Paul H. Wieck II, Office of Professional Regulation
Moines, December 5, 2013 —
The Iowa Supreme Court Lawyer Trust Account Commission is accepting
applications for grants under the Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA)
program for the grant period that begins July 1, 2014. IOLTA program grants are
awarded to public purpose projects that provide legal services to low-income
persons in civil cases, law-related education, and other programs that improve
the administration of justice in Iowa.
the provisions of chapter 44 of the Iowa Court Rules, applicants must file one
copy of their application in paper form, and one copy of their application in
electronic form. Organizations may obtain a copy of the rules and grant
application forms (paper and electronic) by contacting the Lawyer Trust Account
Commission, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
50319, by calling (515) 725-8029, or by electronic mail to email@example.com. Application forms also may be
downloaded from the Commission's web page on the Judicial Branch web site at:
Commission must receive completed grant applications no later than 4:30 p.m.,
Friday, March 7, 2014. The Commission will then review the applications and
seek approval from the Iowa Supreme Court for awarding the grants. Grant
recipients will be announced in late May or early June of 2014.
Iowa Supreme Court created the Lawyer Trust Account Commission to provide legal
services to low-income persons in civil cases using the interest from lawyers'
pooled trust accounts. The lawyers' pooled trust accounts hold clients' funds
that are so small in amount or held for such a brief period that it is not
possible for the funds to economically benefit the individual clients.
Previously, attorneys' trust accounts earned no interest. The first grants
awarded under the IOLTA program were made in June, 1986. To date, the
Commission has awarded more than $23 million in grants.
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