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Top state court mulls proposal to let law students handle pro bono cases, seeks comments

In an effort to provide more pro bono services to those who can’t afford a lawyer, Iowa Legal Aid and the Office of Professional Regulation have asked the state’s top court to consider allowing recent law graduates and law students who have completed three semesters to handle some cases.

They would include administrative hearings and cases in which the individual is supervised by a legal aid organization, a lawyer with the state attorney general’s office, a county attorney’s office or the public defender’s office, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports.

The Iowa Supreme Court is seeking comments on the proposal (PDF).

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