Iowa Government & Military Attorneys

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Iowa Supreme Court Rules allows military or government attorneys that may be barred in other states to be admitted on a limited basis. The requirements for an Iowa government attorney are as follows:

  • Must be admitted to practice in another state jurisdiction (min of two years)
  • Be employe full-time by a government entity
  • Engage in the active practice of law
  • Adhere to the CLE requirements
  • An employer statement that indicates that the future employee will work for the employer as an attorney providing legal services
  • Sworn statements that there has not been any violations of the ethic code or sanctions brought against the attorney in any other jurisdiction where they are barred.
  • Can only perform legal services once admitted into Iowa for clients approved by the state of Iowa. (Can also not accept any compensation for those services except as given through their sate employer. Part time employment also not allowed).

Any attorney who is considered an active member of the Iowa bar must provide legal supervision to any state attorney that has not practiced in the state of Iowa for at least two years under the Iowa Supreme Court.

Termination of ability to practice in Iowa

  • Termination occurs to a Iowa government attorney when the purpose of the business ends
  • When the Iowa government attorney becomes eligible to practice law, or the applicant has been in the state authorized to practice for more than two years.
  • The attorney is no longer employed by the organization


Attorneys who are full-time active duty U.S. military JAGS are able to practice in the state on a limited basis on non-criminal issues.  To eligible JAGS (judge advocates) must be in good standing and must be admitted to at least one state bar. JAGS are subject to all the disciplinary issues that members of the Iowa bar are subject to as well and must also adhere to all the rules of professional conduct.  Opposing parties tend to have 10-14 days to object to opposing military counsels appointment.


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