ISBA People’s Law School - Advancing the rule of law now: Accountability and access, a call to action

ISBA People’s Law School - Advancing the rule of law now: Accountability and access, a call to action

The Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association co-sponsored a free, virtual community event that explored how the rule of law provides opportunities to preserve our democracy and implement real change. The event was held on Friday, Oct. 21, from 2 - 3 p.m. as part of the 2022 Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service. The rule of law is the bedrock of American rights and liberties—in times of calm and unrest alike. The following leaders discussed how everyone can share in the responsibility to help advance the rule of law: Hon. Henry Hamilton III, ISBA President and federal administrative law judge; Emily Chafa, ISBA Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee Chair; and Melvin Shaw, ISBA Vice President.



ISBA People’s Law School - Advancing the rule of law now: Accountability and access, a call to action


ISBA People’s Law School - Advancing the rule of law now: Accountability and access, a call to action. Speakers.

Speakers appear solely in their personal capacity. The views and opinions expressed do not represent the views of any of their past, present or future employers. This video is available for informational purposes only and does not serve as legal advice. Laws, policies and practices relating to this video may change. Please conduct your own research.

Henry Hamilton III is a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has also served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Magistrate Judge for the State of Iowa, City Prosecutor for the City of Des Moines and as a private practitioner with the Parrish Law Firm. Hamilton is a voting rights enthusiast. He has served as an international election observer, and as a longtime member of the Election Protection coordinating committee. Hamilton is a 1988 graduate of Drake University and a 1992 graduate of Drake University Law School. He currently serves as President of The Iowa State Bar Association.

Melvin Shaw is the founder and owner of The Law Office of Melvin O. Shaw, P.L.C., with a general practice that includes but is not limited to real estate, wills, guardianships, conservatorships, probate, business law, and contracts. The firm serves clients in Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, and other cities in Johnson, Linn, Washington and Cedar counties. Shaw received his undergraduate degree from University of Missouri – Columbia, his M.A. from the University of Iowa, and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. He was appointed as a Member of the Iowa Judicial Qualifications Commission by the late Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court. Shaw is Secretary and Member-at-Large of the American Bar Association General Practice/Solo (GPSolo) Division, a GPSolo Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, and the GPSolo Real Estate Committee Chair. Shaw joined the Iowa Legal Aid Board of Directors in 2019. He currently serves as Vice President of The Iowa State Bar Association.

Emily Chafa is active in several national, state and local bar associations, including the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.), Polk County Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, Blackstone Inn of Court and the ABA Judicial Division National Conference of Administrative Law Judiciary. Chafa received the Iowa Supreme Court Voice for Justice Award. To date, seven Iowa attorneys received this award for their support and contributions to the administration of justice. Chafa serves as the ISBA Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee Chair. She enjoys learning and telling the stories of Iowa women trailblazers and other relatively unknown history makers. 


ISBA People’s Law School - Advancing the rule of law now: Accountability and access, a call to action. Resources.

The information presented is current as of the date of recording, October 21, 2022, or date of publication. Laws, policies and practices relating to this information may change. Please conduct your own research.

You may use the resources from the American Bar Association, the League of Women Voters and the Brookings Institute to educate yourself and your family and friends:

Here is information published by the Iowa Secretary of State about serving as a precinct election official. This link also includes an online form to communicate interest in serving.

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