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As head of the Iowa Judicial Branch, the Iowa Supreme Court has supervisory authority over all aspects of the practice of law and oversees the practice of shorthand reporting and judicial court interpreters for the state. The entity which handles these duties is the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR). This section of the website contains information pertinent to the regulation of these professions, such as:

  • How to get admitted to practice law in Iowa
  • Educational standards for accreditation of continuing legal education courses for lawyers
  • How to register as in-house counsel
  • The annual fees attorneys are required to pay
  • Information regarding IOLTA accounts and grants
  • Attorney discipline
  • How to become a certified shorthand reporter
  • Continuing education for certified shorthand reporters
  • Shorthand reporter discipline
  • How to become a judicial court interpreters
  • Continuing education for court interpreters
  • Court interpreter discipline

This section also includes information of interest to the general public, including: 

  • Lists of attorneys subject to disciplinary action and reinstatement orders
  • A form for filing a complaint alleging ethical violation by an attorney
  • A form for applying for compensation from the Client Security Commission for a loss resulting from the dishonest conduct of an attorney
  • A form for filing a complaint against a non-lawyer who is practicing law

More information about the Office of Professional Regulation may be found by clicking here.

Office of Professional Regulation 
Judicial Branch Building 
1111 East Court Avenue 
Des Moines, Iowa  50319 
(515) 725-8029 

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