Equal Justice After Hours
March 30, 2017

Equal Justice After Hours, the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation’s signature annual fundraising event, will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the newly renovated, mid-century modern, American Enterprise Group building, located at 601 6th Avenue in downtown Des Moines.

Since 1977, Iowa Legal Aid has provided civil legal aid to the most vulnerable members of our communities. Iowa Legal Aid is a safety net for low-income Iowans and persons who are elderly or have a disability. Staff and volunteers provide legal representation to secure the basic necessities of life – food and shelter, quality health care, safe and stable homes free of violence, and protection from consumer fraud. Today, more than 498,000 Iowans live at or below 125% of the federal poverty level and are trying to make ends meet. When Iowa Legal Aid assists these families in solving their legal problems, they are able to be better parents, employees and community members.

We hope that you will join us to learn more about Iowa Legal Aid’s positive impact on the well-being of so many Iowans in need.


Where:     American Enterprise Group, 601 6th Avenue, Des Moines

When:      Thursday, March 30, 2017, 5:00—7:00 p.m.

Many levels of sponsorships are available. Click HERE for information on sponsorships.

Tickets:     $50 (Click HERE to purchase)


A delicious array of appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Many levels of sponsorship are also available
Contact Terri Bennett at 515-243-2980 x 1611 or tbennett@iowalaw.org

Equal Justice After Hours 2016 was held Thursday, March 31 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at American Enterprise Group in downtown Des Moines. Equal Justice After Hours 2016 highlighted Iowa Legal Aid’s partnerships in communities throughout the state, with special focus on Iowa Legal Aid’s partners in the health care field that are working together through Health and Law Projects in Iowa.

More than $175,000 was raised through sponsorships and donations. Click HERE to view photos.


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Iowa Legal Aid’s Long-Time Program Administrator Retires

Iowa Legal Aid’s long-time Program Administrator, Pat McClintock, retired on December 31, 2016, ending a 42-year career with legal services in Iowa. He worked as a paralegal with the Black Hawk County Legal Aid Society beginning in 1974 until the merger creating the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa (LSCI) in 1977. He then served as the Deputy Director of Paralegal Advocacy until 1982, when he became LSCI’s second Program Administrator. At the time of his retirement, Pat was the longest tenured employee in the history of Iowa Legal Aid.

Pat moved to Des Moines in 1977 and worked for a few months as a paralegal with the Legal Aid Society of Polk County. John Barrett, LSCI’s first Executive Director, hired Pat to assume responsibilities as Director of Paralegal Advocacy. In this capacity, Pat designed the paralegal program to focus efforts on providing assistance to clients in the area of public benefits administrative advocacy. Pat also coordinated the program’s public welfare advocacy and served on the Iowa Department of Social Services ADC/Food Stamp Task Force in the early 1980’s at the request of IDSS Commissioner Michael Reagen.

When he became Program Administrator in 1982 his attention turned to helping navigate the organization through one of its most challenging periods of funding reductions and increased regulatory restrictions. During this period of retrenchment, LSCI closed five offices and reduced its workforce by 25%. Several key staff left the program. However, at the same time the program began building a new organizational infrastructure focused on increased grant writing, improved fiscal and administrative management and a broadened base of support from the legal community. From that point forward the program diversified its funding, increased volunteer services, stabilized the program’s workforce, and began building a reputation as an efficient and well run legal aid organization. Through it all, Pat served as a member of the executive management team.

Fiscal responsibilities were only a small part of Pat’s daily work. Pat provided oversight for Iowa Legal Aid’s technology projects, including the development of the program’s websites. In 2008, Iowa Legal Aid received the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s “Innovations in Equal Justice” award for outstanding vision and leadership in improving the delivery of legal services to low-income people (which was based in significant part on Iowa Legal Aid’s technological initiatives). This award is a direct reflection of Pat’s efforts in this area. Most recently, he served as the project manager on the development of a new mobile app designed to help survivors of and first responders to disasters.

In November, 2000, Pat was recognized by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association with the Denison Ray Award, given biennially to a national leader in legal services. He also served as a national consultant for the Legal Services Corporation in assisting other programs with fiscal and administrative challenges.

All of us associated with Iowa Legal Aid and the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation wish Pat the best for the future.

dianekutzko2Long-standing volunteer, Diane Kutzko, inducted into the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame

The state of Iowa through its Commission on Volunteer Service recognizes citizens’ volunteer contributions. The most prestigious award given to volunteers is the induction in the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame. Inductees receive an engraved award and their names are added to plaques on permanent display in the State Historical Museum. Since the Volunteer Hall of Fame started in 1989, fewer than 165 Iowans have been honored with this distinguished award.

Iowa Legal Aid is very pleased to announce that one of its long-standing supporters, Diane Kutzko, was inducted into the Volunteer Hall of Fame. She was honored April 13, 2016 at the State Capitol as part of the National Volunteer Week celebration with four other inductees. Among Diane’s many contributions is her service on the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa/Iowa Legal Aid Board from 1992 until 2012. In 1996, Diane played a key role in obtaining Iowa’s first state appropriation to support civil legal aid, which has continued every year since. She served as President of the Board from 1998 to 2002 and was vital in facilitating the successful merger of the Legal Services Corporation of Iowa and Legal Aid Society of Polk County to form Iowa Legal Aid in 2003. Diane was also instrumental in the creation of the Shuttleworth & Ingersoll Intake Project in the Cedar Rapids Regional Office and participates in Iowa Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Project.

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