At the annual meeting, the Iowa State Bar Association elected new leadership for 2019-2020 and many of the new and returning leaders are Davis Brown attorneys.
Abhay Nadipuram, associate litigation attorney, became President of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD), a division of the Iowa State Bar Association which represents over 2,000 lawyers in Iowa. After taking the gavel from outgoing President Maggie White at the ISBA Awards Annual Gala, Abhay made remarks focused on three goals for this year:
- Deepening the YLD’s work on student debt by continuing to partner with Law School Transparency and advising the American Bar Association on steps to take to lessen the load of student debt on the new generation of law school graduates.
- Improving young lawyer health and wellness. Davis Brown attorney Laura Wasson will lead the YLD Task Force on Health and Wellness to find tangible ways to ensure that young lawyers are living healthy, active lifestyles and create mechanisms to prevent young lawyers from slipping into unhealthy habits and developing mental health problems.
- Diversifying the Iowa Bar through law student mentoring and encouraging legal employers to hire and retain a more diverse workforce.
Frank Carroll, a former ISBA President, was elected President of the Iowa State Bar Foundation, an organization which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and funds many ISBA programs including the Loan Assistance Program for young lawyers, and the Mock Trial and Know Your Constitution Programs, among others.
Maggie Hanson and Joe Happe serve as District 5C Representatives on the ISBA Board of Governors, a role in which they voice the opinions and concerns of those in judicial district 5C (Polk County). Joe also chairs the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section Council.
Jodie McDougal, chair of Davis Brown’s Construction Department, was elected Vice-Chair of the Construction Section.
Real estate attorney David Erickson chairs the ISBA’s Real Estate and Title Law Section; his goals while chair include advancing legislation to improve the real estate practice in Iowa.
International business attorney Jason Ross serves on the Council for the International Section.
Luke Draisey, associate litigation attorney, chairs the YLD Know Your Constitution Committee, a group that organizes the annual contest for Iowa high schoolers. As chair, Luke hopes to reach more schools to engage more students as well as involve more young lawyers in the program.
In addition to chairing the newly created YLD Task Force on Health and Wellness, Laura Wasson is also District 5C Representative on the Executive Council of the YLD and serves on the Disciplinary Council.