Equal Justice After Hours 2016, the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation’s signature annual fundraising event, 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.
A special thanks to Skip Kenyon, President-Elect of the Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA), for this year’s Board of Governors challenge. It was a dollar-for-dollar challenge from Skip and individual members of the Board of Governors of the ISBA. Pledges from the Board of Governors totaled $4,300. The challenge raised nearly $15,000 total.
Preliminary figures show that more than $175,000 was raised through sponsorships and donations at Equal Justice After Hours 2016.
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Long-standing volunteer, Diane Kutzko, selected to join 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, has been selected to join the Volunteer Hall of Fame. She will be 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.
**The Commission has invited the public to vote for the honoree they feel should receive the People’s Choice Award as extra recognition for their contributions as a volunteer. A virtual polling station will be open during the month of March at https://www.volunteeriowa.org/peoples-choice-award and the winner will be announced during the April 13 ceremony. Please help us recognize Diane’s outstanding contributions by voting for the People’s Choice Award.
Message From the President
Listen as former Board president Alan Olson explains how Iowa Legal Aid is helping Iowans every day.
Report From the LSC Program Quality Visit to Iowa Legal Aid
The Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) Office of Program Performance (OPP) conducted a program quality visit to Iowa Legal Aid from August 24-28 2015. Program Quality Visits are designed to evaluate whether LSC grantees are providing the highest quality legal services to eligible clients. Click the links below to read more: