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Commission on Continuing Legal Education

The Commission on Continuing Legal Education administers a program established by the court which requires attorneys to attend continuing legal education (CLE) classes each year. This requirement helps ensure that lawyers and judges keep abreast of the latest legal developments.

Commission Meetings and Members

The Commission meets twice a year to oversee the Continuing Legal Education Program in Iowa. At these meetings, the Commission reviews policies and procedures for administration of the CLE program as well as considers individual programs for accreditation. The Commission is composed of ten lawyer members and two non-lawyer members. All members are appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court for a term of three years except when appointed to fill an unexpired term. No member may serve more than two consecutive complete terms.

Attorney Members

The Honorable Jeffrey Neary, Merrill, Chair

The Honorable Daniel P. Kitchen, Washington

Joni Keith, Ottumwa

Michael G. Pagel, Dubuque

Margaret J. Popp Reyes, Council Bluffs

Jayant Kamath, Coralville

Danielle Shelton, Des Moines

Heather Palmer, Des Moines

Janece Valentine, Fort Dodge

Mindi M. Vervaecke, Mason City

Henry Hamilton III, West Des Moines

Non-Attorney Members

Dr. Chia Ning, Pella

Dr. Elaine Smith-Bright, Des Moines

Annual Reports

Each year the CLE Commission issues an annual report concerning the Commission's budget, accreditations and compliance.

The 2022 Annual CLE Report can be found here.


Contact Us

Commission on Continuing Legal Education
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50319
(515) 348-4670

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