Legal Seminars

General
During the fall, the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA) conducts a legal seminar series. A legal seminar is scheduled each week for approximately five weeks. As part of a series, the staff of LSA, or an outside speaker invited by LSA, makes a presentation usually for two hours or less to an audience comprised exclusively of persons connected with the General Assembly. The purpose of a legal seminar is to inform legislative staff and members of the General Assembly about a particular legal area which may be of interest to the audience. Legal seminar topics may relate to state or federal constitutional law, legislation or statutes, administrative rules or decisions, trial or appellate court decisions, attorney general opinions or actions, and other sources or aspects of a legal nature.
No Recorded Audio Presentation is Accredited by the Iowa Supreme Court's Commission on Continuing Legal Education
Following a legal seminar, an audio record of a presentation is usually made available to the public free of charge via the General Assembly's Internet site. The record is not published for an exclusive audience, does not have an interactive component, does not include a live moderator, and may have been edited. It does not qualify as an accredited program or activity (either unmoderated or moderated) under Chapter 42 of the Iowa Court Rules. For more information see the Supreme Court's "Guidelines for Unmoderated Activities."
No Position or Recommended Course of Action is Being Recommended
During a seminar, a speaker making a presentation or addressing questions, or a member of the audience, may identify an issue for discussion or possible future consideration by members of the General Assembly. However, under no circumstances should the scheduling of a speaker, the issues addressed during a presentation, or questions or comments made during a presentation be construed as inviting, advocating, or recommending a position, interpretation, or course of action by LSA or its staff.
Contact Information
For questions or comments regarding a legal seminar or legal seminar series, contact Mr. Doug Adkisson at 515.281.3884 or Doug.Adkisson@legis.iowa.gov
Presentation Date Title Presenter Materials Audio
10/11/2018 An Overview of the Origins of Iowa's Constitution (an Analysis for Attorneys and Non-Attorneys)
Professor Todd E. Pettys, H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation, University of Iowa College of Law
An Overview of the Origins of Iowa's Constitution (an Analysis for Attorneys and Non-Attorneys)
10/18/2018 An Analysis of Statutory Interpretation in Iowa
Mr. John Heggen, Legal Services Division Editor, Legislative Services Agency
An Analysis of Statutory Interpretation in Iowa
10/25/2018 State and Federal Public Accommodation and Housing Laws Governing Service Animals, Assistance Animals, and Assistive Animals
Ms. Amber Shanahan-Fricke, Legal Counsel, Legislative Services Agency
Ms. Linda Grathwohl, Supervisor, Iowa Civil Rights Commission
State and Federal Public Accommodation and Housing Laws Governing Service Animals, Assistance Animals, and Assistive Animals
11/01/2018 Voter ID Laws
Mr. Stuart Stromberg, Legal Counsel, Legislative Services Agency
Voter ID Laws
11/15/2018 Understanding the Basics of the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and Other Hospital Regulations
Ms. Kimberly Murphy, Senior Director, Government Relations and Assistant General Counsel, Iowa Hospital Association
Ms. Erika Eckley, Vice President, Government Relations and Assistant General Counsel, Iowa Hospital Association
Understanding the Basics of the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and Other Hospital Regulations