I'm an attorney. How can I help the program?

We need lawyers to contribute money, serve on our Legal Committee (physical attendance not required), serve on our board, and to volunteer as cooperating attorneys.

What is the ACLU of Iowa Legal Committee?

The Legal Committee is a standing committee of the ACLU of Iowa that approves or rejects cases that the ACLU of Iowa might include within its legal program. The legal committee also advises the ACLU of Iowa legal director. It is composed of ACLU of Iowa board members who have been assigned to serve on the committee and Iowa lawyers who are willing to serve in support of our mission. Deliberations of the legal committee are privileged and confidential.

What are "cooperating attorneys"?

Cooperating attorneys are attorneys who have volunteered to utilize their litigation skill and experience by serving as counsel on cases sponsored or brought by the ACLU Foundation of Iowa Legal Program. Representation is offered to ACLU of Iowa clients on a pro bono basis. The ACLU of Iowa is very interested in hearing from law firms whose attorneys are interested in working pro bono with the ACLU of Iowa on cutting edge, impact litigation to advance freedom and equality in federal and state courts.

Do I have to be a member to help?

No, but we strongly encourage it. At the same time, we recognize that there are some attorneys and lay volunteers who for one reason or another are unable or unwilling to join. We still welcome your participation on specific projects, cases, and issues.

Are my contributions to the ACLU Foundation of Iowa legal program tax deductible?

Yes, the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis Austen.