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Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service

The 2021 Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service will be held on Friday, October 22. 

 2021 Cady Day logoThe Cady Day of Public Service is dedicated to late Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady. The event brings the community together to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Justice Cady and his commitment to public service, access to justice, and civil rights. Attorneys and others throughout the state are invited to join us in service to the public or pro bono work on Oct. 22*.

Last year, hundreds of volunteers from Davenport to Council Bluffs and beyond the borders of Iowa, helped make the inaugural Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service a huge success. Rough estimates indicate that events held as part of the inaugural Cady Day impacted well over 10,000 individuals through community service, legal clinics and educational programming. In fact, the Cady Day of Public Service was selected to receive a 2021 Iowa/Minnesota Campus Compact Engaged Campus Award for Community Collaboration.  

Looking for ideas on how to participate? Check out last year's list of projects for inspiration. You can also view the 2021 list of Projects and Volunteer Opportunites (coming soon) to see how other groups and individuals plan to mark the day. We will continue to add events and opportunities up until Oct. 22 so if you don't find something that interests you today, please visit this page again soon.

Whether you choose to plan a public event or simply spend time on a project for a pro bono client we would LOVE to hear about it! Register your project so we can recognize your participation in the 2021 Cady Day of Public Service.  

If you have any questions or want to discuss your idea for participation, please contact Theresa Howard,

*Even though October 22 will be the official date, Cady Day activities occurring on other dates will also be recognized as part of this celebration.

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Event sponsors:

Drake University Law School
The Iowa State Bar Association
The Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Iowa Legal Aid
Polk County Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

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