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I.O.W.A. has partnered with Lorman Education Services to provide continuing legal education at a discount. Members receive a 15% discount on all orders; I.O.W.A. receives $25 toward our service projects for each registration made using our unique priority code. Contact the I.O.W.A. President for member code details. You may register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539.

For upcoming seminars, teleconferences, and on-demand webinars, visit the I.O.W.A. page on Lorman's site:



I.O.W.A. Annual Meeting is held annually, typically in June.

I.O.W.A. Board meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month via teleconference. I.O.W.A. members are welcome to attend. Contact the I.O.W.A. President prior to the meeting for call-in details.



Do you want to keep up with news and other information of interest to women attorneys and law students? Join the I.O.W.A. e-mail listserv! I.O.W.A. members are automatically added when they join.

Listserv subscribers:

  • will receive messages on somewhat regular basis of interest to women attorneys, judges, and law students
  • may post messages of interest to other women attorneys, judges, and law students

The address is, and a message sent by a subscriber to this address is automatically sent to everyone on the list. Please add this address to your address books and contacts. Do not "reply all" or reply to the listserv unless you want a message to go to all subscribers!

If you are an I.O.W.A. member and haven't been receiving e-mail messages lately, please contact Emily Chafa at to be added to the list. The listserv recognizes e-mail addresses, so a change of e-mail address may unintentionally remove you from the list. Contact Emily Chafa with any questions or comments.



LAW of Polk County provides the Cristine Swanson Wilson Memorial Scholarship to non-traditional female law students committed to public service. For more information, view or download this flyer (PDF, 315KB) and this pledge card (PDF, 723KB) to contribute.


Donation Guidelines

The Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.) has a strong commitment to the state of Iowa and is proud to support like-minded organizations. IOWA has established procedures and guidelines to assist you with your charitable donation request. Follow these Donation Guidelines.


Articles & More

Emily Chafa on IPR: Arabella Mansfield
I.O.W.A. Board Advisory Member Emily Chafa appeared on Iowa Public Radio's River to River program, sharing information and insight on Arabella Mansfield and her achievements. Listen to the program on IPR!

Editorial by Jennifer Smith on Appointing Jane Kelly
Read this editorial in the Corridor Business Journal urging the appointment of Jane Kelly to the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.

Surviving Corporate Change

To prevent career disaster, live by these three rules of career management:

  • Expect Change
  • Adjust quickly to change
  • Build a strong professional network in good times

Download the whole article (PDF, 119KB) "Three Tips for Surviving Corporate Change," by Deborah Walker.

Puckerbrush Potluck on NPR The Puckerbrush Potluck, a tradition started by the late solicitor general of Iowa, Bess Osenbaugh, is carried on in her honor by the Polk County Women Attorneys and the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys. They sponsor a food contest at the Iowa State Fair, where each entrant must explain why the food they bring is important to them or how it has helped bring people together. George Davison, a Des Moines radio producer and attorney, attended the Puckerbrush competition and gathered stories for National Public Radio. Go to the NPR page for stories and recipes.

The Iowa Lawyer Articles I.O.W.A. member Jackie Armstrong wrote an article that was published in the December 2002 issue of The Iowa Lawyer. It is reprinted here with the author's permission (read PDF file). We are seeking submissions from I.O.W.A. members for inclusion in The Iowa Lawyer on a regular basis. If you are interested in writing an article, please contact Emily Chafa at to learn the logistics and schedule for this cooperative project.



The Joy Diet, by Martha Beck

Clarity, by Ann Daly
download an excerpt (PDF, 85KB)

To Go Free, A Treasury of Iowa's Legal Heritage, by Patricia Acton

Cooperative Village, by Frances Madeson
(features the PATRIOT Act, ex-felons and a superlative solo practitioner, Hope P. Hardon, Esq. Called "smart, macabre satire of the War on Terror," by Washington City Paper, it was selected as the NOW NYC June '08 Book Club pick. Rated 5 stars on Barnes & Noble and, readers have called it "deliciously subversive," "a blast of light in a dark time," "anarchically funny," "a mixture of uninhibited comedy and vehement politics," and an "hysterically funny antidote for whatever George Bush has managed to do to you.")

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