If you are interested in volunteering, you've come to the right place! Twice a year the Iowa Supreme Court makes appointments to the boards and commissions overseen by the Office of Professional Regulation. The process to become a board or commission member starts first with your request for consideration. You can fill that out online below.
Once you fill out the information, it will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications needed for the appointment. Those initial qualifications include (1) being an Iowa resident; (2) having an active Iowa law license that's in good standing if you are a lawyer volunteer; and (3) meeting the "location" requirement if the position has one (e.g. the grievance commission) or other statutory requirement (e.g. board of shorthand reporters). Once you make the qualification list, then your letters of nomination, C.V.'s, and other documents are considered.
We try to ensure geographic, demographic, and practice diversity on the boards and commissions, so that individuals from all parts of the state, demographic groups, and practice areas are represented. This is a large factor in the selection process. Please be aware that often there are many requests (even dozens!) for a single open position, particularly on the Attorney Disciplinary Board and the Client Security Commission. In those situations we will often look to your service on other, not as well-known boards and commissions or bar association groups, when narrowing down the applicants.
Lastly, the final recommendations will be submitted to the Iowa Supreme Court which reviews them and then makes its determination as to appointments. You will be notified of the appointment and contacted by one of the assistant directors responsible for that board or commission.
We look forward to receiving your request for consideration to be a board or commission member.