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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

Joni Keith, Ottumwa

Magistrate Daniel P. Kitchen, Washington

Michael G. Pagel, Dubuque

Margaret J. Popp Reyes, Council Bluffs

Diana L. Rolands, Osceola

Danielle Shelton, Des Moines

Bryan D. Swain, Harlan

Janece Valentine, Fort Dodge

Mindi M. Vervaecke, Mason City

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 2017 Annual CLE Report is available here. The 2016 Annual CLE Report can be downloaded here.

Contact Us

Commission on Continuing Legal Education
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50319
(515) 725-8029
cle@iowacourts.gov

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