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July 10, 2008

Bars Asked to Assist Iowa Lawyers After Tornadoes and Flooding


The Iowa State Bar Association has established the Legal Community Relief Fund to help assist lawyers whose homes and offices were damaged by tornadoes and flooding in eastern Iowa.

Nearly seventy-two thousand properties over a nine-square-mile section of Cedar Rapids — Iowa’s second largest city — have been affected by flood waters. As many as 250 attorneys in the Cedar Rapids area have been impacted to some degree, with about 30-50 having lost everything. If support staff and others who depend on income from the disrupted practices are included, the number of those affected could exceed one thousand.

In addition, a dozen attorneys in the Iowa City-Coralville area have been displaced as a result of their offices being flooded. Disaster officials also are trying to determine whether the federal courthouse and the Linn County courthouse, both of which sit on the river, are salvageable.

A task force, established by the ISBA Board of Governors, has identified two major needs of the displaced attorneys — cleanup and file reclamation. Both of these require specialists, so the relief fund was established to help defray the costs of those services. The task force hopes to raise $500,000 to be given as grants to attorneys.

The fund is being administered by the ISBA through the Iowa State Bar Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.

Contributions may be sent to the Iowa State Bar Foundation, 625 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. For more information, or to access a contribution form, visit and click on Disaster Assistance Website.

Updated: Jul 10, 2008