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.
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
Dr. Chia Ning, Pella
Dr. Elaine Smith-Bright, Des Moines
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.
Commission on Continuing Legal Education
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319