Iowa State Bar Association

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Iowa State Bar Association
Type Legal Society
Headquarters Des Moines, IA
  • United States

The Iowa State Bar Association is a voluntary bar association for the state of Iowa.


In May, 1874. Iowa lawyers met at the Polk County courthouse to organize The Iowa State Bar Association; it is the oldest voluntary state bar association in the United States.[1]


The Association's overall governance by a 43-member Board of Governors, elected from the state’s fourteen judicial election districts. A President, President-Elect and Vice-President, are nominated by the Board and elected by the membership.


Prior to 1995, the Association policed the Bar for ethical rules violations and non-lawyers engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. In 1995, both of those functions were ceded to the Iowa Supreme Court.

The Association currently provides a broad array of services to its membership and the public.


  1. ^ a b ISBA History, The Iowa State Bar Association, retrieved 2012-08-08 

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