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Schnurr will serve as ISBA President

Jerry Schnurr III, a solo practitioner in Fort Dodge, will serve as the 134th president of The Iowa State Bar Association during the 2020-2021 year.

Schnurr grew up in Fort Dodge, attended undergrad and law school at University of Iowa and began practicing law in Fort Dodge in 1986. He has been a solo practitioner since 1992, practicing in civil trial work.

Schnurr has served on the ISBA Board of Governors since 2012, the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, the Iowa Association of Worker’s Compensation Lawyers Board of Governors, the Iowa Access to Justice Commission and is currently serving on the court’s Jumpstart Jury Trials Task Force.

“I’m very appreciative and thankful to be able to serve the ISBA,” Schnurr said. “I want to be available and open to anybody’s questions, comments or concerns. I appreciate the opportunity and my goal is to spend a year in service – serving the lawyers and profession and the courts and entire legal system, and hopefully leave it a little bit better than I found it.”

The Iowa State Bar Association is an organization that facilitates professional growth and collegiality among Iowa attorneys. The association represents approximately 7,500 lawyers from all practice areas across the state. Schnurr would like to use his term as president to focus on topics which include civics education, technology and wellness. And after several ISBA presidents in a row hailing from Des Moines, Schnurr says he also brings a renewed focus on rural practice issues, coming from a smaller community.

“It helps to remind the discussion about how things are outside of Des Moines in smaller communities,” Schnurr said. “Sometimes we might miss that. Things are different in smaller communities. To have that experience and perspective during discussions is helpful to all lawyers.”

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