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Assistant Ethics Counsel (ADB 001)

Date Posted
June 28, 2018
Full Time

Job Details


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Position Title

Assistant Ethics Counsel
Attorney Disciplinary Board


Office of Professional Regulation
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50319


Pay Grade 37
$78,852.80 - $112,174.40 annual salary
Eligible for State of Iowa benefits

40 hour work week, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Occasional hours outside the normal work day and overnight travel may be required.

Start Date

Anticipated start date is September 1, 2018

Position Summary

This attorney prosecutes cases before the Grievance Commission of the Iowa Supreme Court.  This attorney also advises the Board on interpretation of the rules of professional conduct and proposed changes to the rules, and reviews and processes other disciplinary matters before the Board (including reinstatements of law licenses after suspension or revocation).  Other duties include initial review of complaints at intake, investigation of complaints, preparation of pleadings, conducting discovery, trial of cases, drafting post-hearing pleadings, and all necessary appellate litigation.  The Assistant Ethics Counsel also represents the Board in reciprocal discipline and other hearings and oral arguments before the Iowa Supreme Court.  The position involves occasional overnight travel.


Graduation from an accredited law school and admission to practice law in the State of Iowa with a law license in good standing and no significant history of discipline.  Five or more years of trial and appellate practice preferred. 

Must be able to simultaneously handle multiple areas of responsibility with minimum supervision, properly prioritizing tasks and duties as dictated by changing demands.  Must be able to simultaneously advance all assigned cases in a large trial and appellate caseload.

Applicants must possess strong oral and written communication skills, and have high-level knowledge of standard office software, including word-processing and presentation software, PDF generation programs, and commercial case-management platforms.

Must be bondable; must possess high levels of personal and professional honesty and integrity, emotional maturity and stability, and a genuine interest in improving the legal profession and the administration of justice.

Must have a valid Iowa driver’s license and reliable transportation.

The person in this position is appointed by Director of the Office of Professional Regulation and is subject to approval by the Iowa Supreme Court.

Contact Information

How to Apply

All applicants must complete and submit the "Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment", along with a cover letter and resume to:

Tara van Brederode, Assistant Director
Office of Professional Regulation
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50319

Applications may be sent electronically to:

Posting Close Date

All application materials must be received by Friday, July 20, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.


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