Lawyers & Leaders programs complement the traditional legal curriculum, and attendance at one of these events each semester is one requirement of the Pro Bono Society for that semester. In light of the ongoing pandemic, the Lawyers & Leaders attendance requirement for Fall 2020 can be satisfied by attending one of the programs listed below and completing this attendance form. Additional opportunities may be added later this semester.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Inside Out: Women Reentry Forum

Inside Out will be a virtual forum with keynote speaker Michelle Daniel Jones, followed by a panel of formerly incarcerated women and reentry service providers. The forum will focus on women in reentry, highlighting the gender-based inequities that exist both in the criminal justice system and when returning to the community. Register for the webinar in advance at:

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1:00-2:00 p.m. – OWLSS Salary Negotiation Panel

Join The Organization for Women Law Students & Staff (OWLSS) for their annual Salary Negotiation Panel. The panelists will discuss their salary negotiation experiences and will give tips and strategies to successfully negotiate salaries with employers.  This year's panelists include: 

  • Renee Dotson, Senior Legal Counsel at 3M
  • Dr. Michele Williams, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Tippie College of Business
  • Tina Solis, Partner at Nixon Peabody
  • Siobhan Briley, Attorney at Pugh Hagan Prahm

For more information, please visit:

Thursday, Nov. 12, 9:00-2:00 p.m. – POWER Act and Gender and Judicial Opinion Writing Presentation

Join attorneys from the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, in collaboration with the Iowa State Bar, for a CLE on judicial opinion writing and the POWER Act. A 2-hour presentation by Judge Mary Pat Gunderson on gender and judicial opinion writing is followed by a panel discussing the POWER Act which leverages pro bono services to empower domestic abuse survivors.

You may attend ANY one of the three sessions to meet the Fall 2020 Lawyers & Leaders attendance requirement.

Event Schedule 

  • 9:00 A – 10:00 A – Judicial Opinion Writing CLE (part 1) - Speaker: Hon. Mary Pat Gunderson, District Court Judge (ret.)
  • 10:00 A – 10:15 A – Break
  • 10:15 A – 11:00 A – Judicial Opinion Writing CLE (part 2) - Speaker: Hon. Mary Pat Gunderson, District Court Judge (ret.)
  • 11:00 A – 12:00 P – POWER Act Panel – Speakers: Chief Magistrate Judge Kelly Mahoney, U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa; Brynn Howard, Iowa Legal Aid; Gea Aitkens, RISE; Chad Frese, Kaplan & Frese LLP; Holy Elliott, Victim Assistance Specialist for U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa; Lisa Williams, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa

To register for this event, please visit:

Thursday, Dec. 3, 12:45-1:30 p.m. – IBL Center’s Talk “Racial Exclusion in Employment-Based Immigration” by Iowa Law Prof. Stella Burch Elias & University of Oklahoma Law Prof. Kit Johnson

Join law professors Stella Burch Elias and Kit Johnson for a fascinating discussion regarding race-based exclusion in employment-based immigration over the lunch hour. Join this talk at:

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 12:00-1:15 p.m. – ABA Public Interest Panel

Are you interested in how this year's pandemic, tense presidential election, and the national conversation on race relations in the United States will impact public interest attorneys and their clients in 2021? Join the ABA for a forward-thinking panel on what 2021 holds for public interest lawyers!

Panelists will discuss:

  • How lawyers can make impactful change in the race equity arena
  • The impact of the pandemic and the election on civil legal aid and public defender funding
  • How to engage pro bono resources to meet clients’ legal needs
  • The state of the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • How to lend your voice to advocacy efforts ABA resources and opportunities to support your work and career

The panel will include:

  • Hon. Adrienne Nelson, Associate Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
  • David Carroll, Executive Director, Sixth Amendment Center
  • April Faith-Slaker, Associate Director of Research Innovations, Access to Justice Lab, Harvard Law School
  • Jaime Hawk, Legal Strategy Director, WA Campaign for Smart Justice, ACLU of Washington
  • Radhika Singh, Chief, Civil Legal Services, National Legal Aid & Defender Association

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