed as an Expedited Civil Action: Rule 1.1901–Form 18 (18 kb)
Notice of Civil Trial-Setting Conference: Rule 23.5–Form 1 (40 kb)
Trial Scheduling and Discovery Plan: Rule 23.5–Form 2 (74 kb)
Trial Scheduling and Discovery Plan for Expedited Civil Action: Rule 23.5–Form 3 (71 kb)
Adoption of Expedited Civil Action Rule and Amendments to Iowa Discovery Rules (August 28, 2014)
Order (1195 kb)
Ch. 1 Expedited Civil Action Rule 1.281 (300 kb)
Ch. 1 Discovery Amendments (439 kb)
Expedited Civil Action Certification: Rule 1.1901--Form 16 (220 kb)
Expedited Civil Action Certification: Rule 1.1901--Form 17 (221 kb)
Joint Motion to Proceed as an Expedited Civil Action: Rule 1.1901–Form 18 (176 kb)
Health Care Provider Statement in Lieu of Testimony: Rule 1.1901–Form 19 (238 kb)
Ch. 23 Time Standards for Case Processing (220 kb)
Notice of Civil Trial-Setting Conference: Rule 23.5–Form 1 (208 kb)
Trial Scheduling Order and Discovery Plan: Rule 23.5–Form 2 (310 kb)
Trial Scheduling Order and Discovery Plan for Expedited Civil Action: Rule 23.5–Form 3 (312 kb)
In the Matter of Interim Rules to Govern the use of the Electronic Document Management System (August 15, 2014)
Order (80 kb)
In the Matter of Probate Forms in Chapter 7 of the Iowa Court Rules (June 17, 2014)
Amended forms to take effect permanently August 16, 2014
Order (43 kb)
In the Matter of Probate Forms in Chapter 7 of the Iowa Court Rules (May 23, 2014)
Order (53 kb)
Chapter 7 Title and Contents (140 kb)
Probate Forms (286 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules (April 29, 2014)
Further amendments to rules and forms of Chapter 25
Effective May 1, 2014
Order (43 kb)
Chapter 25, Rules for Expanded News Media Coverage (246 kb)
Chapter 25, EMNC forms (562 kb)
Summary of Amendments to Chapter 25 (203 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Division III of the Iowa Court Rules (April 25, 2014)
Order (45 kb)
Rule Changes for Law Student Registration & Lawyer Reporting Dates (98 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules (April 2, 2014)
Effective May 1, 2014
Order (115 kb)
Chapter 25, Rules for Expanded News Media Coverage (245 kb)
Chapter 25, EMNC forms (512 kb)
Summary of Amendments to Chapter 25 (201 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules and Self Represented Litigant Forms for Disestablishing Legal Parent (March 26, 2014)
Order (73 kb)
Rule 17.200 Family law forms for dissolution of marriage with dependent children (129 kb)
Form 212: Joint Statement on Legal Parent (501 kb)
Form 213: Motion to Disestablish Legal Parent (504 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Student Practice (March 21, 2014)
Order (29 kb)
Rule 31.15 Student Practice Rule (152 kb)
OPR Memo Re: Amendment of Student Practice Rule (65 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Continuing Legal Education (March 21, 2014)
Order (28 kb)
Chapters 41 and 42 (176 kb)
OPR Memo Re: Distance Education Changes as Adopted (65 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of New Chapter 17 Forms for Applications to Modify Child Support in the Iowa Court Rules (March 6, 2014)
Order (406 kb)
Rule (127 kb)
Forms (1451 kb)
Guide (492 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules and Adoption of New Forms for Dissolutions of Marriage with Children (December 19, 2013)
Order (79 kb)
Divorce Forms for Self Represented Litigants With Minor Children (4394 kb)
Guide to Representing Yourself in an Iowa Divorce Case with Minor Children (543 kb)
Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules (153 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Division III of the Court Rules Regarding the Client Security Trust Fund (November 26, 2013)
Order (160 kb)
Office of Professional Regulation Memorandum (118 kb)
Chapter 39 and 40 (141 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of New Forms for Dissolutions of Marriage with no Minor Children (November 6, 2013)
Order (60 kb)
Divorce Forms for Self Represented Litigants With No Minor Children (2415 kb)
Guide to Representing Yourself in an Iowa Divorce Case with no Minor Children (445 kb)
In the Matter of Interim Rules to Govern the use of the Electronic Document Management System (October 22, 2013)
Supervisory Order (66 kb)
Rules 16.302, 16.320, 16.701 (132 kb)
In the Matter of the New Rule of Juvenile Procedure (October 16, 2013)
Juvenile Procedure 8.36
Order (125 kb)
Rule 8.36 (253 kb)
Standards of Practice (309 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Admission to the Bar (August 22, 2013)
Effective immediately
Order (25 kb)
Chapter 31, Admission to the Bar (214 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of Clarifying Comments (June 13, 2013)
Iowa Rule of Professional Conduct 32:1.13
Effective immediately
Order (61 kb)
In the Matter of Iowa Court Rules New Chapter 26 (June 4, 2013)
Rules for Installment Payment Plans and Other Court Collection Activities
Effective July 1, 2013
Order (253 kb)
Chapter 26 (294 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Chapter 9 (May 9, 2013)
Child Support Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2013
Order (69 kb)
Chapter 9, Child Support Guidelines (2035 kb)
Child Support Guidelines Review Committee Final Report (2595 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure and Organization and Procedures of Appellate Courts in Chapters 6 and 21 of the Iowa Court Rules (March 5, 2013)
The Iowa Supreme Court has approved rules governing electronic appellate processes. The rules, to be contained in the Chapter 16 court rules pertaining to EDMS, are prospective only. The court will announce an effective date for the rules and for implementation of electronic filing in the appellate courts at a later date.
Order (63 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure and Organization and Procedures of Appellate Courts in Chapters 6 and 21 of the Iowa Court Rules (March 5, 2013)
The Iowa Supreme Court has amended the rules of appellate procedure contained in chapter 6 of the Iowa Court Rules and has rescinded and rewritten the rules governing the organization and procedures of appellate courts contained in Chapter 21 of the Iowa Court Rules.
Effective May 3, 2013
Order (74 kb)
Chapter 6 and Chapter 21 (116 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of an Emeritus Pro Bono Practice Rule (March 1, 2013)
The Iowa Supreme Court has adopted an emeritus pro bono practice rule (Iowa Court Rule 31.19) that encourages retired or retiring Iowa attorneys, including attorneys licensed in other states, to provide volunteer legal services on behalf of legal aid organizations serving low income persons in Iowa.
Effective immediately
Order and Rule Amendments (323 kb)
In the Matter of New Rule of Civil Procedure (December 6, 2012)
The Iowa Supreme Court has approved the addition of rule 1.1702 to the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure providing a uniform process for interstate depositions and discovery.
Supervisory Order (157 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules (November 8, 2012)
Forms Regarding Appointment of Counsel
Temporarily adopting the attached forms, effective immediately. Forms permanently take effect January 7, 2013.
Supervisory Order and Forms Regarding Appointment of Counsel (294 kb)
In the Matter of Iowa Court Rule 31.16 (Sept. 13, 2012)
Registration of House Counsel
Effective immediately
Order (49 kb)
Chapter 31 (272 kb)
In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (Sept. 13, 2012)
Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules -- Form 3.27:Verification of Account
Effective immediately
Order (90 kb)
Chapter 3, Form 3.27 (45 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules Governing Lawyer Advertising (August 28, 2012)
Effective January 1, 2013
Order and Chapter 32 (1114 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules 35.17 and 42.1 (August 24, 2012)
Effective immediately
Order, Rule 35.17 and 42.1 (66 kb)
In the Matter of Amendment of Iowa Court Rule 35.1 (August 24, 2012)
Effective immediately
Order, Rule 35.1 (56 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Admission to the Bar (July 13, 2012)
Effective immediately
Order, Rule 31.11(3), and OPR change to rule 31.12 (119 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 13 of the Iowa Court Rules (July 5, 2012)
Supervisory Order, Chapter 13 (516 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 13 of the Iowa Court Rules (June 29, 2012)
Order, Chapter 13 and Forms (1418 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure (May 21, 2012)
6.1005 Regarding Frivolous Appeals and Withdrawal of Counsel (Including Related Changes to Other Rules)
Effective immediately
Order (147 kb)
Rule 6.1005 (194 kb)
In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (May 7, 2012)
Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules is rescinded effective July 1, 2012, and revised Chapter 3 is adopted. Until July 1, 2012, parties may use either the current pleadings forms or the new pleadings forms.
Order (129 kb)
Chapter 3 -- Small Claims forms (711 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating the Practice of Law (May 2, 2012)
Amendments concerning the attorney disciplinary process, client trust account reconciliation and record retention procedures, continuing legal education, and the bar exam.
Amended effective immediately
Nunc Pro Tunc (59 kb)
OPR Rules Revisions (Strikethrough version) (4618 kb)
OPR Rules Revisions (Final version) (396 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 32:7.4 (March 12, 2012)
The Court adds Veterans Law to the list of fields of practice and specialization.
Order (80 kb)
Iowa Courts Rules
The Chief Justice has signed a supplemental order specifying the effective date of the amendment to Rule 41.3(2)
Supplemental Order (35 kb)
Iowa Court Rules (February 20, 2012)
Amendments concerning the attorney disciplinary process, client trust account reconciliation and record retention procedures, continuing legal education, and the bar exam.
Amended effective immediately
Order (183 kb)
Amendments (10043 kb)
Summary of Amendments (87 kb)
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No. 13-1757
IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF TRACY LYNN HOFFMAN AND ERNST FRANKLIN HOFFMAN, Upon the Petition of TRACY LYNN HOFFMAN
No. 14-0411
JOSEPH H. SANFORD and SUZANNA L. SANFORD vs. LYNN FILLENWARTH and JULIE FILLENWARTH, as Executors of the Estate of KENNETH FILLENWARTH, and JAMES LAWLER vs. CARI LAWLER, JOHN LAWLER, MATT LAWLER, MICHAEL LAWLER, and TERRY LAWLER, Third
No. 14-1372
MUSCATINE COUNTY ATTORNEY ALAN R. OSTERGREN, Plaintiff, vs. IOWA DISTRICT COURT FOR MUSCATINE COUNTY

Supreme Court Approves Grants to Support Civil Legal Services for Low-Income Iowans

Des Moines, May 7, 2015–The Iowa Supreme Court has approved more than $211,638 in grants to non-profit programs that provide legal assistance to low-income Iowans with civil legal problems. The court awarded grants to fifteen different organizations throughout Iowa. The grants are funded by the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA) program. With this year's grants, the supreme court has awarded more than $24.2 million in IOLTA grants since the program began on July 1, 1985.

"IOLTA grants help support important legal services such as the legal hotline for older Iowans and legal services for young Iowans who are victims of sexual assault." Chief Justice Mark Cady said. "Unfortunately, many legal service organizations have suffered severe decreases in state and federal funding. At the same time, demand for civil legal assistance is increasing."

IOLTA grant funds are generated entirely from interest earned on certain pooled trust accounts held by Iowa lawyers. Lawyers practicing law in Iowa are required by court order to deposit clients' funds the lawyers hold in interest-bearing accounts. When the funds involved are so small in amount or held for such a brief period of time that it is not possible for the funds to economically benefit the individual client, court rules require that lawyers deposit the funds in pooled interest-bearing trust accounts.

The IOLTA program is managed by a seven-member commission that reviews grant applications and then makes award recommendations to the supreme court. In the 30-year history of the IOLTA program, the supreme court has awarded most of the grants to organizations that assist low-income Iowans with civil legal problems such as divorce, domestic abuse, unsafe housing, and illegal evictions. The court has also presented grants to law-related education projects. IOLTA grants do not support criminal legal defense.

The following grants will be awarded for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016:

Iowa Legal Aid (Des Moines)–$106,965.00

For legal staff in Iowa Legal Aid regional offices for an established program of civil case assistance to low-income Iowans (service area: statewide).

Muscatine Legal Services–$5,066.25

For legal staff to maintain an existing program of civil legal assistance to low-income residents (service area: Muscatine County).

Legal Aid Society of Story County (Nevada)–$6,202.50

For legal staff support to offset demand for legal assistance for low-income persons (service area: Story County).

Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (Des Moines)–$23,190.00

For staff for volunteer lawyer referral service in Polk County serving the low-income community (service area: Polk County).

Sioux County Low Fee Panel, Sioux County Bar Association (Sioux Center)–$1,395.00

Funds civil legal assistance for economically disadvantaged individuals in the Sioux County area (service area: Sioux County).

The Iowa State Bar Association Public Service Project (Des Moines)–$23,497.50

For staff and technical support to increase the participation of attorneys in existing volunteer lawyer projects for indigent Iowans and provide assistance to legal service agencies (service area: statewide).

Civil Legal Assistance Fund, Second Judicial District (Mason City)–$4,425.00

Funds civil legal assistance to low-income fathers, mothers, or children involved in dissolution of marriage or modification cases in which other legal assistance is not available (service area: Second Judicial District).

Know Your Constitution Committee of the Young Lawyers Division, The Iowa State Bar Association (Des Moines)–$1,635.00

Funds for the Know Your Constitution Program, which provides education to Iowa high school students about the United States Constitution (service area: statewide).

Clinical Law Program, Drake University Law School and University of Iowa College of Law Legal Clinics (Des Moines, Iowa City)–$6,450.00

Funds to continue the Poverty Law Internship Program, a clinical law program in which upper level law students intern with legal service providers throughout the state (service area: statewide).

Iowa Legal Aid (Des Moines)–$15,502.50

For legal staff support to continue the Legal Hotline for Older Iowans (service area: statewide).

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Des Moines)–$3,900.00

Funds legal services for student victims of sexual assault and attorney training specific to the issues of sexual assault on Iowa youth (service area: statewide).

Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (Des Moines)–$4,425.00

Funds legal services to low-income immigrants involved in removal proceedings or other immigration-law matters (service area: statewide).

Kids First Law Center (Cedar Rapids)–$2,347.50

Funds legal services to children in high-conflict divorce and custody cases when their parents cannot afford counsel for them (service area: Linn and Johnson counties).

Appanoose County Bar Association (Centerville)–$2,212.50

Funds civil legal assistance for economically disadvantaged individuals in the Appanoose County and Monroe County areas (Service area: Appanoose and Monroe counties).

Civil Legal Assistance Fund, Third Judicial District (Sioux City)–$4,425.00

Funds civil legal assistance to low-income fathers, mothers, or children involved in dissolution of marriage or modification cases in which other legal assistance is not available (service area: Third Judicial District).

For further information contact:

Office of Professional Regulation

Judicial Branch Building

1111 East Court Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50319

Telephone: (515) 725-8029


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