Overview of Program Structure


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Overview of Program Structure

  1. 1. Iowa Legal Aid’s corporate & administrative structure
  2. 2.  Incorporated as a charitable organization under Section501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service regulations.  Incorporated as a nonprofit under Chapter 504 of the Code of Iowa.  Exempt from state sales tax under Section 422.45(37) of the Code of Iowa.
  3. 3.  Iowa Legal Aid’s Bylaws provide for an 18 person Board of Directors.  At least 11 members are attorneys licensed in Iowa and appointed to the Board by the Iowa State Bar Association.  At least 6 members are persons eligible to receive legal services from Iowa Legal Aid and are appointed by entities approved by the Board.  At least 1 member is appointed by the Board based on their commitment to legal services.
  4. 4.  Each regional office and some special projects have an Advisory Council.  Most of theAdvisory Councils have their own bylaws which govern membership, duties and the conduct of meetings.  The bylaws of Advisory Councils must be consistent with Iowa LegalAid’s corporate bylaws.
  5. 5.  Executive Committee - Composed of President,Vice President,Treasurer, and Secretary of the Board, the immediate past President and one member of the Board nominated by the President and approved by the Board.  Development, Finance & Audit Committee – Chaired by BoardTreasurer, with members appointed by the Board President.
  6. 6.  Personnel, Grievance and Governance Committee –The chair and members are appointed by Board President.  Programs and Planning Committee –The chair and members are appointed by the Board President.  Other committees may be created as ad hoc committees to address specific objectives.  All standing committees have specific written duties.
  7. 7.  Employees who are part of the “bargaining unit” are represented by the Legal ServicesWorkers of Iowa, a unit of the National Organization of Legal ServicesWorkers/UAW Local 320 AFL-CIO.  Bargaining unit employees include all full and part-time employees, excluding the Executive Director, Deputy Directors, Managing Attorneys, Fiscal Manager, Project Managers, confidential employees, temporary employees, AmeriCorps members, volunteers, and employees of subcontractors (HELP).
  8. 8.  HELP Legal Assistance, Inc. – Iowa Legal Aid subcontracts with HELP to provide services to low- income people in Scott and Clinton Counties.  Other Legal Aid Programs – Story County and Muscatine County Legal Aid serve residents of those counties.Those two programs are not affiliated with Iowa Legal Aid, although Iowa Legal Aid also serves residents of Story and Muscatine Counties.  Iowa Legal Aid Foundation – A separate nonprofit organization that raises funds for Iowa Legal Aid.  Iowa Friends of Legal Services – An independent organization that works to promote and secure public funding for civil legal aid programs.
  9. 9.  More information about Iowa LegalAid’s organizational structure and policies is available on the Board andAdvisory Council website at www.iowalegalaid.org/board.  Advisory Council members are invited to join the website and will be sent a link with instructions on how to do so.