Senate File 379 - EnrolledAn Actrelating to qualifications to practice law in Iowa
and regulation of persons admitted to practice law in a
jurisdiction of the United States other than Iowa.
   Section 1.  Section 602.10102, Code 2019, is amended to read
as follows:
   602.10102  Qualifications for admission.
   Every applicant for such admission shall be a person of
honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, truthfulness and one who
appreciates and will adhere to a code of conduct for lawyers
as adopted by the supreme court. The applicant shall be an
inhabitant of this state, and
shall have actually and in good
faith pursued a regular course of study of the law and shall
have graduated from some reputable law school. The application
form shall not contain a recent photograph of the applicant.
An applicant shall not be ineligible for registration because
of age, citizenship, sex, race, religion, marital status or
national origin although the application form may require
citizenship information. The board may consider the past
record of guilty pleas and convictions of public offenses of an
applicant. Character references may be required; however, such
references shall not be restricted to lawyers.
   Sec. 2.  Section 602.10109, Code 2019, is amended to read as
   602.10109  Practitioners from other states United States
   Any person who is a resident of this state, and has been
admitted to the bar of any other state in the United States, or
the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States,
may, in the discretion of the court, be admitted to practice in
this state without examination or proof of a period of study.
The person, in the application for admission to practice law
in this state, in addition to all other requirements stated in
this chapter, shall establish that the person has practiced law
for five full years under license in such jurisdiction within
the seven years immediately preceding the date of application
and still holds a license to practice law. The teaching of law
as a full-time instructor in a recognized law school in this
state or some other state shall for the purpose of this section
-1-be deemed the practice of law. Any person who has discharged
actual legal duties as a member of the armed services of
the United States shall be deemed to have practiced law for
the purposes of this section if certified to as such by the
judge advocate general of the service. The court may charge
an investigation fee based upon the cost of conducting the
investigation as determined by the court.
   Sec. 3.  Section 602.10111, Code 2019, is amended to read as
   602.10111  Nonresident Non-Iowa attorney — appointment of
local Iowa attorney.
   Any member of the bar of another state, the District of
Columbia, or a territory of the United States
actually engaged
in any cause or matter pending in any court of this state, may
be permitted by such court to appear in and conduct such cause
or matter while retaining the attorney’s residence in another
, without being subject to this article; provided that at
the time the attorney enters an appearance the attorney files
with the clerk of such court the written appointment of some
attorney resident and admitted to practice in the state of
Iowa, upon whom service may be had in all matters connected
with said action, with the same effect as if personally made on
such foreign attorney within this state. In case of failure to
make such appointment, such attorney shall not be permitted to
practice as provided in this section, and all papers filed by
the attorney shall be stricken from the files.
CHARLES SCHNEIDERPresident of the Senate
LINDA UPMEYERSpeaker of the House
   I hereby certify that this bill originated in the Senate and is known as Senate File 379, Eighty-eighth General Assembly.______________________________
W. CHARLES SMITHSONSecretary of the Senate
Approved _______________, 2019______________________________