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The following is a current list of projects and programs sponsored by organizations and individuals in honor of the inaugural 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

"Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy." -  A voting rights event in honor of the inaugural Cady Day of Service

Sponsored by The Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association
Friday, Oct. 23, Noon - 1 p.m.

The Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association are co-sponsoring "Your Vote. Your Voice. Our Democracy," a virtual community event commemorating the voting rights fought for to expand representative democracy in America.

This panel presentation will include some of the stories behind the 15th and 19th Amendments and the Voting Rights Act, and is designed to help educate all eligible voters so they have the information they need to exercise their rights in the 2020 election, safely and effectively.

Panelists include:

ISBA Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee Chair Emily Gould Chafa
ISBA Vice President Henry Hamilton III
University of Iowa College of Law Professor Derek Muller, an election law expert.

Attorney Ashley Frazier will serve as moderator.

Register here.


Probate and Trust Basics for the Trial Lawyer - Free VIRTUAL CLE sponsored by Security National Bank

Security National Bank
Friday, Oct. 23, available all day

Join Dylan Dinkla of Security National Bank, with Greg Kenyon and Abigail Hillers of the Bradshaw Law Firm, for a concise introduction into the probate and trust world. This free webinar is particularly useful for trial lawyers or young attorneys just getting started in the practice.

This event is approved for 1.5 hours of Iowa CLE credit.

*The webinar is a recording of a previously-held event from July, 2020.

*A new CLE ID has been assigned to the program. Please contact Dylan Dinkla after the webinar for the new number.

Register here.



The Start Small Project - Virtual Diaper Drive

Drake Law Christian Legal Society and the International Law Society
Now through Nov. 1

The Drake Law Christian Legal Society and the International Law Society are sponsoring a virtual diaper drive to benefit the Start Small Project. The Start Small Project is a diaper distribution serving refugee and immigrant families in the Des Moines area. 

The group is accepting donations of diapers of any size.

You can make your donation in three easy ways:

● Donate via the Start Small Project Amazon wishlist HERE.
● Donate via Venmo: @Start-Small-Project
● Bring your donation to the Law School, Cartwright Hall, Porterhouse Lounge.

For more information on the Start Small Project, please see the links below:

Virtual Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa - sponsored by BrownWinick Law Firm

BrownWinick Law Firm
Oct. 19-23

BrownWinick Law Firm is hosting a virtual food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa in conjunction with the Mark Cady Day of Public Service. BrownWinick is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where we live and work. Our attorneys and professional staff believe that through involvement and leadership in local charities and activities, we can help improve the quality of life and strengthen our communities.

Expungement and Employment Barriers Clinic

Iowa Legal Aid Racial Equity Project
Friday, Oct. 23,  10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

To honor Chief Justice Cady’s commitment to civil rights and racial justice, the Iowa Legal Aid Racial Equity Project will restart their Expungement & Employment Barriers. Clinics will be held on Friday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. The clinics, which will be run remotely via Zoom, shall serve approximately 100 clients from around the state, and will utilize the services of 30 volunteer attorneys 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. After October 23, we will be conducting remote clinics roughly every three weeks from that point forward until it is again safe to resume in person clinics. Clients who are not served on October 23 will have the opportunity to be served at subsequent clinics. We will be posting more updates about the clinic on our Facebook page and on the Cady Day of Service webpage as details become available.

Virtual Food Drive - Food Bank of Iowa - McKee Voorhees & Sease, PLC project

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC, is hosting a virtual food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Iowa. 

Fair Cross-Section Jury Trial Reform - Webinar

Drake Law School
Friday, Oct. 23, 1 – 2 p.m.

“Fair Cross-Section Jury Trial Reform” is presented as part of the Law School’s webinar series Exploring Systemic Racism in America. Emeritus professors Russell Lovell and David Walker will examine the Iowa Supreme Court’s decisions that reinforced defendants’ rights to jury pools and jury panels that reflect a fair cross-section of the community.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Appointing a Power of Attorney - Webinar

Hope Wood JD, PLLC
Oct. 23, 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 more than 3 days in advance will receive a power of attorney form in advance of the presentation.

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.

Participation is limited to the first 100 registrations.

Asylum Advocate Training

Drake Law School Refugee Clinic
Friday, Oct. 23,  8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This workshop will be delivered online.
Approved for 7.5 Iowa CLE hours.
Activity code: 354821

Drake Law School’s Refugee Clinic is offering a full-day CLE program to train attorneys and other legal professionals to provide pro bono representation to asylum seekers.  Local experts will provide foundational legal background and other resources to those who are interested in providing asylum representation but lack the experience and mentorship required to take on a case.  Attendees will be encouraged to register with the Polk County Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) and consider taking a pro bono asylum case in the future.  Drake Refugee Clinic staff and students will provide ongoing mentorship and guidance to attendees who take on pro bono asylum cases through the VLP.  

Live Events - Des Moines area

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

Drake Law School
Friday, Oct. 23, See flyer for schedule
Neal and Bea Smith Law Center, 2400 University Avenue, Des Moines
*Participants are required to wear face masks

Powers of Attorney Clinic flyer

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 on 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. Attendance will be limited to 20 people per session to maintain appropriate social distancing.

Neal Smith Trail Clean up sponsored by Whitfield & Eddy Law

Whitfield & Eddy
Friday, Oct. 23
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Whitfield & Eddy law attorneys and staff will help Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff clean up a section of  the Neal Smith Trail.


Food Drive sponsored by Nyemaster Goode, PC

Nyemaster Goode PC

Nyemaster Goode PC is sponsoring a food drive in all three of their offices - Des Moines, Ames, and Cedar Rapids. Food will be donated to the Food Bank of Iowa and local food banks in Ames and Cedar Rapids.

Diaper and Coat Donation Drive to benefit the Young Women's Resource Center

Drake Law Delts
Now through Nov. 20

The Drake Law Delts are collecting the following items to benefit the Young Women's Resource Center:

  • Diapers and Pull Ups - any size
  • Baby wipes
  • Winter coats - Adult sizes 2X-5X

Donations can be dropped off at Drake Law School, Cartwright Hall, Porterhouse Lounge - OR - order your donation online and have it shipped directly to the Law School at Drake Law School, 2608 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311 Attn: Student Services, Room 128

DMARC Food Pantry Service Events - Belin McCormick PC

Belin McCormick, P.C.
October 19 - 23

Belin McCormick PC is holding a virtual food drive to benefit the DMARC Food Pantry. In addition, Belin attorneys will participate in two in-person events at the DMARC warehouse to assist with food sorting..

Food Bank of Iowa

Drake Law School
Oct 23, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Food Bank of Iowa, 2220 E 17th Street, Des Moines
Limit: 20 participants

Volunteers will help label, count and box food donations. 

Upcycle Stewards Event

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Blank Park Zoo, Trees Forever, and Drake Law School
Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon - or - 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Gray's Lake, Fleur Drive, Des Moines

Volunteers will remove invasive plants at Gray’s Lake 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

Drake Law School
Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Carpenter Avenue - Cartwright Hall

Meals from the Heartland - Meal packaging event

Meals from the Heartland
357 Lincoln Street, West Des Moines
Oct. 23, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - OR - 1 - 3 p.m.

Did you know that a single volunteer will package enough food in one shift to feed 500 children?

Volunteers may choose from one of two meal packaging shifts. Sign up individually, with a friend, or as a group. 

Sign up here.

Drake Student Bar Association - Polk County Courthouse historical research project

Drake Student Bar Association (SBA)

SBA is partnering with the Drake Law Democrats, American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society to conduct research on important historical cases and decisions for the Polk County Courthouse. The information will eventually be displayed at the courthouse once renovation is complete. 

Urban Dreams Volunteer Work - Dickinson Law Firm project

Dickinson Law Firm project
Oct. 23

Attorneys and staff with the Dickinson Law Firm will help with food distribution and organizing the Urban Dreams headquarters.

Habitat for Humanity - Rock the Block - Dickinson Law Firm project

Dickinson Law Firm project
Oct. 23

Attorneys and staff with the Dickinson Law Firm will assist with a Rock the Block home repair project.

Donation Drive for Children & Families of Iowa - Dickinson Law Firm project

Dickinson Law Firm event
Week of Oct. 19-23

Attorneys and staff at the Dickinson Law Firm will collect nonpreishable food items, household cleaning items, personal care, baby item, or cash donations for Children & Families of Iowa.

Individual Project

Oct. 23

A Des Moines attorney will work on a pro bono legal project for the Presbytery of Des Moines. 

Live Events - Outside of Des Moines

CEDAR RAPIDS - Diaper Drive to benefit he Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank (EIDB).

Bradley & Riley PC
Oct. 13-23

The Bradley & Riley law firm sponsored a diaper drive in recognition of the Mark S. Cady Day of Service to benefit the Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank (EIDB). The EIDB is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network. The network is leading a national movement to safeguard one of the most basic needs of all babies and their families: access to clean, dry diapers. Access to clean diapers improves the physical, mental and economic well-being of babies, families, and communities.

Donations were collected at Bradley & Riley's Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Monticello offices.

CLINTON - Donation drive to support local food bank sponsored by the Clinton County Bar Association

Clinton County Bar Association
Oct. 23

The Clinton County Bar Association is collecting monetary donations to benefit local food pantries.


Contact Dave Helscher for more information.

COUNCIL BLUFFS - Red Cross Blood Drive

Council Bluffs Public Library-Conference Room B

Oct. 22, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DAVENPORT - Fill the Truck drive for Family Resources, Inc. sponsored by Betty, Neuman & McMahon, PLC

Betty, Neuman & McMahon, PLC
Friday, Oct. 23 through Friday, Oct. 30
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Betty, Neuman & McMahon is sponsoring a virtual "Fill the Truck" drive for Family Resources, Inc. (FRI). FRI usually holds a "Fill the Truck" event every year in the spring to help supply its domestic violence shelter. Due to COVID, that wasn't an option this year. As a result, we will be conducting our own Fill the Truck event by soliciting and collecting donations.

FORT DODGE - Blood Drive sponsored by the Webster County Bar Association

Webster County Bar Association Blood Drive
LifeServe Blood Center
118 S 25th St, Fort Dodge
Wednesday, Nov. 4
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Webster County Bar Association is sponsoring a Blood Drive in honor of the inaugural Mark S. Cady Day of Public Service.

Please contact Carrie Johnson at LifeServe for more information and to register: 
   Email address
   Phone number   515-309-4855

FORT DODGE - First Presbyterian Church: Random Acts of Kindness

First Presbyterian Church
Oct. 23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The First Presbyterian Church will serve the town of Ft. Dodge in a variety of ways to honor Chief Justice Cady and his family. The Cady family have been members of the church for 34 years.

Projects for all ages and abilities are planned including a food drive for the local food pantry, acts of service for elderly residents, and random acts of kindness for the town's public servants.

FORT DODGE - Fort Dodge Senior High School Faculty and Staff Appreciation sponsored by the Fort Dodge Senior High School Football Team

Fort Dodge Senior High School Football Team
Thursday, Oct. 22, all day

Members of the team will honor school employees as public servants and essential workers during this pandemic. Team members will recognize a teacher, coach, counselor, mentor or other adult who has been a CHAMPION for them throughout their school career and has made an impact in their lives.

Chief Justice Cady and his family were proud supporters of Fort Dodge Dodger Football and continued to support the program long after their children graduated. 

IOWA CITY - Student Legal Services, University of Iowa

University of Iowa - Student Legal Services
Oct. 23, 8 - 11 a.m.

Staff will volunteer at the CommUnity Food Bank in Iowa City.

MARSHALLTOWN - Food Drive for Emergency Food Box

Marshall County Bar Association
Oct. 23, 4 p.m.

Anyone wishing to participate should bring nonperishable food items to the Emergency Food Box, 109 S. 3rd Street, Marshalltown. The group will deliver the food and then gather at Wayward Social's patio for a chance to socialize and connect in an outdoor and socially distanced setting. 

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - Donation drive to benefit the Kendall County Women’s Shelter

Kelsi Fraser
Friday, Oct. 23 - All day

In honor of my father, Chief Justice Cady, I will be collecting donations for the Kendall County Women’s Shelter. The shelter’s mission is to provide safe, emergency shelter in a supportive environment where Texas Hill Country victims of domestic violence and their children can begin the healing process and receive the support services they need to build new lives. My dad was an advocate for victims of domestic violence through various boards he served on. 


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