Brody Middle School on Des Moines’ southwest side celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. The school, named after Joseph I. Brody, a founding attorney of this firm, educates sixth, seventh, and eighth graders as an IB Middle Years Programme school with a commitment to a high quality, challenging, international education.
At an anniversary celebration held at the school on Wednesday, May 17, Mr. Steve Roberts, a recently retired partner of the firm, spoke about Mr. Brody’s involvement in the community and in public education in Des Moines. Founding school staff members, , including Principal Earl Bridgewater, attended the celebration and reflected on the opening of the school. Additionally, students presented a time capsule to be opened in 25 years.
Joseph I. Brody was a founding member of the Davis Brown Law Firm, when it was known as the Brammer, Brody, Charlton, & Parker firm. After George Brammer’s death in 1948, Brody led the firm until 1963 and presided over great growth and change in the firm.
Brody was an excellent attorney and donated significant time to the community. He served many years on the Des Moines School Board, including a time as president; started the organization known now as ACLU of Iowa; was president of his synagogue; and was involved with many of the cultural events in Des Moines.