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Activities of IOWA

IOWA Meetings | Bar Associations | Judicial Process | Community Projects | Awards

IOWA Meetings

IOWA holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the Iowa Bar Association's annual meeting in June. IOWA members elect officers and hear speakers address topics of interest to its members. IOWA also sponsors annually a continuing legal education program covering a variety of law-related topics.

Bar Associations

IOWA usually sends representatives to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting and the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations (NCWBA). IOWA is a member of NCWBA; details are available on their website www.ncwba.org. Participation in these events has helped I.O.W.A. benefit from the experiences of other bar associations and, specifically, to learn successful strategies used by other women's bar associations to further their goals.


Judicial Process

IOWA advocates for more women on the bench and in leadership positions in other bar associations. The group monitors vacancies in those positions and encourages its members to apply for judicial positions and to support qualified women candidates. The IOWA Professional Action Committee developed this Proposed Judicial Nomination Process (PDF, 52KB).


Community Projects

IOWA members actively participate in community affairs. Currently, IOWA sponsors a Visiting Mom Project at Mitchellville (brochure and donation form), and a Mentorship Program with the Iowa Juvenile Home & Training Center (IJH) in Tama-Toledo. For more information on these programs and past community projects, go to the Community page.


Each year, IOWA gives two awards, the Arabella Mansfield Award and the Gertrude Rush Award. Both are presented at the IOWA annual meeting and dinner. For more information on these awards and how to submit a nomination, go to the Awards page.


Visiting Mom Project

See the Community page for more information about this important project! And download this brochure and donation form.

The Union Block
Mount Pleasant

The Union Block, one of Mount Pleasant's historic buildings, is in jeopardy. Local leaders have come together to preserve and renew this historic, structurally sound building with a restoration plan. IOWA members can help! Read this informational document (PDF, 11.87MB), and consider making a donation to this worthy cause.

Arabella (Belle) Babb MansfieldOf special significance to IOWA, during the 1860s the third floor served as a temporary court of law. In 1869, Arabella (Belle) Babb Mansfield took the bar exam there to become the United States' first certified female attorney. Also, during the 1870s and 1880s, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Henry Clay Dean, Bronson Alcott, P.T. Barnum, and Anna Dickinson spoke there.