In the State of Iowa, many people are injured because of the negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct of an individual or company. These people have the opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit with the help of a lawyer in their state. Unfortunately, not all people that call themselves lawyers are reputable or able to properly launch a lawsuit. Membership in the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) is the reassurance needed to insure that an individual is qualified to present a court case in front of Iowa courts.
The Iowa State Bar Association provides Iowa attorneys with the benefits of professional association. Members are able to network with their legal colleagues. Benefits of membership in the bar include continuing legal education, practice aids, interaction with the judiciary and legislature, participation in reformation of the law, and access to news regarding developments that impact the profession.
The Iowa State Bar Association is the oldest voluntary state bar association in the United States. It was formally organized in 1874, four years before the American Bar Association. Today, the ISBA includes young and old lawyers, those newly licensed as well as those who are retired, residents and nonresidents, active and inactive members, lawyers in practice, and those working for business, government, and in other lines of work. All in all, the Association includes approximately 7,500 lawyers and judges in Iowa’s 99 counties and beyond.
Membership in the Association is provided to new lawyers free of charge for one year. Annual dues thereafter are graduated according to number of years licensed. Each month members receive the Association’s publication,The Iowa Lawyer, a quality legal magazine that provides news about the profession in Iowa and articles on a variety of important legal topics.