About Us

The Polk County Bar Association is the largest local bar association in the state of Iowa. We provide continuing legal education, social and networking opportunities to our members.

We are a diverse group who practice in a wide variety of legal fields. We are judges, private practitioners, government workers, and corporate legal counsel.

We are a non-profit, volunteer organization working to serve and improve the legal and judicial system while providing public service to the community in the following ways:

  1. Speaker’s Bureau. We help schools, civic organizations, and community groups invite an attorney or judge to serve as a guest speaker for a class or gathering on a wide variety of legal topics. To make arrangements, call 515-243-3904. There is no charge for this service.
  2. Volunteer Lawyers Project. The PCBA VLP was established more than 20 years ago to provide free legal representation to low-income residents of Polk County. As many as 1,000 cases are handled each year with thousands of hours of legal work donated by Association members to support the project.
  3. Mediation Program. Through the Mediation Program, the PCBA provides assistance in family law, small claims, and other civil cases. Our mediators, many of them are volunteers who donate their time, seek to help parties resolve their legal matters through negotiation. This allows people to reach a settlement by mutual agreement and often provides for a quicker resolution.
  4. The Proteus HOLA Center. This special PCBA project provides outreach, support, and advice to Polk County’s Hispanic and immigrant communities. Clinics are held monthly to provide free legal advice and guidance for those in need.