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The following is a current list of projects and programs sponsored by organizations and individuals in honor of Cady Day of Public Service.

You can review volunteer opportunities by clicking the link in the left navigation menu. If you are interested in organizing your own program or project, please register your event so we can include it on the list below.

Remote/Virtual Programs and Projects

Expungement and Employment Barriers Clinic

Sponsored by Iowa Legal Aid Racial Equity Project and Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC
Details TBA

To honor Chief Justice Cady’s commitment to civil rights and racial justice, the Iowa Legal Aid Racial Equity Project and Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC, will hold Expungement & Employment Barriers clinics. The clinics, which will be run remotely via Zoom, will serve approximately 100 clients from around the state, and will utilize the services of volunteer attorneys from Shuttleworth & Ingersoll and Iowa Legal Aid staff, as well as other law student and non-lawyer volunteers. On the day of the clinic, clients will receive advice and assistance with drafting pro se forms dealing with collateral consequences issues such as expungement and sealing, court debt, licensure and vehicle registration, and issues with private background checks. Some clients may receive extended representation with their collateral consequences issue, resources permitting. Our clients will be direct referrals from the Race Equity Project’s many pre-existing community partners throughout the state, such as the NAACP, BLM, Iowa Workforce Development, the faith community, and others. 

Appointing a Power of Attorney - Webinar - Hope Wood, JD

Sponsored by Hope Wood JD, PLLC
Oct. 22, Noon - 1 p.m.

Get all of your questions answered about appointing a power of attorney.

The live lunchtime webinar will be hosted on Zoom .

Participants who register 24 hours in advance will receive a power of attorney form in advance of the presentation.

Open to all participants. Approved for 1 hour of Iowa Continuing Legal Education.

Attendees will learn the following:

  • How to appoint a power of attorney.
  • How to create a legally valid power of attorney document.
  • Available authority granted under a power of attorney.
  • Removal of a power of attorney.
  • Cross application of guardianships and conservatorships.

Information presented is drawn from Iowa Code Sections 144B and 633B.

All participation is free in honor of the Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service. 

Participation is limited to the first 100 registrations.

Live Events - Des Moines area

FREE Clinic - Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney and Living Wills

Sponsored by Drake Law School and Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
Friday, Oct. 22
Choose one of three sessions: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 4 p.m.
Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, 2400 University Avenue, Des Moines

Drake Law School will present a public clinic for financial and medical powers of attorney as part of the Cady Day of Service. The clinic will begin with a brief overview of the importance of having a financial power of attorney and medical power of attorney. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will meet on-on-one with a Drake Law student to execute a simple version of power of attorney or living will documents.

The clinic will be held in the Courtroom at the Neal and Bea Smith Law Center. Sessions will be offered throughout the day.

Food Bank of Iowa - Food sorting and distribution

Sponsored by Drake Agriculture and Environmental Law Association
Oct 22, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Food Bank of Iowa, 2220 E 17th Street, Des Moines
Limit: 15 participants

Volunteers will help label, count and box food donations. 

Upcycle Stewards Event

Sponsored by Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Blank Park Zoo, Trees Forever, and Drake Law School
Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-noon
Bill Riley Trail, Greenwood Park, Des Moines

Volunteers will remove invasive plants from the Bill riley Trail in Greenwood Park. All the plants removed during clean up will be taken to Blank Park Zoo where they will be upcycled to help feed the animals. Equipment and tools will be provided.

LifeServe Blood Drive

Sponsored by Drake Law Delts
Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carpenter Avenue - Cartwright Hall

Sponsored by the Drake Law Delts.

DMARC Resource Drive - Iowa Department of Public Safety

Sponsored by Iowa Department of Public Safety

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is sponsoring a resource drive (food and personal items) for their pantry.

Animal Rescue League Pet Food Drive - Iowa Department of Public Safety

Sponsored by Iowa Department of Public Safety

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is sponsoring a pet food drive (dog and/or cat food) for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL). The food is inteded for the ARL's pantry wehre they provide pet food to people who can no longer afford to feed their pets.

Urban Dreams Volunteer Work - Dickinson Law Firm

Sponsored by Dickinson Law Firm
Oct. 22

Volunteer attorneys and staff of the Dickinson Law Firm will help with food distribution and orgnization/clean-up the Urban Dreams headquarters.

Habitat for Humanity - Rock the Block - Dickinson Law Firm

Sponsored by Dickinson Law Firm
Oct. 22

Attorneys and staff with the Dickinson Law Firm will assist with "Rock the Block" to make needed repairs on existing homes.

Support for Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. - Fredrickson & Byron, Des Moines

Sponsored by Fredrickson & Byron, Des Moines
Now thru October 22

Fredrikson & Byron's Des Moines office will support the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc's (UDMO) location in Fort Dodge. Justice Cady was from Fort Dodge, and Fredrikson & Byron associate attorney Natalie Williams grew up in Webster County, so we think it is fitting to support an organization in that area. The UDMO assists low-income families, and many of their programs are donation-driven. The firm will do a donation drive to support an area the UDMO designates as most-needed, for example, their Baby Room (where parents of children birth to 2 years old can get items that they need for their child for the first two years); the Food Pantry (food drive); Coats for Kids; or the Birthday Room (offers parents/caregivers for children 1-8 supplies to have a birthday party for their child along with a gift). Natalie Williams will serve as point-person for the project.
Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc: 1325 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515.576.7774

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