Go Ahead, Be Proud of Your Iowa Courts!

December 15, 2020 Historic Rulings Led the Nation against Slavery, Segregation, and Discrimination We have a lot to brag about here in the Hawkeye state. Iowa is an agricultural powerhouse, home to several prestigious universities and Fortune 500 corporations, birthplace for many famous Americans, AND the only state in the union with navigable rivers defining […]

Justice On Hold As Iowa Courts Again Closed for COVID

November 24, 2020 Iowa Must Break “Cold Grip” of Pandemic There’s already plenty to worry about as COVID infections and hospitalizations surge across Iowa. New restrictions on public gatherings and business activity. More schools moving classes online, sending kids home to stressed-out parents. Growing numbers of family, friends, and neighbors falling ill to this terrible […]

Iowans Vote for Fair Courts

November 12, 2020 Iowans Vote Resoundingly for Fair Courts 1,150,041 and $0. A lot will be said in the coming days, weeks, and months about last week’s election here in Iowa and across the nation, but we’d like to call your attention to two milestones: The first – 1,150,041 – is the average number of votes cast […]

Iowa Courts Avoid “Horror Stories” Seen In D.C. and Other States… So Far!

October 13, 2020 As the U.S. Senate wades into another politically motivated showdown over judicial selection and partisan judicial elections heat up in multiple nearby states, Iowans have even more cause to reflect on how well our state court functions in comparison. But first… Let’s take a walk down Iowa Courts “Memory Lane.” Back in […]

The Ballots Are Coming! Do You Know Your Judges?

October 5, 2020 Dear Iowa Voters: Iowans have a national reputation for taking their civic responsibilities very seriously, especially when it comes time to vote. Participation in all manner of voting is a tradition here with voters learning as much as possible about the issues and the candidates before going to the polls – or […]

“Born under a bright star,” Ginsburg Shows Why Fair Courts Matter

To borrow part of an old saying, Ruth Bader Ginsburg turned lemons into a legacy that, over more than 50 years as a lawyer and jurist, changed the way the world is now for all Americans, particularly women. One of only nine women in her Harvard Law School class of 500, she was told by […]

Iowa’s Judicial Nominating System: Before and After the 2019 Reynolds Power Grab

Iowa’s Judicial Nominating System: Before and After the 2019 Reynolds Power Grab Dear Friends: On May 8, 2019, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill in a late-night, closed-door session of the Legislature that gives one politician — the Governor herself — majority control over the process for nominating justices to Iowa’s highest court. With one […]